Food Commodity, CPG
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Marketing Best Practices

Food
January 18, 2018

The Collision of Fashion and Food

How do we gain an advantage in what seems like a very unforgiving and competitive marketplace? As food marketers, we must consider all angles that help separate us from our peers. Sometimes, that means looking past the numbers to better understand the macro trends driving our target customer’s buying decisions.…
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Food
January 10, 2018

Leveraging Influencers On Any Foodservice Budget

Let’s get straight to the point: Are you spending too much on influencer campaigns, or at the very least, questioning the ROI of your current spend? When it comes to foodservice influencer marketing, I have some good news. Spending more doesn’t necessarily equate to getting more when it comes to…
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Food
January 3, 2018

Quarterly Food Advertising and Marketing Round-up

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 trends, strategies, and creative work for products…
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Dave Thomas Wendy's CEO
Food
December 28, 2017

Lessons Learned from Restaurant Icon Dave Thomas

One of the great benefits of working at a food marketing agency is all of the incredible people you have the opportunity to meet. Some are fascinating characters, some become close friends, and if you’re lucky, you occasionally meet someone who is truly inspirational and has a lasting influence on…
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Food
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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Amazon Target Walmart
Food
December 13, 2017

The Food Industry and Amazon: Who’s Fighting Back…and Winning

There was nothing short of an avalanche of press surrounding Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods. The conclusion of virtually every article and report was that Amazon will disrupt the supermarket category and take it over the way they have so many other segments. And, although Amazon claims 18% of all…
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Millenial dad grocery shopping
Food
June 27, 2017

Millennial Dads Tackle Grocery Shopping

It’s been a long-standing convention that food brand marketing should be directed toward women – moms in particular – as females have traditionally been the ones purchasing groceries on behalf of their families. But with the rise of the Millennial generation and accompanying gender role changes, it’s time to rethink…
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Jackfruit Company NRA 2017
Food
June 20, 2017

NRA 2017 Foodservice Trend Watch: Consumers Desire Healthful Diet

Equal parts educational, exciting, and overwhelming, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show once again proved a great opportunity to learn about foodservice trends and to network with like-minded peers and influencers. More than 2,000 companies displayed their products last month in Chicago during the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry. I…
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Food
June 13, 2017

MEG Food For Thought: Be Flawsome

We count on the National Restaurant Association’s Marketing Executives Group (MEG) to deliver fresh insights each year at its spring conference held in Chicago just prior to the NRA Show. With our client, the National Honey Board (NHB), serving as a repeat sponsor, we have had the opportunity to capture these nuggets…
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Food
June 6, 2017

How Grocery Retailers Capitalize on Convenience

‘Convenience food’ was once a pejorative, but not anymore. Today, it’s practically a requirement for food brands to provide convenient products, even when delivering “clean”, gourmet or vegan options. As A. Elizabeth Stone stated in the Institute of Food Technologists’ “Top 10 Food Trends” report in April 2017, “Despite the recent media…
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EHY Native Advertise EatingWell Magazine With Pom
Food
June 1, 2017

Food Brands Embrace Native Advertising in Print

Native advertising, integrated content, custom content, branded content, advertorial, sponsored by, promotional feature… To the reader, is it advertising or editorial? As digital and social platforms continue to monetize with native in various forms, the popularity and learnings from digital has spread opportunities to the magazine field. While print advertorials…
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Honey Whiskey Cocktail
Food
May 23, 2017

How To Influence Minds and Menus: Honey Creates a Buzz

The EH+Y team continually seeks new ways to increase honey usage among foodservice professionals on behalf of our client, the National Honey Board (NHB). We identified an opportunity for the NHB in the beverage category and delivered a robust, multi-year campaign that expanded honey cocktail menu penetration exponentially in the United…
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Storytelling Marketing Branding
Food
May 16, 2017

Brand Journalism Buoys Food Marketing

Just as chefs thoughtfully select ingredients and carefully choose certain techniques to tell a unique flavor story, food marketers should act in an equally deliberate manner in regards to the content they choose to express their brand. An increasingly powerful communication tool within the food industry, brand journalism influences consumers…
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Food
May 9, 2017

5 Food Crazes To Elevate Your Brand

If you look at the mindset of the current consumer, the food trends make sense. People are more intent on eating food that’s good for them; the concept of “wellness” has emerged as a status symbol. Snacking (a dirty word when I was a child) has turned healthy and hip.…
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Food
May 2, 2017

The Big Idaho Potato Tours The Big Apple

The Big Idaho® Potato Truck had already generated hundreds of millions of media impressions across the country, but it was simply too big to drive on the streets of New York City. We knew it would take a highly unusual event to capture New Yorkers’ interest. It would have to be outlandish…
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Honey Melon Mojito Omni Hotel
Food
April 21, 2017

Secret Ingredient for Next-Level Foodservice Marketing

It may sound like a good thing: foodservice marketing plans so detailed that they account for the smallest details and associated costs. And yet, the best plans are those that leave some things TBD. It’s hard, I know. It takes confidence, vision, and vigilance. But, in my experience, less really is…
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Grocery Store
Food
April 6, 2017

5 Grocery Shopping Trends and Opportunities For Marketers

Target just announced plans to spend billions of dollars over the next three years to redesign 500 stores. The redesign places greater emphasis on groceries, with a second entrance providing easy access to the grocery department, more fresh produce, and self-checkout lanes. The importance of grocery shoppers is not lost on Target. The…
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Food
April 4, 2017

Food CMO’s Guide To Choosing a Social Monitoring Tool

The large number of social monitoring tools available makes choosing the correct one a challenge for food commodity and CPG brands. At EvansHardy+Young, we take an aggressive approach to tool selection, and you should too. We know selecting the right tool is a crucial business decision. The wrong decision will…
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Idaho Potato Farmer in blue hat with dog sitting on couch watching TV of EvansHardy+Young Commercial
Food
March 11, 2017

TV Ads Still the Most Powerful Medium for Building Food Brands

In 2017, for the first time ever, digital media spending is expected to overtake TV advertising: businesses around the world will spend more in internet advertising than television. According to eMarketer, in the US, TV’s share will be at 35.8% of Total Media Ad spend and Digital at 38.4%. So it…
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Food
February 28, 2017

Harnessing The Power Of Networking For Foodservice Clients

After nearly a decade managing foodservice accounts and despite the ascendency of the Digital Age, one thing is clear: industry networking remains a critical ingredient of foodservice marketing and public relations. When I map the most successful partnerships and programs executed on behalf of long-standing client, National Honey Board (NHB), for example,…
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