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Industry News: Plant Nite Events Sprout Up In Miami



MIAMI, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Plant Nite®, the latest Creative Entertainment concept launched by the duo that created Paint Nite®, announced today it has expanded into the Miami area. This move is part of Plant Nite's second wave of national expansion. Miami now joins a list of 45+ U.S. cities that are currently hosting "social planting" events at local bars.

Designed as another creative way to revolutionize the typical night out, Plant Nite gives patrons an excuse to step away from their everyday adult responsibilities to play in the dirt. Participants spend about an hour and a half socializing over cocktails while getting their hands dirty and letting their creativity bloom. Guided by a gardening enthusiast, Plant Nite attendees build their own tabletop terrarium as they catch up with friends, make new connections, and sip on their favorite drink at a local bar.

"At Plant Nite, we see grown professionals reignite the childhood bliss of playing in the dirt. The cocktails tend to facilitate that process," said co-founder Sean McGrail. "The best part is, you don't need to have an ounce of gardening ability - you just need to be open to having a good time."

Plant Nite partners with local bars and restaurants, offering a variety of fun, social atmospheres to suit every preference. Seats are limited and event tickets, which include a planter, plants/flowers, decorative accessories, gardening supplies and entertainment via the hosting gardener, are sold in advance online. If desired, drinks and food to accompany the gardening experience can be purchased directly from the hosting venue.

"In addition to things, people are now looking to collect experiences," says McGrail. "Walking home with a micro-landscape that is on display in their home or office for years to come, is a living memento of a great night out with friends."

Plant Nite held its first public event in Miami on February 13, 2017, and will host approximately 3-5 events each month at various bars and restaurants in and around the Miami area. For more information, visit PlantNite.com.


Plant Nite, the newest event concept in the creative entertainment space, offers a unique spin on a night out at the bar. Headquartered in Boston, and the brainchild of the duo that introduced Paint Nite, the international leader in social painting, Plant Nite was founded in September 2015. A local gardening enthusiast provides step-by-step guidance, turning an empty planter into a flourishing tabletop garden in about an hour and a half, while participants enjoy their favorite cocktails with friends and family at a local bar.

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Industry News: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Releases Third Annual Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast


SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cocktails with a culinary twist, the "nose to tail" movement, South American and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, and reimagined childhood desserts are among the top trends according to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants' 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast, released today. This third annual trend report offers a glimpse into the innovative flavors and unique sips that will influence restaurant and bar menus in the coming year.

The forecast findings were uncovered via an extensive survey of leading chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from 70+ acclaimed Kimpton restaurants, bars and lounges across 30+ U.S. cities. New this year, the report also includes insights from renowned food influencers, photographers and videographers. These culinary and cocktail aficionados partnered with Kimpton to create original content via videos, recipes and images, to showcase their unique take on interesting forecast findings.


"When it comes to culinary trends, Kimpton chefs and bartenders are on the hunt for the flavors and techniques that tantalize taste buds and expand diners' culinary universe. They're true trendsetters and innovators in our kitchens and bars," said Alex Taylor, Kimpton's senior vice president of restaurants & bars. "These are the most creative and cutting-edge culinary concepts that will pepper menus and home kitchens in the coming year."

In 2017, restaurant and cocktail enthusiasts can expect to see the following trends come to life across the country.

Top Culinary Trends:

  • A surge in Mediterranean-inspired dishes like creamy sesame hummus with braised chickpeas, olive oil charred octopus, and Moroccan spiced lamp chops with tomato-cucumber fattoush and lemon yogurt
  • New twists on favorite childhood desserts like boozy berry sundaes with blackberry chartreuse and sour cherry mascarpone-flavored frozen push-ups
  • Ongoing interest in using the whole beast to create rich, flavorful dishes like oven-roasted bone marrow burgers, chicken skin chips crusted with quinoa and Marcona almonds, braised pork neck ragout pappardelle, and cheekily named pig face candy bars with country style pâté and raw sugar brulée
  • The sustainability-driven "root to leaf" movement that embraces using vegetables in their entirety in dishes like radish greens, carrot top pesto, salt roasted beets, and celery root purées
  • More lean meat alternatives popping onto menus to be featured in dishes like smoked elk carpaccio and venison tartare as well as ox, bison, boar, ostrich for the more adventurous diner
  • Spices like cardamom, cumin and turmeric that add an extra kick to any dish

