Dept. Grocery

  1. Media & Marketing
We’re just back from New York and the 2023 edition of the National Retail Federation’s Big Show. As we rest our weary legs, we hop back on the mic to share some of our key takeaways gleaned from the Expo floor, the conference stages, conversations in the halls, and at various events we attended.  We […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Food manufacturer Baxters has developed and refreshed five recipes within its Favourites soup range. The five enhanced soups include Cream of Tomato, Minestrone, Cream of Chicken, Carrot and Coriander and Country Garden, with Cream of Tomato leading the line-up. Available in stores now, Baxters’ new Favourites soups start from £1.60 for a 400g tin. The […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Boston Globe writes about Addie’s, a new independent pickup-only grocery store that has opened in Norwood, Massachusetts, about 20 miles south of Boston. It is, the Globe writes, “the brainchild of Jim McQuade, an aerospace engineer by training, who says he became ‘obsessed’ with the online grocery concept more than a decade ago, after […]
  1. Department & Category
SALISBURY, N.C. —  Food Lion and Novant Health are collaborating to launch a food pharmacy pilot program at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. A leading omnichannel retailer serving towns and cities across 10 states, Food Lion is committed to nourishing neighbors and families, setting them up for success in life. […]
  1. Channel: Mass
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Supercenter pioneer Meijer opened its first two Meijer Grocery stores in the Detroit metro area on Friday, introducing a more streamlined, food-focused shopping experience to customers in communities where there is no room for a full-sized Meijer store. “As a company, we’ve opened more than 500 supercenters, neighborhood markets and Meijer […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
[[ Getty Images Walmart-owned Sam’s Club on Thursday said it will open more than 30 new stores in the U.S., marking its most aggressive expansion in years. The warehouse club’s next store is expected to open in Florida in 2024. Sam’s Club also plans to open five fulfillment and distribution centers this year, with the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
What used to be known as TV dinners featuring foods that were edible but bland are now called ready meals and they are anything but tasteless. Instead, these ready meals are mostly appetising and flavourful and save consumers a lot of time and effort.  The demand for ready meals is no longer just a Western […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Before you launch your brand in the United Kingdom, it’s important to know what’s going on in today’s U.K. retail market as it may differ from the markets your brand currently has a presence in. Whether the British market is familiar territory or completely new, here’s a deep dive into understanding the U.K.’s marketplace, retailers, […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
The CMA will examine the accuracy of ‘green’ claims made about household essentials – such as food, drink, and toiletries – to make sure shoppers are not being misled. The move is an expansion of ongoing work by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into ‘greenwashing’, which seeks to get to the bottom of whether […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
From the Washington Times: “A growing number of states have cut grocery taxes to relieve working Americans struggling with runaway inflation. “Five of the 13 states that taxed groceries last year — Kansas, Idaho, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia — have since passed laws reducing their cut from supermarket transactions. That cut ranges from 4% to […]
  1. Merchandising
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  1. Shopper & Customer
Home cooking has become ingrained in many stuck-at-home consumers during the pandemic. But with the rising cost of living, this routine will likely remain as they look to save money while satisfying their taste buds and making healthy food choices. Mintel Trend Survival Skills explores how cost cutting has evolved into a desire for self-reliance, […]
  1. Department: Food
  What is freshness? How do your consumers know that the meal they buy from you is fresh other than searching the package looking for the date made or time cooked? So, we ask. What’s more relevant than livestream meal prep or cooking of dinner? Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, […]
  1. Department: Beverage
The seminar programme for IFE, International Food & Drink Event, is now live, with this year’s event putting the issue of sustainability at the heart of discussions on a dedicated Sustainability Stage, sponsored by Elopak. Taking place on 20-22 March at ExCeL London and supported by Official Show Sponsor MHP Food, IFE is a comprehensive […]
  1. Department & Category
Wholesale experts TWC Group, in partnership with food-to-go and out-of-home tracking programme MealTrak, has reported the latest food-to-go market performance to 12 w/e 26 December 2022. Latest results are as follows:   Latest 52 weeks 52 weeks year ago (comparable period) 52 weeks YOY change Latest 12 weeks 12 weeks year ago (comparable period) 12 […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO — The focus on health and wellness evolved throughout the pandemic as consumers began seeking coping mechanisms for their altered lifestyles. The consumer’s need for normalcy at the height of the pandemic was the entry for a mental and physical health focus, reports The NPD Group. Compared to the pre-pandemic period, more consumers say […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Inflation may be cooling. But, for most Americans, the price of a cup of coffee or a bag of groceries hasn’t budged. In the months ahead, the big question is whether consumers will start to feel relief, too. Over the past few months, many of the key factors that fueled a four-decade high in inflation […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  At the intersection of what’s for dinner, where will I get dinner, more and more consumers are asking what is the fastest solution (84.6%), then what is the cheapest (51.4), and will everyone be happy with the food (49.2%) according to Foodservice Solutions® most recent grocerant scorecards.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Last week we released the first batch of Steve’s predictions. This week we conclude with six more, centering on how “hybridization” will steal the crown from omni-channel, how trading-down (in product and format) will define the year, the likelihood that big consumer credit troubles emerge, why strong balance sheets reign supreme, how the Metaverse is […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Market segmentation is fundamental to brand-business building. When creatively and intelligently managed, market segmentation can provide insight into: Superior understanding of the customer so the brand-business can provide outstanding competitive advantage; Strategic focus that is essential for effective marketing; Identifying market priorities that can drive brand-business strategies. Dollar General applied market segmentation to generate its […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Wall Street Journal reports that a new Morning Consult poll suggests that “Americans are cutting back on many everyday purchases amid inflation, while splurging on a few big-ticket items. Think shopping for staples at the dollar store dressed in Gucci sneakers. “Welcome to the split-brain budget.” According to the story, “Economists call this an […]
  1. Department: Food
Got the following email from MNB reader Cindee Lolik: Just wanted to comment on the comment about employers taking on the cost of ServSafe certification.  Our Co-op has always picked up the cost of certification for our Food Service Managers, but when I read the article, I immediately looked for an alternative to the National […]

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In a year when holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment was down 1 percent from the year prior, one age group bucked that trend in a huge way. Millennials, perhaps aided by increased incomes due to “The Great Reshuffle,” told us it would spend a whopping 11 percent more than it did in 2021, […]
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  11. Stores & Formats
While some trends come and go, there were a few trends that have stayed with consumers throughout the year.   As online shopping continues to be a popular choice for consumers, physical stores can offer shoppers perks that e-commerce can’t replicate.    This week we look at trends to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty. […]

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