Organic Snacking Reaches New Heights

Organic Snacking Reaches New Heights

Organic is a term synonymous with fresh, high quality foods that are free of harmful additives. Over the last twenty years, the consumer demand for organic foods has steadily increased, and thus the range of available options has grown exponentially. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing segments of the food industry, with sales growing from $3.7 billion in 1997 to more than $43 billion in 2015, according to a recent report by the The Environmental Working Group. The fresh food spaces like dairy and produce have contributed quite a bit to this, because they are staples we can easily imagine making that “farm to table” transition. Yet, one of the most highly demanded organic categories right now is snacks. Lots of on-the-go snacking options are highly processed – the ingredients required to preserve, color and flavor them are often a far cry from natural, let alone organic. However, busy lifestyles with a health conscious mindset have set the desire for quick and healthy food options at an all time high.   Ahead of the Game The organic snacking movement gained a lot of its momentum in the form of small companies with big personalities, often breaking away from their conventional competitors with unique offerings.  There continues to be a huge space for these types of brands. Hippeas are satisfyingly crunchy and savory snack featuring an unconventional chief ingredient: chickpeas. Similarly, Barnana pushes boundaries with good-for-you indulgence in the form of “upcycled bananas”. Both are focused on sustainability and conscious eating. By consistently finding ways to bring unique options to the table, companies are keeping organic as fresh...
Trend Watch // Healthy Rainbow Food

Trend Watch // Healthy Rainbow Food

There’s something magical about adding some vibrant color to the foods we eat every day. Though we may now realize that artificially colored and sugar packed cereals are not the greatest choice for breakfast, we can still choose health conscious options with a little whimsy sprinkled in. Enter Vibrant and Pure’s Unicorn Toast. At first glance, it’s a slice of bread adorned by food colored cream cheese applied in a dreamy, painterly fashion. Upon learning more, we find out that those colors are derived from natural ingredients, like beets, tumeric and chlorophyll. These combinations of ingredients might not sound appealing by the sound, but it is truly a treat to look at. The End in Brooklyn, New York is serving up unicorn “lattes” – colorful concoctions that give a natural and healthy energy boost. These drinks get their beautiful blue hue from spirulina extract, which is known for its health-giving phytonutrients that stimulate the body and mind. While being vegan-friendly and containing nutritional powerhouses, these drinks have some serious appeal Is this simply a passing food fad, or is it the start of a long lasting trend? We could see this spilling over into the cold pressed category, and definitely the healthy snacking spaces for kids and adults alike. What do you think? Email us at blake@interactonshelf.com   Cover image source: Vibrant and...
5 Examples of Beautifully Disruptive Packaging

5 Examples of Beautifully Disruptive Packaging

One surefire way to grab attention on shelf as a somewhat common product is to challenge the traditional packaging that others in the category tend to adhere to. It creates a memorable experience for consumers, and presents an interesting challenge of pushing the boundaries while still remaining a structure that isn’t too difficult to present in store. Here are some packaging examples we’ve noticed that are making waves in their categories right now.   (Source) Wonka Ice Cream is a brand recognizable for its whimsical qualities reminiscent of the novel that inspired it. They are doing a great job at differentiating in the category with psychedelic patterns and color, but the choice to design the package  to be displayed upside down, draws that much more intrigue.   (Source) Califa Farms burst into the alternative milk category with a structure that stood apart from the typical carton we had grown accustomed to seeing with big players like Silk and Almond Dream. The Califa Farms bottle is a custom, carafe shaped structure that’s friendly for pouring, and is a gorgeous deviation from what we’re used to seeing in the refrigerated section.   (Source)   The ad campaign Got Milk has successfully positioned itself into a breakfast food brand. With the focus being on directing the audience to consume more more, this granola is packaged inside of a carton instead of a more traditional structure like a gusset bag.   (Source) Blue Bottle has ironically chosen a carton structure for its single serve iced coffee. While other RTD beverages are commonly seen in bottles, this brand is taking a unique and somewhat nostalgic approach to their packaging choice.  (Source) Stillhouse Moonshine breaks the mold of glass...
Press // Phin & Phebes

Press // Phin & Phebes

  “Phin and Phebes started as a regional brand in Brooklyn, NY and made a name for itself with unique and surprising flavors. When the potential to become a national brand presented itself, Phin and Phebes partnered with Interact to help bridge the gap from the small cult followings of Brooklyn into an approachable, mainstream consumer brand that still had soul.”   We’ve been recognized by The Dieline for our work on the Phin & Phebes ice cream rebrand. Check it...
Interact Category Specialists: Shelf Stable Beverages

Interact Category Specialists: Shelf Stable Beverages

Standing out among the competition in a category such as shelf-stable beverages is daunting to say the least. However, there are certain brands who are paying attention to the mass movement of consumers away from sugary and artificial beverages and toward shorter ingredient lists, healthier choices, and options that have functional and added dietary benefits. Three emerging trends from the past couple of years are ready-to-drink teas, carbonated juices and waters as well as taking the cold-pressed phenomenon out of the refrigerated section and into the middle of the store. (Image Source) RTD TEA With ready-to-drink tea sales projected to be $9 billion by 2020, up from $7 billion just five years prior, its needless to say that the tea category is booming. Major players like Starbucks, Steaz and Nestea have all taken notice and are anteing up with new packaging, new products and reformulation. Starbucks recently rolled out a RTD version of Tevana to select retailers in hopes to capitalize on this trend. Nestea, always a major player in this category, has paid particular attention to market demand when they recently reformulated their tea to have a mix of sugar and stevia as well as removing any artificial flavors. With the majority of consumers actively searching for “no sugar added”, “organic” or any type of added health/functional benefit all companies, big and small are taking notice.   (Image Source) CARBONATION With the trend moving more toward organic and natural beverages, brands are constantly trying to find ways to set themselves apart – what better way to do this than to add a little sparkle. Cawston Press and Spindrift...
Alcohol Shifts to the Single Serve Category

Alcohol Shifts to the Single Serve Category

There’s a surge in alcoholic beverages packaged in single serving portions right now, and brands both large and small are bringing some unexpected approaches to this sub-category. While imbibing in public spaces is often not condoned, sometimes the occasion calls for a cocktail, or a glass of wine – hold the glass. Picnic enthusiasts and tailgaters everywhere can now enjoy an adult beverage without the burden of lugging around and disposing of bottles and cans. While at first glance this movement seems to revolve around having convenient drinks on the go, there are a few interesting factors driving this category.   To differentiate from traditional alcohol packaging, the product formula needn’t change a bit – it all comes back to the structure. Some truly innovative shapes are emerging in these single serving alcohol options. Stack Wines offer function and portability that you can’t get from a traditional bottle or even box of wine. Separated into four single servings, this product makes it easy to moderate alcohol consumption. The containers are shatterproof and meant to drink directly out of, relieving the consumer of the need to supply their own wine glass or drink from a plastic party cup. The wines are sold stacked atop one another in a four pack, with each serving snapping apart for easy sharing.   We’ve seen the pouch pop up as a structure in the beverage and snack categories in recent years, and it’s adapted well to single serving alcohol as well. Triple Crown Whiskey is forgoing the traditional liquor structure with their newest offering of single and double shots. The Vice President of Marketing at McCormick Distilling said, “Bulky bottles and broken glass are a thing of the past with...