Dept. Grocery

  1. Shopper & Customer
  Once again, Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson predicts that 2022 will be a record year of chain restaurant discontinuity.  Specifically, with more chain restaurant closing stores and fewer total chain restaurants open entering 2023. Regular readers of this blog know that back in the day (2005) the team at Foodservice Solutions® released a White Paper Restaurant Consumer Discontinuity; we […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, brings you his top ‘future of retail systems’ deployments from the past week, including drone deliveries, Bitcoin rewards, smart shopping carts, and autonomous convenience stores. Pinterest and Samsung Pinterest has teamed with Samsung to launch of the first ever ‘flippable’ Pin on its platform. The aim is to show people just […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Members of the House Energy and Commerce committee heard testimony from officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Abbott Nutrition on infant formula shortages across the country. The FDA closed an Abbott plant after finding unsanitary conditions. Problems were discovered as part of a February recall and plant shutdown.
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There are plenty of reasons why entrepreneurs choose to start their own food businesses. Some of them include wanting to create jobs in the local community, the scope to enjoy control over their schedule rather than working for a boss, or simply wanting to try something new. Meanwhile, others may just be excited to share […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Take a quick dive into the happenings and surprises from this year’s biggest restaurant event! By Brittany Maroney, Director of Marketing Communications, PAR Punchh The National Restaurant Association Show was back, and in a big way! The halls of McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago were packed with tens of thousands of eager food-loving fans, […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Nisa has begun to stock Co-op’s summer range of food and drink in an effort to help stores boost sales in the next three months. The “Summer Feastival” range includes dips and side salads, picnic and barbecue foods, ice-creams, tubs and cones, as well as new drinks lines. The range is backed by a full […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
WASHINGTON – On behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA), an independent community grocer from rural Georgia shared his experience and the direct impact the national formula shortage is having on his community with a U.S. House committee hearing. Confusion and fear, alongside panic-buying and government red tape, are among the effects of the nation’s shortage of […]
  1. Department & Category
  What’s for Dinner is the age-old question every parent hears, and most say I don’t know.  Today more and more families or looking online, or for new avenues of fresh food distributions in the way of meals and meal components that can be mixed and matched into perfect family meal.   Alternative fresh food […]
  1. Corporate Finance
More venture capital keeps trooping into Africa’s B2B e-commerce retail, a space where startups are digitizing informal trade to get thousands of merchants to operate more efficiently. This time, it’s a startup that was in the news this January: Namibia-based JABU, whose $3.2 million seed round we covered. Now, the last-mile distribution e-commerce company has […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Turkish rapid grocery delivery big hitter Getir is gearing up to cut 14% of its staff globally. The company employs some 32,000 people in the nine markets where it operates, which works out to 4,480 people impacted by the downsizing, according to a report by TechCrunch. These are challenging times for the rapid grocery delivery […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  There is no doubt that consumers are evolving with technology so fast many retailers feel that they can’t keep up, it cost too much to keep up, or that they should not try to keep up. The team at Foodservice Solutions® believes that it’s not the technology that’s the problem. The problem is how […]
  1. Department & Category
CHICAGO – The annual Most Innovative New Product Awards have kicked off the 25th Sweets & Snacks Expo by recognizing this year’s most innovative confectionery and snack products and the companies that created them. These products have been developed over the last year and are now available on store shelves or will be made available to […]
  1. Department & Category
VAUGHAN, Ontario — Bausch + Lomb Corp. announced that Health Canada has approved Lumify (brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution 0.025% w/v), the first and only over-the-counter eye drop developed with low-dose brimonidine tartrate to relieve redness of the eye due to minor eye irritations for adults. “With Health Canada’s approval of LUMIFY, we are excited to […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Empty shelves and $10 bottles of hand sanitizer….ah, those were NOT the days. But working from home, learning to cook for ourselves, and becoming increasingly more aware of how dirty the world can be has created a need for more household cleaning products. COVID-19 turned cleaning brands into lifestyle brands and built disinfecting habits consumers […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Despite all the hype, after gobs of venture capital investment, several high profile IPO’s and some big moves into physical retail, the OG’s of the new wave of DTC are running into trouble. Most of the digitally native brands that were supposed to disrupt the retail industry (think Warby Parker, Stitch Fix, Allbirds, Caspar, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  Grocerant niche fresh prepared meals and meal components can drive top line sales and bottom-line profits.  From time to time you need to look beyond your current menu items.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® consider, Finnish startup REBL Eats.  They launched six new plant-based breakfast items and sandwiches […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON — President Biden has asked retailers and manufacturers, including Walmart, Target, Reckitt and Gerber, to do more to help families get infant formula. Biden this month talked with company executives about Reckitt and Gerber’s efforts to increase production to make up for lost supply from Abbott Nutrition, and asked them for other ways the […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
The Wall Street Journal has a story about Unilever’s efforts to move beyond its traditional focus on “taste, spreadability and ingredients,” and “push to give each of its 400 brands a social or environmental purpose … The brands-with-purpose strategy has become a centerpiece for Unilever since Alan Jope took over as chief executive in 2019. […]
  1. Department & Category
John Oliver, on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” this weekend, offered a typically scathing assessment of the Subway fast food chain, which he essentially characterizes as being far more obsessed with growth – often at the expense of its own franchisees – than with the quality of its food. As always, Oliver’s comments are sharp – […]

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Thursday reported net sales of $8.8 billion for its fiscal year 2022 first quarter, an increase of 4.2% over the prior-year period. The net sales increase was primarily driven by positive sales contributions from new stores, partially offset by a slight decline in same-store sales and the impact of […]
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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced on Thursday the launch of CVS Health Virtual Primary Care, a new virtual care solution available through a single digital platform. The offering connects CVS Health’s services, clinical expertise, and data for a more coordinated and consumer-centric health care experience. The company said the new solution enables consumers to […]
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Retail media networks (RMNs) are an exciting place to run ads, because of the valuable first-party data that retailers have about their customers. RMNs create an ability to target a specific retailer’s customers and provide valuable insights into how people shop. And brands certainly are not hurting for choices. Just last week, Ulta announced a media network and the hotel chain, Marriott, the week prior.