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Over the Top
4/12/2021 By Jeannie Swedberg
The pet food topper and mix-in segment are gaining momentum fueled by new product activity and consumer interest. Toppers and mix-ins give pet parents the ability to add that something extra to their everyday kibble. While I honestly don’t think most dogs and cats look at their food and think, “oh no, not kibble again.” I do believe pet parents are concerned about feeding their pets the same thing day in and day out, and this is part of the reason why the topper/mix-in market is starting to gain traction...READ MORE
California Strawberry April 8, 2021
4/8/2021 By Dan Winiecke
The strawberry crop in California is not developing as well as expected at this time. Fresh market pricing is very strong currently. Processing companies are not receiving the volume they would like even with current high field prices.
California Crop Conditions
4/8/2021 By Dan Winiecke
Tree fruit crops in the Central Valley of California bloomed well this year. Favorable weather patterns should allow for the development of full crops from most orchards in 2021.
INCYMI: The 2020 – 2025 Dietary Guideline Highlights
3/29/2021 By Jeannie Swedberg
…The DGA are updated every five years jointly by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The guidance is supposed to help Americans understand the link between nutrition and health, and also to provide information about dietary choices. In 2015 the focus was all about defining healthy dietary patterns. The idea being there’s more than one healthy dietary pattern, which by the way was highly appealing because of our mutual desire for individuality. In 2020 Americans are being urged to make every bite count or as I like to think of it – eat more fruit and veggies. The mindful eating message is an acknowledgement that you are what you eat. The latest DGA are fourfold...READ MORE
bowl of dried apple chips with fresh apple
A World View of Snack Innovation
2/28/2021 By Jeannie Swedberg
Hot off the (virtual) presses, I just received Mintel’s trend report, “A Year of Innovation in Salty Snacks & Fruit Mixes, 2021.” It’s a global look at the market and gives a sense of what to look for in the year ahead. Since these reports always include examples of new products from far flung markets, you get a glimpse of what flavors and snack types are launching elsewhere. READ MORE...
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