Unlike traditional food retailers Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru says that "Grocerant means any retailer that sells Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat and fresh prepared food that can be portable.” The word Grocerant is a result of the blurring of the line between restaurants and grocery stores.
In reality a grocerant is where a consumer can find fresh prepared food aimed at the time-starved consumer with Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared meals or meal components that can be bundled into a meal and or packaged for Take-Out, Take-Away, or To-Go.
Today new non-traditional fresh food retailers are creating a platform of competition the likes that supermarkets, c-stores, and restaurants have never seen all aiming to siphon off share of stomach from restaurants by leveraging convenience, simplicity, and choice selling themselves as meal solutions destinations for the home cook. Here are some examples:
- Formeto's: The old-school Italian restaurant in Chicago also houses Nonna's, a grab-and-go sandwich window.
- HelloFresh.com the new age meal kit company sidestepping both grocery and restaurant space.
- Eataly a food emporium where mix and match meal component bundling has become an art.
- Pinkies Liquor store where fresh food To-Go has elevated every department in the stores sales.
- Hearth: A modern American restaurant from Chef Marco Canora in New York City, its window concept, Brodo, sells broth to go.
- Plated.com proving smaller is better now selling one million meals a month online only.
- Tavern on the green: New York City's re-formulated iconic restaurant concept icon added a takeout window for coffee, smoothies, snacks and sandwiches when it reopened last year.
Legacy retailers are feeling the pain from these new non-traditional competitors including companies the ilk of KFC. In a 2015 ad campaign KFC focused it messaging against roaster chickens from the grocery store is telling; a major chain feels the threat from another channel is serious enough to put ad dollars against it.
Big Data food researcher Justin Massa, founder and president of Chicago of Food Genius stated “. “[Prepared food is] the highest margin products for CPG retailers. They make 20 to 40 percent margin, versus 3 to 5 percent on a box of mac and cheese. Secondly, this is the fastest-growing segment of CPG sales. It still accounts for about 4 percent of overall sales, but it’s growing 30 percent year-over-year,”
Legacy grocery stores around the country are entering the grocerant niche expanding the competitive threat to restaurants while trying to establish contemporary relevance with consumers as well. Here are some examples:
- Marianos in Chicago features sushi bars, oyster bars and wine bars, and it was listed among the city’s Restaurant Week options in 2014.
- Price Chopper’s Bistro Blvd. in Latham, N.Y., boasts 15 foodservice options in its high-end food court, including a deli and a full-service restaurant.
- Fry’s Signature in the Phoenix area has an in-store sports-bar concept, catering to those who have to shop, but can’t miss the big game and a beer.
Do you have crowds in line at your outlet? Success does leave clues are you ready to enter the Grocerant niche? The undercurrents of retail change are in the air and consumers are taking notice. Are You?
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