Thursday, February 26, 2015

Consumers Quest for Flavorful Food Discovery

In search of food discover consumers are now Omni-Channel consumers. The success of Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food has been documented, talked about and written about for one reason of late. It is driving top line sales and bottom line profits within existing points of distribution and more importantly at non-traditional points of fresh food distribution garnering share from legacy food retailers.
Are you cultivating a brand or curating your brand? Are you still doing what you did in Is your food company prepared to succeed in 2015, 2016 … 2020? Here are some of the advantages to entering or expanding your business within the grocerant niche:
Customers Drive Top Line Growth
Today, brand protectionism is dying.  Are you over protecting brand?  Most large food retailers, big companies, have a narrow brand focus. That worked for 50 years. They have honed their brand and supply chain. They have set and defined boundaries, and it is difficult for insiders to see outside. Time and technology have redefined the consumer playing field. Your brand must become dynamic again or risk losing consumer relevance. There is a huge opportunity for share of market if you elect to evolve you brand with migrating fresh food consumers in take-out and take-way options.
 Results not Potential Matter
Large food retailers typically pay more at the C-level, and are seen as stable employment currencies (not-taking risk). However the grocerant niche when vertically integrated into an existing brand creates a new level of excitement within the entire company. When sales grow, the opportunity for advancement expands, building team momentum, excitement explodes like a wildfire. Customers can feel the proactive positive buzz from employees. Doing the same old thing is simply doing nothing and Boring.  Doing Something new is Soaring. Customers notice companies on the move and reward them,
Exposure to Change is a Positive
Change is incredibly dynamic, consumer focused changed is contagious. Change evolves and will go through a bell curve, and you see the whole thing step by step when you vertically integrate change into brand and consumer values. If not integrated you do not really get to escape the velocity of the event, but change is exciting nonetheless and customers will still follow.
Momentum Comers from Consumer Relevance
Are you going to tangibly impact your company or maintain the status quo? Today like never before companies have the ability to evolving a brand at a speed not seen since your company was a start-up. What impact are you going to have on your company? There is a difference between the work you do and the impact you have. Fresh Food retailing is evolving at break neck speed, evidenced by the Dollar Store formats selling more foods and Walgreens selling fresh foods and doing it well as you can see from this video of a Walgreens in San Francisco. Is your brand evolving fast?
Spin Out, Spin Off or Springboard to more Profitability
If you do nothing but wait, watch or blame the economy you are very likely to simply spin out of control. Redefining your brand with consumer relevance will position you too either create a positive spin off or springboard to the next level. Legacy organizations need to be mindful that springboards do great things for your organization, your team and your shareholders.
Success Does Leave Clues and Foodservice Solutions® is clue # 1
LTO's (Limited Time Offers) can drive top line sales and bottom line profits while taking you in a new direction. Are your LTO's leading your brand, testing your brand or simply copy-cat marketing tactics absent strategy?
Fresh prepared Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat food in non-traditional outlets poses an ever increasing threat to restaurant growth. Want to know how to best address these new competitive threats?  Contact Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru™ at:  1-253-759-7869
The New American Dream includes Starbucks and Grocerant Fresh Food.
Every recession at some point in time becomes a learning lesson.  When the current great recession began seven years ago in late 2007, the American consumer once famous for our “free-spending ways” has now according to a new report from Consumer Reports turned into the “American scrimper”.
In large part during the recession, American’s began buying less of everything from restaurant meals to housing even haircuts.  The Consumer Reports National Research Center study found: “Americans are showing a new optimism. We’re ready to shop again. But we’re not the same old spendthrifts we used to be; this harrowing economic era has changed America’s buying habits, perhaps permanently.”
Consumer Reports found that Americans are spending their money very pragmatically. Almost half of respondents said that during the past few years they’ve been spending more on “groceries” less at restaurants. In fact the study found that 48% of respondents are packing a brown-bag lunch instead of eating out

According to Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru™ the largest increase in retail grocery sales over the last seven years can be bound within the Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food aka Grocerant niche food. Consumers are seeking time savings and convenience; finding both practicality and indulgence at the intersection fresh prepared Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat food. 

Consumer Reports found that the one thing that Americans hate to give up. “Our caffeine habit, for instance.” Starbucks has become America’s indulgence according to our Grocerant Guru™.  While Consumer Reports found “People aren’t trading down; they’re trading off, there has been a huge surge in gourmet bagged coffee sales.”

Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food has evolved with consumers, endured the rescission and is positioned to lead the food industry into its next evolution.  Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru™ has been at the forefront and can help your company, brand, or leadership team reposition for success in the Grocerant era simply call: 1-253-759-7869. 

Since 1991 Foodservice Solutions® of Tacoma, WA has been the global leader in the Grocerant niche. For additional Information Contact:

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