Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dollar General Fresh Food Fast for Less

There was a time that legacy grocery store executives brushed off the Dollar store sector as non-relevant, no-competition, and as passing fad.  That day has come and gone.  While Aldi, Lidl, and WinCo continue to gobble up market share from legacy grocery stores the Dollar store sector has not been standing still and according to Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Dollar General continues to gobble market share from legacy grocery stores by expanding fresh food offerings. 
Dollar General Corp. has been carrying fresh produce as part of the retailer’s wider strategy of expanding its perishable offering, and according to the team at Foodservice Solutions® expanding consternation for legacy grocery stores.
Todd Vasos, CEO Dollar General  stated “The remodeling of about 300 traditional stores based on lessons learned from the conversion of acquired sites last year is on track,” noted “The remodels include increasing the cooler set to 34 doors, an increase of about a 160 percent on average from the existing cooler footprint for these locations. This allows for a greater perishable assortment, which helps drive trips and basket size. Additionally, across about a third of these locations, we are testing an assortment of fresh produce. While it’s still very early, initial remodels are yielding strong same-store sales improvements.”
Why is this so important?  Dollar General operates 13,601 stores in 44 states and that alone make them a competitive force much larger than Aldi, Lidl, and WinCo combined.  Dollar General reported for the company’s first quarter of fiscal 2017 ended May 5, it reported a net sales increase of 6.5 percent to $5.61 billion, compared with $5.27 billion in year-ago period.
If Dollar General elects too they could become the low cost grocery leader in the US.  If success does leave clues and it does Dollar General is the fresh food retailer that everyone should be keeping an eye on. 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Circle K Fresh Food Fast Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

With over 3,300 locations in the United States alone Circle K is a player in the convenience store sector and it was more than notable when they opened a new stores in Chicago that was the first c-store to offer prepared food such as fresh-made pizza, breakfast sandwiches.
Circle K as regular readers of this blog let me know last week was making statement with this new store that centered around grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food.  Even more impressive I was reminded that Circle K was focusing fresh food for all day-part breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacking.
Why is this such big news, simple Circle K is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and they have over 12,000 convenience stores around the world.  Success does leave clues and our clue of the week Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food sells and will drive top line sales and bottom line profits.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What’s For Dinner Tonight Take-Out or Delivery

At the intersection of restaurants, grocery service deli’s, C-stores Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson stated “retailers are driving top line sales and bottom line profits as customer momentum for grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food accelerates.
Regular readers of this blog were not surprised to learn that it is Fast Food Restaurants that now account for 79% of all restaurant visits according to the NPD Group and they are the most popular for but take-out and delivery as well.
Technomic found that “takeout and delivery from fast casual, family restaurants, traditional casual dining as well as in the retail sector all showed significant gains over the least three years. Johnson explained that consumer momentum for Take-Out and Delivery has been driven in large part by new technology, in mobile ordering and adoption of the technology by Millennials.
The Technomic report found that “Consumers aged 18-34 are the biggest users of takeout and delivery, with half saying they order food to go more often than they did three years ago, the report found. Among all age groups, the availability of nearby takeout and delivery options and simply getting into the habit of ordering in or picking up food are the factors driving most of the growth.”
Chain Restaurants, Grocery Store Deli’s, and Convenience stores all have entered the catering space focusing on offices, events, and homes according to our Grocerant Guru® who stated “Corner Bakery CafĂ©, Publix Grocery stores, and Casey’s General Store are three great examples”. 
All three of those companies focus on the customers to ensure order accuracy, food freshness, quality, and on-time delivery.  Third party delivery companies have entered the fray advertising and garnering incremental business for the retailer.  Companies the ilk of Postmates, Caviar, Amazon Prime (Restaurant), Grubhub, DoorDash and UberEats who is working with McDonald’s for delivery. 
What is important is that the retail foodservice customer is evolving faster and faster.  Is your company evolving faster and faster or are you watching to see where the customer goes.  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food is the fastest growing sector of every sector of retail foodservice today.  Where are you selling food? Who are you selling fresh food?  Are your customers migrating?

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Monday, June 26, 2017

7-Eleven: Food Regionalization Creates Differentiation

With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching 7-Eleven’s Slurpee loving fans are looking forward to cooling off with their summertime favorite flavor on hot days.  This year in a orchestrated move 7-Eleven will expand its collaboration in the Pacific Northwest to test another new flavor according to Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru®, Steven Johnson.
Building upon the success of the latest test product from Jones Soda Co. the Green Apple Big Gulp program and the 2016 Orange & Cream Slurpee drink, 7-Eleven is launching a FuFu Berry Cane Sugar Slurpee across 400 Pacific Northwest locations.
Rusty Smith, 7-Eleven director of proprietary beverages stated “With the success of our 7-Select premium bottled drinks and newest Slurpee flavors by Jones Soda, we are delighted to provide another exclusive flavor to 7-Eleven customers in the Pacific Northwest,” … “We know FuFu Berry will be a hit among Slurpee fans.”
The FuFu Berry Slurpee drink is available now throughout the summer and will be fully supported by a billboard campaign around Seattle — where Jones Soda Co. is headquartered — featuring the tagline, “What the FuFu?!”.  So our Grocerant Guru® asks who are you collaborating with?  How are you expanding your brand relevance?
Jennifer Cue, chief executive officer of Jones Soda Co. stated “We continue to be excited by our fans’ response to our programs with 7-Eleven,” said “And we look forward to a successful summer campaign together.”  Remember trial accelerates the path to purchase.  How are you driving differentiation?

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Consumer Foodservice Migration Expanding

When you ask a Millennial, What’s for Dinner, they are not sure but the one thing that they are sure of is that like to try food from new points of differentiation everything from food trucks, meal kits, Munchery chef meals delivered, kiosk, carts, farm stands as discovery and authenticity guide the day according to Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru®, Steven Johnson.

