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Food Genius Publishes Mediterranean Menu Trends and Insights Data Report for Full of Foodservice Industry Analytics.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 14, 2015

Food Genius, the leading foodservice data provider specializing in gathering, preparing, and serving granular foodservice menu data and analytics, has published a new monthly industry analytics presentation focused on one of America’s most common cuisine types. Mediterranean cuisine has been growing in popularity over the last number of years in part thanks to the successful growth of new quick casual operators like Zoe’s kitchens and the massive rise of the Greek yogurt category. Food Genius decided to focus their regular monthly menu data analytics around this cuisine and has some interesting takeaways for those in the restaurant industry who are thinking about how to incorporate Mediterranean ingredients and flavors into their offerings.

Mediterranean Menu Trends and Insights, Food Genius’ data presentation details analytics on what ingredients, dishes, proteins, and dressings are most commonly utilized within Mediterranean cuisine in the US. With an emphasis on plant-based ingredients, health experts recently promoted Mediterranean cuisine as a healthy and well-balanced diet that could curb memory loss as the brain ages.

With consumers maintaining focus on healthy restaurant options, Food Genius believes there are opportunities for non-Mediterranean operators to think about how they too can incorporate Mediterranean-inspired flavors or ingredients that consumers will gravitate towards.

Key insights from Food Genius’ Report:

    Hummus is only featured on 14% of all menus nationwide, but 75% of Mediterranean menus
    Lamb appears to be more established as a distinctly Mediterranean ingredient in its application, than in most other cuisines.
    The average price of Mediterranean entrees across the US is $ 7.48
    Want to learn more? Download the complete report from Food Genius.

Mediterranean Menu Trends and Insights highlights data sourced from Q2’15 by Food Genius. Food Genius data services are utilized across the foodservice industry to answer many complex business questions. For more information about Mediterranean Menu Trends and Insights, please contact Eli Rosenberg, eli(at)getfoodgenius(dot)com or at (312) 229-0168. Ongoing insights from the Food Genius team will be published on the Food Genius blog

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Food Genius is a leading foodservice data provider specializing in gathering, preparing, and serving granular foodservice menu data and analytics. We support foodservice manufacturers, restaurants, and distributors with straightforward and digestible reports, services, and analytics. Our products are being used to answer many complex foodservice business questions.

Food Genius serves nationally recognized companies and brands, including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Arby’s, and US Foods. As an industry leader in foodservice data and analytics, Food Genius is on a mission to provide foodservice manufacturers, restaurants, and distributors with the data analytics they need to make smarter, more informed decisions. Contact Food Genius at

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SilverTribes 2015 Native American Inspired Jewelry Trends

(PRWEB) December 31, 2014

The New Year brings new styles to all those who love to be trendsetters. From Pantone’s color of the year to what Alexander McQueen’s line strutted during Fashion Week, new fashion always starts in the New Year. In 2015, Southwestern and Native American styles are already emerging as a must-have for the fashionable. Turquoise accessories, Southwestern pieces, and more are being seen on runways and red carpets alike.

The online leader in Native American and southwestern jewelry is introducing new inventory to reflect the newest fashion styles for 2015. Chunky turquoise bracelets, stackable gemstone rings, and collarbone-highlighting necklaces with sunset hues are all being made available at SilverTribe.

“Southwestern colors of soft orange, sea-green turquoise, and speckled opal are beautiful adornments for 2015’s trends,” said SilverTribe spokesperson Chris Anderson. “Seeing southwestern elements on the runway incorporated into every-day and high fashion show that the trend is here to stay.”

Stars and icons such as Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez, and Heidi Klum have been spotted sporting the Native American trend. SilverTribe’s new inventory has been focused on dazzling gems laid into sterling silver for both southwestern jewelry and authentic Native American pieces.

“Our new line of jewelry and accessories incorporates both fashion trends and the cultural beauty of Native American art,” said Anderson. “Earrings, rings, watches – we made sure to roll out a variety of accessories fit for anyone.”

Anderson also notes that even with the runway inspired southwestern jewelry, SilverTribe still brings authentic Native American jewelry to consumers. One-of-a-kind Native American adornments are consistently being made available along with the array of southwestern gem-laden jewelry.

