St. Patrick’s Day 2017

March 17, 2017

Retailers love holidays. Holidays provide a focal point for promotions and sales. St. Patrick’s Day is no different. Kristen Cloud … Continued

The Evolution of the Grocery Store

February 17, 2017

We’ve all seen western movies that include a scene in which a calico-clad frontier woman tells the owner of the … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: Grocery Shopping

January 24, 2017

Grocery shopping has been an activity in which humans have engaged since the first marketplaces were set up millennia ago. … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: Flavors and Food

January 18, 2017

Flavor preferences change over time as global populations are exposed to new dishes. Although they may not change as rapidly … Continued

Global Food Security: GMOs Safe but Not Curing Hunger

December 2, 2016

Most people know the global population continues to rise. Predictions that the world will reach peak population mid-century and then … Continued

Will Millennials Change What’s Found on Grocers’ Shelves?

September 20, 2016

A couple of years ago, Monica Watrous (@MonicaWatrous) reported that the Specialty Food Association and Mintel International concluded millennials are … Continued

Helping People at the Base of the Pyramid Obtain Water

August 26, 2016

“The world runs on water,” writes Betsy Otto, Director of the Global Water Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). … Continued

Agriculture: Old MacDonald had a Farm, I-T, I-T, Oh!

August 10, 2016

Agriculture is one humanity’s oldest professions. Many scholars trace the birth of agriculture to the Neolithic (or new Stone Age) … Continued

Bolster Content Marketing to Reach Millennials

July 20, 2016

Millennials like to be informed. That’s one reason that content marketing is a great way to reach them. The age … Continued

Does Walmart’s Effort Secure the Future of Online Grocery Shopping?

June 28, 2016

“It’s been clear for a while,” writes Bill Bishop (@BrickMeetsClick), Chief Architect at Brick Meets Click, “that a wide range … Continued

The Complex World of Flavors

May 2, 2016

“They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick,” writes Candice Choi (@candicechoi). “But the artificial and … Continued

Pressure Mounts for Better Safety at Both Ends of the Food Supply Chain

April 7, 2016

The food supply chain has received a lot of attention over the past few years — not all of that … Continued

Your Mama Didn’t Know about Umami

November 13, 2015

“When it comes to flavor,” writes Melinda Johnson (@MelindaRD), a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Nutrition Program at Arizona State … Continued

Is the Future of Agriculture Indoors and Afloat?

November 6, 2015

Few things in life are certain. We do know, however, that people have to eat. We also know that figuring … Continued

The Future of Food and Your Personal FlavorPrint®

October 8, 2015

Anyone familiar with my company, Enterra Solutions®, knows it played a major role in the development of FlavorPrint®. First developed … Continued

Spice Up Your (Long) Life with Spicy Food

September 18, 2015

Most people want to live longer and healthier lives. Spicing up your life might be just the ticket to reaching … Continued

Grocery Shopping with Millennials: Bring Your Smartphone

September 3, 2015

Supermarket giant Kroger is expanding its experiment with an online ordering service called ClickList that allows consumers to order groceries … Continued

The World Needs to Discuss Changing Agricultural Practices

August 21, 2015

“To meet the growing global demand for food this century,” writes Giovanni Rodriguez (@giorodriguez), co-founder and CEO of SocialxDesign, “we … Continued

Kraft/Heinz Merger Highlights Need for Cognitive Value Chain™

August 20, 2015

The Kraft Heinz Co. recently announced that it was laying off 2500 employees in the U.S. and Canada (including 700 … Continued

Fatty Foods Taste Good — Fat, Not So Much!

August 7, 2015

“You may have a love-hate relationship with fat and not even realize it,” writes Sara Elliott. “Fat may inspire loathing … Continued

Eating, Drinking, and Shopping with Millennials

July 23, 2015

“Millennial mania … is overtaking all manner of businesses,” writes Hilary Stout (@hastout), “and [it] seems to be getting more … Continued

Seven Technologies Helping Grocery Shopping to get Personal

July 13, 2015

Last fall, Neil Z. Stern (@neilstern1), a senior partner of McMillanDoolittle, had the opportunity to visit a unique store in … Continued

Combating Supply Chain Fraud, Waste, Theft, & Abuse

June 24, 2015

“Everyday supply-chain transactions pose some of the biggest fraud, waste, and abuse risks companies face,” asserts Sabine Vollmer. “But few … Continued

Book Review: Connected by Design

June 18, 2015

I became interested in Barry Wacksman’s (@wacksman) and Chris Stutzman’s (@cjstutzman) book Connected by Design when I learned that it contained … Continued

Is Online Grocery Shopping Really About to Soar?

