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May 30, 2023
How to Build a Product Differentiation Strategy that Drives Growth

It's more crucial than ever to differentiate your product. Our marketing expert Jane Ko, PhD shares how food and beverage brands can differentiate their product by capturing and designing for the emotional and social benefits to create a unique selling proposition that stands out in a crowded market.

April 27, 2023
How to Brace for a Potential Economic Downturn

It's important to be prepared for an economic downturn. Our founder Jeff Grogg joins Roger Hurni in the podcast From Persona to Personal and provides valuable insights on how to practically prepare for adverse changes in the economy.

April 27, 2023
Build Operational Resilience through Strategic Internal Communication

In our latest article from Paul Vilker, he breaks down how having an internal communication strategy can lead to increased sales, eliminating waste and lost time, and minimizing rework.

April 18, 2023
Strategies for Crafting an Effective Co-Manufacturing Agreement

Hear from our supply chain lead, Rick Williams, who has extensive experience on both the contract manufacturer side and the brand side, as he shares his expert knowledge on how to build an effective co-manufacturer agreement.

March 29, 2023
Five Considerations To Reduce Operational Costs and Keep Your Pricing Competitive

Paul Vilker examines five considerations to make when preparing your food and beverage business for economic downtown.

March 21, 2023
How to Unlock Growth as an Emerging Food Brand

How Cybele’s Free-to-Eat managed its supply chain and sales more effectively and grew during the pandemic.

March 17, 2023
Top Trends Spotted at Expo West 2023

Trends the JPG team saw at Expo West 2023.

February 21, 2023
Advantages Of Evaluating Technical Feasibility In Parallel To Your Consumer Testing

Rifle Hughes writes on the benefits of evaluating technical feasibility in parallel with consumer testing.

January 25, 2023
Elevator Talk: Heritage Kulfi, Madge’s Food Company, Wynn’s Kitchen

Rifle Hughes, a business partner with JPG Resources, co-hosts this episode of Nosh's Elevator Talk and shares his thoughts, questions and feedback with the participants.

January 10, 2023
JPG Acquires RodeoCPG's R&D Team to Fuel Food and Beverage Innovation Growth

The acquisition will allow JPG to expand its physical presence in New York and enjoy the benefits of being submersed in a major hub of diversity, creativity, and food innovation.

December 16, 2022
Industry Leaders Reveal Their 2023 Food Trend Predictions

JPG managing director, Glenn Pappalardo, contributes to this article by sharing his thoughts on what 2023 will bring to the vegan sector.

December 15, 2022
Five Ways to Mitigate Supply Chain Challenges in 2023

Paul Vilker examines five ways for businesses to mitigate their supply chain challenges going into 2023.

November 25, 2022
What’s Hot and What’s Not Trends Forecast for 2023

JPGs managing director, Glenn Pappalardo, caught up with Bakery and Snacks to give his perspective on the future of the food industry in 2023.

November 15, 2022
6 Tips to Withstand a Recession

Rick Williams, Practice Lead of Operations & Supply Chain at JPG, offers advice on how to safeguard your business against a recession.

October 16, 2022
Almond Milk Scandal

Operations Business Partner Rick Williams speaks to increased demand for plant based proteins resulting in shortages.

August 31, 2022
Why Totino’s Needs 25 Ways to Make Pizza Rolls

Due to various supply chain issues, Joe Colyn, Business Partner of Procurement and Coman Solutions, advises that food companies prioritize supply and source multiple ingredients for the same product to ensure availability.

July 18, 2022
Small Candy Makers Forced to Rethink Their Business Strategies

Joe Colyn, a partner at JPG Resources, gives advice on how to rethink business in the current environment.

May 16, 2022
Prepare for Higher Grocery Bills in These Categories

Rifle Hughes, innovation and strategy business partner at JPG Resources, offers insights on the rising cost of food.

May 11, 2022
How Much Grocery Prices Soared in April

Rifle Hughs, business partner at JPG Resources, gives his perspective on the reason for rising prices.

April 25, 2022
Fried Food Demand Continues to Sizzle

Rifle Hughes, innovation and strategy business partner at JPG Resources spoke with Food Institute on how air fryers have provided an option to explore health goals without sacrificing their new love of comfort and fried foods.

March 17, 2022
Getting the Food & Beverage Supply Chain Back on Track

Rick Williams, Practice Lead in operations and supply chain management, sits down with Food Processing Food for Thought Podcast to speak about supply chain issues coming to the food and beverage industry in the future.

