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  Regular readers of this blog know that in every sector of retail foodservice today, grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food is driving incremental growth.  Hand held food for immediate consumption is the unsung platform driving consumer adoption according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Panda Express excels […]
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Nestlé Confectionery has unveiled its new launches for Christmas 2021. New for the KitKat brand is a KitKat Festive Friends bag (220g; £3.50), featuring 12 mini KitKat Santas and a mix of 10 other shapes, including a Christmas Tree, Elf, Gingerbread Man, Snowman and Reindeer. Milkybar is also launching a Festive Friends sharing bag (£1), […]
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Mondelēz International is set to roll out new packaging for its Cadbury Dairy Milk brand, made from 30% recycled plastic. The packaging will be rolled out across more than 28 million sharing bars in 2022, as part of a broader global commitment to reduce the use of virgin plastic material in its overall packaging portfolio […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
GRIMES, Iowa — A new Hy-Vee supermarket that opened here on Tuesday is billed as the “the company’s first entirely reimagined grocery store,” with expanded dining options, digital shelf tags and kiosks, and in-store specialty departments offering everything from shoes to fitness equipment. “The Grimes Hy-Vee is our most innovative store to-date with state-of-the-art technology […]
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The In-Depth Guide to Amazon Keyword Research This 2021 When you are selling on Amazon, one of the crucial things to focus on is to get your product listings shown to the right audience. Your products should be seen when shoppers look for them, but how, with over 12 million products sold on the marketplace? […]
  1. Channel: Mass
  There is no doubt that Walmart knows what customers want for dinner.  Where Walmart has stumbled was trying to sell consumers for dinner what they bought 25 years ago, the same brands, but in a smaller packaging size for more money according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. At […]
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ADM announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement to acquire a 75% ownership stake in PetDine, Pedigree Ovens, The Pound Bakery and NutraDine (P4 Companies), a provider of private label pet treats and supplements. The transaction values the four enterprises in their entirety at approximately $600 million, and ADM will acquire 75% of the […]
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Raydiant’s new series, the Future of Shopping, interviews experts and thought leaders with a goal of better understanding what organizations can do to prepare themselves for what lies ahead.  The following is an interview we recently had with Rhonda Stinson, Sr Functional Solution Architect, Plantensive. How has consumer shopping behavior evolved over the past 5 […]
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A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. Episode 275 is an interview with industry luminary, Mickey Drexler. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? Mickey Drexler Mickey Drexler is the former CEO of Ann Taylor, The Gap, J. Crew, […]
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer has introduced a new online custom cake ordering system that promises to save bakery customers an extra trip to the store. Meijer customers can now place custom cake orders online and pick them up from the Meijer Bakery during their next shopping trip. “With school just getting started and so […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is starting a last-mile delivery service and plans to use the effort to further push into drone and autonomous vehicle delivery. Called Walmart GoLocal, the service connects retail customers with a non-Walmart-branded delivery drivers. “In an era where customers have come to expect speed and reliability, it’s more important than ever for businesses to […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Success does leave clues and continually evolving with consumers is a success clue that the team at Duchess C-stores have come to rely on. Focusing on fresh food and foodservice with its new flagship store will help drive continued success according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. So, measuring […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Limited Time Offers drive sales while adding relevance to a brand. Incremental customer frequency has never been so important for the restaurant industry and McDonald’s new limited time offer (LTO) is a perfectly timed fall LTO according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Consumers believe that ‘drive-thru’s’ are a […]
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AMD Research  The ‘halo’ of better-for-you’ is one of the key growth drivers elevating awareness, adoption, and customer migration from legacy CPG foods, legacy chain restaurants, and static grocery stores to proactive grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat retailers fille with fresh prepared food according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. […]
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A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. In episode 274 we deep dive into the S-1 fillings from both Warby Parker and AllBirds. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ?????  Warby Parker and AllBirds filed their S-1 registrations with the SEC in […]
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When you set out to create a vegan version of cream cheese, you better be sure that you’re getting the “cream” part right. Luckily, with Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese Alternative, that’s exactly what they have done. Made from an ingeniously balanced base of coconut oil mixed with potato starch and chickpea protein, this private […]
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NEWARK, N.J. — Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s Starburst brand is introducing Starburst Airs described as a next generation aerated gummi candy. “Starburst is delivering better moments and more smiles to gummi fans with our next generation aerated gummies — Starburst Airs,” said Justin Hollyn-Taub, senior director of U.S. fruit snacks for Mars Wrigley. “Starburst Airs are […]
  1. Holiday & Events
WASHINGTON (August 31, 2021) – Are you wondering what Halloween candy to stock up on this year? The National Confectioners Association has revealed Americans’ favorite treats for the 2021 Halloween season. In a national online survey, NCA found that Americans prefer chocolate (60%) to non-chocolate (40%) in their trick-or-treat pumpkins, so it’s no surprise that […]
  1. Channel: Mass
While Walmart and Amazon captured more headlines during 2020, it was the often-underestimated Target that pulled off an almost flawless performance amidst the pandemic’s turbulent retail environment. In August 2019, I wrote the article “Why Your CPG Brand Needs a Target E-commerce Strategy.” Since then, Target’s influence in the e-commerce and CPG space has grown […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart today announced of a new delivery service business called Walmart GoLocal, which allows other merchants, both large and small, to tap into Walmart’s own delivery platform to get orders to their customers. Merchants can choose to the use the service for a variety of delivery types, including scheduled and unscheduled deliveries, including same-day delivery, […]
  1. Department: Food
VISTA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– #adultusecannabisvistaca–The Cake House Vista hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 26th, and is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration. TCH invites any customer aged 21 and older to attend. Customers who bring in a past purchase receipt will receive 20% off their order. All new customers receive 30% off their first […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
SAN FRANCISCO — Sephora has unveiled its first-ever Black-owned brands campaign, which the company says is designed to spotlight the contributions Black culture and Black innovators have made to the beauty industry. The campaign, which follows the launch earlier this month of a short statement film called “Black Beauty is Beauty,” highlights such Black-owned brands […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®recent presentation “Falling Forward” outline when and how restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, and new non-traditional food retailers should think about building Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat sales through the fall and holiday season. With football games, basketball games, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas on the way and with […]
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As a result of the pandemic, consumers have dedicated more time for cooking. While over a fifth of Britons claim they learnt a new cooking technique such as baking bread or fermentation, 2 out of 5 French consumers aspire to cook more from scratch in 2021.  As they become more skilled and confident cooks, consumers will […]

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