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  1. Department & Category
USA Today reports that “consuming high amounts of ultra-processed food and drinks could increase the risk of developing depression in women, new research suggests. “The findings indicate this is especially true with the consumption of artificial sweeteners and artificially sweetened beverages, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open … The […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
    [[“value”:” Kroger has revamped a Signature store in Houston to include several features geared toward the area’s majority Hispanic population, according to reporting from the Houston Chronicle. In addition to bilingual signage, the newly remodeled store also includes some unique product offerings, including the chain’s first-ever assortment of fresh, store-made ceviche. The ceviche […]
  1. Department: Food
Waitrose lowers the price of 250 autumn products. Credit: John Lewis Partnership. Supermarket chain Waitrose is lowering the prices of 250 popular autumn products, marking the third round of cuts this year. Starting 13 September, prices will be cut on everyday foods such as pasta, whole chicken, sausages and potatoes by 10% on average. The […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  The trend is your friend and there seems to be not stopping the momentum of Barbie the movie and everything that comes with it including restaurant sales. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® soon there will be ‘streaming Barbie parties’ and front and cent will be grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared menu […]
  1. Channel: Mass
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. Target has added baby and toddler products to its Good & Gather private-label food brand, the retailer said Monday. The Good & Gather Baby and Good & Gather Toddler lines feature food items created especially for those age groups. The expanded assortment […]
  1. Department: Food
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. It’s been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you may have missed during the week and what we’re still thinking about.  From Dollar General expanding its fresh produce […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Consumer spend more money for dinner than any other meal. So, just what does that mean for your retail food outlet?  Restaurants, Grocery stores, Convenience stores all want to increase share of stomach during the PM Daypart specifically dinner.  With inflation disrupting family budgets for food Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
In the ‘Insight to Impact with Mintel Consulting’ series, thought leaders on our Marketing Intelligence team expand on research and insights identified in Mintel Comperemedia research. Today’s article is inspired by the co-branded credit card space (client link only) and how brand partnerships permeate other industries, such as drinks, beauty, and others. Think about the […]
  1. Stores & Formats
The Los Angeles Times has an opinion piece by Stacy Torres, assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco, in which she decries the decline of the supermarket experience. An excerpt: “Some people seek a bar or nature hike when they feel low. I go to the […]
  1. Department: Food
National Public Radio (NPR) had a good piece the other day about how some security-conscious grocery stores are using “lid locks” to make sure that people who try to steal pints and quarts of ice cream won’t be able to easily open them.  “Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert describes it to correspondent Stacey Vanek Smith as […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid has appointed Jeanniey Walden chief marketing officer, making permanent an interim role the seasoned executive has held since March. Walden will continue to play a critical role in the company’s growth strategy to help create meaningful customer, client, and member experiences for millions of Americans. As CMO, she will also oversee […]
  1. Department: Food
ARLINGTON, Va. — Confronted with a tumultuous business environment, food retailers and their suppliers are investing in more proactive and innovative approaches to shield their businesses from the vagaries of the future. That is one of the major conclusions offered by The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2023, the annual analysis published by FMI – The […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  With over 2213 Stores open in 38 stated, Aldi is fast becoming one of the United States favorite grocery stores according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  It’s simple Aldi has brought food discovery and low prices to an industry that for years has been stuck in the middle […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO — Thirty-six percent of U.S. families have skipped meals due to financial reasons in the last year, according to the fourth wave of the dunnhumby Consumer Trends Tracker (CTT) study released on Wednesday. The quarterly study – now completing its first year – also found that 30% of Americans across all age groups reported […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Got several emails about yesterday’s FaceTime video with Terrence Boyd, the kind of Instacart shopper who would make any employer proud. MNB reader Karen Labenz wrote: Terrence from Instacart made me smile!  Pride in your work and delivering excellence every day never goes out of style.  Well done! MNB reader Thomas Parkinson wrote: Your video […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
