Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Royal Farms Famous Fresh Chicken Dinner


Most convenience stores have found success selling fresh food with the over whelming  majority of them are known for selling fresh hot coffee and breakfast itmes, others lunch but at Royal Farms they are known for their Chicken Dinner.

While Royal Farms are open 24 hours a day, the c-store is focused on its freshly-prepared foods, like fresh, never frozen chicken. The item can be prepared and breaded on site in a variety of ways, including off the bone, on sandwiches and in salads and that sets it apart from other C-stores according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.

Royal Farms has a line of grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat  items like soda, milk and water, the 5,400-square-foot store and gas station features its own line of snack items, such as Chesapeake-flavored potato chips, nuts and fresh-baked items with  both Indoor and outdoor seating,.

Fresh means fresh at Royal Farms and customers respect and appreciate fresh food according to Johnson.  At one recent New Jersey store opening it was reported that “buzz surrounding the store’s opening continued well into the lunch rush the following day, where cars frequently had to circle the lot to find parking with all of more than 50 parking spaces filled. Motorists started parking on entrance driveways, and wait time for chicken orders timed out at close to 30 minutes.”


What is your brand doing better than the competition?  What are your customers willing to wait for?  Invite Foodservice Solutions® to complete a Grocerant Program Assessment, Grocerant ScoreCard, or for product positioning or placement assistance, or call our Grocerant Guru®.  Since 1991 www.FoodserviceSolutions.us  of Tacoma, WA has been the global leader in the Grocerant niche. Contact: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us or 253-759-7869

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cheers to Barnes & Noble Kitchen


Did you ever ask yourself what’s with book retailers and food?  The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® never has as they have and continue to nourish the intersection interactive participatory grocerant niche foodservice.
Barnes & Noble wants customers to toast the holidays at one of its full-service restaurant concepts that they continue to expand. Success does leave clues and the restaurant development program has proven to be one of Barns & Noble’s successes. 
Some of the new stores have a smaller-format footprint of about 10,000 sq. ft. with seating for 110 in the full-service restaurant and patio. The new format has a counter bar also offers wine and craft beers on tap. The company said the Kitchen was designed to be “a comfortable environment for customers to browse and buy.”
The menu offers a range of appetizers, salads, entrees, shareable items and desserts. Prices for entrees range from $14 for grilled cheese and tomato soup to $22 for plancha-cooked salmon with tabbouleh salad and basil dressing. Side vegetables are $4 to $5. Specialty coffees and other drinks are also on the menu. 
Retailers the ilk of Ikea, Tiffany’s, Tommy Bahama and Pinkies Liquor stores all have retail foodservice programs that are driving incremental sales and profits.  Is your brand expanding?  Would a grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat fresh food program make sense for you?

Foodservice Solutions® specializes in outsourced business development. We can help you identify, quantify and qualify additional food retail segment opportunities or a new menu product segment and brand and menu integration strategy.  Foodservice Solutions® of Tacoma WA is the global leader in the Grocerant niche visit Facebook.com/Steven Johnson, Linkedin.com/in/grocerant/ or twitter.com/grocerant

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bojangles’ Seasoned Fried Thanksgiving Turkeys

Do you want a little extra time with the family this Thanksgiving, then leave your turkey day to Bojangles’. Bojangles has a one-of-a-kind Seasoned Fried Turkey that serves up to eight family members.  The Turkey comes fully cooked and is the perfect grocerant niche Heat-N-Eat mainstay for any family holiday table.
Bojangles Heat-N-Eat turkey is prepared using Bojangles’ proprietary seasoning. The first Oven-baked then fried, the turkey is then vacuum-sealed and frozen to lock in freshness and that authentic, Cajun-inspired flavor and Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® thinks the Bojangles seasoned turkey is a great way to expand the Bojangles brand.
You had better hurry as Bojangles’ says it will probably run out of turkeys. You can pre-order a turkey from your local participating Bojangles’. You can also create an amazing Thanksgiving when you add Bojangles’ holiday favorites like our Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Bojangles’ Cajun Pintos, Mac ‘n Cheese, Bojangles’ Dirty Rice, and of course, the made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits. And for dessert, try Bojangles’ hidden gem—the individual baked sweet potato pies.
Grant Springer, senior director and head of culinary innovation at Bojangles’ stated  “If you enjoy spending time with family and friends and savoring quality food without hours of tiring prep work, you need to grab a Bojangles’ Seasoned Fried Turkey,” says. “It seems like everyone is selling turkeys this holiday season, but we guarantee you’ll be able to taste the excellence of our incredibly popular, delicious turkey.”

