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Key Category Insights for National Diabetes Awareness Month

November 21, 2017

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN November is Diabetes Awareness Month, an opportunity for education and raising awareness around this metabolic … Read moreKey Category Insights for National Diabetes Awareness Month

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Out of the Data and Into the Dirt: SPINS’ Adventures in Urban Agriculture

November 9, 2017

By Jessica Hochman There are countless reasons why SPINS is perfectly at home in Chicago, and the city’s vibrant urban … Read moreOut of the Data and Into the Dirt: SPINS’ Adventures in Urban Agriculture

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Seven Favorite Finds from the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE)

November 9, 2017

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts the Food and Nutrition Conference and … Read moreSeven Favorite Finds from the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE)

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A Quick Take on Today’s Herbivores

October 24, 2017

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN Beyond Meatless Mondays, vegetarian diets are gaining traction. These diets are as varied as the … Read moreA Quick Take on Today’s Herbivores

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Who’s Really Buying Natural and Organic Products: Unlocking the Market with Consumer Segmentation from SPINS and IRI

October 20, 2017

by Jill Failla Which shoppers make up the core natural and organic segments? SPINS’ and IRI’s NaturaLink™ consumer segmentations show … Read moreWho’s Really Buying Natural and Organic Products: Unlocking the Market with Consumer Segmentation from SPINS and IRI

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The Challenges and Triumphs of Sustainable Seafood

September 15, 2017

By Judy Seybold, MS, RD The sustainable seafood movement is coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable Fisheries Act this … Read moreThe Challenges and Triumphs of Sustainable Seafood

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SPINS’ Five Favorite Finds from the Summer Fancy Food Show

September 14, 2017

By Jill Failla SPINS’ health & wellness experts attended the Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS) in New York City earlier … Read moreSPINS’ Five Favorite Finds from the Summer Fancy Food Show

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Plant Waters Make Waves This Summer

August 31, 2017

by Jill Failla Water’s top status among consumers looking for healthful hydration has catapulted this category’s sales in recent years. … Read morePlant Waters Make Waves This Summer

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Hot Trends in Frozen Desserts This Summer and Beyond

August 7, 2017

by Jill Failla Can frozen desserts provide indulgent treats to please discerning health & wellness shoppers? Certainly! Natural frozen desserts … Read moreHot Trends in Frozen Desserts This Summer and Beyond

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Sipping on Soup Snacks

August 7, 2017

by Jill Failla As more consumers demand portable, healthful snack options, snacking innovation is permeating multiple retail categories—including soup. As … Read moreSipping on Soup Snacks

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Three Key Insights on the Free-From Trend

July 28, 2017

By Abbey Fuster I am the youngest team member here at SPINS, but don’t let my 21 years of life … Read moreThree Key Insights on the Free-From Trend

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Serve-a-Thon 2017: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares

July 20, 2017

On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, SPINS rallied together a team of 30 volunteers to help restore and inspire our … Read moreServe-a-Thon 2017: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares

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Five Takeaways from Sports Nutrition Marketplace 2017

June 28, 2017

By Scott Dicker With more and more consumers trying to live an active and healthy lifestyle, the traditional sports nutrition … Read moreFive Takeaways from Sports Nutrition Marketplace 2017

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Rising From the Ashes: Charcoal Grows in Body Care

June 21, 2017

by Jill Failla Commonly used in hospital emergency rooms to prevent the absorption of certain toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, … Read moreRising From the Ashes: Charcoal Grows in Body Care

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Three Tips for Translating Data to Insights

June 13, 2017

Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions Over the past five years, I’ve analyzed data on a wide range of … Read moreThree Tips for Translating Data to Insights

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SPINS Policy Insights: Non Dairy “Milk”

February 7, 2017

In this edition of SPINS Policy Insights, we examine the debate surrounding use of the word milk for plant-based beverages. … Read moreSPINS Policy Insights: Non Dairy “Milk”

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Highlights from the Midwest Face and Body Show

February 3, 2017

By Kim Kawa and Paige Leyden Delighted to attend the Midwest Face & Body Show for the first time, we … Read moreHighlights from the Midwest Face and Body Show

SPINS’ Commitment to Live Vibrantly in Service of Our Community

December 6, 2016

On a not so cold late November evening, a group of 11 committed SPINiZens made our way to the Chicago … Read moreSPINS’ Commitment to Live Vibrantly in Service of Our Community

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VegFest 2016

November 22, 2016

An annual celebration of plant-based and vegan living, this year’s Portland VegFest drew over 6,000 people for an outstanding program … Read moreVegFest 2016

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Policy Insights: Clean Water

October 3, 2016

Despite decades-long environmental campaigns yielding federal response in the 1970’s,clean water regulations have been met with broad political and farmer … Read morePolicy Insights: Clean Water

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Policy Insights: Added Sugars

September 30, 2016

Added sugars have flooded the American diet and have become this decade’s most warned-against nutrient. As U.S. obesity rates sky-rocketed … Read morePolicy Insights: Added Sugars

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Vibrancy at Work: Staying Hydrated with SPINS’ Wellness Director

September 1, 2016

Chicago’s heat has peaked in the 90s several times this summer. A vibrant lifestyle requires proper hydration whether biking around … Read moreVibrancy at Work: Staying Hydrated with SPINS’ Wellness Director

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Clean Label Concepts at IFT2016

September 1, 2016

The Institute for Food Technology’s annual symposium convenes a diverse group of academic, industrial, and regulatory experts from the food … Read moreClean Label Concepts at IFT2016

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Serve-a-thon 2016: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares

August 10, 2016

SPINS recently took a hands-on approach to affect positive change in our community. We rallied a team from SPINS along … Read moreServe-a-thon 2016: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares

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Policy Insights: GMOS

August 9, 2016

The role of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the American food supply is widely debated among consumers, health professionals, environmentalists, … Read morePolicy Insights: GMOS

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Pea-lieve It or Not: The Rise of Pea Protein

April 27, 2016

Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions There’s been plenty of news about protein over the past few years. According … Read morePea-lieve It or Not: The Rise of Pea Protein

No Small Feat: How a Local Food Conference Drives Big Change

April 21, 2016

SPINS finds inspiration all over the country in artisanal makers, culinary champions, and food activists, but it’s a special treat … Read moreNo Small Feat: How a Local Food Conference Drives Big Change

KeHE Becomes First B-Corp Certified Distributor in US

March 13, 2016

Ask an average person, “when is the right time to do a good deed?” and “all the time” tends to … Read moreKeHE Becomes First B-Corp Certified Distributor in US

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Betting Big on HPP

January 13, 2016

Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions As consumers seek ingredient transparency, manufacturers have begun to respond by sharing more … Read moreBetting Big on HPP

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Cold Brew Coffee on the Rise

November 30, 2015

Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions In Chicago, the outdoor farmers markets are winding down, the leaves have begun … Read moreCold Brew Coffee on the Rise