June 16, 2015

“Since the early days of the internet,” writes Cooper Smith (@CooperASmith), “entrepreneurs have dreamed of moving grocery shopping online. It’s … Continued

Big Data and Technology are Changing the Face of Agriculture

May 28, 2015

“When you think of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, you might think of high tech fields like Nanotechnology or microchip … Continued

The Changing Food Landscape

May 18, 2015

“We are obsessed with food,” states a report from Acosta. “We research how ingredients are grown; we share photos of … Continued

Big Data and Technology Poised to Help Agriculture

April 27, 2015

Everyone is aware of how significant California’s drought has become. If you are thinking, “Thank God I don’t live in … Continued

Food Security and Science

April 21, 2015

Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center released results from two polls that indicate a majority of scientists have confidence … Continued

Vivanda Aims to Take FlavorPrint® to New Heights

April 6, 2015

Kim Nash (@knash99) reports that, in a data-driven world, more and more CIOs are becoming CEOs. She writes, “The latest … Continued

Food Security: Overcoming Risks in the Food Supply Chain

March 26, 2015

Consumers in the developed world have come to expect supermarkets to offer all varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout … Continued

Fat: You Need Some in Your Diet and It May be a Sixth Taste

March 6, 2015

Over the last several decades fat in our diets has received a lot of bad press. Low fat and no … Continued

Food Security: A Growing Global Concern

February 16, 2015

Those of us residing in the United States consider ourselves blessed to be living in a land of plenty — … Continued

The Future of Food: Will Bugs be Labeled Organic?

December 22, 2014

This time of year people think a lot about treats — candy canes hung on Christmas trees, visions of sugarplums, … Continued

2015 Predictions: Food and Flavors

December 9, 2014

Although the end-of-the-year prediction season generally involves prognostications about things like emerging technologies, the economy, political events, and the like, … Continued

Food Security and STEM Education

December 5, 2014

The World Food Prize believes “The Greatest Challenge in Human History” is answering the question: “Can We Sustainably Feed the … Continued

Food Security: Don’t Let Fears of Frankenfoods Put the World’s Poor at Risk

November 6, 2014

This week voters in Oregon and Colorado defeated measures that would have required food products that contain genetically modified organisms … Continued

From Seeds to Sows, Scientists are Adapting Food Supply to Climate Change: Part 2

October 24, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series on how scientists are working to ensure future food security, I set the … Continued

From Seeds to Sows, Scientists are Adapting Food Supply to Climate Change: Part 1

October 23, 2014

“When a team of researchers from the University of Delaware traveled to Africa two years ago to search for exemplary … Continued

On the Digital Path to Purchase, CPG are Firms Moving Slowly

October 20, 2014

“The consumer path to purchase has become complicated in the digital age.” asserts Kinga Hulewicz (@KingaHulewicz). “Consumers have become savvier, … Continued

Online Grocery Shopping: Is That Your Supper in the Mailbox?

October 3, 2014

In an article entitled “Online Grocery Shopping Continues to Grow,” I noted that the online grocery business model that seems … Continued

Food Wouldn’t Taste as Good if You Couldn’t Smell It

September 12, 2014

“Love chocolate?” asks Laura Moss (@LauraJMoss). “What if you could make it taste sweeter? Believe it or not, you can … Continued

Big Data’s Big Role in Agriculture

September 3, 2014

The world’s population is increasing. We all know that. We also know that feeding that population is going to require … Continued

The Potential of Essential Oils in the Food Sector

August 15, 2014

Look up “essential oils” on the Internet and you mostly get sites about aromatherapy. Wikipedia states, “An essential oil is … Continued

McCormick Continues to Pursue Its Online Presence

August 7, 2014

McCormick & Company® is constantly “pushing to raise the art, science and passion of flavor to a higher level — … Continued

Food Trends to Watch

July 30, 2014

Harvey Hartman notes that there are a few powerful voices in food sector who punch above their weight when it … Continued

Technology and Food

July 25, 2014

We are living in a world of growing consumerism; but, we all know that truly important things for humankind’s survival … Continued

The Internet of Things: Saving Ourselves with Technology

July 23, 2014

I recently listened to a provocative presentation given by Gary Atkinson (@GaryA_ARM), Director of Emerging Technologies at ARM, entitled “Can … Continued

Big Data Analytics Could Produce Big Results in the Agricultural Sector

July 8, 2014

Even though humankind is still dependent on agriculture for its survival, most developed and developing states no longer rely primarily … Continued

Online Grocery Shopping Continues to Grow

July 3, 2014

In a two-part series entitled “Supermarkets and Digitalization, Part 1 and Part 2,” I cited an article written by Brad … Continued

Big Data and Big Flavors

June 26, 2014

When you hear the term Big Data, the first thing that pops into your mind probably isn’t food, flavors, or … Continued

Farmers and Scientists Must Collaborate to Feed the World

June 6, 2014

“The world could be less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people … Continued

The Food Industry Looks to Deliver Bold and Spicy Flavors

June 3, 2014

The head chef at McCormick’s technical innovation center in Hunt Valley, MD, Kevan Vetter, is always looking for new recipes … Continued

Food Flavors: Making “Senses” of it All

May 9, 2014

When people think about food, they generally imagine how it will taste on the tongue. Most of us know, however, … Continued

Improving the Flavor of Food: Do You Add Balance or Bytes?

