Scrolling for Food

Our world is now international in a way many would never have expected. New cooking techniques and equipment, access to spices, spreading knowledge of the flavor combinations and favorite recipes that, until recently, weren’t widely known except for the elite travelers of the world. Now we are busy bringing the world to us. … Read More

Digital Word of Mouth

Years ago we saw food manufacturers reluctant to enter the social media world, sure that their audience was within foodservice circles and not direct-to-consumer. They’ve learned, however, that the consumer drives the decision at its most basic level, and that everyone—regardless of their place in the food creation cycle, is subject to the lure of social media. Digital word-of-mouth is now a staple of food and beverage companies, but it goes beyond that category, too. … Read More

The Ghost Restaurant

What acts like a restaurant, but has no parking lot, no seating, no need for reservations, and you can enjoy the menu from the comfort of home? It’s the virtual, or shall we say, “ghost” restaurant. Meal deliveries have become … Read More

The Food Channel & CultureWaves present: Food Trends 2019

Here at CultureWaves, we like food. We also like thinking about food, and, so to that end ,we always partner with The Food Channel every year for annual food trend predictions! You can find the whole report here, but we … Read More

Food Printing

For years we’ve been hearing about how 3D printing is going to revolutionize this and that. Every time a new round of “Next Big Thing” talk starts, there are incredibly interesting examples of innovation leading the way, but then the … Read More

CultureWaves Q3: The New Era of Vending

2018 is an era of unprecedented convenience. Brands are going out of their way to get to the consumer faster and more directly—as seen in this example from Pizza Hut, where autonomy, artificial intelligence and delivery methods are all used … Read More

Are We Willing to Eat Cold Food

Growing up, it was perhaps the worst sin we could commit: getting to the dinner table late. OK, that, and spilling sugar. By the time I was in upper elementary school, my mom had returned to the outside-the-home workforce and … Read More

Building a Taste for Plant-Based Foods

When diners hear the words “plant-based,” several things can come to mind: lack of flavor, non-filling, tasteless, and even negative textural qualities such as “spongy.” Those who prefer meat as the main attraction of each meal might even picture a … Read More

Everything’s Coming Up Purple

If we are what we eat, we should all be feeling a bit more like Violet Beauregard in 2018—that is, if Instagram has any sway over us.  Rummaging through seed catalogs is one of my favorite things to do every … Read More

Hershey’s Embraces Food Tourism with New Products

Food, as we all know, is the great commonality. Everybody has to eat in some way or another—one person might be eating plant proteins and insects while another eats southern fried chicken and grits. They both share the same basic … Read More