Food For Thought - RMD Blog

24 Things We Learned & Loved at Expo West

24 Things We Learned & Loved at Expo West

RMDAdvertising-ExpoWest2016

There was so much to see at Natural Products Expo West this year! From our clients that were exhibiting to the brands that inspired us, we flew home with our heads full of BIG ideas.

This is our 24th anniversary, so in keeping with the theme, we’ll share 24 trends we noticed as we walked the aisles.

Tweet: 24 #food #trends we noticed at #ExpoWest this year. Take a look, #foodies! https://rmdadvertising.com/blog/ https://ctt.ec/Ydaqe24 #food #trends we noticed at #ExpoWest this year. Take a look, #foodies! https://rmdadvertising.com/blog/ https://ctt.ec/Ydaqe

1. Keep an eye out for bone broth!

2. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the food industry.

3. The great divide between certifications, such as gluten-free, organic and all-natural, still remains. Consumers have more than ever to decipher as they navigate nutrition.

4. Brands that grow fastest are those that move swiftly and with a great deal of energy.

5. Taste trumps all. All other aspects of a product are irrelevant if it tastes great.

6. The industry grows in direct proportion to America’s love affair with food. We’re entranced with nostalgia and pop culture all at once.

7. Select food brands have become so popular that the entrepreneurs behind the brand name have become celebrities in many respects.

8. The strongest brands are fueled by a food tribe of consumers that love the brand, as well as a team that is passionate about its success.

9. Similar products are saturating the market, the ever-present question is, how do you stand out? Having a unique voice is vital to success right now.

10.Smart on-the-go snacking is still a hot topic as consumers continue to live their busy, fast-paced lifestyles and want healthy options they can feel good about.

11. Transparency is still one of the most important aspects of a product companies continue to feature.

12. In line with the need for transparency is the need for the humane treatment of animals. Consumers continue to be concerned about where their food is coming from. That’s what we like to see! Check out NestFresh for a look at transparency done right.

13. Jerkies, meats and high protein products are still all the rage.

14. Pulses are currently emerging as a hot trend.

15. Interactive marketing had a huge impact on how recognizable a brand was at Expo West.

16. While there were fewer frozen food brands exhibiting, this could be a great opportunity to capitalize on the benefits of frozen food, highlighting freezing as a natural preservative. That’s why we love our frozen food clients, like Mom Made Foods, Tandoor Chef and Graeter’s Ice Cream.

17. Packaging saw a trend towards a clean and modern feel, with a color design of only two to three colors.

18. Clean nutritional panels are a huge draw for today’s health conscious consumers.

19. Candy has expanded to the organic category, offering consumers a new way to indulge.

20. Organic sodas and juices continue to grow in influence, with fruit flavors being the most popular.

21. The granola and energy bar categories are congested. Differentiation in packaging and variety in flavor will likely help it to grow.

22. Dairy brands are focused primarily on yogurt and cheese. However, butter has great potential to take the category by storm … Minerva Dairy, anyone?

23. Digital displays with video – showcasing best practices and sustainability – helped a number of brands find success at Expo West.

24. Healthy snacks for children, with a focus on fun, party packs and small sizes, made headway.

5 ways to connect with food consumers on the radio

5 ways to connect with food consumers on the radio

RMD-ConnectFoodConsumersOnRadio

Despite misnomers that radio is a dying medium, 93% of adult consumers tune into the radio each week, according to the Nielsen 2015 Music Report. Are you making your voice heard?

With a broad spectrum of consumers as your captive audience, a CPG brand can make an impact on consumers’ buying patterns and shopping behavior. Taking advantage of valuable learned media and airtime to position yourself as an expert in the food industry as well as a confidant consumers can learn to lean on is critical and smart!

Here are five easy ways to make sure your food brand is connecting with your ideal consumer on the radio.

1. Make it educational.
Among all of the news headlines that bombard consumers from the moment they get out of bed, your radio segment should offer them a break from all of that noise. Whether you’re sharing ways health-conscious families can make an easier transition to gluten-free or tips for hosting the perfect homegating party, give your audience a reason to listen. Make their lives better!

2. Make it timely.
Your advertising agency should be able to expertly tune into today’s timeliest headlines. They are usually a great way to take the nation’s pulse. What do your consumers care about? Does sustainable farming intrigue them? Do non-GMO foods fill their pantries? What inspires their buying decisions? Take a walk in your audience’s shoes to better cater to their wants and needs!

3. Make it simple.
In the age of the “listicle”, an article presented in a numbered or bullet-pointed list, consumers have learned to digest information in bite-sized chunks. Your listeners may be multi-tasking or preoccupied, but make sure you fit into their on-the-go lives. By making sure your radio segment is easily digestible, you can better capture the attention of those who matter most. Your consumers!

