Coombs Family Farms' sprayable maple syrup is now available on Amazon and via select retailers. The syrup is packaged in a recyclable can, and with the push of a button, it "streams out mess-free, portion-controlled organic maple syrup," the company said.
Makers of food and beverage products showcased a variety of offerings containing collagen -- popular for its functional benefits -- at the recent Natural Products Expo West. "A lot of this is being driven by this 'food as medicine' trend as consumers opt for foods and beverages that provide real health benefits and functionality," said Carlotta Mast of New Hope Network.
The amount money spent on groceries is about the same between low-income and high-income neighborhoods, but many poorer areas are food deserts that lack access to fresh produce, said panelists at South by Southwest. Solutions like produce delivery services, community gardens and healthier convenience food options could help improve health and fend off diet-related diseases.
Forty-one percent of consumers make buying decisions based partly on product packaging, and 43% prefer packaging that is sustainable, according to a Datassential report. To meet demand, companies are taking action in a variety of ways, such as Loliware's edible cups and straws, Counter Culture Coffee's biodegradable bags and SaltWater Brewery's compostable and biodegradable six-pack ring.
Individual grocers around the world have gone zero-waste by eliminating packaging, but it will take a while for most consumers to be ready for the change. "We have to somehow get into the minds of consumers and figure out how to change their way of thinking so it's 100% worth it to make a change," says Lyndsey Manderson, who runs Zero Market in Denver.
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