Leading Cocktail Trends:

  • Adding a culinary twist to classic cocktails with unique ingredients like roasted grapes, salt-roasted plantains, smoked tomato water, puréed red pepper, snap peas, corn, or even pickling brine to create either sweet or savory culinary cocktails
  • South American-inspired cocktails like a Caipirinha using mezcal, cachaça, jalapeño-infused cachaça, serrano chili syrup or pisco
  • Fat-washing cocktails with alternative non-meat-based fats like milk, coconut and peanut butter
  • Wine and cheese remain the top food and drink pairing, but fresh new combinations like oysters and gin or sherry and fries will emerge as chefs and bartenders collaborate more on tasting menus and small plates
  • Signature cocktails developed out of fermented beverages like Kombucha, ginger beer and coconut kefir for creations like a cranberry and tangerine Kombucha cocktail

Bringing The Trends To Life

Kimpton chefs and bartenders are already bringing these trends to life in their restaurants and bars. And in the spirit of unique pairings, Kimpton's Director of Bars Mike Ryan and Director of Music Lauren Bucherie have come together to create a custom Spotify playlist featuring classic rock. According to the Culinary & Cocktail forecast, classic rock and indie folk are the top two music genres that strike a chord with guests. The songs help make the bitters pop, the sugars balanced and the spirits smooth.

For more information on this year's Culinary & Cocktail Trend forecast including survey findings, recipes, YouTube videos, infographics and more insights from Kimpton chefs and bartenders, please visit www.kimptonhotels.com/CCTrends.



2017's Culinary & Cocktail Trends, from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (PRNewsFoto/Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants)

2017's Culinary & Cocktail Trends, from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (PRNewsFoto/Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants)


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Daily Insight: Rise of Gelato



What is Gelato

Gelato is a combination of whole milk, eggs, sugar, and natural flavoring, usually fresh fruit and sugar. It is similar to ice cream, but lower in fat (ice cream tends to be 10% to 20% fat, while gelato is 8% or less). Gelato is softer and has more intense fruit flavors; like a sorbet, but more creamy, like ice cream. You can let inspiration come from what’s in season: you’ll get the most flavor out of your fruits, thus from your gelato.



Gelato di Crema – The base
2 ½ cups 5% fat cooking cream or any kind of milk you like
5 egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar
Heat the cream (or milk) until it is beginning to bubble, then cool slightly. Watch it closely if you don’t want to make a big mess because cream and milk reach their boiling point very suddenly.
In a large heatproof bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until thick and creamy (about 2 minutes at medium speed). Beat the cooling cream very slowly into the eggs to warm the mixture graduallly.

Put the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and stir with a wooden spoon until the custard just coats the back of the spoon.
Remove the bowl from the pan and let it cool.

Blend your cooled custard base with the fruit purees (except 1/3 cup cherry puree reserved for the ripple). At this point, you can add 2 tablespoons of any alcohol you think would taste good with your flavors . It’ll help keep your gelato more scoopable.
Pour your fruit custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Stop the machine when the gelato is almost firm.



  1. Lower Calories than Ice-cream  Gelato has less fat (6 to 8%) compared to american ice cream (10 to 16 or even 18%). Also the overrun (amount of air injected into the product) is lower (25/35% vs 70/100%).
  2. Flavour: Gelato having lesser fat, provides with much more scope to enjoy the added flavours and fruits and nuts, which is not in case of ice cream.
  3. Wholesome




The main difference is that gelato is a healthy alternative to ice cream, having less than half the fat. Ice cream can contain up to 22% fat. Mauro’s gelato contains between 0% and 8% fat.

Another difference is that ice cream is generally produced using a limited number of ingredients, Mauro can make gelato out of anything, from avocados to dried fruit to yams to hazelnuts. Just ask him and he will show you how he does it.



Entrepreneurship Magazine suggested gelato was "one of the top 10 trends of the next decade". S o when done right, gelato is extremely popular. While ice cream is still 87% of the category according to the National Dairy Association, gelato is experiencing the fastest growth.

Noticeable companies which have launched new Gelato products or planning to launch are:



Positioning: Innovation and Flavours


Luxuriously creamy-tasting Vanilla Bean Gelato made with fine Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla and 100% farm fresh sheep milk from New Zealand.

Experience the fresh, sweet aroma and velvety mouth feel that will leave you craving more.


