Fewer Michigan Apples

Michigan is the third largest apple producer in the U.S., but this year growers are picking only 10 to 15 percent of their normal crop. Michigan State University estimates the wholesale value of the missing apples to be $110 million, a hit that is rippling through the regional apple economy. “This spring, 2012, is probably going…

Beer Ups and Downs

Beer remained the largest segment of the U.S. adult beverage industry, accounting for more than four-fifths of total alcohol volume, but was challenged by both economic and consumer trends that resulted in a 1.3% decline in 2011, according to food and beverage consultancy Technomic’s 2012 BeerTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report. Total beer volume was…

Organic Milk Sales Increase

Organic milk sales were up 15% last year, Supermarket News reports. While representing just 3.8% of total milk volume, organic milk continues to gain momentum with consumers, according to Prime Consulting Group. More than half (52%) of organic milk was purchased at natural food stores, while club stores also sold a significant portion (10%). Supermarkets…

Preference for Mobile Coupons Rising

More than 42% of women who redeem grocery and consumer coupons prefer receiving SMS-based coupons via their mobile phones, according to RadiumOne’s mobile coupon research study, “Improving the Performance of Mobile Coupons.” The survey, which targeted women between the ages of 35 and 54, found that 61.9% redeem grocery and consumer goods retail coupons. Just…

Mid-Calorie Trends

Snack brands like Dreyer’s/Edy’s ice cream, Hershey’s chocolate, and Lay’s potato chips are trying to solve the dieter’s dilemma by rolling out mid-calorie goodies that have more fat and calories than the snacks of earlier diet crazes, but less than the original versions, reported the Associated Press. They are following the lead of soda companies…

Foodservice Beverage Sales Up

According to new Technomic research, foodservice beverage sales rose sharply last year, with 71% of consumers now purchasing beverages away from home twice a week or more, up from 66% in 2010, Marketing Daily reports. As reported in Technomic’s Beverage Consumer Trend Report, more than two-thirds of consumers surveyed said they drank hot coffee (68%)…