The ready-to-eat prepared fresh food niche is booming and new avenues of distribution are opening all the time for consumers. Chain restaurant operators must be aware of new competition. Walgreens is positioning to open up 15, 000 new remodeled units with prepared fresh food outlets within the next several years. Safeway continues to remodel units into ‘lifestyle” stores bundled with fresh prepared food. Whole Foods, Central Market and Wegmans are packed from 4:30 -6:30 in the prepared food sections. 7 Eleven is testing new coffee and fresh prepared breakfast items currently.
Yum brands US based franchise are beginning to grumble and Wendy’s may be next. To build value in the franchise it is important to build strength within the organization by edifying the franchise community and its relationship with corporate
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