The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2012April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT, 1:00 PM CDT, 12:00 PM MDT, 11:00 AM PDT
The NASFT State of the Specialty Food Industry is a joint research project prepared by Mintel International and SPINS. The project encompasses three years of sales data (2009-2011) for 51 specialty food segments, pulled from the SPINS database of mainstream and natural food stores. In addition, Mintel surveyed specialty food manufacturers, importers, distributors, brokers and retailers to develop the statistics presented in this report.
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The NASFT presents 55 educational programs each year. Ron has appeared on The Today Show, CNN and Food Network, and has been quoted in Newsweek, The New York Times, and Parade Magazine. He serves as the NASFT liaison with many associations and government organizations, including the National Grocers Association, the Organic Trade Association, the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Ron has an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City, and a B.A. in English and Communications Studies from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. He resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
As a Senior Analyst with the Syndicated Reports team, David writes and edits reports on the consumer packaged goods industry including retailers, foodservice operators and manufacturers of foods, beverages and household and personal care products. With over 15 years in the natural products industry, his work is primarily focused on the fast-growing natural and organic food market, identifying trends and leveraging them to foster innovation and new product development. David also specializes in defining and reporting on niche markets that are new or that defy industry-wide definition.
Through his work as an analyst, David conducts interviews with consumer and trade publications including the Wall Street Journal, Mergermarket, and Food Navigator. He also works directly with Mintel clients, and presents at industry conferences, highlighting key findings and trends relevant to attendees.
Prior to Mintel, David was a Vice President at SPINS, the Chicago-based provider of insights into the natural products industry. He oversaw SPINS' proprietary product library and industry-leading product classification system that allows clients to segment retailer data, and worked directly with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. Before SPINS, he was a buyer and department head for a leading natural products e-commerce web site, and several Whole Foods Markets.
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