Dept. Frozen

  1. Department & Category
  It’s at the intersection of yesterday fast-food restaurant and playground and time starved consumers that today’s consumers is opting for fresh food fast and simple according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  The drive-thru has been a fast-food staple for decades, but the way we get our burgers and […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), once a differentiator for brands, is now the norm. Today’s consumers expect those they do business with, including retailers, will have positive impacts on the world. In fact, Gen Z consumers are three times as likely to say that the “purpose of business is to serve communities and society” rather than […]
  1. Department: Food
Wall’s has launched Twister Berry-licious, Cornetto Soft Stracciatella and Caramel and three new Guuud Greek Style Yoghurt Ice Cream flavours: Raspberry, Salted Caramel and Passionfruit. Twister Berry-licious is the first ice cream in the market to naturally colour tongues blue. Made with real fruit juice… This story continues at Wall’s expands its handheld range Or […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
With one in four convenience shoppers buying frozen food, the category has become a key area for independents in recent years. Newly refitted stores will inevitably feature more freezer space as they seek to cater for the ‘meal for tonight’ mission alongside more traditional ‘impulse’… This story continues at Break the ice In focus: Frozen […]
  1. Department: Food
The psychological connection between sound and human recall has long been scientifically established, with certain sounds having the power to transport us back to a moment in time, jog a memory, or even a feeling. The tune of an ice cream truck in the distance, for instance, conjures up the warm memories of childhood summers. […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Bloomberg reports that Amazon-owned Whole Foods plans to open a new small format – between 7,000 and 14,000 square feet – “aimed at serving quick-trip urban consumers.” The first Whole Foods Market Daily Shop is slated to open on Manhattan’s Upper West Side this fall, and Bloomberg reports that the retailer has signed five leases […]
  1. Department & Category
  Food Marketers have great jobs and most have lots of fun while working.  Imagine being the new person on the marketing staff and tasked with driving brand awareness while driving top-line sales and bottom-line profits for the brand.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® blending pancakes and potato […]
  1. Department & Category
When you open your 20,000th store you are executing relevant brand messaging and at Dollar General were talking more and more about a lot of food according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Steve Deckard, Dollar General’s executive vice president of store operations and development, stated, “Today marks an incredible […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The New York Times has a piece about the impetus for shrinkflation, and the underlying economics. “Companies are downsizing products without downsizing prices, and consumer posts from Reddit to TikTok to the New York Times comments section drip with indignation at the trend, widely known as ‘shrinkflation’,” the story says, noting that “the practice isn’t […]
  1. Department: HBC
The New York Times reports this morning that “a little more than six years ago, CBD, the nonintoxicating component that is derived from cannabis or hemp, was poised to be the next big ‘it’ ingredient, part of a wave of beverages and foods that were promoted as having healthful benefits or providing relaxation. Start-ups flooded […]
  1. CPG: Food
Nestlé has launched a new range of ice cream inspired sharing bags, featuring Aero, Milkybar, Munchies and Rowntree’s Randoms. Nestlé has announced its new range for 2024, the latest sharing bag selection, inspired by popular Ice Cream flavours. Neapolitan flavour Aero Melts, Munchies Cookie Dough… This story continues at Nestle launches ice cream-inspired variations of […]
  1. Department: Food
GOODLETTESVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General customers can now purchase food, produce, over-the-counter medicines and additional wellness products in more than 20,000 stores nationwide using health supplemental benefits, the company said on Wednesday. “With approximately 75% of Americans within five miles of a Dollar General, we recognize the unique access we provide to all communities, especially […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Are you ready to catapult your pre-owned retail business into the digital universe? Transitioning from a physical shop floor to the online market is like swapping a bicycle for a spaceship. But fear not! We’ve got your back with 7 steps that’ll guide you through this galaxy of eCommerce.  From understanding who’s gonna buy your […]
  1. Channel: Drug
PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid has debuted a new ad with the theme ‘It Means More’ ad that puts the retail pharmacy chain’s commitment to its customers in the spotlight, along with the passion and dedication of its employees and their ability to provide unrivaled service to their customers. The chain says it aims to emphasize […]
  1. Department: Food
Carte D’Or is continuing to innovate, launching a new mini pots range in three brand new flavours, as well as expanding its Carte D’Or Deluxe range with two iconic desserts ice creams. The ice cream launches are an important element of Unilever’s overall de-seasonalisation strategy,… This story continues at Carte D’Or expands range with mini […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Got the following email following up on the food safety stories on which we have been focusing: As the parent of a child with a food allergy, I can attest to the frustration and confusion that comes with navigating allergen statements, let alone cross contamination in a restaurant.  Our child is allergic to three tree […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
  The restaurant industry is facing many challenges in the post-pandemic world, such as labor shortages, rising costs, and changing customer preferences. To survive and thrive in this competitive market, restaurants need to adopt innovative solutions that can enhance their efficiency, quality, and customer satisfaction. One of these solutions is robotic food delivery, which is […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  The Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to get together with friends and family to watch the game. However, hosting a Super Bowl party can be a lot of work, especially if you’re planning to cook all the food yourself. That’s why restaurant […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
Magnum has unveiled its latest duo innovation – Magnum Euphoria Pink Lemonade and Magnum Vegan Chill Blueberry Cookie. The launch offers a unique multi-sensory experience as it introduces Magnum’s first-ever sorbet and ice cream combination. The brand says the new flavour combinations are based on… This story continues at Magnum launches ‘mood-inspired’ ice creams Or […]
  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. Technology & Innovation
Artificial intelligence took center stage at the National Retail Federation’s annual Big Show held in New York City last week. Some 40,000 attendees and retailers from across the globe swarmed the Javits Center to explore AI-focused technologies and other innovations tailored to their current requirements, opening doors to new possibilities. RFID Has Come a Long […]
  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. Trends & External Forces
Yesterday we had a piece about how how ESG (environmental, social and governance) and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) have lost their luster with many companies. One MNB reader responded: First of all, I appreciate your nuanced position on ESG and DEI, which is in keeping with your ability to see all sides of any […]
  1. Department: Food
Mars Chocolate Drinks & Treats is further expanding its range of Mars branded ice creams, with the launch of new Maltesers Ice Cream bar. Michelle Frost, general manager at Mars Chocolate Drinks & Treats, says: “Our range of branded ice cream bars has continued to… This story continues at Maltesers Ice Cream bar hits shelves […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Associated Press decided to look around to see what products were getting panned at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and it ended up that Amazon and Instacart were among the companies mentioned. •  The AP points to one of the criticisms was of Amazon’s partnership with BMW, which will put the […]
  1. Department & Category
The Wall Street Journal reports that “a battle is brewing over the latest term for many packaged food products that manufacturers fear could infiltrate U.S. food policy and scare off consumers. “Food-industry groups and makers of goods from ice cream to pasta sauce are stepping up lobbying, pushing back as the U.S. government probes the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Albertsons is accepting applications for its second annual Innovation Launchpad competition, seeking up-and-coming specialty and natural brands representing food, beverage and pet products. Applications can be submitted through Jan. 19, 2024, and 50 finalists will be chosen to present their brands to a panel of judges. Awards for the top three winners will be presented […]
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Using event-driven architecture (EDA), retailers must link essential data at speed and scale throughout their ecosystems near and far to come to grips with now essential environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in three key areas. 1. Dead Heading — Optimizing Transportation/Emissions on Every Journey When it comes to transportation within the retail sector, any […]
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It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]