State of the Industry

An extensive annual report covering trends, analysis, product performance and packaging initiatives.


State of the Industry: Captivating the Culinary Adventurist

Introduction to Foodservice
July 17, 2013

Chefs and restaurateurs are culinary curators of our time, collecting recipe ideas and ingredients to create menu items that entice their patrons with the temptation of culinary adventure. There is a lot more happening in restaurants than convenient, quick-service to fuel a busy lifestyle.

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State of the Industry: Foodie Culture Fuels Retail Trends

Introduction to Retail Trends
July 17, 2013

Foodies and food traditionalists may share the same demographic profile, but they have very different relationships with food.

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State of the Industry: The Shapeshifters

Frozen food processors alter the way consumers eat their fruits and vegetables.
July 15, 2013

Growing up, we were all told to eat our fruits and vegetables. “Carrots improve eyesight and spinach makes you big and strong.” But, there are easier—and tastier—ways to meet your daily recommended requirements of fruits and vegetables, and today’s frozen food processors have the solution.

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State of the Industry: The Almighty Dips & Spreads

Today’s new dips, spreads, hummus and salsa offerings deliver intense flavor and potent pairings.
July 15, 2013

To be almighty, one must be powerful and intense, much like today’s new dips, spreads, hummus and salsas.

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State of the Industry: The Invincible Desserts

Today’s frozen desserts prove to be unconquerable.
July 15, 2013

Although the frozen desserts category once struggled to survive in a world where consumers traded in their coveted sweets for an extra serving of fruits and vegetables, it sure has made quite the comeback.

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State of the Industry: The Incredible Breakfast Aisle

Today’s retail breakfast options rip through freezer cases with a convenience factor like no other.
July 15, 2013

Despite the recession, the breakfast foods category experienced a 20% increase in sales from 2007-2011, rising from $10 to $12 billion, according to Chicago-based Mintel. The study also forecasts continued growth, with the category expected to grow nearly 26% by 2017.

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State of the Industry: Going Where No Beverage Has Gone Before

Today’s beverage processors brighten up the beverage aisles with bold, yet refreshing innovations.
July 11, 2013

Energy drinks used to be feature all the powers, with their high levels of stimulants and caffeine. And, it seemed as though they were poised to take over the world.

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State of the Industry: Costumed Crusaders

Dairy processors released a bevy of new yogurt, ice cream and cheese—all dressed up with intricate flavors, nutritionals and messages.
July 11, 2013

Moooove over dairy products of the past. From yogurt and ice cream to cheese and milk, some costumed crusaders are charging through the dairy aisles, bringing exotic flavors, better-for-you flavor profiles and the message that any time is dairy time.

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State of the Industry: Ready in a Flash

From rolls and baguettes to flatbread and pizza, the frozen bakery aisle rises to the challenge thanks to its ready-in-a-flash superpowers.
July 11, 2013

When the economy took a nosedive, consumers traded in retail frozen pizzas and their frozen baked counterparts for a sit-down meal at the local restaurant. Fast forward to today, and consumers are trading back their restaurant menus for a frozen pizza on the couch.

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State of the Industry: The Avengers

Today’s new snacks, appetizers and sides team up to provide unstoppable innovation.
July 11, 2013

Individually, appetizers such as egg rolls, side dishes such as French fries and snacks such as bite-sized meatballs are armored with the right ingredients and flavor profiles to take over the industry. But together, they pose as an even bigger threat, teaming up to take over the refrigerated and frozen food aisles.

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