Saturday, January 19, 2019

Denny’s CEO’ and the Hypocrisy of Do No Harm


The retail landscape denial at Denny’s by the CEO John Miller simply mirrors restaurant industry trade magazines last gasp at retaining a following while denying that restaurant sector brand protectionism has become boring, yesterday’s news, and a food positioning disadvantage for consumers according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
Consumers are dynamic not static.The fact is consumers are moving from the restaurant sector where company after company touts their brand power all the while year over year customer counts continue to dwindle.

Regular readers of this blog know consumers are migrating from the restaurant sector to C-store foodservice that is expected to grow another 6% in 2019. They are also going to new points of fresh food distribution the ilk of IKEA, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, and Club Store Costco as fresh food and coffee as preferred destinations. O’ yes recently legacy grocery sector service deli’s with redefined missions have elevated meals and meal components from bucks to fresh prepared food garnering customers.  
So, let’s look at what Denny’s CEO said and you will then get our view.  Miller said:
1.  Grocery stores like Whole Foods and Kroger have restaurants 'beating each other's brains out'
2.   Restaurants are competing to keep prices as low as possible and offering more deals, even as labor costs rise.
3.  "We're beating each other's brains out," Denny's CEO John Miller said of the restaurant industry's attempts to undercut rivals' prices.
4.Low grocery prices are contributing to restaurants' drive to keep prices cheap.
The fact is Denny’s and most U.S. legacy chain restaurants including the ilk of TGI Friday’s, Olive Garden, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Carrols, Burger King and Pizza Hut look a lot like they did in 1989 than with the exception of a new furniture, paint, some technology that was add late in the cycle much still frustrates consumers according to Johnson.
Restaurant sectors CEO’s moto of do no harm has created a retail platform of yesterday, lacking the attributes of an evolving consumer.  Restaurant sector CEO’s are not “beating each other’s brains out” as Miller said.  They simply are acting like Neanderthals doing what they did in 1980, 1990, and 2000 and expecting that business model to work.  Customers have move on.  Today’s restaurant sector needs to evolve with a customer focus not a focus on Wall-Street metrics of the past according to Johnson.
All the while over-priced C-stores have put the roller grill on the back burner, lowered prices, introduced fresh food fast, at competitive price garnering consumers attention driving incremental customer migration from both the grocery sector and restaurant sector. 
The consumer price, service, value equilibrium has evolved the problem with many in the restaurant sector they are raising prices on yesterday’s products, refusing to innovate, rather than evolve their brands with customer relevance they continue to practice brand protectionism.
Our Grocerant Guru® has spoken at leading restaurant industry events including MUFSO, NRA and the National Restaurant Show has a ‘NRA Grocerant’ section.  Restaurant sector leader are well aware of the undercurrents of the evolving retail food market place.  However, it is easier for a Restaurant sector CEO to blame someone else or a competitor than to drive change within an outdate labyrinth of a legacy chain restaurant apparently.
The grocerant niche products and service provide the restaurant sector with a platform of options to deal with an impending increase in the minimum wage, for product stagnation, day-part customer malaise, and edifying the brand with customer relevance.
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, www.Linkedin.com/in/grocerant/ or www.twitter.com/grocerant/

Friday, January 18, 2019

Whole Foods Is No Longer Whole Paycheck


You all know the 1963 song by Bob Dylan ‘The Times They are a chaingin’ well with the help of the team from Amazon with the best customer centric algorithms Whole Foods Market’s prices continue to decline and consumers are talking notice according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
Recently Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey informed employees that the chain will no longer open stores under the 365 banner; noting diminishing distinctions between its flagship banner and its smaller, price-focused sibling under new parent Amazon.
Mackey said that The 12 Whole Foods 365 stores will continue to operate, according to a report in Yahoo Finance, which obtained a memo from Mackey detailing the changes. The newest 365 stores opened in Marietta and Decatur, Ga., last month but they evidently will be the last to debut.
According to Mackey “we have been consistently lowering prices in our core Whole Foods Market stores over the past year, the price distinction between the two brands has become less relevant,” …As the company continues to focus on lowering prices over time, we believe that the price gap will further diminish.”
With the development of Amazon Go’s success smaller fresher faster food at a customer valued price the need to continue building 365 Johnson said has become clear.  Now that Whole Foods stores have introduced Amazon’s Prime loyalty program pricing at Whole Foods is very competitive.  If success does leave clues and it does watch for Whole Foods and Amazon continue to grow share of stomach in 2019.
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