I saw Barbie, and I’m not sure what the controversy is all about. Let’s start with the movie, which I think we’d all agree has become a cultural phenomenon, making an enormous amount of money in its first weekend and certainly on a path to perhaps generate a billion bucks in ticket sales.  Good for […]
  1. Channel: Drug
In this exclusive Q&A, ECRM/RangeMe SVP of Retail Wayne Bennett speaks with Walgreens GVP & General Merchandise Manager Robert Tompkins about how the retailer is driving “innovative convenience,” reimagining local healthcare and delivering elevated assortments that focus on the unmet needs of consumers. Tompkins also discusses how ECRM and RangeMe play a role in boosting […]
  1. Department: Food
Yesterday, we pointed to a Bloomberg report that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), following up on the Supreme Court ruling that banned affirmative action in college admissions – or at least mandated that race could not be used by colleges as a factor in determining who to admit – “urged Target Corp. to end its efforts […]
  1. Department: Food
CNN has a story about how “America’s age-old love affair with ice cream appears to be winding down. “Consumption of regular dairy ice cream, which does not include frozen yogurt, sherbet or non- and low-fat ice creams, has been falling for years, according to the US Department of Agriculture. “In 1986, the average American ate […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK – Private-brand sales increased 8.2% in the first half of 2023, according to the Private Label Manufacturers Association. Store-brand dollar share rose 18.8% to a record $108 billion for the half-year, while unit share increased 20.5% to 26.5 million, also a new high for private brands, according to the association. With the increases, store […]
  1. Department: Food
  Hand Held Food for Immediate Consumption has made hamburgers and pizza mainstays on just about every menu in the U.S. according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions. Here let’s look at some facts: 1.       Recent Grocerant ScoreCards found 82.3% of consumers don’t know what’s for dinner at Noon, and […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon yesterday issued something it is calling its “Cart Report,” which seems to be the first in a series of reports that will lay out what its customers are shopping for, built around certain themes.  In this case, it is a “summer grilling shopping forecast based on last summer’s best sellers,” based on purchases made […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Dollar Tree is reportedly planning to bump prices on certain products as high as $5, particularly in the food and beverage space, as it looks for opportunities to carry a wider range of products, according to a presentation at its annual investor conference seen by Winsight Grocery Business. The move follows its earlier effort to […]
  1. Department: Food
The Atlantic had a piece over the weekend entitled “The Paradox at the Grocery Store,” which considers the downside of choice. “According to the American Time Use Survey, an average grocery trip takes more than 40 minutes,” the story says.  “That may not sound like much, but the task can feel overwhelming and time-consuming in […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK — Albertsons Cos. and Rite Aid Corp. are among mass retailers enhancing their store brand offerings as growth of the brands continues to outpace gains by national brands. The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) reported store brand sales increased 11.3% last year as national brand sales increased 6.1%. In volume terms, store brand […]

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  1. Department: Consumer Durables
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  3. Corporate Strategy
Danish toymaker Lego has reportedly abandoned a prominent initiative to eliminate oil-based plastics from its bricks. This decision comes after the company discovered that the new material, recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET), would result in higher carbon emissions. Lego’s CEO, Niels Christiansen, mentioned that extensive testing revealed it was challenging to find a material that met…
  1. Channel: Drug
  2. Shopper & Customer
  3. Trends & External Forces
  4. Stores & Formats
As the pandemic’s impact on brick-and-mortar retail lingers, the U.S. drugstore landscape is undergoing significant changes. CVS, the largest drugstore chain in America, is implementing a policy change that will lead to the closure of hundreds of stores over the next three years, aiming to optimize store locations based on population shifts and consumer buying…
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  2. Corporate Strategy
  3. Media & Marketing
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  6. Technology & Innovation
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Amazon will invest up to $4 billion in Anthropic and gain a minority ownership position in the company, part of a deal that will have Amazon Web Services (AWS) become Anthropic’s primary cloud provider. Anthropic will make its future AI foundation models accessible to million of developers, as well as provide AWS customers with early […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
  2. Partnerships & Alt Profit
  3. Media & Marketing
  4. Retailer Media
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