Dept. Dairy

  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Boston Globe writes about Addie’s, a new independent pickup-only grocery store that has opened in Norwood, Massachusetts, about 20 miles south of Boston. It is, the Globe writes, “the brainchild of Jim McQuade, an aerospace engineer by training, who says he became ‘obsessed’ with the online grocery concept more than a decade ago, after […]
  1. Department & Category
SALISBURY, N.C. —  Food Lion and Novant Health are collaborating to launch a food pharmacy pilot program at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. A leading omnichannel retailer serving towns and cities across 10 states, Food Lion is committed to nourishing neighbors and families, setting them up for success in life. […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Sam’s Club is embarking on an ambitious expansion of its physical footprint, beginning with five new fulfillment and distribution centers opening this year — the first, in Georgia, in Q3 2023. The club retailer also plans to open more than 30 larger-format stores, most of which will include enhanced perimeter departments, bigger healthcare spaces and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – During the final quarter of 2022, even as the U.S. grappled with a “tripledemic” of flu, RSV and COVID-19, unit sales of vitamins and health supplements declined over the prior year while average unit prices rose, according to shopper intelligence leader Catalina. A clear exception was Herbal Immune Supplements, unit sales of […]
  1. Stores & Formats
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Buoyed by record membership growth, Sam’s Club on Thursday announced plans to open more than 30 new clubs across the country, starting with a unit in Florida that is slated to open next year. The Walmart division also revealed a multiple-year plan to invest in and modernize its supply chain through new […]
  1. CPG: Food
National Public Radio reports that “as the price of eggs continues to rise, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reporting a spike in people attempting to bring eggs into the country illegally from Mexico, where prices are lower. “The jump in sightings of the contraband product can be best explained by the high price […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
NEWARK, N.J. — Mars has unveiled a variety of new limited-edition offerings from M&M’S, DOVE and Ethel M Chocolates, as well as personalized options on MMS.com, to help consumers choose gifts for Valentine’s Day. “While Valentine’s Day has historically been tied to couples, shopper data reveals an evolution in consumers’ patterns around Valentine’s Day,” said […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Inflation may be cooling. But, for most Americans, the price of a cup of coffee or a bag of groceries hasn’t budged. In the months ahead, the big question is whether consumers will start to feel relief, too. Over the past few months, many of the key factors that fueled a four-decade high in inflation […]
  1. CPG: Food
Cadbury has announced a relaunch and repositioning of its Easter eggs this year, which will see its full Easter shell-egg range divided into three distinct categories. The new categories include Surprise & Delight, Traditional Gift and Special Gesture, which the confectionery brand said have been designed to make the positioning of each pack clearer for […]
  1. Department & Category
  Just in case you were ever wondering why Convenience Stores started selling, then branding both pizza and chicken because they drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® C-stores exploited restaurants weakness of daypart limitations. Most C-stores are open more hours and give consumers […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Todd Vasos began an exciting new leadership chapter at Dollar General Corp. on November 1 as he transitioned from chief executive officer to senior advisor. The new role underscores the leadership, mentorship and perpetual evolution that has defined Vasos’ retail career for nearly four decades. MMR is proud to honor Vasos with […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including H-E-B, AutoStore, Sainsbury’s, Just Eat, Wakefern Food Corp., and Trigo. 1. H-E-B taps AutoStore tech for ‘world’s most […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
One of the most persistent trends of the last 30 years of CPG marketing has been SKU (Stock-Keeping Unit) proliferation – the addition of more products and a variety of products based on changes to the market, such as adding several new flavors of a top-selling beverage. However, this trend is coming to an end.  […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The “plant-based” category is at a crossroads. The term “plant-based” has evolved from produce to something that is meant to replace animal meat and dairy (e.g. looks like a hamburger but is made with plants). Some argue that the term has been co-opted to give a health halo to highly processed foods that may not […]
  1. Department & Category
  Consumers around the world define what they like to eat for breakfast by what they buy and where they buy it. More and more grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food is being consumed that is bought at convenience stores. Maverik — Adventure’s First Stop is unveiling the top products sold across its convenience […]
  1. Media & Marketing
As of January 2023, Yeo Valley Organic 350g and 450g tubs of yogurt will no longer be sold with single-use plastic lids.  Instead, reusable lids will be available via the company’s online loyalty scheme by exchanging ‘Yeokens’. In the build-up to the change, products featured a message telling consumers that the old clip-lids were going […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“It’s not brick and mortar or ecommerce — it’s brick and mortar and ecommerce.” — Lauren Livak, Director of the Digital Shelf Institute Today, most brands’ products exist not just on the physical shelf but also the digital shelf. However, the main problem is that most companies haven’t found a way to seamlessly connect these […]
  1. CPG: Food
For many, January is a time for New Year’s resolutions, healthy eating and renewed gym memberships, but the prospect of Easter soon begins to loom large on the horizon. This year, Easter Sunday does not fall until 9 April, but the first tell-tale signs of the new season begin to appear in stores as soon […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
Magnum has unveiled an assortment of products to welcome in the new year. New to the ice-cream brand’s ‘Double’ range includes Magnum Double Starchaser, featuring a swirled popcorn and caramel flavour ice-cream, encased in a caramel sauce and coated in milk chocolate with crunchy caramelised corn pieces. The second addition to the Double range this […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize today announced that chief financial officer Natalie Knight is leaving the company to pursue another career opportunity. A search for a successor has begun, the company said. Knight joined Ahold Delhaize as executive vice president, finance, in 2020 after more than four years as chief financial officer at European […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Do you ever ask yourself what is the value of a partnership?  At Chipotle the question is top of mind when thinking about how to drive growth in the messaging while edifying the brands message. According to Steven Johnson the first step is focus on the success of grocerant niche ‘halo’ of better for […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee will host its next quarterly Best of Local Brands Summit in March to expand and enhance the product offerings at its more than 285 retail stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Since the Best of Local Brands summits began in early 2021, more […]

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  1. Shopper & Customer
  2. Department: Nonfood
  3. Corporate Strategy
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  6. Media & Marketing
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  10. Trends & External Forces
  11. Holiday & Events
  12. Operations & Supply Chain
In a year when holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment was down 1 percent from the year prior, one age group bucked that trend in a huge way. Millennials, perhaps aided by increased incomes due to “The Great Reshuffle,” told us it would spend a whopping 11 percent more than it did in 2021, […]
  1. Data & Insights
  2. Department: Consumer Durables
  3. ESG
  4. Media & Marketing
  5. Data & Insights
  6. Shopper & Customer
  7. Technology & Innovation
  8. Trends & External Forces
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  10. Operations & Supply Chain
  11. Stores & Formats
While some trends come and go, there were a few trends that have stayed with consumers throughout the year.   As online shopping continues to be a popular choice for consumers, physical stores can offer shoppers perks that e-commerce can’t replicate.    This week we look at trends to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty. […]

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