Mark Hamstra

Mark
Hamstra
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Snacking 2.0 
On-the-go lifestyles and a growing interest in health combine to redefine the snack-eating occasion.
Bakery balancing act 3
Retailers weigh costs, other factors in determining whether to centralize baking operations.
Dark meat chicken gives retailers a leg up on sales  2
Consumers find value, versatility in chicken thighs and drumsticks.
Gallery: Sofi winners reflect latest specialty trends
The Specialty Food Association has unveiled the winners of the 2016 sofi Awards, which honor the outstanding products of the year in the $120.5 billion specialty food industry.
Coborn's builds on success of gluten-free, 'clean' baked goods 
Coborn’s said it is expanding the baking capacity in its dedicated gluten-free baking facility with additional equipment, as customers have been reacting favorably to the offerings.
Specialty food sales surge
Retail dollar sales of specialty products grew 19.7% from 2013-2015, according to a Specialty Food Association report.
A mixed batch in the bakery 
In-store bakeries blend more healthful and nutritious items into their offerings.
Specialty foods get special treatment 
Millennials lead quest for ‘cleaner’ specialty items as retailers tailor assortments for local demographics.
Health claims gain traction in bakery 
The in-store bakery has a reputation as a destination for indulgences, but that doesn't mean consumers want to "throw all caution to the wind."
Fresh from the freezer 
Frozen foods have begun adopting simpler ingredient labels and calling out more of the attributes that appeal to today’s consumers.
Frozen food suppliers reformulate to meet today's demands 
Many traditional brands in the frozen space have pledged to revamp their lines with simpler ingredient formulations in line with the demands of today’s consumers.
Sampling, cross-merchandising drive frozen food sales 
Among the ways retailers can better promote the healthy profiles and convenience of frozen foods is by using in-store sampling and cross-promotion, experts say.
The heat is on in sauces and condiments 
Ethnic flavors and ingredient mash-ups season the hot sauce and condiment category.
Dessert déjà vu 
From petit fours to parfaits, many of today’s popular supermarket bakery dessert offerings are classic European favorites.
Can cereal return to morning glory? 
Retailers rethink the cold cereal category, while some analysts see potential for a comeback.
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