Thursday, September 2, 2010

Global Grocerant development well underway France, USA and Malaysia

Costco is looking at vacated mall locations in the US to open more stores. Blending ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat fresh prepared food with traditional CPG products has proven successful for Costco and these new locations with younger demographics will assist Costco in positioning for the future!

Malaysia’s Jaya Grocer currently in the Empire Shopping Gallery has focused on ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat grocerant food. They are transforming the grocery shopping; blending a dining and shopping experience.

Here is how it has been describe in Malaysia: “THE next time you head for Jaya Grocer to get your fresh cut of steak or seafood, you might not land up taking it out in a bag with you. Instead, you are probably going to enjoy tucking into the steak or fish, the way you like it prepared, sitting down in the middle of the supermarket. This is Jaya Grocer’s newly introduced “grocerant “at its Empire Shopping Gallery outlet – a one-stop shopping and dining experience within a supermarket. Shoppers can walk in, choose their choices of meat or seafood from the butchery or seafood counters, head to the El Fresco cashier to pay for it and specify their choice of how they want it cooked.

El Fresco – The Italiano Cafe: Authentic Italian cuisine is served here. Situated right in the middle of Jaya Grocer, El Fresco is the heart beat of the dining experience offered when shoppers step in. According to its manager Azhar Khairuddin, freshness of ingredients is the strength of Italian cooking. Being in a grocery store, freshness becomes a no issue. “Diners can choose fish, meat or vegetables from the grocery and we cook it for them according to their choice.” “We offer mid-range pricing but fine dining experience, not compromising on our presentation or quality of food,” he said. El Fresco offers a wide variety in their menu, ranging from starters to desserts with a big emphasis on pasta and pizza.”

Enough, sounds like any contemporized US grocery outlet, OK except for A & P who still does not get it! Here is my point. The world is getting smaller, people around the globe are repositioning the concept of food and traditional avenues of distribution. If you are a food retailer and you think you can do what you have done for the past 20 years, well you can’t! You just might end up looking like A & P who could end up being bought by Jaya Grocer of Malaysia! Have your called Foodservice Solutions? Are you ready for a grocerant program assessment or grocerant brand positioning plan?

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