This delicious Dark Chocolate Gelato is made with high quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa) and 100% farm fresh sheep milk from New Zealand.

Experience the brooding sophistication, depth of flavour and luxuriously velvety mouth feel that is quite unlike any gelato you will have ever tried.



Positioning: Organic and GMO free


The first artisanal Gelato sold in jars. Made in Italy with 100% natural ingredients & gluten-free. Official supporter of Johanna Konta

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Talenti is an American brand of gelato and sorbet, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Talenti is named after Bernardo Buontalenti, who is credited with inventing gelato

We use only the good stuff. The right stuff. We start with fresh milk, straight from the farm, and fine, pure cane sugar–absolutely never high-fructose corn syrup. We hand-pour the sugar from large sacks, blend in the milk and add the finest ingredients sourced from all around the world to craft our 33 flavors of gelato and sorbetto.


 Gelato Petrini is the result of tanto amore e passione (a lot of love and passion), a common appreciation for decadent desserts, shared family values, a spoonful of hard work and tons of fun!

In 2011, the Cohens, a family of gelato enthusiasts, joined forces with Chef Mauro Petrini, a well-known and skilled gelatiere with a laboratorio in Boca Raton, Florida, to create Gelato Petrini. Fold in the uniquely skilled talents of the rest of the Gelato Petrini team and an authentic Italian gelato manufacturing company is the result.


  • Mocha
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fig and Honey
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Almond Joy
  • Sea Salt Caramel
  • Hazelnut
  • Pistachio
  • Rose Petal
  • Creamsicle
  • Maple Walnut
  • Rum Raisin
  • Amaretto
  • Tiramisu’
  • Butter Pecan
  • Banana Cream
  • Yogurt
  • Caramel Cookies Crunch
  • Mango Cream
  • Limoncello
  • Crema
  • Millefoglie
  • Stracciatella
  • Dulce de Leche
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Fior di Latte
  • Cookies and Cream
  • NY Cheese Cake
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Panna Cotta
  • White Chocolate
  • Gingerbread
  • Buckeye
  • Crème Chantilly
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Strawberry and Cream
  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Cassata Siciliana
  • Apple Pie
  • Cinnamon
  • Cappuccino
  • Zabaglione (Egg Nog)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Guinness and Chocolate
  • Guava and Cream Cheese
  • Green Tea
  • Chai Tea
  • Lavender
  • Thai Tea
  • Black Raspberry Chip
  • Biscotti




If you’re someone who prefers their chocolate with chocolate, we have a gelato for you. And then some. We’ve partnered with craft chocolate maker TCHO® to make a 70% dark chocolate gelato using their sustainably sourced cocoa. Because we make our gelato the Farmstyle way with buttermilk, it’s extra rich and creamy. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve added thick chocolate fudge and topped it with pieces of pure dark chocolate.

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Vixen Kitchen

Vixen Kitchen Premium Vegan Gelato is a labor of love inspired by my two girls Gigi and Lola. Like most kids, they love sweets. The problem came when I went to read the labels of some of their favorite treats. They were filled with junk created in a chemistry lab instead of a kitchen. So I created this gourmet vegan gelato that I’m confident will satisfy their cravings and my high standards-It’s both delicious and nutritious. It can be enjoyed daily without guilt and its 100% organic! The best part is it’s filled with simple wholesome ingredients even a six-year-old can pronounce. I have created a dessert that tastes amazing, but has the nutritional profile of a super food-densely loaded with minerals, vitamins and healthy fats. Try it for yourself and be amazed!


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Daily Insight: Benefits of Camel Milk



The growing popularity of Camel Milk across the world is disrupting the traditional markets and paving path for new startups and product possibilities.

Experts claim that camel's milk helps fight everything from food allergies and diabetes to autism and cancer. Camel’s milk is fast-gaining popularity in Europe and the US as a new super food. Lower in fat than the milk of its bovine cousins, camel's milk is packed full of nutrients.

Some of the featured companies which are based around camel milk production and camel milk products are

  1. Desert Farms, USA
  2. Camellife.com, Florida
  3. Desert Daughters, Israel
  4. Camelicious, Dubai
  5. Skinue, Australia
  6. Al Nassma, Dubai
  7. Wild Camel Corporation, Australia


Desert Farms, USA

Desert farms is sparking a camel milk revolution across US. They have a broad range of camel milk products and expanding into different  line of products. Their infant camel milk formula is all set to hit market by end of summer 2016.

