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  Boston Market, formerly known as Boston Chicken, began serving its homestyle meals of spit-roasted rotisserie chickens, made-from-scratch cornbread, and creamy mac and cheese in 1985. As it grew in popularity, it had about 1,200 locations at one time, according to Restaurant Business.  Today there are just over 300 locations in the United States and Puerto […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Eating out can be a convenient and enjoyable way to spend time with your family, but it can also be expensive. On the other hand, cooking at home can be cheaper, but it can also be time-consuming and stressful. Is there a way to balance both options and save money while still enjoying quality […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The consumer is dynamic not static, and Dunkin’, founded in 1950, is the largest coffee and donuts brand in the United States, with more than 13,200 restaurants in nearly 40 global markets is more customer relevant today than ever according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   Dunkin’s Customer-focused […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Popeyes Chicken, the classic fast-food chain that has been serving spicy, New Orleans style chicken since 1972, has recently experienced a surge of popularity among younger generations. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that customer focused relevant messaging including a Super Bowl ad will drive continued engagement.    So, […]
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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. Shopper & Customer
  At the intersection of What’s for Dinner, restaurant customer trial, cooking from scratch at home, and time is a new level of consumer discontent according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. What are some of the new stumbling blocks? 1.       Drive-thru’s are too SLOW. 2.       Don’t know how to […]
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  Grocerant Niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food fuels consumer refrigerators at a rate we have never before seen.  I know, regular readers of this blog know that Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, has endlessly pontificated with insights from Foodservice Solutions® proprietary Grocerant ScoreCards, along with countless supporting facts […]
  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. Media & Marketing
The gherkin brand Mrs Elswood, part of the Empire Bespoke Foods portfolio, is launching its first TV advertising campaign highlighting how a ‘humble’ gherkin can liven-up a sandwich. The six-figure creative campaign kicks off across TV and paid digital, including ITV Good Morning Britain on… This story continues at Mrs Elswood launches ‘some punch in […]
  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
  You all know the old adage ‘When you can’t beat them join them’.  Well at Dash-In convenience stores they have been watching the ilk of Sheets and Wawa gobble market share by providing customers a once unique experience now a common place experience. That being restaurant quality meals from a non-traditional restaurant footprint and […]
  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 […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Success does leave clues and Bojangles has collected many clues by listening to its customers and giving them what they want.  That according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® is a success clue we should all pay attention too. Consider this for example, Brooks Speirs has been in the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Do you know anyone that really likes your brand?  The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® bets that you do.  Most of us know that our best customer are not only in our stores often, they tell us why, and just how much that they like us.  According to Steven Johnson Alicia Kelso, […]
  1. Department & Category
  Where do you sell your food?  Having spent all of my career in the foodservice niche, never have I seen a study that says there is any channel blurring.  Simply put channel blurring is a myth. All studies on the contrary see more advantages than disadvantages too selling branded food in multi-channels according to […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson predicts that 2024 will be a another year of chain restaurant discontinuity.  Specifically, with more legacy chain restaurant closing stores and new grocerant niche focused restaurants / eateries entering the marketplace in 2024. Back in the day (2005) the team at Foodservice Solutions® released a White Paper Restaurant […]
  1. Department & Category
  We have been told that as a result of the tax cuts to expect higher wages, a booming economy, and growth which means time starved consumers will see an increase demand on their time according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® So in 2018 expect to see an increase […]
  1. Department & Category
  Once again, the line between restaurants and food retailers is growing ever thinner. The fight for America’s food dollars continues to intensify as consumers find fresh prepared Ready-2-Eat food options at a wide and growing array of outlets across almost every channel including convenience stores, chain drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, club stores, vending […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
  All food retailers know what their current customers bought from them in 2023.  However, have you wondered just what your customers were buying from your competitors when they were not buying from you?  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® suggest that you read what recent Grubhub report found consumers were […]
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When Valentine’s Day approaches, the world’s craving for fresh roses reaches its peak. Swissport, a leader in the global logistics arena, orchestrates the movement of over 9,000 tons of these love tokens through its acclaimed Flower Corridor, spanning from the Kenyan highlands to Europe.
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Here’s today’s news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Sky Bridges Standalone walled gardens are transforming into an interconnected network of fortresses. It’s not that walled gardens are opening up, exactly, but individual platforms are now actively partnering to allow one-to-one user targeting and other use cases among themselves – but […]
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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
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The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
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We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]