Is your retail foodservice operation like a Disney Movie, where everything is happy at the end of each month where sales and profits are up. Then you most likely have entered the grocerant niche. Grocery stores, Restaurants, Convenience stores, Dollar Stores, Mobile food trucks and Kiosk are all improving the quality of the food that they sell. The race for share of stomach has never been at a faster or more focused pace.
Consumers want to feel connected to you brand and your brand must remain relevant in the minds-eye of the consumer. The convergence of new non-traditional points of distribution, an evolving grocery fresh prepared sector and lingering economic conditions have created the perfect opportunity for retail food brand expansions. Drug stores chains and Dollar stores are now attracting traditional restaurant and grocery stores customers.
Its time that brand managers challenge the premise of all new food product ideations, pressing, probing and prodding development teams to develop new products for each new avenue of distribution. Brand protectionism never works. The retail foodservice consumer is dynamic not static and the opportunity for branded ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat fresh prepared food has never been greater in multiple channels. If you want your foodservice operation to mimic a Disney movie, remember the grocerant niche.
Outside eyes can deliver top line sales and bottom line profits. Invite Foodservice Solutions® to provide brand and product positioning assistance or a grocerant program assessment. Since 1991 Foodservice Solutions® of Tacoma, WA has been the global leader in the Grocerant niche for more on Steven A. Johnson and Foodservice Solutions® visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/grocerant or twitter.com/grocerant