nancy trent

It was back-to-back gifts for me as I left the California Gift Show, January 15–21, for the NY NOW Gift Show, February 2–6, 2014. The trends I saw in the market proves that east meets west. 

I’ve been talking about getting “outsidey” since the summer Outdoor Retailer Show, thanks to Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the Outdoor Industry Association. As predicted, a lot more people are talking about it, too. They are talking about when it comes to fitness, food, fashion, furniture and other categories that touch our everyday, indoor lifestyles. This brings great opportunity to the outdoor industry. It’s time to start thinking about how our brands can make a cultural difference. 

nancy trent

I made a few predictions about emerging food trends before the annual Winter Fancy Food show, held in San Francisco January 19–21.

3-D printing, wearable technologies and robots are all making headlines for their Jetsons-quality lifestyle implications.

mesquite flour

Why mesquite flour may be the most important flour you've never heard of.

enzymes recall

An FDA Enforcement Report for the week of November 13, 2013, requested a voluntary recall of Xylanase after the discovery September 30th, citing that products may be contaminated with Chloramphenicol.

Two flawed studies, a rehashed review, and an editorial published in the December 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine have attempted to discredit the value of multivitamin supplements, according to Life Extension®, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based anti-aging and longevity research organization.

nancy trent

In 2010, I predicted that 2012 would be the tipping point for all things “fresh.”  As a professional trendspotter, I’m always a little ahead of the curve but never too far off the mark. 

omegas

A recent statistic unveiled by Discovery Research Group highlights the need for a growing number of consumers to be vigilant about their omega-3 supplement preferences. This investigation into consumer behavior around omega-3 intake revealed that as many as 40% of consumers are looking for non-fish oil sources to meet their current supplement needs (1).