Grocery stores must continue to evolve with consumers or risk capitulating more and more customers as they migrate to new avenues of fresh food distribution according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
After a successful debut of Chef’d meal kits late last fall, Tops Friendly Markets has expanded the line, which is now available in more than 80 stores. Customer relevance is equals new electricity for Tops Markets team.
Johnson believes there is one dominate element that will power success within retail foodservice over the coming years. Johnson calls it the new electricity that is partnerships specifically strategic partnerships. The partnership with Chef’d is clearly the new electricity for consumers. Grocery stores
that want to survive the next generation of retail must embrace the artificial intelligence revolution while simultaneously embracing new partnerships with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food suppliers.
Jeff Culhane, SVP of merchandising for Williamsville, Tops Markets stated “Chef'd answers the question for the person who says, ‘I still want to feel like I've done all the cooking myself, but I don't want to dedicate two hours to go through the whole process,’” …“They are a great option for those looking for a well-balanced meal, too,” he said, pointing to fresh ingredients and minimal preservatives, which provide “a good balance between protein, carbs, and veggies.”
In addition to Weeknight Chicken Pad Thai and Herb Crusted Flank Steaks, the latest additions to Tops’ subscription-free Chef’d meal kits include:
- 20 Clove Garlic Chicken
- Black Truffle Butter Sirloin Steak
- Smoky Maple Pork Loin
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Fried Chicken and Waffles
This helps Chef’d grow as Tops Markets operates 169 full-service supermarkets. Where are you selling food today? Consumers are dynamic not static is your brand evolving with consumers fast enough? Where is your new electricity? What new avenues of distribution are you developing?
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