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SPINS Product Picks at the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo

April 23, 2018

By Kimberly Kawa The Schaumburg Convention Center was a bustling place to be for the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo … Read more SPINS Product Picks at the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo

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Green Cleaning for Spring

April 19, 2018

By Jill Failla   While the weather may not feel like spring in much of the U.S. right now, this … Read more Green Cleaning for Spring

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Webinar: SPINS’ 2018 Expo West Recap

April 9, 2018

Senior Director of Natural Insights Brent Coons, Product Library Solutions Manager Jake Knepper, and Content Strategist Jessica Hochman combed the … Read more Webinar: SPINS’ 2018 Expo West Recap

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Behold the Peanut Renaissance

April 2, 2018

By Jill Failla Just in time for National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, SPINS is here to deliver the news: … Read more Behold the Peanut Renaissance

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Collagen Trends: Are Plant-Based Boosts the Next Wave?

March 29, 2018

By Jill Failla In our 2018 trend predictions, SPINS called out collagen as a driving force behind new categories and … Read more Collagen Trends: Are Plant-Based Boosts the Next Wave?

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Go Further with Food: Trends in Food-Waste Reduction

March 19, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.1 This … Read more Go Further with Food: Trends in Food-Waste Reduction

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East Meets West: A SPINS Trendspotter’s Guide to NEXTY Finalists, Winners, and Other Hot Products

March 8, 2018

By Jessica Hochman   Going into Natural Products Expo West 2018, New Hope announced 72 finalists in 22 categories for … Read more East Meets West: A SPINS Trendspotter’s Guide to NEXTY Finalists, Winners, and Other Hot Products

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Probiotic & Prebiotic Trends to Look for at Expo West

March 7, 2018

By Kimberly Kawa Everyone’s talking about pre- and probiotics. Are probiotics the next protein? Are prebiotics the next probiotics? What … Read more Probiotic & Prebiotic Trends to Look for at Expo West

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A Day in the Life of SPINS’ Pet Consultant

February 26, 2018

Four Questions for Amy Kerr What is your current role in the company? I am working hand in hand with … Read more A Day in the Life of SPINS’ Pet Consultant

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Heart-Smart Living

February 22, 2018

February is American Heart Month – a time to spread love to others and to ourselves by understanding our heart-disease … Read more Heart-Smart Living

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Meet Moringa: The Superfood of 2018

February 19, 2018

By Jill Failla In SPINS’ recent 2018 trend predictions webinar, we called out moringa as a superfood to watch this year. … Read more Meet Moringa: The Superfood of 2018

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Popping New Life into an Ancient Snack

January 19, 2018

By Jill Failla Humans have consumed corn for thousands of years. Long before other preparations were possible, Aztec civilizations were … Read more Popping New Life into an Ancient Snack

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Glassware Gives Rise to New Yogurts

January 12, 2018

By Jill Failla SPINS recently expanded its Packaging attribute in the Product Library to the REFRIGERATED YOGURT & KEFIR category, … Read more Glassware Gives Rise to New Yogurts

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Fresh-Baked Trends in Alternative Flours

December 1, 2017

By Jill Failla Spurred by changing consumer lifestyles, including gluten-free, Paleo, Ketogenic, low-FODMAP, and raw diets, as well as a … Read more Fresh-Baked Trends in Alternative Flours

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Policy Insights: An Examination of the Soda Tax

November 28, 2017

In 2014, Berkeley, CA, became the first city in the United States to implement a public health-based soda tax. There … Read more Policy Insights: An Examination of the Soda Tax

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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 more Key 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 more Out 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 more Seven 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 more A 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 more Who’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 more The 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 more SPINS’ 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 more Plant 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 more Hot 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 more Sipping 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 more Three 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 more Serve-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 more Five 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 more Rising 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 more Three Tips for Translating Data to Insights