4. Make it actionable.
Give listeners a clear way to take action. Once you’ve reeled them in with an interesting segment, don’t let them tune out just before you can plant one final seed: How to find your brand. Now that the consumer sees your product as one to trust, make it easy for them and outline a clear call-to-action (CTA). Often overlooked, CTA’s are the last thing your consumer will hear before they make the decision to support your brand!

5.Make it personality-filled.
The radio is a unique platform in that you must portray the essence of your brand in a short interview or sound clip. Without the help of a visual element, this can sometimes be a challenge. Make sure to represent your product well with excitement and an authoritative voice. Next, match your tone and content to the essence of the Brand. Finally, be descriptive! Direct shoppers where to go once they enter the grocery store. Should they head to the deli section? Or perhaps the snack food aisle? This is a great way to ensure you leave a clear impression on the mind of each listener!

Alexandra Brazie As the Senior Media Specialist at RMD Advertising, Alexandra Brazie makes meaningful media contacts and positions our food clients in the print, on the screens and on the airwaves that make the biggest impact on their Brand. She loves pitching food, talking about food and eating food. She’s a girl after our hearts!

Columbus Advertising Agency Grows with Two Delicious Frozen Food Accounts

Columbus Advertising Agency Grows with Two Delicious Frozen Food Accounts

S&F Foods and Crunchtables join RMD Advertising’s prestigious list of food clients
RMD-Crunchtables
COLUMBUS, OH (July 7, 2015)RMD Advertising, an advertising, brand strategy, social media, and public relations agency considered an expert in the food industry, has recently added both S&F Foods and Crunchtables to its roster of blue-chip clients. Under the insightful eye of RMD Advertising, both companies, leaders in their respective categories, will now effectively grow their footprints in the frozen food aisle. This level of success will be accomplished through enhanced social media, public relations and creative expertise. RMD will focus on growing the Crunchtables brand overall while striving to increase sales through their strategic work in the social and digital space. Similarly, RMD will work to grow and launch the S&F Foods brand name in social media, the digital space, and through public relations.

S&F Foods is a Michigan-based manufacturer of proprietary, private label and co-pack brands for retail, institutional and school food services. Crunchtables, a Wisconsin-based brand, presents consumers with delicious crouton and pretzel coated vegetable snacks. Distinguished by what current clients describe as unwavering work ethic and commitment to the food category overall, RMD Advertising is proud to work with these two new clients, proving just how versatile and nimble the agency is in each aspect of the food industry.

“Both S&F Foods and Crunchtables are brands we are honored to help grow,” shares Donn Ditzhazy, Managing Partner of RMD Advertising. “These new additions to the RMD roster of clients are sure to stretch our breadth of experience and further establish the agency’s impact within the industry — while proving our passion for growing such strong brands.”

RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two decades, giving it the right credentials for such unique clients as S&F Foods and Crunchtables. “With a sales driven mind set and the discipline to follow through on each project they adopt, the RMD Advertising team often attracts growing and emerging food focused clients that are passionate about their future,” notes Ditzhazy. The addition of these two companies to their list of clients is a welcomed challenge to which the agency is eager to apply their extensive knowledge of the food industry. The proof of RMD Advertising’s success is in the way lasting relationships have been built with such brands as Rudolph Foods, Tandoor Chef, Champion Foods, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Panera Bread, and Graeter’s Ice Cream. RMD Advertising plans to use its 23 years of experience and its expansive industry knowledge to cultivate strong relationships with both S&F Foods and Crunchtables.

 

A Fresh New Look for NestFresh Eggs

A Fresh New Look for NestFresh Eggs

Brand Packaging Magazine takes an inside look at the all new package design for one of RMD’s food brand clients, NestFresh. “NestFresh’s New Packaging to Reflect Commitment”, according to BrandPackaging, take a look for yourself.

RMDAdvertising-NestFresh-PackagingSpotlight

March is Frozen Food Month

March is Frozen Food Month

The month of March is dedicated to frozen foods and we couldn’t be happier! National Frozen Food Month is the perfect time to take inventory … of your freezer! Are you taking advantage of all that the frozen food industry has to offer?

Here are a few myths that need to be dismissed. NOW! We’ll have you drooling in the frozen food aisle in, well, about the time it takes you to jump in your car and hurry on over to your nearest grocery store!

MYTH #1: All frozen foods contain preservatives.

whoopie

FACT: Added preservatives are not necessary to preserve frozen food. Freezing in itself acts as a natural preservative. In fact, many frozen foods today are actually all-natural, including The Piping Gourmet Whoopie Pies, Wholly Wholesome pie crusts and more.

MYTH #2: Fresh vegetables are better for you than frozen vegetables.

CheesePizza_Munchies_3D

FACT: Frozen vegetables, as opposed to fresh vegetables, can be flash-frozen. Flash-freezing quickly freezes vegetables to lock in quality and flavor, ensuring the vegetables are just as nutritious as those found in the produce aisle.

