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  1. Shopper & Customer
  Time and time again regular readers of this blog have heard Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® explain how and why consumers do not want to invest the time to cook a meal from scratch.  Rather consumer like to buy grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat meals or meal components. Yes, […]
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There is little doubt that grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food adoption continues to drive sales of ‘hand-held-foods’ according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   Pizza just might be the one menu item helping to fuel sales within the grocery sector according to Johnson.  It’s not unusual […]
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Old El Paso has today announced its biggest ever UK partnership in sport as the Official Meal Kit of Team GB, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Part of the brand’s continued effort to address food insecurity in the face of the current cost of living situation, the partnership will support UK charity FareShare. […]
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Nisa retailers are providing a summer meal solution to shoppers with Nisa’s latest Big Deal, offering “a quick and easy mealtime treat that delivers big savings”. The offer comprises two British summer favourites, pizza and ice cream, for around a third of the RRP, offering savings of up to £9.45. In stores now until the […]
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These are the RTIH articles that caught your fancy last week, including Gopuff, Amazon Fresh, STOCKED, Zapp, Roku, and Walmart. Gopuff named as instant delivery partner for London’s The O2 arena Quick commerce big hitter Gopuff has announced a tie up with The O2 arena in London. It has been named as the O2’s Principal […]
  1. Channel: MealKit
  Looking to refocus its grocery department with one eye on today’s consumer and the other eye on tomorrow’s consumers Walmart is seeking incremental customer relevance with a new partnership with Blue Apron focusing on grocerant niche meals and meal components according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  In a […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Convenience meal solution STOCKED has launched into its first ever retail collaboration with British on-demand delivery firm Zapp. STOCKED creates meals which are frozen into blocks, slotting straight into the freezer. Founded by school friends and hometown neighbours, Sam Moss and ex-street food Chef Charlie Gilpin in April last year, the venture has since gone […]
  1. Department: Food
Blue Apron is now being offered for sale on Walmart.com. Consumers can purchase a selection of meal kits without a subscription. Blue Apron is the only meal-kit provider on the Walmart Marketplace platform. “Through our work with Walmart.com Marketplace, we will be able to scale our e-commerce presence and introduce restaurant-quality meals without a subscription […]
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NEW YORK, NY (June 9, 2022) – The Specialty Food Association (SFA) has released its annual State of the Specialty Food Industry Report, revealing that the specialty food market reached total sales of $175 billion in 2021, up 7.4 percent versus 5.8 percent the year before, when foodservice’s steep decline offset outsized gains in brick-and-mortar […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Food & Wine reports that “Uber Eats announced their new nationwide shipping option which allows customers anywhere in the contiguous United States to order from 16 ‘beloved merchants’ across four cities — with more cities coming soon. “The launch partners are Bludso’s BBQ, Gotta Have S’More, Dreamy Creations, Western Bagel, Lala’s Argentine Grill, Lette Macarons, […]
  1. Department: Food
Meal kit company Blue Apron announced that Walmart.com will begin offering a selection of its products without a subscription, “from classic menu items to family favorite recipes.” making it “the first and only meal-kit provider on the Walmart Marketplace platform, which serves millions of monthly active shoppers.” According to the announcement, Blue Apron “is expanding […]
  1. Department: Food
NEW YORK, June 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The “Meal Kit Market – Competitive Analysis, Impact of COVID-19, Five Force Analysis” report has been added to Technavio’s offering. The market value is set to grow by USD 11.13 billion, progressing at a CAGR of 11.25% from 2020 to 2025, as per the…
  1. Channel: Mass
Subscription meal kit service Blue Apron is ditching the “subscription” for a new offering on Walmart’s third-party marketplace, giving Walmart customers access to a selection of on-demand meal kits with no recurring payments required. Blue Apron is now offering four meal kits that can serve up to 12 people and a selection of already prepared […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Today in the connected economy, meal kit service Blue Apron seeks to diversify its offerings with a partnership with Walmart Marketplace. Plus, Amazon debuts a program to help drivers open their own delivery services, and grocery giant Kroger launches a digital delivery market. Blue Apron Launches Walmart eCommerce Offering as Meal Kits Diversify Meal kit […]
  1. Department: Food
Dive Brief: Blue Apron meal kits are now available on Walmart.com without a subscription, according to a news release from the companies. The four bundled selections, which range in price from $90 to $140 and are fulfilled by Blue Apron, are the first meal kits to be offered on the Walmart Marketplace platform. Blue Apron said it […]
  1. Department: Food
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In celebration of Illumination and Universal Pictures’ new action comedy, Minions: The Rise of Gru, coming to theaters July 1, HelloFresh, the world’s leading meal kit company, has teamed up with Illumination’s Minions to bring a little joyful mayhem to kitchens across the country. With the introduction of the Minions Pizza Kit, available […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Once again, Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson predicts that 2022 will be a record year of chain restaurant discontinuity.  Specifically, with more chain restaurant closing stores and fewer total chain restaurants open entering 2023. Regular readers of this blog know that back in the day (2005) the team at Foodservice Solutions® released a White Paper Restaurant Consumer Discontinuity; we […]
  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. 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. 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. Department: Food
Small grocery chain Kowalski’s Markets is looking to improve the online ordering experience through a collaboration with Mercatus. Based in Minnesota, Kowalski’s Markets has 11 locations. It is known for offering a compelling store experience and a full assortment of local and ethically-sourced specialty grocery, prepared foods and fresh products. The Kowalski’s team turned to Mercatus to […]
  1. Department: Food
  Food Marketing professionals never take a break, and they are always looking a customer ahead.  Global CPG retailer Unilever is actively targeting Generation Alpha.  So just who is Generation Alpha?  They are the children of Generation Y, and often the younger siblings of Generation A.  More that 2.5 million are born globally ever week.  […]
  1. Department: Food
CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. announced the second year of its Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator, a program designed to enhance and accelerate the selection of local items sold in the Kroger Family of Companies. The program provides a pathway to entry for local businesses of all sizes by allowing American-based growers and producers […]

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The KFC x Crocs Clogs sold out quickly after New York Fashion Week influencer event, winning KFC an award in the ‘Events: New Product or Service Launch’ category of Ragan’s 2021 Media Relations Awards. After grabbing attention with its Extra Crispy Sunscreen, fried chicken-scented scratch ‘n’ sniff Valentine’s Day cards, and an 11 Herbs & […]
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What do you get when you combine one of the largest shopping events of the year with historic levels of inflation, stock shortages, and labor issues? We’ll tell you exactly what you get… You get the 2022–23 Back to School (BTS) shopping season. As noted in Field Agent’s Back to School Success Kit: How Brands […]
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Kohl’s is off the sales block following the end of talks with Franchise Group (FRG), which has been the highest bidder for the company since the retailer began seeking a buyer in January 2022. When exclusive acquisition negotiations began in early June, FRG proposed $60 per share for Kohl’s, a valuation of $8 billion, eventually […]
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  2. Department: Foodservice
Today, the Underground Donut Tour, the World's Best Donut Tour, is launching their first tour within the European Union, specifically, in Dublin, Ireland. The Underground Donut Tour has been running for 7 years across the US and the UK, including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Nashville, New Orleans, London and now adding Dublin to our roster. Hosting thousands of guests from around the world and showcasing the best doughnuts each city has to offer.

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