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  School is well underway in most of the USA and teachers are scrambling to lean every student’s name, create good weekly lesson plans, and enjoin students with the love of learning.  The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® encourages everyone to help Subwayby submitting a nomination for a Subway catered teachers lunch at […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Success does leave clues and if you want too garner the attention of Gen Z consumers you had better start thinking like a QSR according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated “David Portalatin and his team at NPD left plenty of success clues on how to garner […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
Sponsored by: Cornetto Go, Unilever Unilever has expanded its Wall’s ice-cream portfolio in April 2021 with three new additions that included Cornetto Go, a convenience-exclusive ice-cream sandwich designed to be eaten on-the-go. The new addition consists of vanilla ice-cream with cookie pieces covered in a cocoa biscuit, and was priced at £1.40. Collecting the award, […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Toronto-based Longo’s announced that its Liberty Village store now is hosting a Kitchen Hub ghost kitchen – the first to open inside a grocery store in the city, and the beginning of what the two companies call “a longer term partnership.” According to the announcement, Kitchen Hub “has four new kitchens at Longo’s Liberty Village. […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Access chart in Earnest Dash. Growth indexed to January 2020. Jersey Mike’s Subs sales more than doubled from January 2020 to August 2022 according to Earnest credit and debit card data. That made the chain the fastest growing major sandwich brand in the US and the fastest growing major QSR chain compared to pre-pandemic levels, […]
  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
The meat-free brand Quorn has launched a marketing campaign to celebrate the launch of four new delicatessen products. The new lines are Yorkshire ham, roast beef, finely sliced ham and chicken-style pieces. The new advertising campaign includes a film which promotes the benefits of a meat-free diet by featuring animal puppets encouraging sandwich makers to […]
  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. Trends & External Forces
We reported yesterday that the state of California yesterday filed a lawsuit against Amazon on antitrust grounds, charging that the online retailer stifles competition by penalizing sellers for offering products elsewhere for lower prices. MNB reader Tom Murphy replied: Nothing new in the market on this.  Walmart and Kroger have for years forbidden vendors from […]
  1. Department: Food
Wired has a story about a new bio-engineered purple tomato that has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for growth and cultivation in the US, saying that it is “unlikely to pose an increased plant pest risk compared to other cultivated tomatoes” – the standard used by USDA for approving such […]
  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. Media & Marketing
  Regular readers of this blog have all heard the old adage, The Trend is Your Friend. When Wingstop entered the chicken sandwich scene last week, offering their sandwich in the brand’s 12 bold and distinct flavors. The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® including Grocerant Guru®, Steven Johnsonknew it would be a big […]
  1. Department & Category
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive Top-line sales, bottom-line profits, and returning customer in every sector of retail foodservice today according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Consumers don’t want to cook from scratch, nor do they want to spend a hour walking through […]
  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. Media & Marketing
  Summers last holiday is here and Dickey’s Barbecue has got just what you want for a Labor Day Weekend get together according to Steven JohnsonGrocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Why cook when you can simply call your local Dickies Barbecue? I doubt that there is a better way to host one […]
  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: Restaurants
  While conveniences stores and restaurants are doing their best to retain and recruit consumers, grocery stores have the benefit of all those consumers that have been working at home. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “the comfort of the home office and empowered more and more […]
  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. Department: Beverage
Terri Nguyen first learned the concept of entrepreneurship through her father, who found financial success exporting automotive parts internationally. However, when Nguyen was just 15 years old, the South Vietnamese forces collapsed under the rapid advancement of the North Vietnamese. This caused a significant rift in her life and millions of others. When the North […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
For an eCommerce platform like Instacart, Search is an important tool for making shopping feel effortless by helping people find the products they want, even when they are not sure what they’re looking for. Autocompleting user’s queries when they start typing is a great way of making the search experience more efficient. It assists users in expressing their shopping intent clearly, and helps them explore a wide variety of options. In this post, we describe how we generate and rank query suggestions in Autocomplete and how this shapes a user’s search behavior — translating into larger basket sizes.
  1. Channel: Restaurants
McDonald’s is testing a Big Mac chicken sandwich in select Miami-area restaurants that proved popular with consumers in the UK. “We’re always looking to give our fans more ways to enjoy the classic menu items they know and love,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “Made with two crispy tempura chicken patties, our iconic Big Mac […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
by Michael Sansolo When it comes to getting a meal on the table, where do shoppers find the better value? It’s a question worth considering especially now that restaurants, as Kevin reported last week, are claiming they offer the superior value. After all, you can drive down to the local McDonald’s and chow down on […]

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Retail vacancies in the United States dropped to 6.1% in the second quarter, a 15-year low, as Americans continued to resume in-store shopping. Asking rents for shopping center spaces during the quarter were 16% higher than five years ago, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Tuesday (Oct. 4), citing figures from commercial real estate broker […]
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Nestlé Confectionery has announced sustainable packaging innovations for two of its best-loved brands – Quality Street and KitKat. In a category first, Quality Street will move to recyclable paper packaging for its twist-wrapped sweets. By replacing the double layer of foil and cellulose with a paper wrap, Quality Street will remove more than two billion […]
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The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]