March 17, 2022
Getting the Food & Beverage Supply Chain Back on Track

Rick Williams, Practice Lead in operations and supply chain management at JPG Resources, speaks with Food Processing to unveil the top supply chain issues impacting food and beverage processors in Spring 2022

February 23, 2022
Is Plant-Based Bacon Poised for a Breakout?

JPG's Ron McDermott, who co-leads the plant protein practice group, talks with The Food Institute on why Plant-Based Bacon could become popular.

February 9, 2022
Here Are the Groceries You Might Be Missing On Store Shelves Due to Food Shortages In 2022

In this article from Parade on food shortage predictions, Rick Williams, JPG's supply chain lead, speaks on potential shortages to look out for.

January 24, 2022
Product Development Teams Find New Ways to Innovate During the Pandemic

Amy Usiak, a business partner and R&D lead speaks with Food Processing about supply chain problems currently being faced specifically in the R&D department due to Covid-19.

January 17, 2022
Billionaire Supermarket CEO Sees Increase in Grocery Prices As Omicron Worsens US Supply Chain Crisis

Rifel Hughes, JPGs innovation and strategy business partner is featured in this Natural News article speaking on current disruptions affecting availability of food at the grocery store.

December 15, 2021
Inflationary Pressure Hits Nutrition Supply Chain

Rifle Hughes, head of strategy and innovation speaks with New Hope about the inflation the Nutrition industry is facing.

December 8, 2021
Packaging Shortages to Impact Food Manufacturers Into 2022

Rick Williams, Practice Lead of Operations & Supply Chain at JPG, spoke with Food Institute on shortages he has been seeing specifically with paper-based materials in the packaging industry.

October 20, 2021
Anthem Oats Adding Three Oatmeal Varieties to Portfolio

Baking Business writes an article on our partnership with Anthem Oats to help them develop three new oatmeal varieties.

October 16, 2021
Food Prices are Climbing Amid Worker Shortages, Supply-Chain Problems, Extreme Weather and More

Strategy and innovation business partner Rifle Hughes speaks with MSN on why the cost of food has been increasing.

September 17, 2021
Brandjectory adds The Knowledge Base

The Grand Rapids Business Journal writes on Brandjectory, a new online platform JPG helped launch. Glenn Pappalardo, JPGs managing director and one of the co-founders of Brandjectory speaks on the importance of this new platform.

September 15, 2021
Here's Why Your Food Prices Keep Going Up

Rifle Hughes, JPGs innovation and strategy business partner, speaks with the Washington Post on supply chain problems occurring that are affecting food prices.

August 25, 2021
Labor Shortages Continue To Dive Supply Chain Woes

Operations Business Partner Rick Williams speaks with the Food Institute on labor challenges manufacturers are facing.

August 25, 2021
Investing In The Future Of Food: How Much Of Rising Food Prices Can Brands, Retailers Pass To Consumers?

JPG director of innovation marketing Arwen Kimmel sits down with Food Navigator-USA to speak on food inflation and troubles that could arise in the future.

August 19, 2021
Building A CBD Business? Here's What You Need To Know

Business Partner Rifle Hughes co-authors this Nutritional Outlook article on what it takes to get into the CBD business right now.

August 4, 2021
Flying At Half Mask: Mandates Leave Restaurants Shrouded In Uncertainty

Arwen Kimmell, our Director of Innovation Marketing, contributes to this Food Institute Article on the uncertainty restaurants are currently facing during Covid-19 times.

May 26, 2021
Food For Thought: What Does the Second Half of 2021 Hold For Product Innovation?

Our director of innovation marketing, Arwen Kimmell joins Food Processing Magazine's "Food for Thought" podcast to discuss what food innovation could look like over the next 18 months.

May 21, 2021
Food Supply Chains Are Stretched as Americans Head Back to Restaurants

JPG managing director Glenn Pappalardo contributes to this WSJ piece on emerging cracks in the foodservice supply chain and labor as restaurants come back online and consumers venture out.

March 31, 2021
RCV Frontline, Our New F&B Fund is Charged to Back Brands Below Typical VC Focus

Eric Stief and Andrew Reynolds join Elizabeth Crawford of FoodNavigator-USA to discuss what sets RCV Frontline apart from other food & beverage funds.

March 9, 2021
How the Beverage Industry Can Continue to Adapt to COVID-19 Challenges

JPG's own George Squire writing on behalf of Beverage Daily.com as he considers learnings from 2020 and how the beverage industry can continue to adapt and grow.

