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Auzerais went from baking for friends to building a DTC bakery empire in a week. Yes, you read that right. This exponential growth has been documented by multiple publications. Currently, Blondery ships over 75,000 shipments per week nationwide.  So how did this huge success happen, and how does Auzerais handle it all? We sat with […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
There have been several stories out there about how Hooters is teaming up with NASCAR driver Chase Elliott on a new virtual chicken format that will deliver a variety of poultry dishes via Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats. The items will be delivered from some 196 Hooters locations around the country, but will not be […]
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  Building a brand with the ‘halo’ of better for you is the undercurrent driving a number of chain restaurant start-ups, and one outstanding grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food retailer. That retailer is Everytableas regular readers of this blog know our own Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson believes “Everytable has the best messaging within […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
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 […]
  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. […]
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Bloomberg has a story about how Circle K owner Alimentation Couche-Tard is developing a series of tactics designed to serve a core strategy – growing its food sales to represent between 20 and 25 percent of sales. The impetus comes from a recognition that the company is too dependent on fuel sales and profits at […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The labor movement is a huge part of the food and beverage industry right now. Over 200 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize. And now, gig delivery workers are starting to organize. On Sunday, gig drivers for Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, Grubhub and others in Chicago joined a national coalition of gig drivers called Justice for […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Fast casual brands Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and Wing Zone have signed an agreement with RaaS (Restaurant as a Service) to expand through ghost kitchens in California, Oregon and Washington state. “RaaS is the pre-eminent management company for ghost kitchens and we are eager to partner with an industry leader to help expand our brands into […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Kitchen United raised $100 million from a group of investors that include Alimentation Couche-Tard, Kroger, Restaurant Brands International and Simon Property Group. The latest round brings Kitchen United’s fundraising to $175 million.
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Regular readers of this blog know that Kroger wants to become a distributor of choice for restaurants in the Dallas area now they want to sell lunch and dinner to your customers. According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® It just might work better than many of you think. […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger has opened a “restaurant hub” with Kitchen United MIX at one of the grocery chain’s stores in Dallas. “We are always looking for new and unique ways to help our customers answer the ‘What’s for dinner tonight?’ question,” Keith Shoemaker, president of the Kroger Dallas Division, said in a statement. “The collaboration with Kitchen […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Regular readers of this blog know that it has been nearly one year after announcing the initial partnership, sushi is now available for dine-in at 17 TGI Friday’slocations, in addition to traditional virtual – ghost kitchens and availability through third-party delivery adding top line sales and bottom-line profits. If you remember, it was Steven […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
We wrote yesterday about Kroger’s successful ghost kitchen initiative, prompting one MNB reader to ask: What’s a ghost kitchen? Fair point – I shouldn’t assume that all MNB readers are familiar with all the things we write about here. EHL Insights defines a ghost kitchen this way: Ghost kitchens are also referred to as micro-cloud […]
  1. Media & Marketing
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  1. Channel & Retailers
The Dallas Morning News reports that “North Texas residents Joon Choe and Mohammad Qasim will operate a new Ghost Kitchen Brands storefront inside a Walmart in North Plano. The kitchen will make food from Quiznos, Cheesecake Factory, Saladworks, Wow Bao and other established brands, then sell it to-go or for delivery … The restaurant will […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Editor’s note: Last week, OnTrend Concepts held the 2nd annual Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Conference in Dallas. There was a lot of discussion about the future of ghost kitchens and virtual brands. As well, people talked about where ghost kitchens and virtual brands fit into this post-COVID world. Below are a few observations: Off-premises is […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Incredibly, 80% of restaurants shut down in their first year. That’s because running a restaurant is capital intensive and involves complicated operations. COVID-19 only made the restaurant industry more volatile, and dealt a devastating blow. During the first 13 months of the pandemic, 8 million restaurant employees were laid off or furloughed, and the industry […]
  1. CPG: Food
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits within every sector of retail foodservice today according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Regular readers of this blog are familiar with Everytablethe fresh affordable meal and meal component company driving incremental adoption […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Riding the ghost kitchen wave, KFC is set to open its first ghost kitchen in London. Other locations are possible in the future. According to KFC, customers will be able to order through Deliveroo, JustEat, UberEats and KFC’s website and app. Orders are for delivery only. “We’re excited by the potential of our delivery-only kitchens; […]
  1. Department: Food
  Food marketing executives are loving the virtual kitchen, virtual restaurant, and delivery space.  Today there seems to be no end to the ability of food marketers extend a brand, concept or partnership according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Nextbite,is a virtual restaurant.  They are rolling out its first […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Bloomberg reports that fast grocery delivery company Jokr “will roll out a media platform to sell targeted advertising, in a bid to boost sales and get closer to profitability at a time when food delivery companies are under pressure from investors to stem losses … The New York-based company will use its trove of customer […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Food & Wine has a story about how delivery service DoorDash, which is operating a ghost kitchen facility in Brooklyn, New York, has expanded the concept to include seating for people who want to eat on the premises. According to the story, “The company stresses that this new food hall is still very much delivery-centric […]

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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]