Eye Sightings

The Consumer Eyes Blog

Category: Marketing & Retail

The Latest from Food 2.0

We recently sent a team member to the Food 2.0 conference, a daylong series of panels here in NYC that looked at the growing relationship between food and technology.  With all that we learned, "growing" might be too gentle a word - the relationship between food and tech is booming!

A Food Trend 5000 Years in the Making

Kosher food has been marching into the mainstream for about a decade, but lately the pace seems to have accelerated. In fact 13% of the adult population now regularly purchases kosher food, a group that includes (among others) Muslims, vegetarians and people with food allergies. Why the sudden kosher boom? On reason could be consumers' increasing concerns about food safety, and the generally held perception that kosher food is made to a higher standard.

Spring in Your Step

Congratulations - you've survived the winter! As the days of trudging through snowdrifts and slush fade into memory, it's understandable that your feet might be yearning to slip into anything but another pair of stuffy, functional boots. The fashion world must be feeling the same way - we're seeing a boom in clever, innovative footwear this spring featuring bright colors, athletic functionality, and sometimes even a green twist.

Eco-Kicks

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

On March 4, 1991 Consumer Eyes opened its doors for business. Though it sometimes feels to us like that was just yesterday, it's not. So, as we look forward to the next twenty years, let's take a glance back.

New York's New Foodie Epicenter

Lately, when something cool is happening on the New York food scene, it usually turns out to be happening somewhere in the vicinity of Madison Square Park (at 5th Avenue and 23rd Street). The park is the annual home of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party – which brings together the country’s top pitmasters and over 100,000 die-hard barbecue enthusiasts every June – and every week seems to bring fresh proof that this unassuming corner of NYC is at the forefront of many current culinary trends.

Silly? Maybe... But Unstoppable

There's no doubt we're living in high-tech times, and raising a next generation at home with touch screens, interactive media and virtual everything. Which makes it all the more refreshing to see that the most recent trend among pre-teens is the wearing, collecting, trading and sharing of... rubber bands.

The Ears Have It

In a world where everyone seems to have the same iPod, what’s a status-hungry, badge-seeking hipster supposed to do? Focus on how the music gets from iPod to ear.

High Fashion

Dispatch from the Burger Revolution

It’s one of the enduring food stories of our time-- the reinvention of the once-humble cheeseburger. Every city now seems to be taking its own regional tastes and styles and exploring them in burger form.

Pacific Theatre

All About Pancakes

It's said that during tough economic times people turn to classic comfort foods. If so, it looks like the culinary star of this downturn might just be the humble pancake, which is suddenly everywhere you look. Some of our recent pancake sightings:

Slappy Cakes: Make Your Own Pancake Restaurant

Onward and Upward

Back in 2000, a British graphic designer rediscovered a forgotten poster made during WW2. Before you knew it, the poster's slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" found it's way to walls 21st century walls everywhere... not to mention mugs, tote bags, change purses and tee shirts. It seemed to crystallize a sentiment felt by a lot of people living through a tumultuous decade.

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