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Food Marketing Pumpkin Spice Latte EvansHardy+Young
Food
October 10, 2018

Food Marketers: Unlock the Magic of Seasonal Marketing

Forget the leaves changing, the fall season officially kicked off August 28, folks. That’s the day Starbucks began selling its seasonal favorite, the Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Or the “PSL” to anyone born after 1981. What’s up with this magical drink? Is it the 50 grams of sugar that has people…
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Jonathan Winters-Buckeye Food Marketing Advertising EvansHardy+Young
Food
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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Facebook Instagram Food Marketing Advertising EvansHardy+Young
Food
September 25, 2018

Facebook and Instagram Changes: 5 Things You Need to Know

Just when you think you’ve locked in a social media strategy that works for your food brand, the social media giants change the game yet again. Facebook and Instagram made some recent social media updates to their notoriously mysterious algorithms. As they begin to take effect, we know they will…
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5 of the Most Interesting Food Ads September 2018 EvansHardy+Young Food Advertising
Food
September 18, 2018

5 of the Most Interesting Food Advertisements Right Now

After working in nearly every segment of the food industry for over 30 years, we have developed deep category insights into the consumer behavior and motivations that drive the purchasing, preparation, and consumption of food. As part of this process we’re constantly monitoring food advertising for trends, strategies, and creative…
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Is Your Food Brand in the Conversation? EvansHardy+Young Food Marketing
Food
September 11, 2018

Is Your Food Brand in the Conversation?

Having worked nearly 20 years in the fashion industry, I learned early on how trends come and go with the seasons. You can be hot one day, and easily gone the next. Learning to successfully navigate these swings can be the difference between being a fad or a thriving, sustainably…
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Grocery Shopping Food Advertising EvansHardy+Young
Food
September 6, 2018

7 Winning Grocers Right Now in the Supermarket War

It’s been a year since Amazon bought Whole Foods and turned the grocery industry on its ear. This seems like a good time to get a read on the impact this has had, to take stock of the dizzying acceleration in the rate of change in the industry, and to…
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Great Food Stories Food Marketing Advertising EvansHardy+Young
Food
August 28, 2018

This is What Happens When You Have a Great Food Story

In the PR world the saying goes, “You’re only as good as your last story.” But, as food marketers we know good stories don’t just happen. They’re carefully curated to encourage a specific response. So, who is catching your attention with powerful food storytelling right now? Below are just a…
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Foodservice Technology Food Marketing EvansHardy+Young
Food
August 21, 2018

New Foodservice Technology You Have to See to Believe

From mobile delivery to robotics to self-serve kiosks to cashless dining, automation and mechanization are changing the way foodservice professionals work across the front and back of house. As technology and artificial intelligence (AI) creep into more and more applications within the mainstream foodservice space, it’s clear to see the…
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Food Packaging in the Digital Age Food Marketing EvansHardy+Young
Food
August 14, 2018

What is the Role of Food Packaging in the Digital Age?

The online era is creating enormous change in the retailer landscape. And there is plenty more to come. It is now projected by Forrester Research that in the next 3 to 5 years 17% of all retail sales will take place online. While online grocery sales now account for merely…
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Woman Shopping Food Advertising Transparency EvansHardy+Young
Food
August 9, 2018

The Trend Toward Transparency in Food Advertising

Remember the days when food was food? When you pretty much ate whatever was put in front of you (except yucky stuff like liver and gizzards) and really could care less about what was in it? Well, those days are over and gone. Consumers have been focusing on food transparency,…
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Two Food PR women sitting at table, Girl in stripes from EvansHardy+Young
Food
July 31, 2018

4 Authentic Ways to Improve Your Food PR Approach

Technology is transforming the food and beverage industry, and along with it, our approach to food public relations (PR). Every day, journalists are scrambling to keep up by producing relevant stories, further pressured by the implementation of digital media. Everyone wants to be the first one to publish the latest…
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Food Influencers Marketing
Food
July 24, 2018

Do Food Influencers Really Have a Strong Influence?

When most food marketers consider a food influencer for their brand, the first steps they take are almost always the same: they head to the influencer’s Instagram, look at their number of followers and scroll through some photos of food. It’s a natural initial evaluation, but they are missing so…
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Meal Kits Food Marketing Pro EvansHardy+Young
Food
July 17, 2018

How to Unlock the Food Marketing Potential of Meal Kits

It’s no secret that meal delivery kits are big business. According to Statista, the fresh-food meal kit delivery market is valued at $4.65 billion and expected to reach $11 billion in 2022. They are grabbing the attention of male shoppers, busy families, Millennials and GenXers who are 3 times more…
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Voice Recognition Food Marketing EvansHardy+Young
Food
July 10, 2018

Alexa, How Can I Reach More Customers With Voice Search?

This past year Google reported that 52% of people keep their voice-activated speakers in their living rooms, 25% keep them in their bedrooms, and 22% keep them right in their kitchens! With this kind of seamless in-home integration, smart speakers and voice search are fast becoming a prime point-of-sale opportunity…
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EvansHardy+Young Best New Ads
Food
June 26, 2018

Here are 6 of the Best New Food Campaigns Right Now

Every quarter we publish a sampling of recent, noteworthy food campaigns from the worlds of Commodity, Packaged Foods, and Branded Produce, with the purpose of informing and inspiring those with similar interests. Here’s just a few that caught our attention in the second quarter of 2018. Cheerios “A Million Acts…
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EvansHardy+Young The Future of the Supermarket is Here Food Marketing
Food
June 19, 2018

The Future of the Supermarket is Here

Every supermarket chain has a weekly ad meeting where the items and prices for the next week’s circular are decided. When I worked on the Vons ad account (before they were acquired by Safeway) I used to attend these meetings, every Tuesday at 7am. I am not a morning person.…
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Restaurant Menuing Data Food Marketing Agency EvansHardy+Young
Food
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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Lamb Weston Instagram
Food
May 10, 2018

Why Food & CPG Brands Should be Using Instagram Stories

If you find it hard to keep up with the latest in social media, you’re not alone. Social trends, strategies, and standards move lightning-fast, but as a food brand in this space, rest assured — not all bandwagons are worth jumping on. Truthfully, unless your key demographic is Gen Z’ers,…
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Chef in blue coat instructing two women students on prepping food
Food
May 5, 2018

How to Get Appetizing Results from Your Food Media Buy

Nearly everyone is fighting for a share of stomach these days, which has resulted in increased pressure on media strategies tasked with breaking through the chatter. Promoting products within this competitive marketplace requires a certain creativity beyond the traditional media buy. Fortunately for food brands, there is a lot you…
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Male and Female in white protective beekeeping suits holding full comb giving thumbs up
Food
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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