Keble College Dining Hall David Iliff
Food PRFoodservice
October 9, 2020

Back to School: How COVID Is Affecting University Foodservice Operators and Food Brands

College campuses have historically been a gold mine for food marketers, if you managed to break into their supply chain. They are notorious for driving volume for food brands and being trend incubators. By that, I mean they have been a wonderful platform for brands to test new formulations or products…
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Reschedule or Rethink crossroads EvansHardyYoung
Experiential & EventsFood PRFoodservice
August 13, 2020

The Food Event Dilemma: Should You Reimagine or Reschedule?

Are food industry events an inevitable casualty of 2020? Or is it possible to reimagine them (i.e., take them online) and still meet the needs of both participants and organizers? It’s a tough call, especially in an industry so deeply rooted in relationships, sensory experiences and in-person events facilitating the…
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Partnership Fist bump EvansHardy+Young
Experiential & EventsFood PRFoodserviceOther
February 27, 2020

Planting the Seed for Strong Marketing Partnerships

As most of us have learned through experience, anything forced is likely to fail. (Think square peg, round hole). Conversely, as I've seen during my PR career, organic connections and partnerships – those that develop authentically, based on shared values or goals – tend to yield optimal results. A case in point…
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Why We Should Eliminate All Food Commodity Marketing Boards
Consumer Insights & Trends
January 21, 2020

Why We Should Eliminate All Food Commodity Marketing Boards

I have a confession to make. I hate food commodity marketing boards. You may find my opinion surprising, given that my firm has enjoyed a great track record of helping food commodity marketing boards accomplish their goals for over thirty years. I’ll explain my reasoning in a minute. But first, we need a…
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Traditions or Trends: Notable Food Marketing Creative
Consumer Insights & TrendsFood CampaignsMedia
January 7, 2020

Traditions or Trends: Notable Food Marketing Creative

The fourth quarter of 2019 saw a slew of creative holiday-themed food marketing and advertising, including two meaty turns on what has become an odd and endearing annual tradition. In QSR news, last summer's Chicken Sandwich War reared its head once again. And in the grocery category, Sam’s Club introduced…
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Jonathan Winters-Buckeye Food Marketing Advertising EvansHardy+Young
Food CampaignsFood PR
October 3, 2018

Improvisational Food Marketing: Lessons from Jonathan Winters

I first met Jonathan Winters in a local cigar store that is owned by a pal of mine. Mr. Winters was the only customer in the shop one day when I walked in. A bit of small talk ensued, during which Jonathan asked me where I was from. When I…
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Restaurant Menuing Data Food Marketing Agency EvansHardy+Young
Food PRFoodservice
June 12, 2018

What Happens When You Invest In Menuing Data?

While dishing up honey-inspired global fare for our client at a recent foodservice conference, a fellow sponsor asked me candidly, “how do you measure the success of participating in an event like this?” My immediate thought was while we won’t likely see an uptick in sales on the heels of…
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Male and Female in white protective beekeeping suits holding full comb giving thumbs up
Consumer Insights & Trends
April 26, 2018

Beekeeping and Business: The Best Secrets To Success

When EvansHardy+Young first began working with the National Honey Board several years ago, I thought it might be useful and interesting to learn about beekeeping. So I located some bees, purchased some hive boxes and embarked upon a new hobby. What started as a curiosity soon grew into a passion.…
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"Cheftitian" holding plate of veggies
Consumer Insights & TrendsFood PRFoodservice
April 3, 2018

Chef and Dietitian: Healthy Foods You’ll Actually Crave

Over the years, chefs and dietitians have approached their crafts with very different mindsets. A chef would create recipes for maximum flavor, favoring savory, high-fat ingredients. Alternatively, a dietitian would focus primarily on a food’s nutritional value. Recently, however, consumer demand for healthful food that doesn’t compromise on flavor has…
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Two professional kids yelling with bullhorns at middle kid on light blue background
Food PRFoodservice
December 20, 2017

Ignore the Competition: PR Lessons from Working with Food Commodity Boards

The best way to beat the competition, you ask?  Ignore them. It may sound like marketing blasphemy, but this bit of unconventional wisdom comes from nearly three decades of working on behalf of commodity board clients, who are prohibited from disparaging or even comparing themselves with the competition. Disparaging others…
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