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hardee’s Expanded Marketing Hits Home


Success does leave clues and when it comes to chain restaurant marketing the team driving Hardee’s has picked up all the right clues according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  
When Hardee’s announced a partnership with Tipsy Elves, an original line of limited-edition ski suits, timed to the launch of the new 100 percent Angus Thickburger Melts the interactive participatory undercurrents of success were clear according to Johnson.
The  ski suits are now available for sale at tipsyelves.com/hardees, the new “Melt Wear” from Hardee’s features the hottest trend this winter—a retro ski suit design—channeling the classic one-piece snow jumper everyone remembers sporting on the slopes. The iconic Hardee’s logo adorns the new winter accessory, making anyone who wears it the talk of the mountain and should be a lot of fun.
Jenna Folk, director of brand marketing, Hardee’s  stated “Hardee’s continues to build on its burger offering with two delicious and melty 100 percent Angus Thickburger Melts, available just in time for the winter months,” … “We are further warming you up from head to toe, with our partnership with trendsetting apparel company, Tipsy Elves, to introduce ‘Melt Wear’ to snow lovers this season.”
While the partnership was inspired by Hardee’s Angus Thickburger MeltsMelts, what is driving food sales success today is retail partnerships even in the chain restaurant sector according to Johnson. 
Today, new partnerships can drive sales in foodservice today as your brand is searching for the new electricity to help drive the brand forward. So, just what is your brands new electricity? According to Johnson, “Brand relevance is in part driven with innovation in new food products in combination with new avenues of distribution all of which are the platform for the new electricity.”
Johnson stated “that in my minds-eye the new electricity must be very efficient for the supply and includes such things as fresh foods, beer, developing brands, unique urban clothing, grocerant positioning, Fresh food messaging, autonomous delivery, cashier-less retail, plates, glasses, cash-less payments, digital hand-held marketing.
All retailers to survive the next generation of retail must embrace the artificial intelligence revolution while simultaneously embracing fresh food that is portable, fresh, with differentiation that is familiar not different.  Are you ready to expand your brands reach?
Are you looking for a new partnership to drive sales? Are you ready for some fresh ideations? Do your food marketing ideations look more like yesterday than tomorrow? 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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The ReNewed EnMarket Convenience Stores Focus is on Friendly, Fresh Food


With two major acquisitions, a new prototype store and the adoption of several technology-based service programs EnMarket is positioned to grow tome line sales and bottom line profits while continue to grow according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® .
Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food that continues to draw customers away from grocery stores and restaurants will play a key role moving EnMarket forward.  Where is the focus it’s with a wide selection of healthy snacks and fresh fruit, a full kitchen and a 28-degree beer cave with a wide selection of local craft beers are all notable improvements to the former kiosk site. The non-traditional store will include an outdoor dining patio, a green space and a bike service area. EnMarket is contracting with a local artist to design and paint a community-themed mural on one of the exterior walls.
At the same time, the retailer is moving quickly with a full-sized prototype of approximately 6,000 square feet. The first will open in February 2019 in Pooler, Ga., where customers and commuters can experience EnMarket proprietary food concept, the Eatery, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu selections include hand-breaded fried chicken, fried fish and freshly made biscuits, along with grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, fruit cups and parfaits—all made fresh in the store’s kitchen.
EnMarket partnered with Skip Checkout for its mobile self-checkout service. Skip is a mobile checkout technology that allows for customers to walk into a store and use their cell phone to scan their items, pay for them and walk out without waiting in line. Customers can use the EnMarket app or the Skip app. EnMarket plans to implement Skip in early 2019.
Skip’s technology includes security features that will limit opportunities for shrink. From a customer service standpoint, this additional payment option will relieve some register congestion and allow EnMarket employees to focus more time on customer satisfaction. EnMarket plans is to launch Skip at all of their stores. Last but not least, EnMarket is working on a new mobile app that will allow these new technologies to integrate with one another.
Is your brand evolving with the consumer? Foodservice Solutions® specializes in outsourced food marketing and business development ideations. We can help you identify, quantify and qualify additional food retail segment opportunities, technology, or a new menu product segment.  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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hot Dog Chain Wienerschnitzel is Ready to Grow with NEW Franchisees





