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  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. 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 […]
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  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. 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. Channel: Mass
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer recently opened two new supercenters in northeast Ohio. Located in Brunswick and Canton, the 155,000-square-foot stores are considered retail anchors in developing communities, the company said in announcing grand openings at both locations. Each supercenter offers consumers a state-of-the-art retail experience that features multiple ways to shop, Meijer said. “These […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Consumers are dynamic not static and today that means smartphones are fast becoming the food marketing platform of choice according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. In a battle for share of stomach C-stores, restaurants, bodegas, and grocery store delis all need a fresh focus on smartphones. Art Sebastian, […]
  1. Department & Category
  Looking for success clues restaurants continue to evolve in foodservice most completive space the Grocerant Niche. That space is wide open it is not dominated by Restaurants, Convenience Stores, Grocery Stores, Drug Stores, or Dollar stores according to Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson; who stated “retail foodservice is now about […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Albertsons Companies will launch cart-based smart checkout technology later this year at select supermarkets throughout the country, in partnership with Veeve Smart Carts. The carts use computer vision to identify items by extracting visual features (including barcodes) of the items placed within them, and a built-in scale calculates totals for produce. Shoppers can check in […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
SEATTLE — Albertsons Cos. is working with Veeve Inc. on a test of the tech startup’s smart shopping carts at a few dozen stores across the country later this year. Consumers at the stores will be able to use the smart carts to skip the checkout line for a faster, more convenient and contactless shopping […]
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Giving credit where credit is due.  The grocerant niche filled with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every channel of retail foodservice.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® the recent insights by the NPD group show just have important the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Gluten-free bakery brand Mrs Crimble’s has started a marketing campaign on TikTok. The brand is using the social media platform for an interactive rap challenge designed to entice a new generation to buy its cakes. The promotion uses social influencers to create rap verses on how they enjoy the cakes, while challenging other TikTok users […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food will drive top-line growth and bottom-line profits in 2022 according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Stop by and visit us at the 2022 National Restaurant Show. Today, the need for branded, craveable fresh food is preferred 8.6 to 1 over […]
  1. Department: Food
ROSEMONT, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) today announced a strategic agreement with Kalera®, one of the world’s leading hydroponic indoor vertical farming companies. This is US Foods’ largest vertical farming relationship to date. The agreement underscores US Foods’ commitment to bringing foodservice operators a broad assortment of high-quality produce, year-round. It will also […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Today, with consumer loyalty up for grabs, personalization matters more than ever before. In fact, more than 71 percent of consumers now expect companies to deliver personalized interactions, and 76 percent express frustration when this doesn’t happen. If you’re trying to improve the consumer experience, enabling predictive personalization is a must. Predictive personalization allows you […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
  Regular readers of this blog are familiar with GoPuff.  What Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, likes about GoPuff is its ability to combine the food industry intellectual quotient (IQ) and consumers emotional quotient (EQ) at the point of purchase. So, instant-needs delivery platform Gopuff has launched The Mean Tomato, […]
  1. Department: Food
Twiga, a B2B e-commerce food distribution platform, has today announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Twiga Fresh, through which it will farm and distribute its own agricultural produce to traders. Twiga said it has begun producing horticultural produce like onions, tomatoes and watermelons on its 650-hectare (1,606 acres) land, with an estimated output of […]
  1. Department: Food
Independent bakery Fatherson is producing three limited edition fairy cakes and cupcakes to help celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee from 2 June. The company says that cakes are ideal for street parties, jubilee-themed meals and gifts for family and friends. The six Great British Fairy Cakes (RRP £3.50), six Glorious Cupcakes (RRP £5.50) and the 12 Victorious Cupcakes (RRP  £10) are […]
  1. Department: Food
Last Friday we had a story about how H-E-B has signed on with Looma, a shopper education company, to use a network of smart tablets to tell stories about beer and wine products in a way that will inform purchase decision and connect customers to the people behind the products.  Which I found great, though […]
  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. Media & Marketing
  It’s time to start saving gas as the price of gasoline seems to be going up day after day. If you’re looking to avoid driving around with rising gas prices but are missing the immaculate drive-thru vibes, Jack in the Box here to help by launching its first virtual drive-thru on Tuesday via Twitch.  Until May […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
With the world’s largest grocery catalog at our fingertips, we’ve had a front row seat to the food trends and eye-popping stats that illustrate how people are eating, drinking and shopping over the past decade.
  1. Department: Food
  Food Marketing professionals never take a break, and they are always looking a customer ahead.  Global CPG retailer Unilever is actively targeting Generation Alpha.  So just who is Generation Alpha?  They are the children of Generation Y, and often the younger siblings of Generation A.  More that 2.5 million are born globally ever week.  […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Stock-outs, unpredictable prices of farm produce and a lack of working capital are among the challenges that plague small restaurants and food vendors in emerging markets. These are some of the pain-points that TopUp Mama (previously Kibanda TopUp) is working to alleviate since its launch in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, last year, and it appears to […]
  1. Department & Category
Here’s an excerpt from an “On Tech” newsletter posted by the New York Times and written by Shira Ovide: “I’ve written about the downsides of companies that bring groceries or prepared food to our doors, like Instacart and Uber Eats. App-based fresh food deliveries take a toll on our neighborhoods and impose punishing demands on […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
  Regular readers of this blog know that Aldi is a no-frills German discount grocery chain that operates at the intersection of low price, high quality, and food discovery according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. The leaders of Aldi like to say: “Poor people must save rich people like too” […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The Dallas Morning News reports on how Walmart – which already has a one-third market share in Dallas-Fort Worth – is spending millions of dollars on remodeling some 50 stores there in anticipation of H-E-B’s move into the marketplace with its eponymous stores. According to the story, “Walmart has been building up its online pickup […]
  1. Department: Food
The producer of fresh bakery products for Cadbury has created new packaging for the range. The new pack designs by Baker & Baker include the updated Cadbury logo, which now feature across the chocolate brand’s portfolio. Baker & Baker manufactures a range of fresh bakery products, including mini-bites, cookies and doughnuts, as part of its […]

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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 […]
  1. Retailer Media
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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. 
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In 2022, the perfect store is rooted in constant evolution — a system that maybe isn’t perfect in every moment, but is agile always, malleable when needed, and capable of critical self-reflection. These innate characteristics of the modern perfect store are supported by, and in return support, the adoption of a few important technologies and […]

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