“As always, we still offer free shipping and an email VIP program for people to receive discounts,” said Anderson. “SilverTribe focuses on quality jewelry and a quality experience for every customer.”

To shop SilvertTribe’s newest jewelry collections and hundreds of trendy styles, visit the SilverTribe website.

Supermarket Guru

Omaha, NE (PRWEB) December 03, 2014

The growth of online grocery shopping and a preference toward craft foods, fermented foods (think aged, cured or pickled foods like sauerkraut) and smoked flavors rank among the top food trends for 2015, according to Supermarket Guru®, Phil Lempert.

Lempert, working closely with ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), predicts the most significant changes next year will stem from a desire for bold-flavored foods that also offer health benefits, and shifts in approach to supermarket shopping – both online and at brick-and-mortar stores. Other trends highlight new eating behaviors among Generation Z (those born after 1995) and boomers, as well as new technologies that improve the ease of reading and understanding of nutrition labels.

“The top food trends for 2015 indicate people’s palates are continuing to evolve and they are gravitating toward streamlined grocery shopping experiences that are convenient for their lifestyles,” says Lempert. “In 2015, look for brands and merchants to advance their product offerings and shopping amenities to meet these demands.”

Lempert’s top food trends for 2015 include:

1. Grazing Golden-Agers: Ninety-one percent of people say they snack daily, according to Nielsen. While snacking is on the rise among all ages and genders, research shows that snacking among consumers over the age of 65 could contribute to additional years with a higher quality of life. We’ll see more boomers – those raised in the “three square meals a day” era – employ a “grazing” approach to eating next year.

When boomers snack, they’ll focus on foods rich in nutrients like protein, fiber and Omega3s that can help promote bone health. Other popular snack choices include plant-based proteins and whole grains, like DAVID® Sunflowers Seeds and Orville Redenbacher’s® Gourmet Naturals made with with 100% whole grain popcorn.

2. Same-Day Delivery Not Just for City Clickers: Grocery Shopping Goes 24/7: Online grocery shopping and delivery has become a crowded space, with a host of services competing for consumer attention. This trend allows everyone who sells food and beverages to be in the same-day delivery business without having to add additional operational infrastructure.

Once considered a luxury for those living in metropolitan areas, revenue gains among food and beverage e-commerce/delivery service indicate the trend will expand to mainstream consumers living in both urban and rural areas next year. Previously, major e-commerce players like Amazon would only deliver non-perishable items, but Peapod, Fresh Direct, Amazon Fresh and Instacart make it possible to have perishables like Healthy Choice® Café Steamers delivered to your door in less than two hours. With this in mind, products will evolve and become catered to online shoppers. More brands will bundle multiple SKUs to create meal kits or offer pre-packaged sets of multiple products.

3. Everything Smoked: Just when you thought the bacon trend had cooled off, restaurateurs and at-home cooks are continuing to turn up the heat. The demand for smoked foods has risen as chefs begin to apply smoking and grilling to add some sizzle and impart new flavor to other proteins and alternatives like vegetables, butters, and even cocktails. And, with smokers gaining in popularity in backyards across America, at-home cooks are also experimenting with smoking non-traditional foods.

The increase in smoked foods is sparking an increase in enjoying that smoky flavor year-round. For example, tomatoes are one of the most popular non-meat items, and that fresh-from-the-grill smoked flavor can now be found in Hunt’s®Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes. In 2015, look for even more smoked flavors to emerge into your favorite foods found in the grocery aisles, menus and recipes.

4. The Rise of Fermented Foods: 2015 will be the year fermented foods – foods like yogurt, tempeh and sauerkraut take center stage. These foods contain live cultures, or are preserved in liquid so their sugars and starches can become bacteria-boosting agents. After multi-year growth of gluten-free foods and probiotics, many consumers have found their digestive health improved. In fact, a survey from ConAgra Foods found that nearly 50 percent of Americans have changed their diet to help improve digestion, with nearly 20 percent doing so in the past year.(1)

In 2014, we saw an expansion of gluten-free beyond the one percent of the population that has Celiac Disease. This will continue but also evolve into an increased focus on the consumption of fermented foods as people continue to look for ways to aid digestion. Increased knowledge about the impact foods have on our digestive health will lead to significant changes in the way consumers prepare food in 2015. Once toppings or side items, fermented foods will become commonplace in meals throughout the day.

