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Kids’ nutrition at the forefront

By Jessica Jacobsen
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 According to a presentation by Chicago-based Mintel at this year’s Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo, 89 percent of U.S. parents say they are likely to purchase breakfast foods that their children ask for, and about 40 percent say they will buy a treat for their kids if they ask for it. 


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Beverage social butterflies

By Stephanie Cernivec
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 Most beverage-makers would love to be flies on a wall when it comes to a conversation between consumers about their brands.  


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Coffee sets the ‘pace’

By Jessica Jacobsen
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 Americans love their cups of coffee.  


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Premeditated shopping on the rise

By Jennifer Zegler
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 In an effort to save money, today’s recession-shocked shoppers continue to evolve their retail tactics.  


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Drink your oatmeal?

By Jennifer Zegler
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It’s well-known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with increasingly hectic schedules — not to mention the hard-to-resist snooze button — time-crunched consumers often find themselves skipping the meal.
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Fast-growing future

By Jessica Jacobsen
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A comical line in the digital animation film “The Lorax” quips that if you put something in a plastic bottle, people will buy it. Although the joke is meant as a mockery of selling bottled air, many beverage categories have emerged in bottles in the last couple of years.
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Authenticity finds a niche

By Jennifer Zegler
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Technology advancements have given us 3-D TVs, virtual tradeshows and smartphones with electronic personal assistants, but it’s a shame that this magazine does not have an interactive smell component this month.
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‘Smart’ marketing

By Jessica Jacobsen
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My phone isn’t smart — if it were a student, it would be a C-average one.
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The curious case of a beverage boom

By Jennifer Zegler
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Gordon Wade, chief executive officer of the Category Management Association (CMA), Wimberley, Texas, mentioned during an interview for this month’s Channel Strategies article an interesting observation about the industry’s explosive growth.
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Packaging opportunities

By Jessica Jacobsen
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Packaging can be an important, yet difficult decision for beverage-makers. In this month’s category focus article about kids drinks, Sarah Theodore, global drinks analyst for Mintel Food & Drink, Chicago, notes that the kids market has been a little bit slow to embrace packaging innovation, but is starting to pick up steam. However, resealable pouch packages, the benefits of which include on-the-go convenience, have begun to catch on in the category, she says.
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