The price suggested for the Bojangles’ Seasoned Fried Turkey begins at $39.99 at participating locations only. How are your expanding your brand this holiday season?   Are you ready for some fresh ideations? Do your food marketing tactics look more like yesterday that tomorrow?  Visit www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information or contact: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us Remember success does leave clues and we just may the clue you need to propel your continued success.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Captain D’s Holiday Happiness

Differentiation does not mean different it means familiar but with a twist according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  This holiday season Captain D’s is focusing on the family; making meal time a happy time by making it fresh, making it simple, by  time saving time cooking giving consumer more time to spend with the family, shop or just watch sports.
Captain D’s, created the ultimate family meal experience to help take the stress out of figuring out meal time. This year staying true to the brand, Captain D’s is offering a seasonal special on their 10 Piece Family Fish Meal. For only $19.99, a family of four to six people can sit and enjoy 10 pieces of Captain D’s famous batter dipped fish, complete with two family-style sides and plenty of hushpuppies.
Bob Kraut, Chief Marketing Officer of Captain D’s stated “The holidays are a joyous time but as we all know too well, can also lead to not enough ‘time in the day.’ That’s why at Captain D’s we want to help families take a moment to relax and enjoy a wholesome, quality meal together,” ..  “We’re excited to offer this Family Meal Deal for the first time ever; we think it’s the perfect balance of value and satisfaction for those busy times when cooking is just not an option.”
Yet there is more as this Black Friday, Captain D’s is encouraging folks to pass on the poultry, and enjoy something different: a freshly prepared fish meal made with high quality ingredients at an affordable price. Expanding their platform of  customer interactive D’s Club members will receive an exclusive offer to encourage them to stop in during their shopping as well as special e-gift cards for Facebook fans on Cyber Monday. 
It doesn’t stop at fish, though. The 48-year-old brand is standing by its commitment to making affordable seafood available to everyone with other seasonal offers for families, with a wide variety of choices from the Ultimate Seafood Platter to the all-new 36-piece Butterfly Shrimp Platter. How is your brand saying Happy Holidays?

Are you trapped doing what you have always done and doing it the same way?  Interested in learning how www.FoodserviceSolutions.us can edify your retail food brand while creating a platform for consumer convenient meal participationdifferentiation and individualization?  Email us at: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us or visit:  www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Is the Chain Restaurant Business Model Relevant?

What’s for Dinner is the age old question was once the foundation that fueled the growth of the restaurant industry. Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® has been tracking when consumers start planning dinner since 1991 and continues to find that at 4PM today 62.73% of consumer still do not know what’s for dinner.  However we know now that consumers are opting for options other than restaurants.

