Dept. Fresh Prepared

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  Convenience store operators want to garner a larger share of stomach and they continue to target fast food restaurant customers looing for something new, fresh, fast, that cost less.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated, the constant fluctuating price of gasoline is not attractive to consumers nor does it […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Gen Z and Millennials have an ongoing desire for fresh food discovery, seemingly not wanting to be ‘their parents’, so the question is will they opt for and migrate too a drive-thru grocery store?  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, “The jury is still out. It will depend […]
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Sam’s Club plans to open 30 new locations over the next few years, the first new clubs since 2017. The new locations will measure about 20,000 square feet larger than existing clubs and feature amenities such as sushi islands, full-service floral areas and optical centers. Sam’s also plans to open five new supply chain fulfillment […]
  1. Channel: Mass
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Supercenter pioneer Meijer opened its first two Meijer Grocery stores in the Detroit metro area on Friday, introducing a more streamlined, food-focused shopping experience to customers in communities where there is no room for a full-sized Meijer store. “As a company, we’ve opened more than 500 supercenters, neighborhood markets and Meijer […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
[[ Getty Images Walmart-owned Sam’s Club on Thursday said it will open more than 30 new stores in the U.S., marking its most aggressive expansion in years. The warehouse club’s next store is expected to open in Florida in 2024. Sam’s Club also plans to open five fulfillment and distribution centers this year, with the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Sam’s Club is embarking on an ambitious expansion of its physical footprint, beginning with five new fulfillment and distribution centers opening this year — the first, in Georgia, in Q3 2023. The club retailer also plans to open more than 30 larger-format stores, most of which will include enhanced perimeter departments, bigger healthcare spaces and […]
  1. Stores & Formats
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Buoyed by record membership growth, Sam’s Club on Thursday announced plans to open more than 30 new clubs across the country, starting with a unit in Florida that is slated to open next year. The Walmart division also revealed a multiple-year plan to invest in and modernize its supply chain through new […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Todd Vasos began an exciting new leadership chapter at Dollar General Corp. on November 1 as he transitioned from chief executive officer to senior advisor. The new role underscores the leadership, mentorship and perpetual evolution that has defined Vasos’ retail career for nearly four decades. MMR is proud to honor Vasos with […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
[[“value”:” Struggling to find workers and eager to relieve staff from boring, repetitive tasks, fast-food restaurant chains are adding robots to their kitchens. Using artificial intelligence, computer vision technology and a mechanical arm, Miso Robotics’ Flippy 2 has been deployed to Chipotle, White Castle and Wing Zone. White Castle said it plans to add 100 […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to be in high demand from consumers driving topline sales and bottom-line profits according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Let’s look at some interesting facts about meals: IRI’s Jonna Parker at the ‘Fresh Center’ found, “What we’re seeing happen […]
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  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared meals and meal components continue to drive customer adoption, retail service change, and food industry sector upheaval according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Recently FoodMix Marketing Communications’ 2023 Predicted Food Trends that Johnson believes our regular readers would benefit from reading.  […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  In search of food discovery Millennials are simply not loyal customers as legacy brands are finding out. Consider that grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat & Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food can be found on 83.4% of American’s family dinner tables in 2023 in the most recent Grocerant ScoreCards conducted according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Corporate Finance
The Atlantic has a piece about the growth of “buy now, pay later” programs – “from 2019 to 2021, the total value of buy-now, pay-later (or BNPL) loans originated in the United States grew more than 1,000 percent, from $2 billion to $24.2 billion. That’s still a small fraction of the amount charged to credit […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Wall Street Journal reports that “sandwich chain Subway has retained advisers to explore a sale of the closely held company, according to people familiar with the situation. “The process, which is in the early stages, is expected to attract potential corporate buyers and private-equity firms, and could value Subway at more than $10 billion, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Most consumers buy 100 items from a grocery store per year.  Consumers buy the same 100 items as they need them over and over again many times only needing 8 to 14 items on a particular visit and do not want to walk through the entire store looking for them and spending 35 minutes […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
