Dept. Fresh

Articles on the Fresh Department.

  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, […]
  1. Department & Category
  Small meals, or snacking has become a mainstay lifestyle for many in the United States according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Time starved, on-the-go consumers are replacing traditional meal periods with small meals or snacks that can fit into a pack on-the-go lifestyle according to Johnson. Sally Lyons […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Tech innovation is a cycle, especially in the main character-driven world of early-stage venture capital and copycat nature of startups. The latest proof? Y Combinator this week announced Launch YC, a platform […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Personalization is among the most hotly debated topics among marketers. To some, it’s the holy grail their organizations need to seize to delight existing customers, acquire new ones, and prove return on marketing spend. To others, it’s a false flag for invasive data collection and inaccurate promotions that alienate shoppers. One way to reframe the […]
  1. Department: Food
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 […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
H-E-B narrowly defeated second-place Amazon and third-place Amazon Fresh as the top-ranked ecommerce grocer in the U.S., according to dunnhumby’s inaugural Ecommerce Retailer Preference Index (RPI). Walmart made it to fourth place and Sam’s Club rounded out the top five. The study uncovered a number of interesting insights into the mindset of online grocery shoppers. […]
  1. Channel: Mass
As marketers, our goal is to attract people to our brand. But not just any people: we want to draw prospects with a high likelihood of becoming customers. Good lead-generation tactics can help.  We define lead generation as the process of creating consumer interest for a service or product, with the end goal of turning […]
  1. Data & Insights
Amazon said yesterday that it is launching a new retail analytics service that is designed to “offer brands insights about the performance of their products, promotions and ad campaigns. The new service, Store Analytics, gives brands anonymized insights about their products in Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores in the United States that use Just […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The consumer is telling us the cost of everything can’t keep going up.  Consumers are cutting back on visits to their favorite restaurants and convenience store.  If you are a retailer that means less money, in the till, less profit in the back at the end of the month.  The questions Steven Johnson, Grocerant […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
With supply chain issues stressing physical inventory and inflation running high, consumers are turning to gift cards to fill the gap and stretch their spending power. According to a recent consumer survey from Fiserv, 58 percent of consumers said gift card promotions are motivating them to buy more gift cards during this inflation period. This […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon said yesterday that it plans to drive sales at its Amazon Fresh bricks-and-mortar stores by offering Amazon Prime members a 20 percent discount on select items. “We’re excited to launch the new Prime member savings benefit at Amazon Fresh stores today, offering 20% off everyday essentials across aisles,” Jeff Helbling, vice president of Amazon […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
What makes a supplier successful on RangeMe? That’s a question I sought to answer at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, held recently in New York City. I met with over a dozen suppliers, who each got onto retail shelves from connections or direct purchases made on RangeMe. During our discussions, these brands – which […]
  1. CPG: Food
Nature Valley has announced the launch of a new HFSS-compliant Fruit & Nut range. The cereal bar brand will shortly roll out its new flavours to convenience stores across the country. The range is made with 100% wholegrain oats, is high in fibre and contains no colours, artificial flavours, or preservatives. The bars are intended […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
From the Dallas Morning News: “H-E-B has taken the lead in a consumer preference index as the top e-commerce grocer ahead of second- and third-place finishers Amazon and Amazon Fresh. “Customer data science firm Dunnhumby said Tuesday that it was a near statistical tie, but San Antonio-based H-E-B narrowly edged out Amazon. Walmart ranked fourth, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
I can’t recall any period in my life when our country has been so divided and polarized. Through the Drug Channels Institute, I strive to provide you with fact-based and balanced coverage—along with links to source materials so you can make up your own mind. So before you launch your July 4 festivities and/or a […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amazon announced today that it’s launching a new physical retail store analytics service that offer brands insights about the performance of their products, promotions and ad campaigns. The new service, Store Analytics, gives brands anonymized insights about their products in Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores in the United States that use Just Walk Out […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
If you are starting a retail business, attracting and retaining customers should be one of your top priorities. There are several things you can do to achieve this, including offering great customer service, providing a unique experience, and stocking high-quality products. Keep in mind that it takes time and effort to create a loyal customer […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Walmart Canada has launched a new online convenience store, Walmart Now, designed to deliver orders to customers in 30 minutes. The service, powered by Instacart, currently is available in the Toronto metro area. According to the announcement, “Walmart Now service provides customers with the opportunity to shop from Walmart’s wide assortment of fresh groceries, pantry […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Gerrity’s Supermarkets will become the 48th member of the Wakefern retail grocery cooperative. The grocer operates 10 stores in Pennsylvania that will be converted to Wakefern’s The Fresh Grocer banner. “Wakefern will help us save our customers money and provide an enhanced assortment of products to our customers, including high-quality, on-trend private label foods and […]

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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 […]
  1. Corporate Finance
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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 […]
  1. Associates & Employees
  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.