Man has it been a busy few weeks, so here’s a little compilation of what I’ve been discovering and writing about recently:
Some people mark time in semesters, or vacations. I seem to mark mine with food shows: the Summer Fancy Food Show is right around the corner. And based on the number of parties lined up, the prospect of former Trader Joe’s President Doug Rauch as a speaker and tributes to old time specialty food veterans, it’s going to be a good one.
7 Useful Food Business Bites for June
- Goodbye bad fat. The FDA is officially banning trans far in processed food. So if you haven’t started using partially hydrogenated fats, now is a good time to not start using them.
- What no eggs? The avian flu has felled millions of chickens. The interesting side effect may be some big companies reformulating. Read about this epic tragedy and get ideas for egg-free recipes.
- Ingredients…And while you’re thinking of being au naturel, check out this list of natural colors and flavors mostly made from fruits and vegetables that I pulled together from recent trade shows.
- Costco’s #1 in organics. Surprised? Here’re some good things about this news.
- Funding…Are you a Clearly Canadian fan? Apparently there are many. This old brand came up with a foolproof way to raise money for a production run.
- Big food going au naturel…I simply had to compile a list of companies committing to ax the bad stuff. Let me know who I’m missing.
- I like candy! So I rounded up the top 2015 candy trends.
And a fun story about Coke. Yes that Coke.
Turns out Coca-Cola crowdsourced its bottle design. Just like we’re doing today. Only before the Internet. Pretty amazing.
Back then, Coke was probably much like the size of Back to the Roots, which announced $2 million funding and a vision to be the next “Kraft Foods.” This is one of the companies who shared their tale in Good Food, Great Business. Their story especially tickles my fancy as the business came to be after they heard a casual comment.
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it.
See you in New York?