The simple fact is consumers have more options to select from and many do not include going out to eat at a restaurant.  Much of the desire not to dine out can be traced back to the 65 Inch HDTV Syndrome according to Johnson. Competition for the restaurant industry customer is coming from Drug Stores, Furniture Stores, Clothing Stores, Convenience Stores, and Grocery stores.
You know it a serious threat with 60,173 unit 7-Eleven is investing heavily in grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food. 7-Eleven is testing 15 new prepared food items that range from Italian to Asian and Mexican flavors.
7-Eleven meal offerings look a lot like the prepared meals that are selling fast in the frozen food court at your local grocery stores except they are fresh prepared. In fact they resemble the meals and meal components offered by Pret A Manger, fresh&co, Snap Kitchen.  In fact today 160 million consumers visit a convenience stores every day in the US and 76% of convenience store customers purchase foodservice items with a drink according to Coca Cola USA.
Recently the NPD Group found, about two-thirds of consumers buy premade meals at least once a week. And that’s up nearly 70% from the firm’s 2010 data, when one in five consumers purchased a prepared meal in a given week.
Food industry research icon Bonnie Riggs of the NPD Group stated “Consumers use QSRs, convenience, and grocery stores interchangeably for fast food, particularly when they find the same quality and variety,” “The lines between retail foodservice and QSRs are blurring for consumers, and these channels are competing for visits from consumers looking for a quick meal or snack.” 
Regular readers of this blog know that’s what our own Grocerant Guru® has been pontificating since 1991. One things that 7-Eleven does better than more other food retailer is leverage the size of the chain to drive chain restaurants nuts with a threating price point according to Johnson.  The new meals begin at $3.99-$4.99 and cover the spectrum of trendy flavors and dayparts
 Kelly Buckley, 7‑Eleven vice president of fresh food innovation stated “Younger demographic groups, in particular, are constantly snacking throughout the day versus eating three traditional meals.” Buckley, formerly from Applebee’s and Pizza Hut, represents another existential threat. As c-stores try to gobble up the prepared food market, they are pulling talented executives from the restaurant industry.
Albertsons, the 2,600- unit grocery chain, is acquiring meal kit company Plated. This deal will make Plated the first onmichannel meal kit with national scale. So at 4 PM when your customer is looking for dinner we ask Why will they continue to come to you?

Success does leave clues www.FoodserviceSolutions.us  is the global leader in grocerant niche business development.  We can help you identify, quantify and qualify additional food retail segment opportunities.  Has your company had a Grocerant ScoreCard completed a Grocerant Program Assessment, or new Grocerant niche product Ideation?  Want one?  Call 253-759-7869 Email: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lidl Introduced 'Menu Box' Service aka Meal Kits

Great companies drive growth by doing all of the little things just a little bit better according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. In the case of Lidl this time in   Switzerland they tested a new service for them called Menu Box that delivers ready-to-prepare meal boxes to customers' homes.
Here we would call this service a Meal Kit service because every week Lidl customers receive different recipes and fresh ingredients. The box contains everything needed to prepare three meals, plus basic ingredients like salt, pepper, and oil, as well as fresh herbs or spices.
There are also two options - the 'Veggie Box', which is targeted at vegetarians and vegans, and the 'Original Box', which contains only 100% Swiss meat. Getting local depending on the recipe, Swiss products account for approximately 80% of the contents of the package. Which is another nice touch that help drive sales locally. .
To edify freshness the recipes, which respect seasonality and diversity, are created by cooks and dietitians following the guidelines of the Swiss Nutritional Agency (SGE). The Veggie Box costs CHF 63 (€53.69), while the Original Box is priced at CHF 72 (€61.37) for two people and CHF 108 (€92) for four people. The weekly delivery service can be paused or cancelled at any time.
The Menu Box is packaged by Lidl Switzerland in its Weinfelden distribution centre. Shipment across Switzerland through the national postal service is both free for all customers and climate-neutral. How are you localizing you fresh food offerings? 

For international corporate presentations, educational forums, or keynotes contact: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us  the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  His extensive experience as a multi-unit restaurant operator, consultant, brand / product positioning expert and public speaking will leave success clues for all. Visit: www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Panda Express New Takeout Box

Panda Express continues to expand its platform of Ready-2-Eat family comfort food to-go, delivery, or drive thru ordering heck you can even eat inside at most units.  Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® maintains that Panda Express excels at edifying its brand with consumer expectations.
Panda Express released latest Limited Time Offering (LTO) of its go-to comfort food family, is Peking Pork. The Peking Pork features crispy, lightly battered pork chop bites complemented with green bell peppers and onions tossed in a savory sweet-and-sour glaze.
Panda Express understands America’s inclusive culinary culture.  The Peking Pork is rooted in the bold flavors of its Chinese heritage while satisfying guests’ desires to explore and experience new American comfort food tastes thus edifying both the consumer and brand relevance.   
Jimmy Wang, director of culinary innovation at Panda Express  stated “From the wok to the first bite, Peking Pork is a sensory experience that delivers the bold flavors and nostalgic satisfaction of our favorite Chinese dishes,” …. “As the home of American Chinese food, Panda Express is uniquely positioned to tap into the feel-good emotions associated with our culture’s cuisine.” Is your brand simultaneously edifying the consumer and brand relevance?