As a matter of fact, Mom Made Foods are packed with healthy vegetables and grains, are full of flavor, and have no added junk. From wholesome ingredients like organic apples to organic sweet potatoes, each nutritious bite tastes as good as it sounds!

MYTH #3: Frozen meals don’t use real ingredients.tandoor

FACT: Many frozen meals use the highest quality ingredients available and are made the way you might prepare them if you had the time at home!

Want to know one of our favorite frozen food brands to grab when we’re craving a delicious meal with rich flavor? Tandoor Chef makes Indian food classics like Palak Paneer and innovative meals such as Naan Pizza that use only all-natural ingredients … You’ll never look at frozen food the same way again!

We’re Sweetening the Pot with a New Client

We’re Sweetening the Pot with a New Client

RMD Advertising, an advertising, brand strategy, social media, and public relations agency considered an expert in the food industry, is proud to announce the addition of Graeter’s Ice Cream to its roster of blue-chip clients. Under the insightful eye of RMD Advertising, Graeter’s Ice Cream, a celebrated ice cream company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, will now be able to effectively expand brand awareness while working with an agency as committed to their growth as they are.

RMDAdvertising-GraetersIceCream

RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two decades, which makes it the ideal agency for such a unique client like Graeter’s Ice Cream. With a sales driven mindset and the discipline to follow through on each project they adopt, the RMD Advertising team often attracts growing and emerging food brands that are passionate about their future. The proof of the agency’s success is in the way lasting relationships have been built with such brands as Rudolph Foods and Panera Bread. RMD Advertising plans to use their 23 years of experience and their expansive industry knowledge to cultivate a strong relationship with Graeter’s Ice Cream.

“We’re thrilled to add Graeter’s Ice Cream to our roster of clients,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner of RMD Advertising. “The ice cream category is a beloved category for consumers, and the Graeter’s brand is a family tradition and true love brand among consumers. We’re so excited to help take this company to yet another level in their history.”

Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream and gelato using a small batch, artisanal French pot method of production dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. It is for this reason that the RMD Advertising team, comprised of foodies itself, is prepared to dive into this new relationship whole-heartedly. Today, Graeter’s has 40 retail stores and ships over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states. To learn more about this new addition to
RMD Advertising’s list of favorite food brands clients check us out.

Columbus Advertising Agency’s Website Reinvented to Share Passion for Food, Resources for Food Clients

Columbus Advertising Agency’s Website Reinvented to Share Passion for Food, Resources for Food Clients

RMD Advertising, an Ohio based advertising, brand strategy, social media and public relations agency that is an expert in the food industry, has re-launched its website to better reflect their passion for and intelligence regarding the advertising industry. As the agency serves global and national food brands that are category leaders, this fresh, new look represents their ability to produce successful and engaging work to the highest standards. Live on their website now, it can be seen at RMDadvertising.com.

RMD Advertising Agency Website

RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two decades. Their sales driven mindset is often what attracts growing and continuously emerging food brands. Such lasting relationships as the ones built with Rudolph Foods and Panera Bread are proof of the agency’s ability to successfully connect their clients to consumers. The new website will be used as a central platform tor all industry knowledge, client success and campaigns, and will showcase RMD Advertising’s wealth of knowledge.

RMD Advertising’s new website showcases the creativity and passion they strive to bring to each new challenge. Donn Ditzhazy, managing partner, adds, “RMD is a tight-knit team of go-getters, problem-solvers, and driven minds who believe that we can make a difference every day. The website’s new design lends a fresh perspective to the strategic creative work and dedication we have always been committed to”.

About RMD Advertising and our website

In 2014, RMD Advertising rose to new heights. First and foremost, they grew in the food brand marketing category and consumer packaged goods (CPG) category overall. Their impressive roster of clients, including such prestigious brands as Rudolph Foods, Dei Fratelli, and Bil-Jac dog food, expanded to encompass NestFresh, Fazoli’s Snacks, The Piping Gourmets, and Mikey’s Muffins. Each food brand they acquire is served with every tool at the agency’s disposal – hard-thinking brand strategy, creative traditional and digital marketing, attention-grabbing social media, and ROI-driven public relations

Columbus Food Agency
Gets a Taste of Italian

Columbus Food Agency
Gets a Taste of Italian

Fazoli’s Snacks entrusts food brand expert RMD Advertising with new frozen product line.
 
RMD Advertising, a fully integrated advertising, public relations and brand strategy agency, focusing exclusively on growing and emerging food brands, announces the addition of Fazoli’s Snacks to its list of established food clients. Fazoli’s Snacks offers consumers a variety of fast, fun, Italian style frozen appetizers. RMD Advertising will provide Fazoli’s Snacks strategic counsel through an increased focus on public relations, digital marketing and social media to enhance sales and brand awareness.