5. Gen Z: Chefs Everyday: Millennials’ passion for food-related adventures is undeniable, but Gen Z, the demographic group born after Millennials (1995 to present day), brings an entire new set of food values to the kitchen table. Exposed at a young age to more flavors and variety than previous generations, Gen Z’s collective attitude toward food is simplicity and health. They tend to use stove tops rather than microwaves for cooking meals and fresh ingredients to prepared foods. Research by NPD Group indicates some of their favorite foods to cook include eggs/omelets, hot dogs, potatoes and chicken, which they can “dress up” with their own unique touch.

In 2015, look for even more brands to offer simple ideas to elevate everyday foods. For example, breakfast goes up a notch when replacing basic eggs with frittatas and quiche made with EggBeaters® and fresh herbs and produce.

6. Craft Foods Make its Way into Kitchens Everywhere: Typically associated with foods made in small batches with specialized, local ingredients, major companies are finding ways to produce craft foods in larger quantities. The phenomenon of craft beer brought new excitement, flavors and sales to the struggling beer industry: MillerCoors® and Anheuser-Busch InBev are two examples of major companies that have made the jump to more locally produced, limited distribution and sub-brands.

In 2015, look for this trend to extend to other beverages and food, as Millennials in particular continue to seek unique tastes and foods with authentic origin stories. Marie Callender’s® Razzleberry Pie, made with whole Oregon Marionberries and North American red raspberries, is an example of a food that looks and tastes homemade but is found in freezer aisles nationwide.

7. Nutrition Labels: No Longer Just on Packaged Foods: As consumers want more information about their foods, innovative devices like Prep Pad will soon offer this information instantaneously. The Prep Pad pairs with an iPad app to calculate the exact nutritional content of your meals, including the carbs, fats, protein and calories by scanning the bar code of food packages used as ingredients or the items on your plate. Information about a food’s ingredients, chemical makeup or nutritional values will become more readily available and commonplace in the supermarket and our kitchens.

8. Supermarkets Convert into Socializing Spaces: Supermarkets have evolved from straightforward centers where consumers could buy groceries to purveyors of lifestyle. Present day supermarkets are developing a variety of services that help set them apart and establish each outlet as an ambassador of niche lifestyle trends. In the near future, we can expect supermarkets to further specialize in order to present their customers with a unique experience that showcases their personality and philosophy toward foods – instead of presenting themselves solely as vendors of goods.

A desire to be “all things food” to their customers, especially singles, is positioning them as head to head competitors with chain and local restaurants. Retailers today will build full-service high quality restaurants as part of their brick and mortar operations. Experienced culinarians, usually CIA trained chefs with many years of experience, are offering unique dishes, local foods and beverages. Cooking classes, events and seminars are giving consumers reasons beyond a grocery list to step inside their neighborhood store. Sampling is no longer a cracker or potato chip on a napkin; stores have advanced and now have chefs like George Duran cooking up Hunt’s® signature recipes for shoppers.

For more information about Phil Lempert’s Top Food Trends for 2015 Presented by ConAgra Foods, visit and our Digital News Room.


Known as The Supermarket Guru®, Phil Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends and empowers them to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions. He is one of America’s leading consumer trend-watchers and analysts, serving as a spokesperson for ConAgra Foods and making regular appearances on NBC News’ Today show and ABC’s The View. Lempert offers thorough food ratings, analyzes trends in food marketing and retail and features health advice, unique recipes, nutrition analysis, allergy alerts and many other resources for consumers. Learn more about Phil Lempert at


ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America’s largest packaged food companies with branded and private branded food found in 99 percent of America’s households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club and drug stores. Additionally, ConAgra Foods supplies frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to commercial and foodservice customers. ConAgra Foods operates, an interactive recipe website that provides consumers with easy dinner recipes and more. For more information, please visit us at

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