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  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Coffee cups are looking half-full rather than empty, thanks to Sainsbury’s. The retailer has recently teamed up with coffee pod manufacturer Dualit and On-Pack Recycling Label Ltd (OPRL Ltd) to prove that despite popular misconceptions and confusion, aluminum coffee pods can be recycled at home, provided they are empty of coffee grinds. Until now, it’s […]
  1. Department & Category
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Food Industry Association (FMI) is out with a report that examines how traditional grocery business cycles are being upended by pandemic-fueled changes in consumer behaviors. “The Food Industry Speaks 2021” tells the story of the food retail industry’s resilience and transformation in 2020, and identifies how the landscape continues to shift, […]
  1. CPG: Food
Oat milk has quickly become the plant-based milk of choice, according to the latest research from Mintel, as sales of the trendy, non-dairy substitute almost doubled between 2019-20. Brits spent a hearty £146 million on oat milk in 2020, up from £74 million in 2019. By contrast, consumers spent £105 million on almond milk in […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its second quarter 2021 results and will update investors on how key initiatives are positioning the company for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Channel: Grocery
Each day at Wegmans, the iconic grocer’s employees focus on ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle resources to preserve the planet for generations to come. This includes improving the sustainability of private brand packaging by using less plastic, reducing food waste, using renewable and recycled content, and increasing recyclability. The retailer has committed to reducing […]
  1. Channel: Mass
While Walmart and Amazon captured more headlines during 2020, it was the often-underestimated Target that pulled off an almost flawless performance amidst the pandemic’s turbulent retail environment. In August 2019, I wrote the article “Why Your CPG Brand Needs a Target E-commerce Strategy.” Since then, Target’s influence in the e-commerce and CPG space has grown […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
A few days ago, this article entered the RetailWit database. You should know: the RetailWit team are hip-hop fans. From Beastie Boys to Yeezy or Food & Liquor and Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, rap is a staple in our rotation. After digging a bit further, we found there’s an interesting intersection of retail and rap—artists […]
  1. Department & Category
  Consumers love seafood, but don’t want to cook it at home, or so the old pundits say.  That said, Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® acknowledges that research shows that the ‘halo’ of better for you is extended to 87.3% of all types of seafood including items that are deep […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  At the intersection of food trends, consumer eating patterns, and technology Gen Z and Millennial consumers have disrupted traditional avenues of fresh food distribution because they were two slow to evolve according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. There was a time that independent local restaurants embody the American […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– #OmniFoods–The 100% plant-based pork proteins from OmniFoods are now available at all Sprouts Farmers Market and at select Whole Foods Markets across America.
  1. Trends & External Forces
  Beverages have evolved from a side order, too an entrée, with the halo of ‘better-for-you’ according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Johnson continued, “I cannot think of a chain restaurant that has a drive thru that does not offer at least a mini-meal option with a beverage as […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
As consumers experiment with new plant-based offerings, brands will need to prove value through more convenient, familiar formats. Latin American players are becoming a formidable force in the global plant-based landscape, yet there’s still plenty of room for innovation in the market. LATAM plant-based brands are a formidable force in the global landscape Latin America […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Fast Company has an excellent piece in which it considers a question that is being pondered by food scientists and no doubt is vexing retailers, suppliers, and consumers alike: If a food is biologically identical to dairy – meaning people with whey allergies will want to avoid it – but it’s made without animals . […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
In response to increased customer demand for more plant‑based protein options, Publix is launching the retailer’s first pea-based chickenless tenders and meatless burger patties. The GreenWise private brand Chickenless Tenders, arriving in stores this week, and the GreenWise Meatless Burger, released in April, offer the texture and taste of meat while providing 11 and 19 […]

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