Success does leave clues, talk about relevance; in an era when seemingly everyone wants to get into the restaurant business, Wienerschnitzel is offering a turn-key branded restaurant an 84-percent discount on one-time franchisee fees that’s a good deal according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
In an interview with Nation’s Restaurant News Wienerschnitzel said the 2019 incentive program, a first of its kind for the chain, would apply to the first 20 investors. The deal would reduce normal franchise fees from $32,000 to $5,000.  That is a great price for a company that has been around since 1961 and proved it has staying power.
Here is the best part of the new offering Wienerschnitzel is also cutting royalty fees from 5 percent to 1 percent for the first three years. I bet those who take the offer will spend extra on local marketing and labor to elevate awareness and speed of service.
Ok, so yes there is a catch to qualify for that perk, there’s a caveat. Wienerschnitzel said investors need to start construction of restaurants within 18 months of signing their agreement and meet other obligations. The incentive program applies to investors who are new to the brand, as well as existing franchisees.
Ted Milburn, director of franchise development for Wienerschnitzel stated “the company opened nine restaurants in 2018, and currently has 20 more on the development calendar for 2019., the company is seeing interest “spike” in the hot dog chain, in part, due to its low food costs.
The 325-unit company is 100 percent franchised. It expects to double stores in development with the incentive program. The privately held company said monthly same-store sales, on average, were up 3.7 percent from January 2018 to November 2018, compared to the prior year for the same period.
So, if you are interested here is the link to the franchise department and tell them you saw this on the Grocerant Guru’s blog.   “We’re using this franchisee incentive program — limited to the first 20 investors who inquire and qualify — to jump-start the New Year,” Milburn said in a statement. “When these 20 licenses are sold, this incentive program will end.”  So, get to it if you are interested.
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, www.Linkedin.com/in/grocerant/ or www.twitter.com/grocerant/



Monday, January 14, 2019

Robots in the Grocery Aisles but Dummies in the Seats


If there is one thing that remains constant within the grocery retail sector according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Itt is the fact that out of stock items continue to run at about 10% within the grocery sector that is 2% worse than the 10 year average of 8%.
While 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the grocery retail robot that we have documented for many years on this blog as regular readers know.  Increasingly, self-contained rolling assistants are roaming store aisles capturing and sharing valuable data to boost efficiencies, financial performance and customer satisfaction and the result is the same.  So, why are the shelves empty now at 10% which is worse than before. 
Simple, unrealistic labor standards as store managers fight to keep labor cost low the shelves remain out of many items according to Johnson. According to IHL Group, global retailers lose nearly $450 billion in revenue annually as a result of empty shelves and other in-store inventory inconsistencies.
While, autonomous robots roving through store aisles can automate the entire process while continuously scanning shelves to capture data about pricing, planograms and inventory levels. Someone still needs to put the product on the shelfs.  This is not a problem about data it is a problem in providing the proper matrix to ensure proper staffing at the store level according to Johnson.
Does anyone think the store managers don’t know why the shelves are out of times?  Time and time again as Foodservice Solutions® team members are out in the field conducting grocerant scorecards we hear from retailers they just don’t have the staffing.  Is it any wonder that during the past 12 years there are 50% fewer traditional grocery stores in the US?  Technology is great don’t get me wrong.  However, corporate follow through and readjusting labor matrices is not a job for dummies.
When was the last time you went to McDonald's, Burger King, T.G.I. Friday's, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and they were out of stock? 
For international corporate presentations, educational forums, or keynotes contact: Steven Johnson 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. For more information visit www.GrocerantGuru.com , www.FoodserviceSolutions.us or call 1-253-759-7869

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Corner Bakery Evolves Customer Relevance with Drive-Thru


