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- Tidbits Issue Adaptogens Say What? – Ingredient Alert March/April 2017
Adaptogens are natural, super-herbs known for their restorative properties often used in herbal medicine and Ayurvedic practices to help the body and mind adapt to stress. Driven by the health and wellness lifestyle, adaptogens such as ashwagandha and medical mushrooms like reishi, chaga, cordyceps and lion’s mane are popping up in a variety of consumer packaged goods such as functional beverages, snacks and chocolate.
- Tidbits Issue Laundry Luxe November/December 2016
Laundry, which is usually perceived as a chore and unglamorous, is becoming a subject of interest. Laundry services, pop-up laundromats, laundry scents and fashion, art and technology inspired by laundry are on the rise.
- Tidbits Fashionable Food & Beverages September/October 2016
Food and Beverages have become fashionable. Now more than ever, fashion and food are colliding and there are a variety of fun and creative collaborations happening. From footwear to beauty, everyone wants a piece of the pie.
- Tidbits Out Of This World November/December 2015
Space continues to be an area of interest and exploration. The final frontier is becoming a reality. Consumer packaged goods are visiting space, space travel is being explored and pop culture is embracing space.
- Tidbits Sensory Scents May/June 2015
This year innovation does not cease and new, multi-sensory, unique and interactive experiences driven by technology continue to launch.
- Tidbits Coffee Talk January/February 2015
There’s been a lot of buzz about coffee. From unique coffee flavor combinations and new coffee shops to caffeine pick-me ups and alternative uses, coffee is brewing.
- Tidbits Drink & Eat To Your Health October/November 2014
The latest trend in consumer packaged goods is ingestible products that are engineered to deliver a targeted functional benefit such as eye health or skin and nail health.
- Sensational Technology (PDF) April/May 2014
Multi-sensory products and services are here to stay. There are a variety of new, unique and interactive experiences driven by technology available.
- City Slicker (PDF) January/February 2014
Although not a new concept, city themes are inspiring recent fine fragrance launches.
- Smoke Signals (PDF) October/November 2013
Tobacco is not new to fine fragrances, but there has been a recent focus on the ingredient and even home fragrance launches are using the plant for inspiration. Tobacco as a flavor is making its way into a variety of food and beverages.
- Pure Polish (PDF) July/August 2013
The nail care market has boomed. Innovation is a key driver and consumers’ interest in natural products has lead manufacturers to reformulate their products while new players are launching ‘natural’ and nontoxic formulas.
- Ice Ice Baby (PDF) May/June 2013
What’s the difference between sorbet and sherbet? These frozen treats are inspiring new spring and summer fragranced and flavored product launches. The fresh ingredients and pastel colors make for a good marketing story and marketers are capitalizing on it.
- High-Tech Sensory Sensations (PDF) March/April 2013
The multi-sensory trend isn’t waning anytime soon. New and interesting sensory concepts, products and restaurants continue to be introduced.
- Bees Knees (PDF) January/February 2013
Honey has long been utilized throughout history in a majority of cultures. Visions of bear-shaped bottles with clover honey may appear, but there has been a crop of artisanal honeys and candies, cocktails and fine fragrances crafted with honey.
- What’s Poppin’? (PDF) November/December 2012
Even with the negative press, popcorn is a mainstay, beloved snack and movie staple. According to The Popcorn Board, “Americans consume 16 billion quarts of popped popcorn annually.” October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month and the sweet kernel is popping up in new applications, intriguing gourmet savory flavors, sophisticated desserts, specialty shops, and alcoholic beverages.
- Eat Dirt (PDF) September/October 2012
As children we constantly put dirt in our mouth and as adults we are going back to our roots and “eating dirt” as the raw, vegan and foraging movements evolve.
- Sea Buck What? Ingredient Alert (PDF) February/March 2012
Sea Buckthorn Berry also known as Sea Berry is a tart, orange colored grape-sized berry. This superfruit has been receiving attention for its healthful and nutritional properties. US consumer packaged goods manufacturers are just beginning to capitalize on the benefits of Sea Buckthorn with a handful of interesting products.
