“Natural” Still Eludes & Enrages

by Broad Street | Published 03/10/2016 | Consumer Trends and Habits, Government Regulation, Marketing Trends

After complaints from consumers and lawsuits against CPG manufacturers, the FDA is looking at regulating the “natural” descriptor by presumably ruling on standards for the usage of the term. We have been watching the problems with “natural” for some time. Not to be pinned down, though, manufacturers are trying to elude any regulation changes by […]

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The Changing American Food Shopper

by Broad Street | Published 03/08/2016 | Consumer Trends and Habits, Grocery Stores

We hear all the time about how the American food shopper is changing. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has just published its 41st annual U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends on today’s food consumer. including a poll of grocery execs about which TV show best represents the American family today. The hands-down winner was “Modern Family.“ And […]

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How Much Will GMO Labeling Cost?

by Broad Street | Published 02/29/2016 | Consumer Trends and Habits, Government Regulation, Green and Sustainable

We recently had to block a Twitter user when she went apoplectic about a post we made on GMO labeling laws being proposed in Congress. Folks tend to get pretty riled up over GMOs (genetically modified organisms). There are groups calling for manditory labeling that would tell consumers if their foods contained GMO ingredients, and […]

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Is Private Label Waning?

by Broad Street | Published 02/08/2016 | Consumer Trends and Habits, Opinion, Private Label

If the new study results released by The Integer Group are any guide, Americans’ flirtation with Private Label that spiked during the Great Recession may be over. While European consumers generally prefer store brands to national ones, Americans have had a love affair with national brands going back to when manufacturers started “branding” to make […]

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