Are you ready for some fresh ideations? Do your food marketing tactics look more like yesterday that tomorrow?  Visit www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information or contact: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us Remember success does leave clues and we just may the clue you need to propel your continued success.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Business Travelers, Families, and you can Grab a Ready-2-Meal at the Airport on the Run

Did you get stuck traffic, stuck in the security line, or delayed due to weather recently like I have been when at the airport?  Not to worry as if like me you have a smartphone you can order a meal, a sandwich, even desert or a treat right from your smart phone while at the airport. 
Delaware North recently announced the arrival of self-ordering kiosks at several of its airport-dining locations. The kiosks were developed in partnership with Grab, the airport e-commerce platform, offering travelers dual self-service ordering capabilities (mobile via smartphone and in-person at a kiosk) for the first time in the United States and our Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson likes the servicet.
Think cashier free as the next step. The kiosk technology features an interface designed for quick ordering with intelligent upselling and customization components and includes point-to-point encrypted (P2PE) credit card payments, including Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other “tap-to-pay” options. Kiosks can process orders from a location’s full menu as well as grab-and-go items. Future iterations of the kiosk will have barcode scanners for an even quicker checkout experience when purchasing grab-and-go items.
Currently 18 kiosks already deployed at six airports, including: Atlanta (Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Mustard Seed, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf); Austin (Schlotzsky’s); Buffalo (Which Wich); Denver (Schlotzsky’s); Detroit (Popeye’s) and Oklahoma City (Schlotzsky’s and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf).
Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North’s travel division stated “This latest innovation with our partners at Grab is a step toward the future of travel and how people will be dining and shopping at the airport in the coming years.” You don’t have to have a location at an airport to understand the importance of selling fresh food fast, the power of hand held marketing, or a having one less cashier on duty. 

Are you trapped doing what you have always done and doing it the same way?  Interested in learning how www.FoodserviceSolutions.us can edify your retail food brand while creating a platform for consumer convenient meal participationdifferentiation and individualization?  Email us at: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us or visit:  www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information.

Monday, November 13, 2017

7-Eleven & Pillsbury Partner on Breakfast


Success does leave clues and when it comes to selling branded food no one has done it better than 7-Eleven according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Back in the day (1969) 7-Eleven branded the Slurpee, since items the ilk of the Big Bite, Big Gulp have help drive the 7-Eleven store count to over 60, 275 worldwide.

 Recently 7-Eleven partnered with General Mills to launch the new Pillsbury Stuffed Waffle. Each Pillsbury Stuffed Waffle is made of layers of sausage, egg and cheese wrapped in a crispy, maple-flavored waffle. They are available for $2.49 each. This is another in the platform line of hand held food for immediate consumption that 7-Eleven has help elevate the brand with consumers according to Johnson.

The stuffed waffle was designed to cater to millennials' desire for unique taste experiences and offers a perfect combination of savory and sweet, according to the company. The no-mess waffle is also suitable for on-the-go c-store customers.
The new Pillsbury Stuffed Waffle can be found at over 10,700 stores in North American in warming ovens at 7-Eleven convenience stores. Is your company looking for a food item or strategic partnership to help drive branded food sales? Are you ready to edify your brand? Is it time you Drive top line growth and bottom line profits?


Are you trapped doing what you have always done and doing it the same way?  Interested in learning how www.FoodserviceSolutions.us can edify your retail food brand while creating a platform for consumer convenient meal participationdifferentiation and individualization?  Email us at: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us or visit:  www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information. 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Muscle Maker Grill Happy Healthy Holiday Meals

