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March 2, 2018

Good Food + Good Advice and The Perfect Lunch Date

I love food. I love cooking it, reading about it and eating it. When I moved back to St. Louis from Chicago, I was terrified of the culinary situation I was entering into. I hadn’t lived in St. Louis for 10 years and knew nothing about the food scene. So,...

 

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February 23, 2018

What Boston Beer’s Volume Declines Tell Us About Craft Beer

As expected, Boston Beer Company’s 2017 financial results failed to impress analysts and continued to spotlight some fundamental flaws in the beer industry. In my opinion, the most foreboding number from the company’s 2017 results: 3.8 million barrels shipped. That may seem like a lot of beer, but it’s actually...

 

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February 19, 2018

Beard Awards Recognizes Friends and Colleagues

One of the best parts about my job is the daily interaction I have with true artisans of the food and beverage industry. From chefs to bakers to brewers, I’m fortunate to have met, and in some cases, worked with, people that inspire me. Many of these people were recently...

 

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February 12, 2018

Defining What “Healthy” Means For Consumers and Product Developers

An interesting segment ran on the Today Show recently naming the top 50 healthy foods and snacks. The website, Eat This, Not That!, was responsible for the list, and they did a great job. Not necessarily in determining the 50 snacks and beverages, but in setting the criteria for what...

 

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February 7, 2018

Finding Balance in Foods and Beverages Developed for Kids

I took my kids to McDonald’s for breakfast before school yesterday. It’s a rare occurrence, as I love providing my family with three home-cooked meals a day when possible, and I’m a bit of a health nut. However, the girls were being sweet, mom had an early morning conference call...

 

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January 31, 2018

In beverage category, the big get bigger but the little companies have all the fun

Keurig Dr Pepper. The name just rolls off your tongue, right? Not really, but those three words were uttered or printed by thousands of newscasters, newspapers and bloggers analyzing the latest mega merger in the food and beverage industry. But before we get into that, did you know that there...

 

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January 24, 2018

Case Study: How to Break a Client into a New Market

Client: National Honey Board Breaking into a new market is always a challenge, regardless of the product or service. In 2017, Brightly Creative was tasked with breaking the National Honey Board into the craft spirits market. The goal was to replicate the success we had three years earlier breaking honey...

 

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January 20, 2018

What to Make of 2017 Beer Industry Sales

The number of new craft breweries in the United States is exploding through the roof. The number of people drinking beer has remained stable. Something’s gotta give, and recently released sales stats from IRI Worldwide provide a bit of insight. I’ll attempt to mine this insight into a cognitive blog...

 

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January 20, 2018

On the Road: Reno, Nevada

When: January 10-12, 2018 Why: American Beekeeping Federation’s Conference and Tradeshow Thinking about visiting Reno? Don’t. That’s probably a bit too harsh of an assessment considering I was only in the city for two days, and spent most of the time in a hotel at meetings. Still, the times I...

 

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January 20, 2018

Food and Beverage Trends in 2018

A blog post in which I join the countless others making predictions about what to expect this year in the food and beverage industry. Hopefully, I mined some insights in here others have not covered. Without further ado….predictions about the food and beverage industry in 2018. Authenticity will become imperative...

 

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