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Camellife.com, Florida


The folks at Camel Life decided they wanted to be in the business of camels but also decided that it would take many years to build out a productive stock of camels sufficient to produce the quantity of milk he desired. There isn't enough camel milk currently produced in all of America to supply the demands of Camel Life.

They decided to talk to people in the land of camels….the middle east. After conferring with Saudi’s, Pakistani’s, Emirati’s, and others, they decided to contract with a company in the United Arab Emirates to produce a line a camel milk soap, lip balm, shampoo, and other products under the brand name “Camel Life”.





They are currently manufacturing a fantastic line of luxury Camel Milk Lip Balms in four fragrances: Peppermint, Orange, Strawberry, and Unscented. We will be ready to ship in late August.

And are in the early stages of developing a complete lineup of Camel Milk Liquid Soaps, Foaming Soaps, Shower Gel and and Body Wash. These amazing and innovative products will be ready by late fall, 2016.



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Camelicious, Dubai

Camelicious company in Dubai has an extensive range of Camel products and is setting its eyes in expansion in Europe and US. They have seen an increasing demand of their products in Europe and are planning to open facility there.

Some of their products:

Camel Milk

Camel Ice cream


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Skinue, Australia

In the heart of Arabian desert, SKINUE was born. SKINUE is the first bio - based skin care innovation developed by a team of  biotechnology experts at MONOJO, an entrepreneurial  biotechnology company.

SKINUE’s secret lies in the active ingredient; customarily designed camel whey. The Camel Milk Whey is obtained from Camelicious - the Royal families very own world-renowned camel milk product line


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Al Nassma, Dubai

Al Nassma is Dubai's Luxury brand for  Fine White Chocolate made from Camel's milk.

They claim to be the first chocolate in this category.

They have been expanding their presence globally by entering European and Asian markets.


The Wild Camel Corporation, Australia

Australia’s first commercial scale camel dairy using sustainable farming to bring you nutritious, quality produce.

Co-director of the Australian Wild Camel Corporation, Hannah Purss, sees huge unused potential for opportunities around Alice Springs, due to the region’s large population of feral camels.

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Kids Personal Care Trend Report

Kids Personal Care market is expected to grow at a rate of 10% till 2019.
In this report, we analyse various categories which fall
under Kid’s Personal Care Market. We have recognized trends under hair care, skin care and oral care categories.

What is Kids Personal Care Category?
What is this trend?
Positioning Trends
Category- Hair Care
Category- Body Care
Category-Oral Care
Category-Bath Products
Packaging Trends
Innovative Products

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Mini Trend Report: Bottled Water Trends



In this report we researched the key trends affecting the bottled water category and the opportunities that represents for new product development.


The full report available for purchase contains:
-  30 Pages of in depth Analysis
-  Key Features of the trend
-  Trends Analysis including Claims, Ingredients and Packaging
-  Detailed Examples of Innovative Bottled Water products from around the world
-  Opportunities Analysis where we tell you how to capitalize on this trend




In our mini report series the TrendMonitor team researches up and coming trends from around the world.  The mini reports can be purchased separately or as part of our yearly subscription which includes a minimum of 36 reports annually.

Bottled water maintained its robust growth in 2013 based on an expanded consumer base and diversified product offerings. We believe this trend could have a global impact in the coming years. In this mini trend report we cover the history of the trend, the key features, product innovation, consumer insights, company spotlights and opportunities analysis.



Market History
Current Market
Key Trends Analysis
Product Innovation
Packaging Trends
Consumer Insights
What’s Next?
Crowdfunding Challenge


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FoodNavigator predicts top five industry drivers in 2014

As the New Year dawns, FoodNavigator predicts the top five drivers of the European food industry in the year ahead.


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Report: Global Rum Trends



In the report we researched the Rum in over 60 different countries during the past 12 months. Based on our findings our analysts identified a number of global and regional trends that we discuss in detail.


The full report available for purchase contains:
-  52 Pages of in depth Analysis divided by Regional Analysis
-  Regional summary of Juice Trends in Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe over the past 12 months
-  Key Trends Affecting the Industry
-  Trends Analysis including Flavors, Claims, Packaging
-  Detailed Examples of Innovative Rum Products from over 60 countries
-  Opportunities Analysis where we tell you What´s Next


Gain an understanding of what is happening in the Rum category globally. Use new product launches as the basis for uncovering trends in flavors, packaging, claims and innovative products. Use a wealth of product samples to support findings. Speak with consumers and leaders of industry to get their point of view. Perform a thorough analysis of each regions trends to understand key growth opportunities now and in the future.

