Every Monday morning, a team of Access media mavens gathers to read the latest trends and topics covered in print media (yes, we still read print media!). The team shares these insights agency wide to ensure we’re all informed and equipped for the week ahead. Every week, we’ll share learnings from the consumer, business and tech spaces here on the Access Point.
This week, we learned about the impact of artificial intelligence on food and how to cope with the seasons changing.
Last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal edition contained a special feature on “The Future of Food.” From AI, to new flavor trends, the feature explored how the food space is changing and how restaurants are (or are not) keeping up and getting ahead of the rapid industry evolution. Some highlights include a timeline of food innovation over the years (with a La Croix shout out!), to startups jumping on the faux-meat bandwagon by developing new products out of mold and mushroom fibers. We’d definitely recommend checking it out (The Wall Street Journal).
According to Health magazine, five percent of the U.S. population struggles with seasonal depression. Furthermore, research suggests it’s more common in women than in men. While society and brands celebrate the coming of fall, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and sweater weather each year, the reality is, there are individuals who dread it. How do you know if you have SAD, or if you’re just struggling with the winter blues? Symptoms typically surface in the late fall/early winter and can include sadness, mood swings, insomnia and weight gain. Scientists have researched various other impacts, from eye color to light changes, that could affect how prone individuals are to SAD and the best ways to combat it. In addition to medication and healthy lifestyle choices, experts at Health recommended the Philips Wake-Up Light and various other gadgets that can help supply “healthy dose[s] of light” daily (Amanda MacMillan, Health).