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Data Is Key

We talked about this very issue in our 2018 Trends Forecast.

There is little doubt that those in the food world that do not understand how to use data are doomed to fail. Blockchain technologies may well be the solution, or downfall, for many. 

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative is working to promote food security…

January 16, 2018 Watch Video

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2018 Food Trend #10 - Future Supermarkets

Our final insight focuses on what the supermarket itself may look like in 2018 and beyond. It’s been a game-changing year for our industry and has set the foundation in place for an entirely new way to look at supermarkets.

In 1989 I sat down with Herbert Hofer, a European artist and shared my vision for what I hoped the Supermarket in the Year 2000 would be. No aisles, no gondolas, lots of fresh foods, lots of excitement, no checkstands, products grouped by meal occasions - topline a food experience second to none.…

January 15, 2018 Watch Video

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2018 Food Trend #9 - Politics & Food

This is not about political parties – but an overview of where we are today and what is coming.

The USDA is one of the most powerful and largest government agencies.

Food Policy Action has created a scorecard that clearly depicts that food has now become a bi-partisan issue as many existing regulations are being dismantled.

To date there have only been 6 bills to score. And the…

January 12, 2018 Watch Video

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2018 Food Trend #8 - Security

Personal security will be top of mind in 2018, we haven’t seen this state of anxiety since 9/11.

How safe do you feel these days?

The American Psychological Association’s 10th Annual Survey finds that over one third of Americans feel nervous or anxious and a similar amount feel anger or irritability. And we seem to be nervous about a lot. 

Retailers in particular should…

January 11, 2018 Watch Video

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2018 Food Trend #7 - Advertising

Advertising should inform and get people to buy – and to tell the truth especially about our foods and nutrition. Today people want a connection with the foods they eat, they want to know where they came from and if we can, use advertising to empower them to eat healthier we have achieved success.

David Ogilvy wrote: “The creative process requires more than reason. Most original thinking isn't even verbal. It requires 'a groping experimentation with ideas, governed by intuitive hunches and inspired by the unconscious.' The majority of business men are incapable of original thinking because…

January 10, 2018 Watch Video

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2018 Food Trends #6 - Technofoodology

Techno-food-ology, and Artificial Intelligence, in particular is one of the best things to ever happen to a grocery store.


Our smart phones and all that we can do with them.

And home-based assistants are ushering in a new way to buy our foods. Sure we can replenish our foods by asking Alexa to order from Amazon, but just last week one of my favorite c-stores – Sheetz - announced that their “made to order…

January 9, 2018 Watch Video


It’s Dry January, And Less Alcohol is "In" for 2018

Trends indicate booze-free or less alcohol drinks could grow more popular in 2018.

For some, the hangover from the holiday season leaves little to be desired when it comes to drinking alcohol. And in the US, where 27% of adults over age 18 report…

January 9, 2018 Read More


Our Brains Are Inflammed, No Wonder We’re Depressed

Scientists and medical experts continue to point out the link between diet and brain health as more and more Americans suffer from conditions like depression and Alzheimer's disease.

At the end of 2016, some startling statistics were released showing that 40 million Americans are taking medications prescribed for psychiatric illnesses. One in six Americans are turning to antidepressants like Zoloft or Celexa, and sedatives like Xanax for anxiety, as well as sleep medications…

January 8, 2018 Read More

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2018 Food Trends #4 and #5 - Neuronutrition and BioHacking

This is an unfortunate stat that we live with – that the foods we eat is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the US. Wow!

 It’s time to get our priorities straight. About 10% of the World’s population is on some kind of “exclusion diet” – having to avoid certain foods because of a specific ailment or allergy. Take into account ‘excluding foods’ for preferences, and that number is reported to be well over 50% of the population.…

January 8, 2018 Watch Video

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2018 Food Trend #3 - Farming

It all starts with agriculture, where our food comes from. And that's about to change - dramatically!

By 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.6 billion with 65% of us living in urban areas. 

Our land, water, soil and environment are all under siege and the USDA says that climate change is going to create challenges. 

We are seeing a more direct farm to consumer connection as communities…

January 5, 2018 Watch Video

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