March 1, 2021
Startup Lessons Learned

Our Founder, Jeff Grogg provided hard-earned insights on the rigor it takes to start a new food business in this article from Mary Ellen Kuhn, writing for IFT's Food Technology Magazine.

February 24, 2021
Investing in the Future of Food: JPG Garden offers early stage food entrepreneurs ‘library’ of answers

Food Navigator-USA.com's Elizabeth Crawford "sits down" with JPG Garden leads Veronica and Dean to discuss how the new program can help early founders take their first steps in launching a viable food business.

February 20, 2021
Celebrity Ghost Kitchens May Be This Year’s Hottest Dining Trend

JPG's Kathy Holt contributes insights to Forbe's coverage on the rise of celebrity backed ghost kitchens in the COVID era.

February 16, 2021
JPG Resources Launches JPG Garden for Early-Stage Food Entrepreneurs

JPG Garden serves new and early-stage food entrepreneurs and companies looking to grow unique and viable businesses.

January 12, 2021
Manufacturers Have Engaged in Creative Solutions

As we closed out the year of unprecedented grocery shortages caused by the pandemic, the question of whether 2021 will bring similarly empty shelves becomes even more pressing. If some shortages are still to be expected, which products are at particular risk of going out of stock?

December 18, 2020
COVID-19: The Impact on 2020 and Beyond

Learning from the past year will play a pivotal role in survival for brands, companies and establishments.

December 16, 2020
What's New In Natural Foods With Jeff Grogg of JPG Resources

In this episode, we discussed the recent history of the natural foods industry, as well as common pitfalls new brands often fall into. Jeff also shared with us why microtrends (such as trendy ingredient-based products) have a short shelf life, and what sort of macrotrends brands should focus on when creating new products. 

December 1, 2020
An Inside Look: Preparing Restaurants for the Road Ahead

Restaurants have seen a major shift in business operations, traffic, and income. Restaurants have adapted by amending takeout procedures, elevating the on-premise experience and attempting to create as normal of a pre-COVID environment as possible.

November 27, 2020
Social Platform Connects Investors, Food Startups

A new social media platform based in West Michigan is not for entertainment, but for building a network that could lead to early-stage investments.

November 5, 2020
2021 Consumer Trends Report: Heading Toward The 'New' Normal

Not too long ago, consumer trends were leaning toward health and wellness and plant-based alternatives. But with the arrival of the coronavirus (COVID-19), consumers shifted their focus to safety, individually wrapped packages, value-added family bundles and comfort foods. Now, it’s hard to imagine eating any other way.

October 19, 2020
How Ghost Kitchens Are Helping Major Restaurants Recoup Lost Revenue

Chains like Famous Dave's and Brinker International were already moving toward delivery-only concepts pre-pandemic, allowing them to more quickly deploy these concepts compared to other restaurants.

September 30, 2020
How Restaurants Have Worked Smarter To Make Indoor Dining Safe, Successful And Palatable

Restaurants across the country are reopening for indoor dining and for the first time in over six months New York City eateries can allow diners back inside at 25% maximum capacity, prompting the question on many peoples' minds: How are establishments working smarter to keep customers safe, happy and well-fed?

August 19, 2020
Bouncing Back: Supply Chain Survives COVID-19

Shoppers are stuck paying elevated prices at the supermarket even though the supply restrictions that drove them up have dissipated, exclusive Nielsen data shows.

August 11, 2020
How Your CPG Brand Can Grow & Find Investors NOW!

Jeff Grogg is the founder and managing director of JPG Resources and has founded businesses in spaces ranging from athletic training to beverages, contract food manufacturing, to a new food venture fund. He has 25 years of experience as a leader in the natural food and beverage space.

August 5, 2020
How COVID Is Changing Consumer Behavior And What You Can Do To Adapt Featuring Rifle Hughes

Rifle and I discuss how COVID is influencing consumer behavior, and how both CPG and restaurant brands should adapt.

July 20, 2020
The Future Of Foodservice: Here's What To Expect

Going back to the basics, removing self-serve and building out foodservice delivery infrastructure are just some of the steps retailers are taking to keep employees and shoppers safe.

July 16, 2020
Discover Fundraising, Brand Building Strategies During Upcoming Unlocking Innovation Webinar July 30

The food and beverage industry has been a tale of two cities since the coronavirus pandemic was declared with some companies seeing surging sales reinforced by fresh rounds of high-dollar investments and other businesses grinding to a halt with both revenue and investment streams drying up virtually overnight.

