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Cold and Flu Season is here! Fight Off Symptoms With Your Shopping Basket

Posted by Kira Karapetian on December 5, 2017

Cold and flu season has arrived and soon you’ll likely find yourself strolling down the medicine aisle at your local supermarket. But solutions to those common viruses and their pesky symptoms can actually be found throughout the store. A number of widely known food ingredients are proven to be effective at preventing and treating colds and flu.

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DataBite: Bringing Home the Bacon

Posted by Stephanie Casstevens on August 18, 2016

Bacon. It’s almost always on my shopping list, and I’m not the only one. In fact, 80.6% of American households used bacon in 2015 (Statista). As someone who owns a pig-shaped, cast iron bacon press, I was obviously excited to hear that Saturday, July 20th is Bacon Lovers’ Day. There’s just something great about waking up to the sizzling sound of bacon being fried. And whether you like your bacon in the morning with eggs, in the afternoon on a nice BLT sandwich, or maybe even for dessert on a maple-bacon cupcake, the world has created a bacon dish for you.

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DataBite: Transparency is Brewing in the Beer Industry

Posted by Stephanie Casstevens on August 12, 2016

Many beer brewers are now going to voluntarily include a serving facts statement on their products. The new labels will still include alcohol by volume but will also now list calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and include a freshness date. They’ll also be disclosing ingredients in a full list on the label or on a website accessible via a scannable code on the packaging. This is a result of the Beer Institute’s Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative announced in July. 

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DataBite: GMO Labeling Law Signals Larger Transparency Demand

Posted by Brooke Bright on August 4, 2016

President Obama has signed the GMO labeling bill into a law. The mandatory disclosure of the use of GMO ingredients is the latest reaction to an ongoing consumer mandate for transparency from brands and manufacturers.

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DataBite: Magnificent Maple Syrup

Posted by Stephanie Casstevens on July 28, 2016

Why settle for just putting maple-syrup on pancakes and french toast? After a record harvest of maple syrup this year, new recipes are emerging featuring this sweet ingredient. Recently, we talked about another great sweetener: honey. This week, we looked at all the ways maple syrup is being used, from breakfast items to seafood and just about everything in between.

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DataBite: Hot dog! It’s National Hot Dog Month

Posted by Stephanie Casstevens on July 21, 2016

According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, in 2012, consumers spent over $1.7 billion on hot dogs in supermarkets alone. This doesn’t even include all the hot dogs purchased at baseball games and summer get togethers. There’s no question that Americans love their hot dogs! While the toppings may vary by region (in Chicago we like our hot dogs with onions, green relish, mustard, tomato, sport peppers, a pickle spear, and some celery salt!) hot dogs are enjoyed all across the nation.

Image via the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

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DataBite: Ah, Honey Honey

Posted by Stephanie Casstevens on July 14, 2016

Honey consumption per person in the US has nearly doubled in the last 25 years and continues to make a beeline north. According to the National Honey Board, we’re currently consuming an average of nearly one pound (0.9 pounds) of honey per person compared to just 0.5 pounds in 1990.

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DataBite: Chocolate, the answer to everything

Posted by Label Insight Team on July 6, 2016

Mmm, World Chocolate Day. A day to pile on the Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&M’s -- in moderation, of course. (Nope, we’re not playing favorites here. These are the three chocolate brands consumers voted as their top picks in 2015.)

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DataBite: We all scream for ice cream!

Posted by Label Insight Team on July 1, 2016

Happy Friday and happy National Ice Cream Month! Yes, every July the dairy gods bless us with the holiest of celebrations: An entire month dedicated to our favorite frozen treat. If you’ve been following our DataBite series, you know we’re fans of tapping into our product data engine to uncover interesting intel about grocery product categories. And what yummier of a category than ice cream to get the scoop on.

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DataBite: The great watermelon debate

Posted by Label Insight Team on June 24, 2016

Summer has officially arrived in Label Insight’s hometown cities, Chicago and St. Louis. Our palettes have switched gears too, and we’re craving the season’s freshest ingredients. Like watermelons. But have you noticed the big change sweeping the watermelon world? They’re going seedless!

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