Consumers are dynamic not static according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Customer counts continue too decline within the restaurant sector in fact same-store traffic during December was down 0.9 percent, and traffic for the fourth quarter was down 1.6 percent.  
One company Corner Bakery thinks that the time has come to put an end to brand protectionism and move outside their operations comfort zone.  So, Corner Bakery will debut a drive-thru window on Monday, January 14, marking Corner Bakery’s first drive-thru in Arizona.
This will be a remodeled cafe that originally opened in June 2016. The drive-thru feature will allow customers to place their orders onsite, online or on their mobile devices and have their orders ready at the window, all at the convenience of not leaving their vehicle.
Corner Bakery will in a lowkey way introduce the new service with an offer for a free regular coffee or fountain beverage with any purchase to customers who mention the offer on January 14, 2019. The promotion will be valid all day in the Wilmot drive-thru only, limit one per transaction/vehicle. I think they kinda miss the point about value of introducing the new service, don’t you?
Corner Bakery recently was recognized as a top restaurant chain in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019, ranking in the top 10 of the large restaurant chain category of 101 or more U.S. locations. Based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor diners, the first-ever list recognizes restaurant chains offering high-quality service and exceptional meals at a great value. That said they need to continue on the path of growth offering new avenues of distribution and a drive-thru is just that according to Johnson.
Corner Bakery CEO Frank Paci stated “We are thrilled to be able to continue to serve guests in the Tucson community with our newly debuted drive-thru,” … “Corner Bakery has many fans throughout the area who love our naturally delicious recipes, abundant with fresh ingredients. This drive-thru line is a perfect example of how Corner Bakery is evolving to offer our flavorful menu items and unmatched service more conveniently.”
The restaurant sector needs to continue to evolve offering the bundled meal components offering the ilk of Corner Bakery Café has to offer in new avenues of distribution and a drive-thru is exactly the right avenue in many locations to drive growth.  However, don’t keep it a secret?  If success does leave clues and it does; promoting and communicating the attribute of the drive-thru is as important as the drive-thru itself.
Are you evolving with consumers? Do your food marketing ideations look more like yesterday than tomorrow? 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.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Grocerant beats out C-store, Restaurants, and Grocer for High Traffic Location


Success does leave clues and real estate developers have been picking up the clues according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Johnson stated “We have been working with mixed use developers for several years that are looking for customer centric solutions for all day-parts.”  Currently grocerants are the avenue of distribution most sought after in our office.
So, a  grocerant concept known as My Deli Market will make its debut within the upscale Panorama Tower mixed-use building in the Brickell district of downtown Miami, according to the project’s developer, Florida East Coast Realty LLC (FECR).
"Driven by Millennial customers, grocerant encompasses elements from cafés, delis and grocery stores to support the revolution of urban living," FECR noted.
Expected to open to the public in June 2019 as part of the building's 75,000-square-foot retail space, My Deli Market will offer a range of local and regional fresh produce, meats, bakery, supplementary grocery options and homemade fare prepared daily by a dedicated culinary team. It will also provide exclusive room-service deliveries to Panorama’s tenants.
Grocerants operate at the intersection of consumers quest for a simple, fresh, fast meal, and the ability to eat at home without having to cook or do dish’s according to Johnson and My Deli Market fits that bill edging out restaurants, grocery stores, and C-stores for valuable space.
"Consumers are looking for freshly prepared, casual food that is made to order, but they also want to experiment with new food options," said Anselmo Endlich, founder of My Deli Market, a Brazilian entrepreneur who relocated to Miami after establishing the largest online wine retailer in Latin America. "We want our customers to find the unusual, the unexpected and the surprising at My Deli Market. Pioneers like FECR envisioned vertical cities decades ago. The future has arrived, and we are lucky to be a part of it at Panorama Tower."
The concept leverages data analysis to identify the needs of shoppers so as to enhance their experience. A curation service takes into account customers of different nationalities and regions, with an in-depth understanding of Miami’s diversity.
"We’ve seen these grocery, deli and café concepts pop up across major urban cities, and now we’re helping to bring them to Brickell," said Jerome Hollo, EVP of Miami-based FECR. "With the number of young professionals in Brickell, we see the demand for this type of sophisticated grocery store/eatery combination. Our goal with Panorama Tower always has been to deliver tenants everything that they need right outside their doors, as well as to create a greater sense of community within the neighborhood. Partnering with My Deli Market helps bring this full circle."
Rising 868 feet over the Miami skyline, Panorama Tower, which offers 821 luxury rental apartments, is the tallest residential building south of Manhattan. The 85-story development is 50 percent occupied and 60 percent leased.
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, www.Linkedin.com/in/grocerant/ or www.twitter.com/grocerant/




