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Minneapolis and St. Paul, Meet the Gluten-Free Snack

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Meet the Gluten-Free Snack

With the number of Minneapolis and St. Paul individuals who have to navigate life without gluten because of an illness like Celiac Disease, it is helpful to know that gluten-free foods are now more readily available. A recent report from Research and Markets, Gluten-Free Foods in the U.S. 6th Edition, projected that sales of gluten-free foods in the following categories—Salty Snacks, Crackers, Fresh Bread, Pasta, Cold (ready-to-eat) Cereal, Baking Mixes, Cookies, Flour, and Frozen Bread/Dough—are expected to grow to more…

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Mobile Payments and Growth Spurts in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Mobile Payments and Growth Spurts in Minneapolis and St. Paul

“There will be exponential growth in mobile payments in the U.S. over the next five years.”   – “The Mobile World of Retail,” a BRP Special Report In the almost three years since Apple Pay was launched, the ability to make a mobile payment with a smartphone has become just one of several ways that a mobile device can impact the shopping experience for today’s consumers. BRP Consulting recently determined five key ways that mobile devices are impacting the retail…

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Minneapolis and St. Paul, Is Your Coffee Service Up-to-Date?

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Is Your Coffee Service Up-to-Date?

Have you noticed that coffee has had a makeover? Kyra Auffermann, National Coffee Association communications and content manager, described it best when she wrote, “Coffee” used to be associated with a traditional percolated brew, consumed at home at the breakfast table. Now the perception of coffee has expanded to include an afternoon nitro cold brew while working at a café, or a bottle from a vending machine in the train station after work. And the makeover has definitely had a…

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Healthy Snacks in Minneapolis and St. Paul Schools

Healthy Snacks in Minneapolis and St. Paul Schools

Choices. Whether it’s a conscious decision or not, everyone is faced with multiple choices every day. A University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) graduate student helped her fellow classmates and professors by making the choice to snack healthy easier. As part of her thesis, she set out to learn if students and faculty would purchase healthy vending machine options. After taste testing one of the three snacks—licorice, chocolate chip cookies, or chili cheese flavored pop chips—each tester was asked if…

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Benefits for Minneapolis and St. Paul Coffee Drinkers

Benefits for Minneapolis and St. Paul Coffee Drinkers

Coffee seems to be transforming its reputation. It’s no longer seen as the harmful beverage it once was. Just this year, the International Journal of Cancer published the results of a study examining “the effect of Italian-style coffee consumption on prostate cancer risk” in almost 7,000 men in the Molise region of Italy (Pounis, et al., 2017, p. 72). The researchers determined that the men who consumed more than three cups of Italian-style coffee per day had a 53 percent…

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Snacking in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Snacking in Minneapolis and St. Paul

How do snacks fit into your day? Do they replace a meal or help you survive until your next one? Or, maybe they’re an energy boost? What about a reward or something to satisfy a craving? You aren’t alone if your snacks function as just one of those, or if they are all three at the same time. According to Tamara Barnett, VP of strategic insights for Bellevue, Wash.-based Hartman Group, “How we go about planning, acquiring and consuming food…

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Make Your Minneapolis and St. Paul Break Room New Again

Make Your Minneapolis and St. Paul Break Room New Again

In Gulfport, Mississippi, high school students in the National Technical Honor Society built a vending machine that, from a distance, appears to be a normal vending machine. After taking a closer look, however, it is clear that this vending machine is unique and special. It is an older vending machine that has been turned into a solar-powered vending machine that dispenses free personal hygiene products to the homeless in the community. While researching project ideas for a device that blended…

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Bottled Water in Minneapolis and St. Paul is Here to Stay

Bottled Water in Minneapolis and St. Paul is Here to Stay

Have you ever wondered who purchases bottled water? As it turns out, just about everyone does. According to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMS), “Americans are drinking more bottled water than any other packaged beverage” for the first time in American history. A recent Harris poll conducted for the IBWA found that 86 percent of people polled purchase bottled water. Additionally, the BMS recently released numbers for 2016 bottled water sales. They found that…

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Minneapolis and St. Paul, How Do You Feel About Your Diet?

Minneapolis and St. Paul, How Do You Feel About Your Diet?

Is it healthy, not so healthy, or somewhere in between? If it’s not so healthy, you are part of a large number of Americans who feel that their diet is unhealthy. Recent research by Mintel, a market intelligence agency, found that “less than half (42 percent) of Americans consider their diet to be healthy.” Yikes! While negative dietary influences vary greatly from person to person, there is one thing that impacts the majority of Minneapolis and St. Paul consumers—being able…

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Sustainable Options in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Sustainable Options in Minneapolis and St. Paul

In 2017, there are many different ways to practice sustainable living at home. Individuals often use less water, think twice about who they are purchasing goods from, and reuse as many things as possible. Recycling at home also falls under the sustainable living umbrella, and is a relatively easy thing to do. Most communities offer their residents different ways to recycle paper, plastics, metals and used electronics, and many individuals actively use those resources. Recycling Recycling at home is an…

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