This report analyzes the health and functional positioning of the products. Products which claim to provide higher immunity or better health are capturing consumer’s interest.

Packaging is also becoming the essential part of the brand value. The consumer is not only focusing on inner health factors but is influenced by the outer appeal as well.



Global Market Overview
Market Size Analysis
Top Launches by Region and Country
Latin America Overview
North America Overview
Europe Overview
Asia Overview
Most Popular Flavors
Top Positioning Claims (Health, Demographic, Functional)
Packaging Analysis
Key Trends Analysis
Social Media
What’s Next



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Trend Report: Juice Trends 2014




In the report we researched the Juice Category in over 60 different countries during the past 12 months. Based on our findings our analysts identified a number of global and regional trends that we discuss in detail.


The Report is Segmented into 3 Category Reports (Available for purchase as a package or individually):
1. Juice and Juice Drinks
2. Drink Mixes & Concentrates
3. Smoothie Drinks


The full report available for purchase contains:
-  250 Pages of in depth Analysis divided by Regional Analysis
-  Regional summary of Juice Trends in Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe over the past 12 months
-  Key Trends Affecting the Industry
-  Trends Analysis including Flavors, Claims, Packaging
-  300 Detailed Examples of Innovative Juice Products from over 60 countries
-  Opportunities Analysis where we tell you What´s Next


Gain an understanding of what is happening in the Juice category globally. Use new product launches as the basis for uncovering trends in flavors, packaging, claims and innovative products. Use a wealth of product samples to support findings. Speak with consumers and leaders of industry to get their point of view. Perform a thorough analysis of each regions trends to understand key growth opportunities now and in the future


Global Market Overview
Latin America Overview
North America Overview
Europe Overview
Asia Overview
Key Trends Analysis
Blending of Categories
More than Just Juice
Superfood Powered
Cold Pressed
Packaging Differentiation
Targeting Children
What’s Next


Why You Need This Report
-  With over 300 Product Examples from around the world we give your new product development team a global overview of this category so you can create the best new products possible
-  Understand what are the hottest trends in packaging so you don´t get left behind
-  Get ideas for new and exciting flavors from recently launched products
-  Find out which claims are on the rise and how you can use that information to make a more successful product
-  We tell you what´s next so you can create an effective short and long term strategy
-  Understanding what happened over the past 12 months will give you a good idea of where this category is headed and how you can compete better


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What is clean eating?

Clean eating is a phrase you’ve probably heard before from bloggers, authors and trainers. But what is clean eating? Weight trainers promote it as an ideal diet with a special emphasis on lean protein, while vegan bloggers and authors promote a “clean” diet free of meat and dairy — so the definition of a clean eating diet varies.
There is a common thread among clean eating promoters. They believe food should be as close to its natural state as possible, free of preservatives, chemicals, pesticides or dyes. Clean Eating magazine probably expresses it best: “The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.”
Foods that are often in the diet include:
  • Produce
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Lean protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Wild salmon
Foods that aren’t on the diet:
  • Genetically modified foods
  • Refined flour and sugar
  • Processed foods
  • Canned foods
  • Junk food

One author who has helped make the clean eating movement popular is Terry Walters, who wrote several books based on the clean eating concept. Her first book, "Clean Food," promoted a vegan diet that centered on dairy-free, meatless dishes based on fresh produce, legumes and grains.

Another popular clean eating author is Tosca Reno, who has written 13 books. Her books center on eating lean proteins in six to seven small meals a day, plus healthy fats, carbohydrates and produce. Her books are written from a body-building perspective, and concentrate on “healthy” lean meats, rather than a vegan diet. Her own story is inspirational, as she began this journey at 40 as an unhappy, unhealthy and overweight woman who decided to change. And change she did! At 53, she is planning on competing in a figure competition, something unimaginable 13 years ago.
While there is a lot of variance in the cleaning eating movement, the focus on eating a diet free from modern chemicals and refined foods remains consistent. And that is a focus I can sign up for as well.
What do you think of the clean eating movement?
Full Article @ MNN

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