April 15th, 2015
April 15th, 2015
April 1st, 2015
The 40th Winter Fancy Food Show continues to thrive with more than 19,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors from around the world. Buyers attending the show represented many of the nation’s leading gourmet and specialty food retailers as well as major supermarkets, mass merchandisers and foodservice industry segments including college and university, healthcare, airlines and restaurants.
The largest food categories represented at the show were cheese, meat/poultry/seafood and chips/pretzels/snacks. The fastest growing exhibitor categories are nut/seed butters, eggs and frozen desserts according to the Specialty Food Association.
January 19th, 2015
It was another record breaking year for the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) show. 2014 was the largest in the association’s 34 year history; over 4,250 visitors and 1,335 exhibitors.
The global presence of private brands was very much in evidence at this show. The Idea Supermarket® showcased products across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Private label brand growth continues to outpace national brands. According to The Nielsen Company, private label unit share in supermarkets has reached 23.4% and dollar share is now at 19.4%. Total store brand sales reached $112 billion last year.
Although this show is largely about retail products, there has been a growing representation of companies who package foodservice products and work with chefs and restaurant brands interested in building a retail presence.
November 20th, 2014
Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International gathered in Boston for their international conference. This is a diverse group of culinary professionals in the food, fine wine and hospitality industry. It was a week of tasting, exploring and debating the hot topics and latest trends. There are always lively discussions and rarely unanimity on any issue when this group convenes.
November 3rd, 2014
A glimpse of the attendees wearing everything from suits to blue jeans at this major national conference is immediate evidence of the diversity of offerings found in today’s convenience stores.
The U.S. convenience store industry has over 151,000 stores and accounts for nearly $700 billion in sales. More and more time-starved consumers are turning to convenience retail operations for on-the-go meals and snacks. The industry continues to evolve fron gas stations that happen to sell food to food retailers that happen to sell gas
October 13th, 2014
Over 24,000 natural food enthusiasts attended this festival of conscious capitalism. There is no mistaking that this is not a “big food” show. Even the largest exhibitors are featuring collections of brands and products all designed for a unique consumer target. Everyone has a story about food, family and the passion that ignited their business.
September 22nd, 2014
Chefs and foodservice professionals from many segments of the industry and their food & beverage suppliers gather for this annual conference about the business of flavor and innovation to learn about new ways to delight their customers. It is a non-stop flavor and tasting experience.
What’s New In The Business of Flavor:
August 13th, 2014
Leaders in the dairy, deli and bakery business gathered for the association’s 50th anniversary. Over 9,000 professionals and more than 1,500 exhibitors gathered to be inspired by keynote speakers and learn about the latest new products and opportunities for deli and bakery operations. Conversations focused on the challenges and opportunities of consistently delivering healthy, interesting, fresh and delicious food to consumers.
June 7th, 2014
Chicago, May 18-20, 2014 — The National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show has been quietly rebranding their national conference the International Foodservice Marketplace as the foodservice industry and the audience for this show has evolved. The show has indeed become a marketplace of buyers walking the aisles with their shopping lists, designers, and … More
June 2nd, 2014