Mealtimes were once the building blocks of the daily schedule but work, school and social accountabilities have caused meal patterns to shift. Today’s modern eating plan is more flexible and personalized and approximately 50% of eating occasions are considered as snacks. As the lines between meals and snacks blur, there are several opportunities for retailers to meet the consumer’s need for food on-the-go while providing guidance toward nutritious, wholesome options.
Over the years, weight loss programs, products and pills have promised quick and lasting results, however, few have had the research or results to support their claims. And while many individuals have been successful with weight loss, the percent of those individuals who keep the weight off over time is extremely low. What can retailers do to change this trend and help communities be healthier? Dr. James Hill, University of Alabama Birmingham, contends that the total issue of metabolic regulation is complex, much like the problem of global warming, and we need to use techniques that address this complexity. Based on his research, Dr. Hill shares the following insights:
As nutrition communicators, retail dietitians may sometimes find it difficult to deliver sound nutrition advice amid a social media environment powered by click-bait. This situation can also be a struggle for large food companies who are trying to balance nutrition science with consumer trends. Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, provides insights for how they navigate the complex task of combining shopper interest in trending media hype with sound nutrition science to create products that sell in your supermarkets.
In preparation for all the wonderful things the food world was looking forward to in the year 2000, I sat down with European artist Herbert Hofer to share my vision of what a supermarket might look like in 2000. The year was 1989 and Hofer painted a consumer experience second to none.
With limited land available for agriculture as well as heightened interest in conserving nature resources like water, new types of agriculture – both plant and animal – are emerging. As consumers become more savvy in their knowledge of these options, retailers are increasing product offerings from new agriculture methodologies. Today’s article explores one of these methodologies – aquaponics.