Dept. Fresh Prepared

  1. Department: Food
  Welcome to the ultimate guide for discovering the best places to buy fresh prepared meals this July! Whether you’re looking for a quick bite from a fast-food joint, a hearty meal from a grocery store deli, or a unique dish from a street fair, our updated Grocerant ScoreCard formula has got you covered. Here’s […]
  1. Data & Insights
The requirements for retail success don’t get much more basic than the ability to accurately forecast customer demand. Even a mom-and-pop bodega should be able to gauge how many people will order a breakfast sandwich and coffee each day. For larger-scale retailers, the ability to develop an accurate forecast only gets complicated, and re-complicated, as […]
  1. Department & Category
  The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® including Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® here, ready to serve up some tasty insights on a critical issue facing the restaurant sector and food industry today. As we witness a seismic shift in dining habits, it’s high time for chain restaurant CEOs to pivot their focus […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Consumer adoption of technology is seemingly endless.  Any food retailer not thinking about how to drive brand adopting via handheld technology is missing the boat according to Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. So are you ready to delve into the dynamic world of digital engagement and coupon strategies […]
  1. Department: Food
  Hello, culinary adventurers and grocerant enthusiasts! It’s the Grocerant Guru® here to share some sizzling news that’s set to spice up your summer. Katz’s Delicatessen, the iconic New York City institution, has teamed up with Food Network star Jeff Mauro and his Mauro Provisions for a culinary collaboration that’s sure to ignite taste buds […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
A 12-year-old from Wakefield has won Spar North of England’s competition designing an Egg Mayonnaise sandwich pack. Esme Jones’ design impressed a judging panel for its fun take on the ingredients of the popular Egg Mayonnaise sandwich which is one of Spar North of England’s… This story continues at Spar sandwich pack design competition won […]
  1. Department: Food
  The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® and the Grocerant Guru® believe that, summer is the season of outdoor festivities—parades, firework shows, and ballparks are alive with excitement. But beyond the spectacles and entertainment, there’s another adventure waiting to be discovered: the culinary delights from kiosks scattered throughout these events. Crafting a great […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The grocerant niche, is a fusion of grocery store, restaurant, and convenience fresh prepared food meal and meal components has been evolving rapidly, driven by consumer demand for convenience, quality, and variety, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Today consumers’ lifestyles continue to evolve and change, particularly post-pandemic, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  If success does leave clues and it does according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Then let’s delve into the competitive battleground of quick-service restaurants (QSRs), focusing on McDonald’s strategic move to regain their footing among value-conscious consumers. With McDonald’s confirming their much-anticipated $5 Meal Deal set to launch […]
  1. Data & Insights
From Humble Beginnings to Grocerant Guru’s Dream: A Look Back Ever since the convenience store (c-store) industry’s inception, it’s battled the stereotype of peddling just “gas station food.” But according to Steven Johnson, the Tacoma, WA-based Grocerant Guru®, a new era is upon us, and ARKO Corp. is at the forefront. The Rise of the […]
  1. Department & Category
  Prepare for an enlightening journey into the world of convenience store leadership, led by none other than Casey’s General Stores. This Midwestern titan has been subtly transforming the grocerant landscape over the past seven years, and their recent financial triumphs are a testament to their innovative approach. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  In the rapidly evolving landscape of convenience retail, the emergence of digital ordering and delivery services has transformed the game. What started as a pandemic-driven necessity has now become a fundamental aspect of the foodservice industry, with Gen Z and Millennials at the forefront of this revolution. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Data & Insights
  The food industry has been undergoing significant changes, with consumer preferences shifting towards convenience and portability. Amidst these changes, the Five Ps of Food Marketing developed by Steven Johnson at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions have been proven to be a successful strategic path for the food retail industry. These principles were perfected, developed, and […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Hello, this is the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, your trusted guide in the world of foodservice. Today, let’s delve into a topic that’s been stirring up quite a debate in the industry: Are grocery store service delis supposed to be restaurants?  The Core Purpose  First and foremost, it’s essential to […]
  1. Data & Insights
Different generations look for differentiation in meal preparation than those before them according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Let’s see just what is driving this fresh take on ‘What’s for Dinner’: Health and Wellness: Consumers are increasingly gravitating towards fresh, less-processed, and more natural fare. They believe that fresh […]
  1. Data & Insights
In an era where the lines between grocery stores and restaurants continue to blur, Nestlé, a major player in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, has made a bold move that could redefine the future of food. The company has announced the launch of Vital Pursuit, a new frozen food line developed specifically for consumers […]
  1. Department: Food
At the intersection of ‘better for you food’ and fresh prepared food, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believe CVS Pharmacy can find incremental customer relevance. One trend that’s impossible to ignore is the rise of ready-to-eat and heat-n-eat fresh prepared foods. This “grocerant” niche is rapidly growing, and it’s time […]
  1. Department: Food
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart recently opened two new Neighborhood Markets, one in Florida and one in Georgia, that offer expanded assortments and more space for pickup and delivery. The new stores, one in the Dune Lakes area of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and the other in the Vine City neighborhood of Atlanta, feature updated layouts […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The way we eat is changing. While traditional restaurants still hold a place in our hearts (and stomachs), a new trend is emerging: the grocerant aka retailers that sell fresh prepared meals and meal components for takeout and delivery. Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® continues to see wider […]
  1. Department & Category
  In just another example of how Kroger still can’t quite figure out grocerant niche ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat fresh prepared food. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA. based Foodservice Solutions® believes the line between customer relevance and price for a meal fresh prepared, flavorful, and fast meal is very close to $5 once again […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Few signs of success are as glaringly obvious for retailers as a queue forming outside your door. For many it’s a dream come true. But does a queue always spell success? I’ve spent my entire adult life working in retail and hospitality, from a Wafflemeister in London to hundreds of currency exchange spots worldwide. My […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Diner’s today are a busy bunch. Between work, family, and social commitments, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. That’s why it’s no surprise that Quick-Service Restaurants (QSRs) and Fast-Casual chains are experiencing a boom, consistently outperforming sit-down establishments. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that all restaurant […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Once again, its 4 PM: your customers are just beginning to think about what’s for dinner.  Today 82.8% of American consumers are unsure about what’s for dinner according to recent grocerant scorecards. Time starved consumers are looking for high quality Ready-2-Eat fresh prepared foods and Heat-N-Eat meals or component’s that can be mix, matched, […]
  1. Department: Food
  Steven Johnson is the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  He has been closely monitoring the trends in the convenience store industry, restaurant industry, grocery service Deli’s and more with a particular interest in Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food. Food marketing messaging with relevance matters and Wesco is finding success with […]
  1. Department: Food
  Busy schedules and changing lifestyles have fueled the rise of fresh prepared Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat meals and meal components from restaurants, convenience stores and in grocery stores. But what’s influencing what consumers choose? Enter the surprising factor of nostalgia. Now according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Today people […]
  1. Department: Food
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will open two new 159,000-square-foot supercenters, in Alliance and North Canton, Ohio, on May 14, increasing the retailer’s store count to 55 in the state. Meijer previously announced plans to open a 159,000-square-foot supercenter in Hillsdale, Mich. That store is also scheduled to open on May 14. The Ohio supercenters […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Regular readers of this blog know that for decades, grocery stores reigned supreme as the go-to for meal preparation and home meal replacement. However, the evolving consumer has been migrating.  Recent trends show a shift in consumer behavior, with restaurants steadily chipping away at the grocery sector’s market share. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant […]
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