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Plant-based foods’ market value rises to $5B, report says


According to statistics commissioned from the SPINS market research firm, U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods rose 11.4% last year, for a total market value of $5 billion. Dollar sales jumped 29% during the past two years, the Plant Based Foods Association and The Good Food Institute reported, compared to 4% for total U.S. retail food dollar […]


Is Go Grocery a game changer for Amazon?


Experts agree that Amazon Go Grocery is impressive — a technological marvel able to efficiently crunch massive quantities of data as shoppers pick out fresh fruit, snag doughnuts and fresh meals, pour their own coffee and bag everything up before simply walking out of the store. But sources interviewed by Grocery Dive say they’re not […]


Kosherfest Best Product Awardees Reap Benefits from Prize; Many See Sales Soar


Products that win awards at the annual Kosherfest New Product Competition can increase sales by as much as 30%, a Kosher Today survey showed. Many of the interviewed winners felt that their winning products get noticed more by consumers and are more likely to get on shelves with the award. Natalie Glazier of Au Bon […]


US, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement to Have Little Impact on Kosher


Washington DC…The recently concluded trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada (USMCA) will have little impact on kosher, a survey by Kosher Today concluded. Some kosher food industry experts are still analyzing the details and especially the impact on dairy. Canada and Mexico are the first and third largest exports markets for United States […]


This year’s Super Bowl promises to bring more shoppers online


About 90% of online food orders placed during the Super Bowl this year are expected to be first-time users of online food delivery services, according to findings from Polly, a tool from artificial intelligence-driven market research company Advanced Symbolics. Among Super Bowl fans, Polly found 52% of people are aware of Instacart, while 12% of […]


Dairy industry flexing to add CBD despite regulatory uncertainty


An “absolute insatiable (consumer) appetite for more CBD” products will spur companies in dairy to consider rolling out products even if the FDA hasn’t established a clear framework allowing their use in food and beverage products, the head of a group representing the nation’s dairy manufacturers, marketers and suppliers said on Monday. “Industry is moving and […]


Kashrus Officials Meet for Annual Conference


Kashrus officials from all over the world gathered at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Woodbridge, New Jersey, for the annual conference of Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) on December 31, 2019 – January 2, 2020. It included a bus trip to Met Life Stadium for the 13th Siyum Hashas, completion of the Talmud. More […]


Shoppers want to use mobile payment in stores


Improving digital payment capabilities is important for food retailers as it creates a more seamless checkout process and can boost loyalty. According to Blackhawk, mobile wallet adoption is on the rise and can create about $1.9 billion in transactional value in the U.S. by 2021. Juniper Research estimates 2.1 billion customers around the world use mobile wallets […]


Kosher Food Sales Soar on Chanukah


Brooklyn, NY….It was a Chanukah to remember for many kosher food retailers as some noted double-digit increases over 2018 by as much as 13% – 15%. Many stores consider Chanukah their third busiest holiday after Passover and Rosh Hashanah (High Holy Days). In most cases the sales growth was more likely to have been experienced […]


GMO Labeling Regulations Still Causing Confusion


The USDA regulation mandating identification of food ingredients with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) went into effect on New Year’s Day but is still plagued by uncertainty. The regulation, called the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, requires food processors to inform consumers, in various ways, if a product contains GMOs. Although it technically went into effect on Jan. […]


Kosher Today’s Special Edition: The 2019 Major Kosher Stories


2019 was a very eventful year for the kosher food industry, documented regularly in Kosher Today. Our big story of the year was the news that after several decades of revolving corporate ownership, the Manischewitz Company is back in a family portfolio, this time the distinguished Herzog family. Here briefly are the kosher stories that […]


Whole Foods promotes ’12 days of cheese’


Aldi and Whole Foods are looking to simplify holiday entertaining for shoppers, and they’re turning to a crowd pleaser: cheese. With each retailer’s special promotions, the typically pricey, artisanal offering becomes more budget-friendly and will draw shoppers into the store for their holiday grocery needs. Aldi’s holiday cheese offering is complementary to its other products, including its […]


Nestlé sells US ice cream business to joint venture in $4B deal


For much of the last two years, Nestlé ​has been overhauling its portfolio to capture growth in the food space and shed underperforming or slow-growing businesses. Last year, Nestlé ​​sold its U.S. chocolate business, a deal that included more than 20 American candy brands like Butterfinger and Baby Ruth, to Ferrero for $2.8 billion. Similar to its exit from candy where it competed […]


Molson Coors moves beyond beer with hard coffee launch


For years, Molson Coors has faced declining demand for its iconic brews such as Coors Light and Miller Lite as more consumers gravitate toward craft options, Mexican imports, wine and spirits. People also are embracing new drink categories such as hard seltzers, coffees and ciders.   Cold brew is a wildly popular coffee option even if the […]


Cost of Thanksgiving dinner is flat in 2019, survey finds


The average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased just one cent this year to $48.91, or less than $5 per person, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)…. The organization conducted an informal survey that looked at the price of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin […]


Walmart: ‘Our strength is being driven by food’


Once again, the largest growth number at Walmart was its e-commerce sales, with grocery serving as the major sales driver. The retail giant now offers pickup from roughly 3,100 locations and same-day grocery delivery from more than 1,400 stores. Services like in-home delivery and an “unlimited” delivery subscription have rolled out in recent months, with the aim of deepening […]


59% of adults prefer snacking to meals, Mondelez study finds


Although the choice to snack instead of sitting down for a full meal has increased across the board, younger generations, who are concerned with their overall health and easy access to food, overwhelmingly prefer it. But health and convenience aren’t the only factors driving this increased interest in snacking, which could mean it is a long-lasting […]


Kosher food market set to grow, research shows


The $24 billion kosher food market is projected to grow by 11.5% by 2025, with much of the growth behind mainstream products that have adapted kosher certification, new research showed. In a release, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Kosher Network International said kosher remains the most popular product claim on food, despite dramatic increases in organic and gluten […]


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