Friday, January 11, 2019

Branding Success at Pizza Hut Delivers


There are fewer tears when your favorite team loses as there are more beers on the way.  When Pizza Hut began delivering beer with pizza Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® did not hear from anyone that did not think it was a great idea who’s time had come.
Johnson continued Pizza Hut’s online ordering and updated App are outstanding Hand Held Food Marketing tools that are the undercurrents driving incremental brand adoption putting a new electricity in brand relevance for many younger consumers in Pizza Hut.
Today, new partnerships can drive sales in foodservice today as your brand is searching for the new electricity to help drive the brand forward. So, just what is your brands new electricity? According to Johnson, “Brand relevance is in part driven with innovation in new food products in combination with new avenues of distribution all of which are the platform for the new electricity.”
Johnson stated “that in my minds-eye the new electricity must be very efficient for the supply and includes such things as fresh foods, beer, developing brands, unique urban clothing, grocerant positioning, Fresh food messaging, autonomous delivery, cashier-less retail, plates, glasses, cash-less payments, digital hand-held marketing.
All retailers to survive the next generation of retail must embrace the artificial intelligence revolution while simultaneously embracing fresh food that is portable, fresh, with differentiation that is familiar not different
More than a year after first testing beer delivery in Arizona, Pizza Hut is now expanding the pilot program to 300 restaurants in seven states by mid-January.
Restaurants in Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Ohio will add delivery of popular domestic beer labels such as Budweiser as part of a second phase expansion of the program. In May, the division of Yum Brands added beer delivery to 100 locations in Arizona and California. Those states will also see more restaurants adding beer delivery in the coming weeks.
“The rollout is a brand priority with Pizza Hut aiming to grow beer delivery capabilities to 1,000 restaurants across new markets by summer 2019,” the company said.  Pizza Hut, based in Plano, Texas, said the company timed the expansion to meet the demands of the Super Bowl, a popular day for pizza delivery.
Pizza Hut Chief Brand Officer Marianne Radley stated “As the official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, we’ve been celebrating football fans all season long, so it only makes sense for us to bring more customers the beloved combo of pizza and beer ahead of the Super Bowl,” …“We are proud to be pioneers of beer delivery and are well-poised to take on more markets in the coming year.” What is your new electricity?
Are you looking for a new partnership to drive sales? Are you ready for some fresh ideations? Do your food marketing ideations look more like yesterday than tomorrow? 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, January 10, 2019

