Big Brewers Investing in Cider

With beer consumption on the decline, Heineken NV, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, and Carlsberg have intensified their efforts to sell cider, a segment that saw U.S. volumes grow 20% last year, Bloomberg reports. The stats come from Euromonitor International, which also reported that U.S. beer consumption fell 2% last year. And with craft beer sales growing…

Consumers Want Fresh

Consumers are increasingly turning away from processed foods toward fresh alternatives and especially produce, said three industry experts in the panel discussion, “Turning Customers into Consumers to Increase Consumption” at last weekend’s Fresh Summit held in Anaheim, California. “The number one trend we see in terms of what’s going on with food culture is the…

Snack Bars Outpace Market

A new research report shows the U.S. snack bar market has grown at twice the rate of other snack foods and nearly three times the rate of the overall packaged food sector during the past decade. And Rabobank forecasts strong continued growth in the category in the years ahead, powered by favorable consumption trends and…

Mobile Security Still a Concern

The security of consumer data processed via mobile devices, especially at the checkout, remains a critical industry concern, Supermarket News reports. “The risk of breaches only increases as more personal digital devices are introduced into the workplace,” said Bill Bishop, chairman of Willard Bishop in Barrington, Ill. “It’s hard to know how well prepared retailers…

Lorillard to Invest in blu eCigs

With the national retail roll-out and advertising campaign of blu eCigs just beginning in the third quarter of 2012, sales of the electronic cigarettes contributed $14 million to Lorillard Inc.’s total net sales for the quarter. During the quarter, which ended Sept. 30, total Lorillard wholesale cigarette unit volume decreased 2.1% compared to the corresponding…

The Sandy Effect

Leaving damage in the billions of dollars and millions of people from the New Jersey coast to central Pennsylvania still without power, Superstorm Sandy launched a deluge of destruction, the effects of which will probably be felt for weeks to come. Among the looming concerns is its impact on gas prices and the region’s fuel…