Happy, healthy, holiday meals is the goal of Muscle Maker Grill that announced that they will now offer Healthy Holiday Meals.  Consumers are dynamic not static and there is a need ‘better-for-you’ food offerings during the holidays according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
Empowering consumer choice and aware that 45% of all Americans over the age of 18 are single the new Muscle Maker Grill’s delicious new Healthy Holiday Meals can be purchased as an entrée as well as family-style, which can feed up to eight people, available for $7.99 and $89.99.
The happy healthy holiday meals featured in the entrée include all-natural turkey breast, seasonal gravy, dinner rolls, gluten-free cranberry sauce, lower carb cornbread stuffing with spinach and superfoods, green beans and sweet potato mash.
The Family-Style meal also includes lower carb cauliflower mac & cheese and naturally low-fat angel food cake. Perfect for gatherings of all kinds, from “Friendsgiving” and meals with coworkers, to anyone hosting a holiday dinner, guests are encouraged to order the Family-Style meal 24 hours in advance by visiting www.orderMMG.com.
Robert E. Morgan, president and Chief Executive Officer of Muscle Maker  “We are excited to offer Muscle Maker Grill’s delicious new Healthy Holiday Meals to guests seeking a lighter alternative to traditional fattening dinners,” …“As the holidays are often difficult to navigate while keeping healthy eating on track, we wanted to offer meals our guests can enjoy without the regret. We believe these new Healthy Holiday Meals will be a hit individually or shared at large and small gatherings.”

Success does leave clues www.FoodserviceSolutions.us  is the global leader in grocerant niche business development.  We can help you identify, quantify and qualify additional food retail segment opportunities.  Has your company had a Grocerant ScoreCard completed a Grocerant Program Assessment, or new Grocerant niche product Ideation?  Want one?  Call 253-759-7869 Email: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Dickey’s Delivering Thanksgiving Heat-N-Eat Dinner

Grocerant niche Holliday Meals from restaurants are grocery store nightmares/pantry busters according to Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru®, Steven Johnson.  Dickey’s Barbecue Pit wants consumers to have a stress-free Thanksgiving with delicious Holiday Meal options.
This year for the first time, participating Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations will offer delivery directly from the store or through delivery partners such as Grub Hub or Door Dash. Adding delivery is adding incremental value to the consumer according to Johnson.
Empowering choice consumers have several options to choose from including combination of Dickey’s holiday meats and sides to create their desired meal. The options include Smoked Turkey, Cajun Fried Turkey, Spiral Cut Ham, Prime Rib and delicious sides such as baked potato casserole, green beans, cornbread dressing and buttery rolls.
Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants stated “As a family owned business, the holidays are a precious time for us. We are not only offering guests Holiday Meals, we are becoming a part of their family and their traditions,” ... “The best part of the holidays this year is that for the first time, Dickey’s will offer delivery options, so our guests can do what is most important, spend time with their friends and family.” Our success clue of the day is adding delivery adds incremental value.

Success does leave clues www.FoodserviceSolutions.us  is the global leader in grocerant niche business development.  We can help you identify, quantify and qualify additional food retail segment opportunities.  Has your company had a Grocerant ScoreCard completed a Grocerant Program Assessment, or new Grocerant niche product Ideation?  Want one?  Call 253-759-7869 Email: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us


Friday, November 10, 2017

Wendy's: Delivery Worked for McDonald’s and the Pizza Sector Why Not Us?

There are times when the customer moves and you simply have to move with them according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Bandwagon marketing / copycat marketing has been around for a long time there are times chains simply have to jump on the bandwagon or risk losing customers, sales, and profits.
The first thing regular readers of this blog will want to know is will the Pizza Sector slip even more?  The simple answer is no.  We will see the Pizza sector sales flatten but they should stabilize a bit as McDonald’s had a greater impact on the pizza sector than will Wendy’s.  That said Wendy’s delivery will show very positive results according to the team conducting grocerant scorecards at Foodservice Solutions®.
By January 1, 2018 Wendy’s expects to offer delivery via DoorDash a close to 2,500 restaurants in 48 markets. Wendy’s president and chief executive officer Todd Penegor said during a conference call Wednesday the chain was “excited about expanding access to our brand further and continue to find new ways to provide convenience to our customers.”
Delivery will help extend same store sales growth at Wendy’s.  This we Wendy’s announced that they had their 19th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales in North America. The brand opened 42 new restaurants in the third quarter and has opened 110 units year-to-date, which is almost 30 more than this time a year ago. Delivery will help drive top line growth and bottom line profits along with incremental customer relevance.

