The Rise and Impact of the Retail RD
November 11, 2020
From social distancing to online shopping, there is no doubt that the grocery experience has changed. To succeed, grocery stores have pivoted to accommodate the needs of their shoppers – including shifting how retail registered dietitians (retail RDs) provide food, nutrition and culinary guidance. Retail RDs are a subset within the larger RD profession that...
Top Three Tips to Ensure Cultural Sensitivity in Food, Agriculture and Beverage Content
October 8, 2020
One benefit of a digitally-connected world is that recipes from around the globe are just a fingertip away – introducing people to food cultures and ingredients they may not otherwise have known. However, as it becomes more and more competitive to drive engagement, and with SEO at the forefront of content creation, an alarming trend...
Racing Ahead: How the Pandemic Pushed Grocery Stores into the Future
October 2, 2020
I recently had the chance to attend FMI’s Fresh Forward three-day virtual meeting about the state of the fresh sections (produce, meat, dairy) of the grocery store. After being bombarded daily with new research studies, it was wonderful to hear from grocery CEOs, senior section managers and industry researchers about their perspective and to talk...
The Food and Beverage Industry Post Pandemic: A 2.0 Recipe to Recovery
August 4, 2020
I wouldn’t call myself a foodie, nor do I really know what ingredients make a coffee, craft beer or cocktails great. What I do know, is that I love the culture that comes with the food and beverage industry; the nostalgia of home cooking with my grandmother, celebrating milestones at the local, and discovering different...
Food for Thought – New Perspectives on How COVID-19 is Reshaping Communications in Food, Drink and Agribusiness
July 16, 2020
There is no doubt the impact of COVID-19 has been profound on the food, agribusiness and beverage (FAB) industry. The pandemic has reshaped – and will continue to affect – our communities, culture and economy. Food security, the food supply chain, and related issues have become urgent concerns for many people and the food and...
COVID-19: What’s Next? An Update from China
May 5, 2020
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt around the world, many countries are beginning to focus on how to resume everyday life. FleishmanHillard's TRUE Global Intelligence’s recent study, COVID-19 Mindset: How Pandemic Times Are Shaping Global Consumers, found that consumer behaviors will likely be forever changed due to the crisis and...
The Transition to Recovery and Rebuilding: Consumer Trends and Policy Implications Provide Hope for the Hospitality Industry
May 5, 2020
While the social and economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has left no business untouched, few sectors of the economy have been as visibly ravaged as the hospitality industry. Based on the nature of on-premise food and drink establishments – places to gather with friends, receive personal service and meet new people – the...
COVID-19: Recovery and Resurgence for the Food, Agriculture and Beverage Industry
April 21, 2020
It’s clear the pandemic has forever changed the world. As the recent survey from FleishmanHillard's TRUE Global Intelligence practice revealed, the virus is reshaping perceptions, behaviors, values and societies. These changes will be longstanding, and they will touch every industry – including food, agriculture and beverage. FleishmanHillard’s research, which was conducted in the United States,...
Food and Beverage Companies – Are We Doing It Wrong?
October 15, 2019
In the food and beverage industry, it’s no surprise that better value is the No. 1 consumer expectation and makes up almost one quarter of all expectations within the industry. But as companies have been chasing new ways to deliver more for less, have they missed a critical opportunity to authentically engage today’s customer? New findings reveal an increased opportunity for food and beverage industry...
Walking the Floor: 3 Observations from the National Restaurant Association 2019 Show
May 30, 2019
At any industry trade show, there is usually a focus on the future. What’s next, what’s coming, what consumers will want on the horizon. And the show floor is a great place to see that; as the wise person once said, the future is here, it’s just not yet evenly distributed. So, it was at...
Focusing Companies on Supply Chain Accountability
February 20, 2019
Well-funded environmentalists take a page from hedge fund playbooks, with meat in their crosshairs Activist groups pushing to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use and meat consumption have initiated a new strategy and enlisted new allies in their quest. Partnering with doctors, academics and investors who control trillions of dollars, activists have set their...
November 12, 2018
reThink Food was not just the name of a conference held last week at the Culinary Institute of America, it was also the challenge I and the other 200 attendees accepted. Thought leaders in food, technology, design and behavior explored how big data, robotics, agriculture and culinary strategy are radically changing food markets, systems and...
Pink Lettuce, Golden Berries and Cauliflower Rice
July 13, 2018
Raise your hand if the first question your mom always asks is, “Did you eat?” closely followed by “Was it delicious?" If so, you’re one of us. Welcome to FH FAB (Food Agribusiness and Beverage) - 150+ food scientists, grown-up farm kids, nutritionists skeptical about keto, and brand marketers crossing 80 cities and 30 countries....
On the Menu in 2015: Building Your Brand Through Menu Labeling
January 2, 2015
Just before the highest calorie intake day of the year, the Food and Drug Administration announced the final rules for menu labeling the day before Thanksgiving. Part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, these regulations will require calories and other key nutrition facts be shared in restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are...
Thoughts on Today’s Food Marketing Landscape (Part Two)
October 1, 2014
In a recent post, we shared the first half of a dozen select insights about the U.S. food marketplace that FleishmanHillard’s food and agribusiness experts arrived at by reviewing published research and sharing our own personal and professional experiences. In this post, we are passing along the remaining six observations we believe should be taken...
Menu Labeling: Building a Strategy for Implementation
September 8, 2014
Included as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, menu labeling regulations are on track to be finalized no later than the end of this year. We believe there are two ways to think about implementing menu labeling: A painful and expensive exercise A great opportunity to develop a business-driving nutrition communications strategy that will...
Thoughts on Today's Food Marketing Landscape
August 21, 2014
Taking a frequent pulse on what matters in today’s food marketing landscape helps guide us in further increasing the consumption of our clients’ products. We recently landed on a dozen select insights about the U.S. marketplace based on published research, personal conversations, and professional experience. In this post, we are sharing six of those observations...