Dept. Deli

  1. Department: Food
  At the intersection of growth fresh food sales specifically Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat prepared food the convenience store sector is simply trouncing the grocery store sector.  In fact, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated, grocery stores should be embarrassed by the way the convenience store sector and garnered share of […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Time-starved consumers are increasingly turning to convenience stores for their prepared food needs, according to new research I’ve been digging into. This is a major win for the c-store industry, which has invested heavily in recent years to develop high-quality, fresh food offerings. The 2024 Convenience Store News Realities of the Aisle Study, surveying […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Steven Johnson is the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  He has spent years dissecting the ever-evolving food industry landscape. Today, he wants to delve into a niche that’s not only thriving but fundamentally transforming how we source, prepare, and consume food: the grocerant niche. For the uninitiated, grocerants are establishments including […]
  1. Data & Insights
Morrisons Media Group (MMG) is introducing new retail media opportunities in a bid to further connect Morrisons customers with their favourite brands.  First up, digital screens are being introduced at Morrisons Market Street food counters. The screens provide brands the opportunity to promote products that complement the counter range on offer as well as an additional […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Losing customer relevance is a branding disaster.  When a legacy restaurant brand is forced to chase after customer with price it is a sure sign that the brand messaging has been adrift for quite some time according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Once considered a leader within the grocerant niche KFC and […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Restaurant drive thru, convenience store, or grocery deli when customers are looking for dinner more often than not, they are looking for Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  In an era of abundant culinary choices, understanding what drives Americans’ dining decisions is […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Target’s announcement earlier this month that it was launching a paid membership plan almost felt like a foregone conclusion. Amazon’s Prime membership has been paying dividends for the company for decades, and after Walmart followed suit with Walmart+ in 2020, it was only a matter of time before Target entered the mix. With the addition […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Former Walmart exec and Jet.com founder Marc Lore and his newest company Wonder Group have raised $700 million from various investors to support its Vision, Capital and People (VCP) plan, which is designed to support the business’ execution and scale, Lore revealed in a LinkedIn post. The funding round was led by existing investors NEA, […]
  1. Department: Food
Morrisons has unveiled the first launch in its new partnership with Filco Supermarkets. Franchise & wholesale Director Paul Dobson said: “Filco stores are well known for their fantastic butcher and deli counters, just like Morrisons, and they are also proud to support local Welsh farmers and suppliers like… This story continues at First Filco ‘Together with Morrisons’ store […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen. "Kroger achieved strong 2023 results, in line with our long-term growth model and built upon three consecutive years of historic growth.
  1. Shopper & Customer
  It is at the intersection of cooking dinner/a meal at home, ordering takeout, or buying fresh prepared meals or meal components from a grocery store, restaurant, convenience store, dollar store etc. that the concept of the “grocerant,” continues to thrive in the minds-eye of the consumer according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Retail food sales success can be found at the intersection of growing your share of stomach and your share of wallet according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated these two metrics play a crucial role in understanding consumer behavior and competitive dynamic driving success today within the […]
  1. Department: Food
Are you hungry to carve out a niche in the bustling food industry but not quite sure where to dig in? Get ready for some food for thought! We’re about to explore ten tantalizing types of food retail businesses that might just align with your entrepreneurial appetite and spice up your life.  From the sweet […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
84.51° is out with a new report that “examines who omnichannel shoppers are, where they shop, and some of the reasons why they choose to shop in-store and online.” Some key findings: •  “This shopper is likely to be Millennial or Gen Z, is engaged with natural and organic, is more likely to have children, […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Lidl Ireland reports significant progress in the installation of in-store solutions enabling customers to return cans and bottles. In a LinkedIn post, Alan Barry, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Lidl Ireland & Lidl Northern Ireland, says: “In less than 12 months Lidl Ireland has installed 358 Re-turn machines in 179 stores, constructed 88 Deposit Return […]
  1. Department: Food
    Overall, meal kits are a great option for people who want to eat healthy, delicious meals without spending too much time in the kitchen. They offer convenience, variety, less food waste, healthier eating, and the opportunity to learn new cooking skills. Give them a try and see how they can make your life […]
  1. Department & Category
  Today, the Team at Foodservice Solutions® has a coveted food focused leadership role in social media as well will well over 350,000+ followers on LinkedIn alone. While Technomic founder, Ron Paul, was a mentor to Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru®, he was also the inspiration for much of what Johnson has accomplished making Foodservice Solutions®, […]
  1. Department: Food
  Regular readers of this blog know that legacy grocery stores have lost market share to non-traditional formats including restaurants, convenience stores, dollar stores and fresh food delivery services that provide grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   One bright spot […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food, the leading greater Washington, D.C., regional grocery chain, announces the grand opening of a new Maryland store located at 5320 Zenith Overlook in Bethesda. Doors officially open at 6 a.m. on Friday, January 26. The opening brings a new pharmacy to the Bethesda community along with amenities, including full-service meat and seafood departments, an expanded gourmet cheese selection, expansive […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  Back in the day the term Home-meal Replacement was the undercurrent driving change and customer migration within retail food sector.  That evolved into to Grocerant niche with 82.1 percent of all restaurant meals today being sold for takeout or through the drive-thru.  The consumer continues to migrate too branded meals and meal components within […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
The restaurant business has always been a tough nut to crack, but things have hit a whole new level of challenging ever since the pandemic.  Even well established restaurateurs are now grappling with dwindling footfalls, inflationary pressures, and rising rents and wages, among a slew of other factors, that are slowly, but surely running them […]
  1. Department & Category
  Grocerant Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top line sales and bottom-line profits in every sector of retail foodservice. It is at the intersection that Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® suggest that all food retailers should take a step back and look how we got […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
If you are a restaurant, bodega, service deli, or convenience store selling grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food this year it’s time to remember what got you to where you are today.  The first thing you need to look at is your topline-sales and bottom-line profits according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at […]
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