Dept. Deli

  1. Department: Food
  The age-old question; What’s for Dinner, is at the intersection of saving time and inflation weights heavily on consumer minds today. At Sprouts they are just beginning to see how important that intersection can be to their top and bottom-line according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   The […]
  1. Holiday & Events
  Consumers continue seeking meal solutions particularly those solutions that save time, save on planning a meal, save them from cooking, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “Grocery store deli departments have become innovative in what meals and meal component they are offering and how they are […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON – The National Grocers Association (NGA), which represents independent supermarket operators, issued a statement on Wednesday contending that a proposed Food and Drug Administration rule on food traceability would disproportionately hurt small grocers. The trade group notes that the proposed rule aims to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
CHICAGO — The exhibit floor of PLMA’s sold-out 2022 Private Label Trade Show opened here yesterday with more than 1,400 exhibitors and 2,300 booths. Attendees filled the aisles to discover the hottest new foods, beverages, nonfoods, personal care, household goods and much more. Themed “Consumers Are Back in Charge,” the show kicked off Nov. 13 with educational […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Visualizing America’s Most Popular Fast Food Chains Fast food is big business in America. From national chains to regional specialties, the industry was worth $331.4 billion as of June 2022. Which fast food brands are currently dominating this space? This graphic by Truman Du uses data from Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Magazine to show the […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Meal kit delivery service HelloFresh has teamed up with media platform Brandcrush to gives its advertising partners simplified access to its targeted media offerings, which include both traditional online marketing opportunities as well as less common retail media products, such as in-box sampling and inserts. Homebound consumers gave HelloFresh a boost during the pandemic that […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
•  The Chicago Business Journal reports that Kroger has opened a new concept store in Monroe, Ohio, about midway between Cincinnati and Dayton, that the retailer describes as having a “game changing” checkout experience. According to the story, ” The new concept gives customers a variety of options that include a group of Kroger’s new […]
  1. Department: Food
MARLBOROUGH, Mass.  — BJ’s Wholesale Club plans to open its newest club on Friday in Greenburgh, N.Y., bringing its total to 232 U.S. clubs. “Our team can’t wait to open our doors on Friday and welcome both new and existing members into our brand-new club,” said Jorge Cedeno, Club Manager of the Greenburgh BJ’s Wholesale […]
  1. Data & Insights
Integrating technology into a restaurant, bodega, service deli, or convenience stores will be of no use to your customers or to the operator without a customer focused relevance that is integrated into the brand messaging according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Consider this, over the past few years, a […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Got the following email from an MNB reader: It does not surprise me that chains like Winco, Grocery Outlet, etc. are doing so well dealing with inflationary pressures. IMHO, retailers like these two and others you mentioned in your missive understand what the customer wants today, low prices, good value, clean stores, and making it […]
  1. Department: Food
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets is celebrating the opening of its newest location with a grand opening ceremony September 21 in Riverside, Calif. The 49,480-square-foot store, in a former KMart outlet, replaces a nearby Stater Bros. location that is closing September 25. “With this new store in Riverside, we’re reinvesting into the community […]
  1. Holiday & Events
  I know, I know, I know Thanksgiving is less than three months away.  That does not mean that families are note beginning to plan where, when, and what they are going to eat on Thanksgiving according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® “now is the time for you to […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
As more players in the food and beverage (F&B) space debut corporate meal solutions, DoorDash, the leading U.S. restaurant aggregator, is making changes to its own B2B program to better compete. On Monday (Sept. 12), the aggregator announced new features for its DoorDash for Work product suite, which launched in 2020, and which offers DashPass […]
  1. Department & Category
  Regular readers of this blog know the power of mix and match meal bundling.  Well now Tri Star Energy’s Twice Daily convenience store brand is partnering with wholesale distributor H.T. Hackney Co. to launch a market test of items from MamaMancini’sthat can be bundled successfully according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru®, at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Department: Food
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In its latest innovation to provide a shopping solution for every customer, Meijer has introduced a new brick-and-mortar store concept – called Meijer Grocery – that will provide convenience for customers who are looking for a simplified shopping experience, while providing communities easier access to fresher foods. The first two Meijer Grocery stores will […]
  1. Department: Food
Walmart is taking a minority stake in Sustainable Beef, a supplier of Angus beef that is led by ranchers and beef producers. Sustainable Beef, which plans to open a processing facility in Nebraska next month, will ship a majority of the beef it processes to the retailer. “Customers continue to tell us one of the […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
BENTONVILLE, Ark., and NORTH PLATTE, Neb., Aug 31, 2022 — Walmart and Sustainable Beef LLC announced today that Walmart signed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Sustainable Beef LLC, a rancher-owned company based in North Platte, Nebraska. Walmart’s equity investment is part of a broader strategic partnership to source top-quality angus beef from […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee, Inc. is accepting submissions from suppliers of local brands ahead of the retailer’s next “Best of Local Brands” summit” in November. The summit consists of 20-minute virtual interviews with selected suppliers and will take place November 2 through November 4. Submissions are made online through RangeMe, the online product […]
  1. Stores & Formats
We took note the other day of a Washington Post story about specific food product shortages that exist in a number of different countries.  The one identified in the US was Sriracha, which prompted me to joke about hoarding a bunch of it after I read about a coming shortage several months ago. One MNB […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Consumers are not eating less.  Restaurant customers are eating somewhere else, at your competitor, at home, in the car, a grocery store deli / restaurant / coffee shop, or convenience store according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Recently the NPD Group reported that restaurant visits in the U.S. […]
  1. Department: Food
  Meal Kit magic for HelloFresh may very well be found in a new partnership with actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, professional chef and cookbook author David Burtka, to promote the ease of cooking with meal kits. The partnership provides HelloFresh customers access to new family-friendly recipes developed exclusively by Burtka, in addition […]

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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]