DoorDash has introduced Package Pickup, allowing consumers across the country to have the service deliver up to five return items per trip to UPS, FedEx or the USPS. DoorDash will charge a flat fee of $5 ($3 for DashPass members), and shoppers will get their first package pickup for free during January 2023, traditionally a […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Global restaurant brands are working as hard and fast as they can to digitalize every aspect of there brand.  In the case of a global behemoth Burger King, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® asks, “How long can you last being second? When the consumer moved deeper into hand held […]
  1. Department & Category
UK Food to Go brand, Urban Eat., is reintroducing its plant-based range, Roots, with a fresh look and NPD to entice sandwich lovers everywhere. Launching 9 January 2023 across OOH channels, Roots from Urban Eat. consists of two sandwiches: Cheeze and Pickle and Falafel and Houmous, complete with vegan mayonnaise and crunchy salad. The brand’s […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee will host its next quarterly Best of Local Brands Summit in March to expand and enhance the product offerings at its more than 285 retail stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Since the Best of Local Brands summits began in early 2021, more […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Walmart’s annual Open Call sourcing event is an initiative that supports Walmart’s investment in products made, grown, or assembled in the U.S. and gives thousands of American suppliers the opportunity to submit their products directly to their team of merchants. For the fourth year in a row, RangeMe and ECRM have streamlined Walmart’s Open Call […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
When the family asks, What’s for Dinner, in 2023 at minimum 1 grocerant niche prepared food will found item will be found on 78.7 percent of dinner tables at home according to recent grocerant scorecards. No longer do consumers drive by restaurant, service deli, or convenience store according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru®at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Chances are your company has already spent time and money automating business processes that were once done manually. But that’s not enough to deliver the best customer experiences, biggest cost savings, long term growth, or greatest efficiency. What is? Intelligent automation.  What is intelligent automation? Intelligent automation combines robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI), […]
  1. Department: Food
Yahoo Finance reports that “Starbucks is updating its reward program, making it tougher for customers to score freebies with ‘stars,’ or points, in 2023 … Effective February 13, reward members will need 100 stars, up from 50, to get a free hot or iced coffee, tea, bakery item, packaged snack or a plastic to-go cup. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Consumers are dynamic not static and you must evolve as fast as your consumers or your food retail company will lose customer relevance according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. If you are not focused at the intersection consumers, evolving food path to purchase, you are most likely missing […]
  1. Department: Food
  Yes, we have just a couple of day before we ring in 2023. While many consumers are just starting to think about going a diet at the start of the year.  I want to take a look back at 2021, within the grocerant niche and let you know that bread is back.  So, according […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  That’s right consumers want it both ways.  Regular readers of this blog know that Steven Johnson, the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®has documented the battle between the desire to eat out and the need to eat in without cooking for over 6 years. Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food […]
  1. Department & Category
  Foodservice Solutions® recent Grocerant ScoreCards continue to indicate that at the intersection of the consumer, technology, and retail food sales we find the grocerant niche creating and expanding points of quality food distribution according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   It’s at that intersection that Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® […]

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Full Year Highlights Net revenues for the full year increased +9.7% driven by Organic Net Revenue1 growth of +12.3% with underlying Volume/Mix of +2.7%. For the fourth quarter, Net revenues increased +13.5% driven by Organic Net Revenue1 growth of +15.4% with underlying Volume/Mix of +1.6% Diluted EPS was $1.96, down 35.5%; Adjusted EPS1 was $2.95, up +11.9% on […]
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KEY POINTS “We are just at the dawn of the robotics age. And I would say artificial intelligence and battery technology are all a part of that movement as well,” Cathie Wood said. Amazon had more than 1.6 million workers at the end of 2021, according to its most recent annual report. Wood’s Ark Innovation […]
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Aldi is rolling out its partnership with the world’s largest surplus food platform, Too Good To Go, across all of its 990 UK stores. Following a successful trial last year, Aldi is now offering surplus food bags available nationwide, in a bid to tackle food waste while also offering even lower prices to customers. The […]
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H-E-B, Costco Best Navigate The 2020 – 2022 Pandemic Grocery Market Upheaval, Bumping Amazon From Its Top Ranking Customers emerged from 2020 – 2022 placing more importance than ever on finding the right balance of savings and quality while placing less importance on saving time. Pandemic surge in retailer digital capabilities and consumer digital adoption […]
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Charted: U.S. Egg Prices Double in 2022 Eggs are a staple food for many countries around the world, and the U.S. is no exception. Americans eat between 250‒280 eggs a year on average. Eggs are also easy to cook, protein-dense and supply many daily vitamins needed for healthy living, making them a popular meal or […]