RMDAdvertising-FazolisSnacks

Serving America premium quality Italian food, fast, fresh and friendly for more than 20 years in more than 217 restaurants in 26 states, Fazoli’s brings the party into the home with a lineup of delicious and unique Italian style frozen appetizers and frozen snacks including: Chicken Alfredo Flatbread, Parmesan Boneless Chicken, Mozzarella Stuffed Mini Breadsticks, Six Cheese Toasted Ravioli and Lasagna Fritta. Frozen quickly to preserve great flavor, Fazoli’s appetizers bring fast, fun Italian style into homes across the Midwest through the convenience of the frozen aisle.

“Fazoli’s Snacks takes the same great-tasting Italian cooked up in the restaurant and brings it inside the home of the consumer,” said Sue Reninger, Managing Partner and Brand Strategist of RMD Advertising. “The freezer aisle is home to some great food and we’re excited to help consumers fall in love with this delicious brand.”

The Piping Gourmets Selects Ohio Food Advertising Agency

The Piping Gourmets Selects Ohio Food Advertising Agency

The Piping Gourmets turns to food brand expert RMD Advertising for continued growth and public relation expertise.

RMD Advertising, a fully integrated advertising, public relations and brand strategy agency, focusing exclusively on growing and emerging food brands, announces the addition of The Piping Gourmets to its list of established food clients. The Piping Gourmets will rely on RMD’s strategic counsel to enhance sales and awareness for its nationally recognized brand through public relations.

Whoopie PieThe Piping Gourmets offers a line of all natural, Whoopie Pie desserts to provide healthier dessert alternatives to meet the needs of conscious consumers. The Whoopie Pie is offered in a variety of six flavors and is gluten-free, Kosher-Pareve, vegan, non-GMO certified, dairy-free, and egg free. The Piping Gourmets was created by co-founders Leslie Kaplan and Carolyn Shulevitz and launched in 2011 to fill the growing demand of consumers for health conscious desserts.

“The Piping Gourmets offers dietary and health-conscious consumers a tasteful, all natural dessert and to address the need of people that have a food intolerance,” said Sue Reninger, Managing Partner and Brand Strategist of RMD Advertising. “They’re such a delicious way for consumers to be allergy free, so we’re proud to add The Piping Gourmets to our roster of amazing food clients, and to work with them to continue to grow their brand in the homes across the nation.”

Hidden Villa Ranch Selects Ohio Food Advertising Agency

Hidden Villa Ranch Selects Ohio Food Advertising Agency

Hidden Villa Ranch turns to food brand expert RMD Advertising for continued focus, influence with key BtoB segments, customers and media.

RMD Advertising, a fully integrated advertising, public relations and brand strategy agency, focusing exclusively on growing and emerging food brands, announces the addition of Hidden Villa Ranch to its list of established food clients. Hidden Villa Ranch will rely on RMD’s strategic counsel to enhance sales and brand awareness for its nationally recognized brands, including NestFresh and The Country Hen.

Hidden Villa Ranch, established more than 40 years ago, distributes a number of national brands that include NestFresh, The Country Hen, Horizon Organic, Gold Circle Farms, California Sunshine, and California Ranch Fresh brands. Hidden Villa Ranch is committed to offering only the highest quality product.

RMDAdvertising_HiddenVillaRanch
“Hidden Villa Ranch is a strong and established brand that consistently delivers to consumers supreme products,” said Sue Reninger, Managing Partner and Brand Strategist of RMD Advertising. “A leader in the non-GMO and certification process for the egg industry in the U.S., we’re proud to count Hidden Villa Ranch among our roster of amazing food clients, and to begin working with them to continue to grow their presence in the poultry industry across the United States.”

RMDAdvertising_NestFresh

NestFresh, based in Colorado, offers consumers certified organic eggs from 100% cage free hens for the best tasting, highest quality farm fresh eggs. The brand touts humane, sustainably-farmed eggs from hens that are fed a 100% vegetarian diet without growth hormones, antibiotics or animal byproducts.
RMDAdvertising_TheCountryHen
The Country Hen offers certified organic eggs nested by free-roam hens that are fed local, organic feed. The brand delivers fresh eggs that contain six times the amount of Omega-3’s, which help reduce the risk of blood pressure and heart disease, than normal eggs.

 

« Older Entries
close

Before you go ...

Did you see one of our latest posts? Read it and pass it on.

See some of our latest client success here too.

Food Holidays ... it’s the American Way

Get social with us!

RMD Advertising on Facebook RMD Advertising on Twitter RMD Advertising on YouTube RMD Advertising on Pinterest RMD Advertising on Google Plus RMD Advertising on LinkedIn RMD Advertising on Instagram RMD Advertising on Tumblr