- Sensory Sensations (PDF) November/December 2011
The multi-sensory trend is here to stay as new and interesting concepts, products and restaurants are introduced. There are a variety of recent, unique and interactive experiences to engage consumers.
- At Your Doorstep (PDF) August/September 2011
In today‟s busy environment convenience is in ever higher demand. Delivery and subscription-based products and services are the newest retail answer to consumers‟ needs for immediacy. An exciting twist to convenience is the addition of luxury. “Curated” and “hand-picked” beauty, food, beverage, and fashion items are the latest offerings.
- Tiki Time (PDF) March/April 2011
Marketers have capitalized on our desire to escape and the most popular translation of the tropics is Tiki themed products and services including food & beverage, entertainment, and fragranced packaged goods.
- Spiked (PDF) January/February 2011
The trend towards consumer products that are spiked with alcohol is apparent in the marketplace.
- Multi-Sensory Experiences (PDF) October/November 2010
The multi-sensory trend is a reoccurring theme. The intimate connection between fragrance and flavor is being brought closer together through experiential demonstrations including education, sensory dining/drinking, and sampling.
- Shock Waves & Laser Beams (PDF) August/September 2010
Technology continues to drive new product launches, particularly in facial skincare. There has been a plethora of activity in high-tech delivery systems, including battery operated devices, natural electrically charged facial products, and red and blue light phototherapy gadgets.
- Good Things Come In Small Packages (PDF) May/June 2010
There has been a plethora of activity in innovative applicators and delivery systems, particularly in cosmetic and personal care packaging. Roller ball applicators, dual-ended wands, battery operated products and multifunctional packaging are examples of the newest introductions.
- Fairytales & Fantasies (PDF) March/April 2010
Regardless of our age, fairytales and princess fantasies stay with us. There has been a new focus on adult fairytales and consumer products. Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland sparked this interest and has been influential in the launch of fantastical fashion and beauty products and food and beverages.
- Through The Grapevine (PDF) January/February 2010
Grapes, particularly those used in wine, are appearing in a variety of products across market segments. Food and beverages, accessories and innovative packaging, and high-end skincare products based on wine continue to emerge.
- La Dolce Vita (PDF) November/December 2009
The latest craze in the food and beverage sector is Stevia, a natural sweetener and common sugar substitute with zero calories. Its origins are from South America and it’s between 200 and 300 times sweeter than sugar.
- Clean Sweep (PDF) September/October 2009
It’s flu season and with the H1N1 (Swine Flu) pandemic on the rise there is a heightened awareness about germs. The public’s concern with germs and bacteria is driving growth in the launch of antibacterial and sanitizing products. Fragranced hand sanitizers, sterilizing UV gadgets, antimicrobial packaging, travel accessories, and food safety products are recent examples.
- Perfectly Polished (PDF) July/August 2009
Nail care is traditionally a quiet category driven by seasonal color launches and quick drying formulas. However, there has been a surge of recent activity in new applications, technology, and services.
- You Fill Up My Senses (PDF) May/June 2009
The multi-sensorial trend, particularly in fragrance and flavor, continues to evolve. New products and services that engage consumers’ attention through technology and unique delivery systems abound.
- What’s Your Type? (PDF) March/April 2009
Entertainment based on vampires, products incorporating the word “blood,” and products based on consumers’ blood types are gaining popularity. Movies, books, and websites based on vampires, blood vessel dilating technology, blood type profiling, and blood orange variants in consumer packaged goods are a few recent examples.
- Apothecary (PDF) January/February 2009
Apothecary – “a place for the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical herbs, elixirs, and potions” and/or “a pharmacy or drugstore” is making a return. Bars, personal care products, and accessories using the apothecary theme are gaining popularity.
