Americans are growing increasingly sophisticated in their food tastes. One sign of this has been the extraordinary growth of farmers' markets/greenmarkets around the country. But it begs the question: if greenmarkets are now mainstream, then what’s leading edge?
We found one answer to that this past Sunday at the 2nd Annual UnFancy Food Show in Brooklyn. The show was a direct reaction to what its founders see as the increasing commodification of New York greenmarkets, as well as the gargantuan Fancy Food Show (which opened at New York’s Javits Convention Center the same day).
Remember the excitement and joy you felt as a kid when you’d hear the song heralding the arrival of the ice cream truck? Now an L.A. hipster has reinvented the experience in a way that even grown-ups can enjoy.
It’s the time of year when the sky’s default color is gray and the doldrums start to take over. In February, who doesn’t need a pick-me-up? We think it’s the perfect moment to check in on the increasing caffeination of – well, almost everything it seems. What started with the coffee and energy drink revolution has now spread far beyond the beverage category.
In the 80s it was designer jeans, in the 90s it was designer coffees. Consumers have long used brands as tools of self-definition, so it should come as no surprise that in the 00s, some folks are deciding that what’s good in this life should be good for the next. Here’s how some consumers are making the leap from lifestyle brands to brands for the afterlife:
The C-Types are making some noise! To see what people are saying, check out the July 23 issue of AdAge. Among the celebrity C-Type role models flagged in the magazine is Al Gore, aspirational icon for E-litists.
Here at Consumer Eyes we're as anxious as anyone to escape winter's bitter cold. But rather than packing our bags for a weekend in the Bahamas, we simply let our taste buds do the traveling. In our latest category sampling (we conduct these internal sessions regularly, to ensure that we stay au courant) we tasted around thirty varieties of citrus fruits, from Melogold Pummelos to Dweet Tangors.