June 30, 2020
Emerging Restaurant Trends Due to COVID-19

In the coming months, as suppliers catch up to demand, many restaurants would do well to look more like grocery stores, and grocery stores more like restaurants.

June 17, 2020
How Food Producers Are Preparing For The 2nd Wave Of COVID-19

Now that companies have learned from the supply chain impacts of COVID-19, they have started to think about a shift in strategies to ensure that their businesses are prepared if a second wave hits, especially come the colder fall months after peak flu season.

June 9, 2020
Online Platform Brandjectory Is 'Like Facebook For Young Brands & Investors' In Natural Products Space

Even before the coronavirus pandemic paused face-to-face meetings and tradeshows, startups that couldn’t afford the high entrance fees to some of the food and beverage industry’s most prominent shows struggled to catch and keep investors’ attention – which is one reason why three influential groups joined forces to create Brandjectory.

June 1, 2020
Nuts and Seeds Are Finding New Applications in Food Processing

But this year the category got a remarkable boost from USDA: The agency’s Agricultural Research Service announced that new research found that whole nuts contribute less calories than previously thought.

May 17, 2020
Seis Consejos Para No Gastar Tanto En Comida Durante La Pandemia

A medida que la pandemia de coronavirus continúa, los compradores han tenido que enfrentarse al aumento de los precios en muchos alimentos de uso cotidiando, incluyendo la carne, la leche y los huevos.

May 15, 2020
Grocery Prices Are On The Rise – Here Are 6 Ways To Keep Your Food Budget Under Control

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, shoppers have had to contend with higher prices on many common food items, including meat, milk and eggs.

May 4, 2020
Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Navigating Coronavirus' Uneven Impact To Chart A Path Forward For Groceries

While some food and beverage brands have enjoyed tremendous growth following the coronavirus outbreak, others have been completely "pummeled" by government and consumer response to the virus – revealing a division that could provide a road map for the rest of the pandemic and potential economic downturn that will follow.

April 20, 2020
Georgia Manufacturing Shaken By Virus, But Some Ramp Up

April 17, 2020
Empty Shelves Leave Shoppers Wondering Where’s The Beef

The sudden shift from restaurant dining to at-home eating, coupled with panic buying at grocery stores, is causing major disruption in the manufacturing, distribution and sales of food products.

April 16, 2020
Meat Shortage 2020: Coronavirus Has Led Smithfield, Other Plants To Close, Farmers To Dump Milk

Let’s just say America's food supply chain is getting out of whack due to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 15, 2020
How Every Link In The Supply Chain Can Act Now For The Future

While there are many unknowns ahead, the industry has an opportunity for every link in the food supply chain to be forged by this crisis and come out on the other side stronger than ever.

April 8, 2020
Supermarkets Are Rewriting Their Playbooks To Deal With Demand, Safety. Here's How Things Stand In Metro Phoenix

Supermarkets are feeling pressure to rewrite their playbooks as they grapple with surging demand.

April 6, 2020
When Enhancing The Flavor, Enhance Your Label, Too

When boosting or improving the flavor in a food or beverage product, anything goes... so long as you keep the ingredients clean.

March 20, 2020
How COVID-19 Is Impacting Natural Sales, Manufacturing And Distribution

A deep dive into how the global pandemic is affecting natural brands.

March 19, 2020
COVID-19: Packaged Food & Beverage Brands Enjoy Surging Sales, But Mass Unemployment Could Change The Landscape Rapidly

Should prolonged social distancing measures generate mass unemployment, premium priced natural and organic products will likely not be top of most people’s shopping lists, while private label sales will likely rise, although packaged foods will continue to benefit overall as consumers stop eating out.

March 9, 2020
People And Industry News: March 2020

JPG RESOURCES, a food and beverage innovation and commercialization group, opened its first New York City office.

February 18, 2020
Snackwerks Launches Second Manufacturing Line To Double Plant Capacity, Announces Hire Of Industry Veteran Gunther Brinkman

Snackwerks, a flexible, mid-scale snack manufacturer, has more than doubled its production capabilities with the launch of a second line.

January 20, 2020
JPG Resources Expands With Launch Of NYC Office, Hire Of Industry Veteran Rick Williams

The office establishes JPG Resources' first East Coast presence and strengthens operations division.