April 17, 2014

“It’s happened to us all at one point or another,” writes Melanie Pinola, “the dish you’ve cooked is too salty, … Continued

Our Sense of Taste and the Future of Food Security

March 24, 2014

The world population is predicted to reach 9 billion people by the year 2050. Bill Gates, Microsoft mogul and co-founder … Continued

As Food Prices Surge, Increases in Hungry People Can’t be Far Behind

March 19, 2014

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports, “Surging prices for food staples from coffee to meat to vegetables are … Continued

The Supply Chain’s Role in Food Security

March 13, 2014

“If current growth patterns continue,” writes Doug Austin, Senior Vice President of Growth & Innovation, “‘extra mouths to feed’ will … Continued

3D Printed Food

February 21, 2014

In a post I wrote last year entitled “Trekkies Rejoice! Food Replicators are Coming Soon,” I discussed how culinary schools, … Continued

Food Security and Climate Change

February 19, 2014

At the end of a previous post entitled “Resilience in the Food Supply Chain,” I indicated that I would write … Continued

Old MacDonald had Big Data — EIEIO

February 13, 2014

“Big data. If you haven’t yet heard that term dropped in casual conversation with other farmers,” writes Jim Langcuster, “you … Continued

Resilience in the Food Supply Chain

February 4, 2014

A couple of years ago, Daniel Dumke wrote, “The food supply chain satisfies one of the most basic Maslowian needs. … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Food, Part 2

December 11, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part post about food predictions for the coming year, I discussed trends in foods and … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Food, Part 1

December 10, 2013

For over a dozen years, McCormick & Company has annually released its McCormick® Flavor Forecast®. The Forecast is created by McCormick … Continued

The Taste of Umami

December 3, 2013

“Sweet, bitter, salty and sour are the four taste qualities upon which the human sense of taste is based,” Bernd … Continued

Use of Digital Coupons is Growing

November 27, 2013

Earlier this year I posted an article entitled Americans Love Their Coupons. In that article, I quoted Emma Rosenblum who … Continued

Supermarkets and Digitalization, Part 2

November 26, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part series on the digitalization of supermarkets, I discussed the increased use of mobile apps, … Continued

Supermarkets and Digitalization, Part 1

November 25, 2013

About a year and a half ago, Annie Gasparro and Timothy W. Martin wrote, “Americans still shop for groceries. They’re … Continued

Our Quirky Sense of Taste

November 19, 2013

The cover story for the November issue of CGT Magazine discusses how McCormick’s FlavorPrint program is inspiring consumers. The article … Continued

Preventing and Mitigating Food Waste

November 15, 2013

“Around the world some 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste is produced annually,” reports Peter Harrison. He states that this … Continued

Enterra’s Cognitive Reasoning Platform™ Brings Era of Big Data to Consumer Packaging Industry

October 30, 2013

As of today, I’m transitioning the Enterra Insights blog to a new platform that will be hosted on Enterra Solutions’ … Continued

Keeping Up with Changing Tastes

October 2, 2013

IBM has been trying to demonstrate how its Watson computer can be useful in a number of fields. Earlier this … Continued

Sensing Food: The Role of Color

September 19, 2013

Back in the fall of 2000, three researchers, Lawrence L. Garber, Jr., Eva M. Hyatt, and Richard G. Starr, Jr., … Continued

Packaging and Sustainability

September 6, 2013

Manufacturers and retailers know that packaging serves a number of functions. Good packaging protects the products they contain, attracts the … Continued

The Real, Fake Food You’ve Been Waiting For

August 7, 2013

You might have missed the announcement, but “after three months, $330,000 and a high-profile media blitz, the world’s first hamburger … Continued

Tableware and Taste

June 28, 2013

Our sense of taste is an interesting topic. In other posts on the subject, I’ve noted that other senses (especially … Continued

Trekkies Rejoice! Food Replicators are Coming Soon

June 26, 2013

In the original Star Trek series, meals served to crew members in space came from food synthesizers that, in subsequent … Continued

Enjoying Food: Taste, and Our Other Senses

May 13, 2013

Any true connoisseur of food understands that all of our senses (taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing) play a role … Continued

Food Security Requires Implementing Complementary Strategies

May 6, 2013

Mankind has been trying to control the weather since the dawn of time. Historically, this intervention has taken the form … Continued

The Future is About Flavor

April 11, 2013

With 30 percent of consumers’ food, grocery, and personal care budgets being spent on fresh food, seasonings that enhance the … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 3

April 10, 2013

In the final segment of this three-part series, I want to discuss some of the technological breakthroughs that could help … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 2

April 9, 2013

In Part 1 of this three-part series, I discussed the overall problem of predicted water shortages. In this post, I … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 1

April 8, 2013

In the Part Two of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," the bard discusses the distress of … Continued