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Gather tips and insights from SPINS' thought leaders in the Natural Products Industry

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 more SPINS’ 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 more VegFest 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 more Policy 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 more Policy 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 more Vibrancy 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 more Clean 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 more Serve-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 more Policy 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 more Pea-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 more No 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 more KeHE 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 more Betting 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 more Cold Brew Coffee on the Rise

SPINS Inspire Vibrancy: Building Connections Through Philanthropy

October 30, 2015

Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by … Read more SPINS Inspire Vibrancy: Building Connections Through Philanthropy

Method Factory and Lagunitas Brewery Tours

September 3, 2015

Part II of the Product Library Team’s industry education coupled with internal group collaboration took us on two more Chicago … Read more Method Factory and Lagunitas Brewery Tours

NOW Foods Factory Tour

August 12, 2015

Local to our SPINS headquarters, the Product Library team recently tapped into our natural and organic senses and embarked on … Read more NOW Foods Factory Tour

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A New Kind of Health Fair in Pleasanton

August 5, 2015

The saying goes that, “it takes a village to raise a child,” and in today’s connected world we know that … Read more A New Kind of Health Fair in Pleasanton

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Getting Cultured on the Kombucha Craze

July 6, 2015

Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions “What IS that?!” Exclaim the majority of people who enter my kitchen. It’s … Read more Getting Cultured on the Kombucha Craze

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Organic Trade Association Capitol Hill Visit

June 2, 2015

Last month, as Manger of Policy at SPINS, with Product Library Director, Susanna Ghaemi, I had the opportunity to participate … Read more Organic Trade Association Capitol Hill Visit

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Policy Insights: Domestic Fair Trade

May 30, 2015

Almost any handpicked crop runs the risk of worker exploitation, which is happening on farms around the world and in … Read more Policy Insights: Domestic Fair Trade

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Food Trucks: A Key Incubator for CPG Innovation

May 11, 2015

Leave it to Americans to combine our love for food and our love of trucks into a hip culinary movement. … Read more Food Trucks: A Key Incubator for CPG Innovation