Del Taco from Meal Deals to Empowering Consumers Choice


Creating a platform that invites consumer interactive participation is a very good want edify your brand messaging with consumers according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
Back in the day ‘Meal Deals’ were developed to speed-up the customer ordering process particularly at the drive-thru according to Johnson.  Del Taco edifying it relationship with customer as it rolls out its new Mix2 Menu. Del Taco’s Mix2 Menu allows guests to mix and match two fresh, quality menu items from a selection of fan-favorites for just $4 and $5 empowering both product and price a key drivers.
Barry Westrum, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer stated “In a landscape that’s saturated with limited item five- and six-dollar offers, Del Taco is drawing on its legacy as the value leader in the fast food space to deliver unmatched flavor per dollar,” .. “Not only are we offering a combination of craveable items for an unbeatable price, but these are products that really show how we’re changing the game in the fast food category—by freshly grilling our chicken for our tacos and burritos, and hand-grating cheddar cheese for our quesadillas in restaurant every day!”  Let’s look at the new platform:
The Mix2 Menu lets guests mix and match two of the following fresh and quality menu items for just $4:
·         Chicken Flatbread Taco: Warm, savory flatbread filled with freshly grilled chicken, chipotle sauce, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes and hand-grated cheddar cheese.
·         Chicken Street Taco: Freshly grilled chicken, topped with roasted chile salsa, diced onions, fresh cilantro, and hand-sliced avocado, wrapped in two warm corn tortillas.
·         Beer Battered Fish Taco: A wild-caught Alaska Pollock fillet in a crispy beer batter, topped with crunchy shredded cabbage, Del Taco’s secret sauce and handmade pico de gallo, wrapped in two warm corn tortillas and served with a fresh-cut lime wedge.
·         Cheese Quesadilla: Spicy Jack or hand-grated cheddar cheese and tangy green sauce, flat-grilled in a flour tortilla.
The new value menu also satisfies burrito cravings by letting guests mix and match any two of the following Classic Burritos for just $5:
·         Del Combo Burrito: Seasoned beef combined with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, hand-grated cheddar cheese and zesty red sauce, wrapped in a warm flour tortilla
·         Del Beef Burrito: Seasoned beef, hand-grated cheddar cheese and zesty red sauce, wrapped in a warm flour tortilla
·         Classic Grilled Chicken Burrito: Fresh grilled chicken, Del Taco’s famous secret sauce, fresh diced tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and hand-grated cheddar cheese, wrapped in a warm flour tortilla
·         Spicy Grilled Chicken Burrito: Fresh grilled chicken, fresca lime rice, slow-cooked beans made from scratch, tangy green sauce and hand-grated cheddar cheese, wrapped in a warm flour tortilla
·         8 Layer Veggie Burrito: Slow-cooked beans made from scratch, fresca lime rice, tangy guacamole, fresh diced tomatoes, crisp lettuce, hand-grated cheddar cheese, zesty red sauce and cool sour cream, wrapped in a warm flour tortilla
We said it was interactive and participatory well beginning on January 14, fans who want to wear their Del Taco heart on their sleeve, or in this case, on their socks, will get the chance to do so! Any guest who posts a photo of their Mix2 Menu order on Instagram or Twitter, and tags @DelTaco, will have the chance to receive two corresponding socks to match their order (while supplies last). Because the only thing better than enjoying a Chicken Street Taco and Cheese Quesadilla, is enjoying them while wearing Chicken Street Taco and Cheese Quesadilla-inspired socks.
Are you looking for a new partnership to drive sales? Are you ready for some fresh ideations? Do your food marketing ideations look more like yesterday than tomorrow? 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.



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

At RaceTrac Technology Drives Ready-To-Eat & Private-Label Food


Grocerant niche REady-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top line sales and bottom line profits within the convenience store sector according to Steven Johnson, Tacoma, WA based Grocerant Guru® for Foodservice Solutions®.
One company that continues to expand its grocerant niche offerings is RaceTrac Petroleum.  Recently Race Trac selected ComplianceMetrix LLC as its provider of enterprise quality management solutions for food and consumer brands, and has rolled out its cloud-based supply chain management solution, SupplyChainMetrix in order to keep food fresh and safe.
With nearly 500 locations serving RaceTrac private label fresh food including wraps, sandwiches, fresh cut fruit, salads, coffee, pizza and ice cream fresh fast and safe to serve food is important according to Johnson.
Ozzie Brooks, senior manager of food safety and regulatory compliance at RaceTrac  stated "RaceTrac is looking forward to our partnership with CMX to manage regulatory and business documentation compliance within our food supply chain," s… "We're proud of the food we offer at our stores, and it's important to us to partner with a trusted company like CMX to manage compliance through their extensive dashboards and supply chain tracking and monitoring capabilities."
Features include:
·         Increased food and safety as RaceTrac uses CMX to define and manage product specifications for non-consumables and food alike;
·         Automated partner onboarding and maintenance;
·         Streamlined production approval and ingredient tracking; and
·         Improved partner compliance and performance.
Mitch Porche, CEO of ComplianceMetrix. Stated "We are honored to work with such a respected brand that is committed to ensuring the quality and safety of their food and overall operational excellence in all aspects of their business," "Our collaboration with the team at RaceTrac during the implementation process was very beneficial. Several new features in our latest release were the result of their ideas and feedback. Working with passionate and committed customers is our lifeblood and we look forward to a long partnership with RaceTrac.". The simple fact is technology helps drive quality when selling fresh food fast.
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, www.Linkedin.com/in/grocerant/ or www.twitter.com/grocerant/