- What’s Up Doc? (PDF) November/December 2008
Clinical strength and doctor-developed products driven by technology and ingredients are the latest craze. High-end skin care, antiperspirant/deodorants, children’s products and ready-to-drink beverages are a few recent product examples.
- F & B Buzz (PDF) September/October 2008
The food and beverage marketplace is crowded and manufacturers and consumers alike are looking for unique products. Artisan ice creams, designer packaging, and added benefits are a few examples of how companies are engaging the consumers’ attention.
- Mamma Mia (PDF) August 2008
Today there is a plethora of services and products available for expecting parents; many that have been designed by seasoned parents. From prenatal services and products to practical and functional accessories, choices for new parents abound.
- Dripping with Diamonds (PDF) July 2008
They say “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but diamonds are appearing in more than just jewelry, and aren’t just for women. From luxury accessories to beauty care products, diamonds are being used in packaging and as an ingredient.
- Form & Function (PDF) June 2008
Form and function are important elements used in design. Now, more and more merchandise is being designed using technology that combines multi-functional purposes and intriguing aesthetics. From fashion and accessories to beauty and consumer packaged goods, these design elements continue to surface.
- Chew On This (PDF) May 2008
Manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike are looking for new and exciting ingredients to create unique products and enticing marketing concepts. Several ingredients are emerging in food and beauty products.
- Fun In The Sun (PDF) April 2008
It’s time to get ready for the great outdoors and to protect our skin from harmful sunrays. Technology drives new product launches such as interesting applications, sunless tanning products, and protective sun gear.
- Gold Mine (PDF) March 2008
In the midst of a recession, consumers are trading up for premium products. They are gravitating towards affordable luxuries, products that provide a higher level of quality, taste, and aspiration towards a higher status. Examples of affordable luxuries include fine dining, premium alcohol, and high-end skincare. A common theme to communicate luxury is gold and 24 Karat gold is the “in vogue” ingredient being used across segments.
- Sensory Overload (PDF) February 2008
Our society is bombarded with information and stimuli; there are so many choices of products and services. To differentiate from other brands, manufacturers are making their products and services multi-sensorial. Through technology consumers are able to experience, smell, and/or taste products before purchase. Innovative technology such as individual scent packs, scented and flavored print media, and inviting aromatic environments are engaging consumers and creating personal and emotional relationships.
- On The Run (PDF) January 2008
Because of today’s busy and hectic lifestyles, consumers are continually searching for convenient products and services to make life easier. In response to market demands, companies have created innovative travel sized packaging, food on-the-go, and mobile services.
- Made To Order (PDF) December 2007
Bespoke, Customized, and Made-to-Order are not new concepts, but they are being interpreted in new ways. At one time, customized products and services were elite and only available to the wealthy. Now personalized products in beauty, fashion, and food are within reach of all.
- Mother Nature (PDF) November 2007
“Green” is the hot topic on everyone’s list. We’ve seen green products and services introduced in a myriad of industries. There are emerging, environmentally friendly ingredients and materials being used to meet the demands of eco-conscious consumers. Corn, potato, soy, and bamboo aren’t just for eating anymore; these ingredients are finding new earth-friendly uses in design, fashion, and beauty.
- Living Raw (PDF) October 2007
Organic. Natural. Green. Why not add “raw” and “living” to the list of marketing buzzwords? Consuming “raw” or “living” food is in vogue as consumers continue to embrace healthier lifestyles. Like any lifestyle trend, there are many variations: Vegetarianism (eat only raw vegetables), Veganism (same as Vegetarianism except no dairy), and Fruitarianism (eat only raw fruits and seeds). Many products and services are sprouting up to meet these rising consumer needs.
- Rest Assured (PDF) September 2007
Ahh bed…if life were perfect we would all sleep through the night and get a full eight hours. As we know, life isn’t perfect and many of us do not get enough sleep. That’s why marketers, researchers, and manufacturers alike are focusing on products and services designed to help us sleep better.