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  1. Technology & Innovation
Take a quick dive into the happenings and surprises from this year’s biggest restaurant event! By Brittany Maroney, Director of Marketing Communications, PAR Punchh The National Restaurant Association Show was back, and in a big way! The halls of McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago were packed with tens of thousands of eager food-loving fans, […]
  1. Department & Category
  What’s for Dinner is the age-old question every parent hears, and most say I don’t know.  Today more and more families or looking online, or for new avenues of fresh food distributions in the way of meals and meal components that can be mixed and matched into perfect family meal.   Alternative fresh food […]
  1. Department: Beverage
Starbucks has reached a deal to sell its Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juice brand to Bolthouse Farms. Bolthouse is owned by the private equity group, Butterfly, which acquired the brand from The Campbell Soup Company in 2019 for $510 million transaction. Terms of the current deal have not been disclosed.
  1. Channel: Grocery
Axios and the Harris Poll are out with a new survey in which they identify the most visible brands in America and gauge their reputations, ranking them from “excellent to “very poor.” The top nine, all rated as “excellent,” are, in order … Trader Joe’s, H-E-B, Patagonia, Hershey, Wegmans, Samsung, Toyota, Amazon, and Honda. Among […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Starbucks announced yesterday that it is selling its Evolution Fresh business to Bolthouse Farms.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The announcement said that “Evolution Fresh is a leading producer of primarily organic, cold-pressed, premium juice products. By joining forces with Bolthouse Farms – the No. 1 super premium refrigerated beverage brand and largest […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Mintel segments gamers based on their top reasons for playing games. Foodservice operators can explore four gamer audiences – Achievers, Explorers, Socializers and Competitors – and target the segment whose motivations make them most receptive to engaging with foodservice brands. Gamers represent a core consumer audience for restaurants to engage with and create loyalty. Connect […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  There is no doubt that consumers are evolving with technology so fast many retailers feel that they can’t keep up, it cost too much to keep up, or that they should not try to keep up. The team at Foodservice Solutions® believes that it’s not the technology that’s the problem. The problem is how […]
  1. Department: Food
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Bolthouse Farms today announced entry into a definitive agreement for Bolthouse Farms to acquire the brand and business of Evolution Fresh. The partners (employees) that support the business will also transition to Bolthouse Farms upon close of the transaction. Evolution Fresh is a leading producer of primarily organic, cold-pressed, premium […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  Grocerant niche fresh prepared meals and meal components can drive top line sales and bottom-line profits.  From time to time you need to look beyond your current menu items.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® consider, Finnish startup REBL Eats.  They launched six new plant-based breakfast items and sandwiches […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens this month added three executive positions to its leadership team, a move the national pharmacy chain said was made to bolster its retail, marketing and customer-experience offerings. The newest team members are Linh Peters, senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Luke Rauch, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer; and […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Consumers are dynamic not static and today that means smartphones are fast becoming the food marketing platform of choice according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. In a battle for share of stomach C-stores, restaurants, bodegas, and grocery store delis all need a fresh focus on smartphones. Art Sebastian, […]
  1. Department & Category
  Looking for success clues restaurants continue to evolve in foodservice most completive space the Grocerant Niche. That space is wide open it is not dominated by Restaurants, Convenience Stores, Grocery Stores, Drug Stores, or Dollar stores according to Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson; who stated “retail foodservice is now about […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
REI Co-op has named Sylvia Wilks to the newly created role of SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer, effective May 23, 2022. Wilks will be responsible for the strategic leadership of REI’s global supply chain, working with other leaders across the organization to develop its network and support the company’s growth. Wilks has more than 25 […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
 For many businesses and fast-casual restaurants, digital menus are nothing new. They’re easy to use, with clean, concise, neatly arranged screens that display menus in accurate, vibrant ways. Plus, doing it all in real-time without the need for chalkboards, expensive cardboard printouts, or inefficient static signs is far more sustainable and cheaper in the long […]
  1. Department & Category
Giving credit where credit is due.  The grocerant niche filled with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every channel of retail foodservice.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® the recent insights by the NPD group show just have important the […]
  1. Department: Beverage
While in Houston, Texas, it seemed like many of the Starbucks I visited – looking for a place to have a cup of coffee, sit down and get some work done in a “third place” environment – were drive-through facilities with no place to sit down indoors (which was important, because it was really hot […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Uber is partnering with Grocery Outlet to pilot on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery, the company announced on Thursday. Starting today, users can shop at 72 Grocery Outlet stores in California, Oregon and Washington state via the Uber or Uber Eats app. The new partnership signifies Uber’s push into on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery. Oskar Hjertonsson, […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food will drive top-line growth and bottom-line profits in 2022 according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Stop by and visit us at the 2022 National Restaurant Show. Today, the need for branded, craveable fresh food is preferred 8.6 to 1 over […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
A federal class action lawsuit has been brought against McDonald’s and Wendy’s alleging that the two chains misrepresent the size of their beef patties and sandwich toppings in ads. Wendy’s features undercooked patties that appear up to 20 percent larger than in real life, according to the suit. McDonald’s engages in a similar practice.
  1. Shopper & Customer
The shopper should set the agenda for your brand — always. Those brands that fall out of touch with consumer tastes become disconnected from those with the sole power to keep you profitable and relevant. This is why Raydiant produced the State of Consumer Behavior 2022 report. By serving up actionable insights into what the […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Crain’s Chicago Business reports that “Au Cheval founder Brendan Sodikoff is partnering with Dom’s Kitchen & Market, the grocery store from industry veteran Bob Mariano. “Sodikoff, who also founded Doughnut Vault and other brands under restaurant group Hogsalt Hospitality … Sodikoff plans to ‘draw on the portfolio of concepts’ from Hogsalt.” The story says that […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Read on for SEO trends from Semrush’s “State of Search 2022” study. The best practices of search engine optimization are always changing, requiring marketers to change their strategy with each new update that Google makes to its algorithms. Many of these updates can seem esoteric and untranslatable to a lay person. Thankfully, the “State of […]

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Thursday reported net sales of $8.8 billion for its fiscal year 2022 first quarter, an increase of 4.2% over the prior-year period. The net sales increase was primarily driven by positive sales contributions from new stores, partially offset by a slight decline in same-store sales and the impact of […]
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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced on Thursday the launch of CVS Health Virtual Primary Care, a new virtual care solution available through a single digital platform. The offering connects CVS Health’s services, clinical expertise, and data for a more coordinated and consumer-centric health care experience. The company said the new solution enables consumers to […]
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Retail media networks (RMNs) are an exciting place to run ads, because of the valuable first-party data that retailers have about their customers. RMNs create an ability to target a specific retailer’s customers and provide valuable insights into how people shop. And brands certainly are not hurting for choices. Just last week, Ulta announced a media network and the hotel chain, Marriott, the week prior. 
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In 2022, the perfect store is rooted in constant evolution — a system that maybe isn’t perfect in every moment, but is agile always, malleable when needed, and capable of critical self-reflection. These innate characteristics of the modern perfect store are supported by, and in return support, the adoption of a few important technologies and […]

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