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December 2015 / January 2016

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about December 2015 / January 2016.

Just as it started from a humble bean that was transformed into a time-tested favorite drink, coffee is both rooted in tradition and creatively reinvented for a 21st century connoisseurs. It all begins, of course, with beans picked from trees grown around the world.

Glassware has been a household staple for hundreds of years, but new designs are shattering the glassware category's staid image. Glassware companies, including Spiegelau, Luigi Bormioli and True Fabrications, to name a few, are introducing new shapes and sizes designed to enhance the organolept

In 2004, when Greg O'Neill and Ken Miller, pictured, decided to locate their European-inspired food shop in Chicago, they did so knowing the Windy City suffered from a dearth of knowledgeable, well-stocked and well- executed retailers where one could gather top-notch ingredients to assemble a quick

Food is not the only category where simple ingredients and free-from are in demand.

Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

Any discussion of meat – be it processed or unprocessed – must begin by acknowledging the rather large elephant in the room. That elephant would be a storm of bad publicity unleashed in the last few months.

Editor's Note: Part 1 of this article, about using technology to engage customers before during and after their visit, appeared in the October/November issue. There are many ways to engage customers digitally at the point of sale or online once the decision has been made to do so – and go

America boasts many regional styles of barbecue, but both serious 'cue lovers and casual grillers alike shop specialty retailers for a variety of spice rubs and sauces.

Sign up for TGR's Dispatch at under Resources/eNewsletters. Keep atop industry news, trends and new products in the gourmet industry. McGuckin New CEO of Maya Kaimal

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Recent U.S. Commerce Department data show that American consumers are spending more of their money on eating out, fixing up their homes, upgrading their cars and paying for sports gear, health and beauty. The Internet is filled with Buy Experiences, Not Things stories.

It's that time of year where we look back on the year's accomplishments and challenges and plan for the year ahead. It's a great time not only to take inventory but also to evaluate what's worked and what didn't. What tradeshows will you attend? What marketing strategies will you employ?

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