Some think of Memorial Day as the true kick off of summer, with BBQ’s and parties with friends and family galore. But while Memorial Day is often the time to celebrate the coming of warm weather and star-studded skies, it’s also a time to remember those who have fought and died for our country.
How are we honoring them? In the best way whot e know how! With a moment of silence and a thankful plate of food.
#MemorialDay was first publicized in 1865! Celebrate with the true #foodies! https://ow.ly/YFl5l https://ctt.ec/m0V39
In celebration of Memorial Day, we thought long and hard about the food we want at our own party. Check out our menu below and honor this very important holiday the RMD way.
We’ll pair Crunchtables veggie appetizers with our favorite dipping sauce for a healthier Memorial Day.
Hot dogs and Tandoor Chef’s Masala burgers with Klosterman fresh-made buns pair perfectly with the grilling we’ll be doing.
Light, airy Gaslamp Popcorn with the perfect, subtle crunch makes for great Memorial Day snacking!
Munch-worthy Southern Recipe pork rinds to encapsulate your Memorial Day celebration!
National Snack Food Month is more than a celebration of America’s love for the salty, the sweet and everything in between. Especially in the age of the snack-loving consumer, National Snack Food Month has taken on an entirely new meaning.
This month, we’re celebrating our favorite brands and taking a look at how America has changed the way it eats. Gone are the days of the sit-down meal. Today, it’s all about fueling up and hitting the road!
#FunFact: 67% of households prefer salty snacks. #NationalSnackFoodMonth https://ow.ly/XOui2 https://ctt.ec/L7r22
“Sales of snacks account for a whopping forty percent of the $370 billion U.S. packaged food market and are set to grow two percent annually through 2019,” according to Food Navigator. As a matter of fact, the snack food industry is driving America’s food scene forward, with sales growing more than three percent a year since 2008.
It’s easy to reap the benefits of this trend as a snack food brand. However, we’ve learned that industry leaders ask why. The answer? Millennials.
While millennials can be pin pointed for moving the needle on some of today’s biggest flavor trends, they are also the culprits of our fascination with snacking. Research says they tend to replace meals with snacks two times more frequently than other generations. Making the most of this trend are brands featuring protein-rich and healthier-for-you grab-and-go options that capitalize on consumers’ focus on nutrition.
Brands can take advantage of America’s renewed interest in snacking by speaking loudly and clearly to consumers’ need for speed. We’ve evolved into a quick-paced culture and our eating habits need to fuel our busy lives!
While most are blogging about the trends that grazed this year’s Winter Fancy Foods Show in San Francisco, we want to dig a little deeper. Why did those trends make it to the aisles of this food fest, where some of the industry’s most innovative brands make their voices heard?
With more than 1,500 exhibitors from around the world showcasing 80,000 different specialty food and beverages, there were plenty of items for the Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel to recognize. Take a look at not only what will drive consumers’ purchasing behavior in 2016, but also the “why” behind it.
Making the unfamiliar familiar. Bringing the flavors of the Middle East or Italy home will turn mainstream this year. From chicken nuggets spiced with Indian seasonings to caramels laced with coconut, Americans are bringing ethnic flavors home.
A whopping forty percent of today’s top food trend setters, millennials like to try new kinds of ethnic cuisines and “anything new and different,” compared to 34 percent and 32 percent respectively of Gen X and Boomers combined. Making the unfamiliar familiar is now as easy as tossing Tandoori spices on their favorite foods!
Packing in the protein. Protein has never been more popular. Cricket flour, hemp and plant-based protein all make this nutrient much more obtainable. “Enticed by the promise that it can help you lose weight, get stronger and avoid age-related muscle loss, some 71 percent of consumers say they want more of it in their diets,” notes The Washington Post.
While other diet fads are centered around avoidance and restraint, focusing on protein gives consumers a way to think differently about how to evolve their diets to be healthier.
Roots make a move. Beets, like the ones by Love Beets, are making a comeback and as one of this year’s healthiest vegetables, it has turned into a must-have ingredient. Found as the natural coloring in foods with a bright purple hue and diced, sliced and shredded into meaty plant-based options, they’re versatile! “What seems to have really sparked the beet renaissance is the health-related research on beetroot,” says nutritionist Janet Helm.
Why? Transparency has made consumers ultra-aware of what they are feeding themselves and their families. Turning the spotlight on nature’s bounty is a great way to capture their attention!
We’re loving this year’s biggest food trends as both foodies and as food marketers. So, how will you make the most of them in 2016? Share your faves with us and join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter!
Learning! Something we all need to do to continue to grow. At RMD we’ve started up an old tradition, Brown Bag Lunches! The best part about it? We cook together, eat together and learn together. The idea is for one team member to teach the rest of the team a subject they are “knowledgeable” about. A laid back lunch with a side of learning. This past week we tackled Instagram and some of the new additions to it and how we can all get a little better with our posts! What’s next?