Are you trapped doing what you have always done and doing it the same way?  Interested in learning how www.FoodserviceSolutions.us can edify your retail food brand while creating a platform for consumer convenient meal participationdifferentiation and individualization?  Email us at: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us or visit:  www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Heat-N-Eat Thanksgiving Dinner

Empowering consumers choice, shorting and simplifying the meal preparation, while satisfying all of the traditional holiday favorite flavors and craveability Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is offering three Heat-N-Eat holiday meal options with the promise of convenience and craveability.
For the second year Cracker Barrel is offering its Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meals To-Go this year consumers can place their orders at crackerbarrel.com or through the new Cracker Barrel app available for iPhones.
The 2017 Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meal To-go dinner option one feeds 10 people and features roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, sweet yeast rolls, a pumpkin and pecan pie and a choice of three country sides. Choices for country sides include vegetables, like country green beans and whole baby carrots, to hash brown casserole or only $99.99.  Note you can order 24 hours in advance. Consumers can pick up their meals Nov. 21 through Nov. 23.
Option two the Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Family Meal To-Go feeds six guests and includes a turkey and dressing meal with a sampling of sugar-cured ham, turkey gravy, a choice of three quart-sized country sides, cranberry relish, and a choice of biscuits, corn muffins or a loaf of sourdough bread. This meal is available from Nov. 18 through Nov. 26 for $67.99.
Option three the Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal for dine-in will be served in Cracker Barrel restaurants from 11 a.m. to close. The meal features turkey and dressing with gravy, a sampling of sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, choice of a country side, a refillable beverage, buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins, and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. The dine-in meal is available for $12.99 per adult and $7.99 per child on Thanksgiving Day.
Cracker Barrel Vice President of Culinary and Menu Strategy Cammie Spillyards-Schaefer  stated “On Thanksgiving, our busiest day of the year, guests turn to Cracker Barrel so they can enjoy the holiday while leaving the cooking to us,” …“Every day throughout the year, we work to create a comfortable, ‘home away from home’ for our guests where they can relax with family and friends, which is why so many people trust us during Thanksgiving, an especially important time for gathering and connecting with loved ones.”

Invite Foodservice Solutions® to complete a Grocerant Program Assessment, Grocerant ScoreCard, or for product positioning or placement assistance, or call our Grocerant Guru®.  Since 1991 www.FoodserviceSolutions.us  of Tacoma, WA has been the global leader in the Grocerant niche. Contact: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us or 253-759-7869

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Eating-In while Eating-Out Outback-Carrabba’s Takeout Option

Our Grocerant Guru® was the first to say “Many legacy restaurant chain Boomer CEO’s are in a quagmire of stewardship. Unwilling to dramatically redesign; concept footprint, menu items, or points of distribution they are saddled with “canned” concepts once suited for the golden age of the restaurant industry not for today’s consumer”.  That was back in 2014 but there has been some movement we are pleased to say.
The executive team at Bloomin’ Brands understands that consumers are dynamic not static at the team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® continually reminds us.  Now the team at Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill recently opened a co-branded takeout-only location in Hollywood, Florida.
Tagged as an “express” unit the Bloomin’ Brands executives clearly understand the undercurrents that are driving the ‘path to purchase’ for meals at home that is portability.  As regular readers of this blog know Steven Johnson our Grocerant Guru® was the first to identified, quantify, and qualify portability as a key driver of grocerant niche growth.
CEO Liz Smith stated “Off-premise represents a significant and incremental structural tailwind for the industry,” … takeout and delivery orders could reach 25 percent of total sales.”  The team at Foodservice Solutions® agrees if they integrate the brand message of both brands into the brand promise with customer relevant attributes.
Regular readers of this blog know that Steven Johnson Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® was also first to identify, quantify, and quality the 65 Inch HDTV Syndrome back in 2012 that tracked customer migration from restaurants and Eating-Out to restaurant food for Eating-In. Today according to the MillerPulse index, casual-dining traffic has been down for all but four months dating back to at least 2012.

The team at Foodservice Solutions® would like to ask; are you Looking A Customer Ahead?  Are your customer counts increasing? Could outside-eyes help you drive top line sales and bottom-line profits? Success does leave clues and within the grocerant niche space no one can duplicate our success record.  For more contact: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us or visit or website at: www.FoodserviceSolutions.us