When Media Management Means Nurturing Media Relationships

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the food ingredient media for over 20 years, 11 years of which has been on behalf of MarketPlace. The media regularly tells me a version of “we love working with you because you really understand media.” At MarketPlace, our job is to provide […]

type-post

Why B2B Branding is Good Business

For businesses whose clients are other businesses, branding – or rebranding – isn’t often a top priority. There are always other tasks to tackle, other fires to put out. Who has time for branding with sales to make, supply issues to resolve, new products to launch, and marketing initiatives to […]

type-post

Sushi, Sour Food, and the New American Palate

When I first took a bite of sushi when I was four years old, or should I say, after my mother shoved it into my mouth, I knew it was my new favorite. Growing up, when asked about what my favorite food was, I always took secret delight in the […]

type-post

Telling a Sweet Story: MarketPlace + Nutrinova

As a food marketing agency, we offer expertise and experience in all stages of a product’s lifecycle, from raw material to consumer packaged good. While our collective knowledge spans B2B and B2C food, beverage, and ingredients industries, our individual interests are varied. Some of us are really into craft beers, […]

type-post

Be Held: The Art of Packaging

I didn’t have the type of mother who said things like, “Well, you’re a sight to behold,” but if I did, she would have said that to me just about every day during my middle school years. I regret many of the outfits I wore in the mid- to late-eighties, […]

type-post

Talk Like There’s No Innovation

I klong weekly. You probably do, too. “Klong” means “a sudden rush of crud to the heart” caused by the realization that you’d said, done, or believed something wrong for a long time. For example, I realized one day years back that I’d been saying and writing the phrase “for […]

type-post

Color, Food, and the Story of Shrimp

Typically, I’m neither for nor against shrimp. This morning, though, I felt very deeply about them. On my drive to work, I listened to a podcast. The specific episode of this podcast deals with color—its nature, how we experience it, why it matters, etc. As color is a crucial issue […]

type-post

Food Marketing Technology and Your Customer’s Customer

From day one, MarketPlace has championed an undisputed fact of food marketing: a successful product sells into the unique desires and ever-changing tastes of the end-consumer. If droves of consumers start tweeting about their love for earthworm flavor or gym-sock aroma, food and beverage R&D teams will be working hard […]

type-post

To Natural Products Expo West and Back

There are probably only two places where you can find a DJ spinning tunes for a baby food brand, a grown man dressed as the Lorax, and a yogurt container the size of a condo. The first is New York’s hottest nightclub, where I’ve never been, and the second, from […]

type-post

A Loose-Leaf Look for a New Tea Market

We recently began working with Martin Bauer Inc, an integrated division of the Martin Bauer Group, a German-based supplier of herbal and fruit infusions, teas, and tea extracts. Their customers include companies from the tea, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, and we’re working with them on marketing tea ingredients to help […]

type-post

Gluten 101: Marketing for the Gluten-Curious

Last year, my (former) physician sent me from his office with a prescription for “eat more bran.” Bran didn’t help. Bran, it turns out, was one of the reasons I had to see the doctor in the first place. As I would learn through self-diagnosis a few weeks later, I […]

type-post

Unwrapping Food

When we’re not marketing food, we’re discussing, praising, preparing, or consuming it. Does this qualify us to discuss the holidays? You bet your fruitcake. No matter who, where, or how you are, your holiday memories involve food. The holidays don’t exist because of food, but they probably wouldn’t exist without […]

type-post