While our own Grocerant Guru® coined the term Complexity Free Food as regular reader of this blog know. The NPD Group reports that for U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets, Millennials as a group currently represent about 14.5 billion visits and $96 billion in spending, which is 23% of total restaurant spend.

Restaurants are befuddled by according to NPD as “Older Millennials, ages 25-34, who are more likely to have families, have cut back the most on restaurant visits, making 50 fewer visits per person over the past several years, according to the report. Younger Millennials, those who are 18-24 years old, made 33 fewer visits per person. Annual per capita restaurant spend for younger Millennials is $1,240, which is down $146 per person compared to their spending in 2007, and older Millennials’ annual per capita spend is $1,369, down $213 per person.”

Millennials feel better about cooking at home because they consider it healthier and it tastes better than what they can get away-from-home however one problem they do not cook from scratch.  In fact as regular readers of this blog know 83% of meals prepared at home by Millennials include at least one grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat meal component. My friends Millennials have discovered the grocerant niche and like it!  What are you selling and where?  

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Papa Murphy’s Moving Forward Slowly

Why do consumers continue to vote Papa Murphy’s their favorite pizza chain when they don’t even have ovens in their stores?  According to Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson that answer is simple they operate at the intersection of fresh, fast, flavorful and they are authentic. That will give Papa Murphy’s new CEO Weldon Spangler a great platform to work from.

 It is important to note that Papa Murphy’s excels with discovery specifically with its Limited Time Offers (LTO’s).  It’s with the consumer in mind and expanding that halo of better for you discovery that Papa Murphy’s launched a national food delivery service partnership with Grubhub.

Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. last week announced a new national delivery service through Grubhub, the nation’s leading takeout marketplace stating that “Nine company-owned stores in the Colorado and Denver area launched with the delivery service in late May, and an additional 17 franchisee-owned stores will be added over the next two weeks.”
Jean Birch, Chairman of  Papa Murphy's stated “Our product is uniquely positioned for success with delivery because pizza tastes best when it’s served right out of the oven,” says “Our pizza is made fresh in stores and ready to bake at home—making it a quick and easy solution for a home-baked dinner. We’re thrilled to partner with Grubhub to make dinner even more convenient for our customers.”
By partnering with Grubhub makes it easy for Papa Murphy’s customers order delivery—by reordering their favorite meals, ordering up to four days in advance and welcoming a new variety of payment methods, including Apple Pay, Android Pay, PayPal, eGift cards, credit cards and cash. Once a Grubhub order is placed, customers can track their order and stay in the know about their delivery through push notifications and text messages.
Consumers are dynamic not static all brands must evolve and Papa Murphy’s will continue to evolve and continue to win the hearts and minds of consumers. It's time that Papa Murphy's add more Grocerant Niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh Food menu offereings to drive top line sales and bottom line profits. 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Foodservice Partnerships Matter Moe’s teams with Kellogg

Success does leave clues and Moe’s Southwest Grill, is expanding its brand from the restaurant to the Grocery Stores with Frozen Breakfast Bowls with the help of Kellogg’s the leading breakfast staple for America’s families according to Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru®.
Moe’s Southwest Grill, first-ever grocery line of breakfast products, Moe’s Breakfast Bowls, were developed with consumer products leader, Kellogg Company, to bring bold, authentic Southwest flavors to consumers who want to start their day with a protein-packed meal that is tasty and filling. Moe’s Breakfast Bowls each contain a minimum of 12 grams of protein and feature food you can feel good about, including meats raised without hormones and no artificial flavors or colors.
Look for Moe’s frozen breakfast bowles at the Frozen Food Court at your local grocery including compines the ilk of Walmart, Giant Eagle and Wegmans, and distributing soon to other retailers like Kroger and HEB by July, the new line includes five must-try varieties:
1.       Chorizo & Eggs—Spicy and zesty, this bowl provides a winning blend of fluffy eggs, cilantro lime rice, hormone-free pork chorizo, and black beans; pico de gallo and queso sauce topping take it to another level. MSRP $4.49.
2.       Chorizo Benedict – Mild in spice, intense in flavor, this bowl features fluffy eggs, Yukon gold potatoes, hormone-free pork chorizo, pico de gallo, jalapeno lime hollandaise, and avocado. MSRP $4.49.
3.       Southwest Vegetarian—Enjoyable by all, this meat-free bowl still boasts 12g of protein and features fluffy eggs, pinto and black beans, cilantro lime rice, salsa verde, roasted tomatillo salsa fresco, queso fresco, and avocado. MSRP $4.49.
4.       Chicken Chilaquiles—Medium kick with a whopping 17g of protein, this bowl features fluffy eggs with hormone-free pulled chicken atop a bed of tortilla chips and pinto beans, with salsa, queso and cilantro to seal the deal. MSRP $4.49.
5.       Huevos Rancheros—Featuring a fried egg, corn tortilla and black beans, this bowl provides 14g of protein and mild spice with salsa rojo, pico de gallo, queso fresco on top. MSRP $4.49.
Kat Cole, chief operating officer and president, FOCUS Brands, stated “We are thrilled to increase access to the delicious experience of Moe’s through the debut of Moe’s Breakfast Bowls at supermarkets nationwide,”  “The Southwest flavor profile is growing in appeal, but until now, not widely available in the breakfast category. Moe’s Breakfast Bowls are meeting the demand for better-for-you, flavorful options for a high protein breakfast or breakfast-as-snack option.”
Moe’s has partnered with Kellogg Company, the world’s leading cereal company and leading North American frozen foods company, on the development and manufacturing of the new product line.  We believe that Tony the Tiger thinks they are GREAT!

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