Nestlé Taps into the Future of Food: A Grocerant Guru Perspective
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
3h ago
  In an era where the lines between grocery stores and restaurants continue to blur, Nestlé, a major player in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, has made a bold move that could redefine the future of food. The company has announced the launch of Vital Pursuit, a new frozen food line developed specifically for consumers on GLP-1 weight loss medications. A New Approach to Weight Management While many food and beverage brands have been wary of the impact of weight-loss drugs on the marketplace, Nestlé has chosen to embrace this trend. The company has developed a portfolio ai ..read more
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Can Amazon Gain Momentum in the Food Sector
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
1d ago
As the summer temperatures soar, so does the fierce competition for shoppers' wallets in the grocery industry. Enter Amazon Fresh, touting massive price cuts on a wide range of grocery items both in-store and online. But don't be fooled by the shiny discounts – beneath the surface lies a betrayal of fundamental values. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® ask how did Amazon let the fresh food opportunity slip away? Amazon Fresh's aggressive price-slashing strategy promises up to 30% off on 4,000 grocery products. Sounds like a shopper's dream, right ..read more
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The Grocerant Guru's Guide to Navigating the Memorial Day Meal Maze: How Restaurants and Grocerants Can Save the Day
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
2d ago
As the Grocerant Guru®, I've seen how the lines between grocery stores and restaurants have blurred, creating a new dining paradigm that's perfectly suited to solve the Memorial Day meal dilemma. As we approach this long weekend, families across the United States are preparing for celebrations and gatherings. Yet, the perennial question looms: what to serve at these festivities? According to recent survey data from Numerator, 57% of Americans are planning to celebrate Memorial Day, with food and alcohol topping their shopping lists. For those wrestling with meal plans, the answer may lie no ..read more
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How Convenience Stores Are Winning at Beverages: Leaving Restaurants Playing Catch-Up
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
3d ago
  Convenience stores have become an integral part of our daily lives, with over 152,000 stores across the United States. These stores play a pivotal role for consumers, and their impact extends beyond just quick snacks and essentials. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, wants explore just how convenience stores are dominating the beverage market, leaving restaurants scrambling to keep up.  1.      Fact: According to Lori Buss Stillman, vice president of research and education at NACS, 93% of Americans live within ..read more
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CVS: A Fresh Perspective on the Grocerant Niche
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
4d ago
At the intersection of ‘better for you food’ and fresh prepared food, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believe CVS Pharmacy can find incremental customer relevance. One trend that's impossible to ignore is the rise of ready-to-eat and heat-n-eat fresh prepared foods. This "grocerant" niche is rapidly growing, and it's time for CVS to take a bite out of this lucrative market.  The Current State of CVS  CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, recently launched Well Market, a new store brand consumables line offering snacks, beverages ..read more
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The Struggle and Spending Patterns of Low-Income Families in Grocery Shopping
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
5d ago
In the face of rising inflation and grocery prices, low-income families are increasingly finding themselves in a precarious financial situation. If you did not have enough disposal income to go to a restaurant, or buy a meal for delivery, would you buy a desert or treat once in a while grocery shopping? That is the question Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® recently asked. Despite a recent drop in grocery prices across several categories, many consumers continue to feel the pinch. A report by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit think tank, reveals that a ..read more
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Cooking at Home is Becoming a Threat to Restaurants
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
6d ago
There is no doubt it cost a lot to go out to eat at fast food restaurant, fast casual restaurants and full-service sit-down restaurants.  That’s a problem for the restaurant industry according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Some new research insights on how the culinary interests of younger generations are shaping the food industry, particularly in the realm of hand-held foods. The latest Y-Pulse Youth Lifestyle Monitor report reveals that more than half of 8- to 18-year-olds relish the opportunity to prepare meals ..read more
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The Future of Fast Food: A Perspective from the Grocerant Guru®
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
1w ago
  Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, has been observing the evolution of the food industry for years. One of the most exciting developments in recent times is the rise of technology-driven concepts like Speedy Eats, a trailblazer in the quick-service food industry. This innovative company is setting a new standard for fast food consumption, leaving traditional chain restaurants struggling to keep up.  The Speedy Eats Revolution  Established in 2019 as a pizza kitchen, Speedy Eats has evolved into a technological powerhouse, leveragin ..read more
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Competition for Food Consumers Driving Change
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
1w ago
  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® and his team, have been closely observing the battle for the consumer's stomach among restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores. The recent Numerator's Consumer Confidence report provides some interesting insights into this ongoing competition.  The report reveals a slight dip in consumer confidence in April, with the score dropping to 56.9 [3]. This reflects a growing concern among consumers about job availability and financial stability. Despite these concerns, the food sector continues to be a ..read more
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Grocery Stores vs Fast Food: The Battle Heats Up with Harris Teeter's $5 Meal Days
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by Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru
1w ago
  In just another example of how Kroger still can’t quite figure out grocerant niche ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat fresh prepared food. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA. based Foodservice Solutions® believes the line between customer relevance and price for a meal fresh prepared, flavorful, and fast meal is very close to $5 once again today.   In the face of rising dining out costs, grocery stores are stepping up their game to garner consumer that migrated to the restaurant sector. Harris Teeter, a prominent player in the grocery sector, is leading the charge with its ..read more
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