The most interesting is the success that 7 Eleven is finding. They are rolling out new units and have hired a team of business development professionals to assist them recruiting existing operators from competitors to join there team that is rolling out grocerant style ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat food to great success.
Both Bi Lo Grocery and Bashas filed in the grocery sector this year. Here are two companies stuck in the middle of the grocery niche without enough differentiation to stand out for consumers. The same occurred this week the 69 unit restaurant chain Daphne’s Greek Café. The casual dinning sector is experiencing difficulty along with most of the others in restaurant sector.
What is clear is foodservice companies that have quality better for you prepared ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat food that is portable are going to continue to gain share.
Since 1991 Foodservice Solutions of Tacoma, WA has been the global leader in the Grocerant niche. More about Steven Johnson: http://www.linkedin.com/in/grocerant or www.grocerants.blogspot.com.