Sunday, August 9, 2015

Restaurant Sector Customer Traffic Continues to Slide. Why?

Foodservice Solutions® team believes it is caused by The 65 Inch HDTV Syndrome. All other sectors of retail foodservice continue evolving with a strong focus on the consumer of today.  At the intersection of the consumer, technology and retail food sales we find the grocerant niche creating and expanding points of quality food distribution.  It’s at that intersection that Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru identified one universal commonality driving consumers buying pattern migration / change.  Johnson calls it “The 65 Inch HDTV Syndrome.

The grocerant niche is the result of the blurring line between restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores all selling fresh prepared, portable, convenient meal component solutions.  Families are still time-starved consumer new fresh prepared food retailers are targeting the increasing umber of consumer seeking  Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food components that are perceived “better for you”, and portioned for one or two. 

Consumers like the Convenient Meal Participation, Differentiation, Individualization / Family Customization that these retailers offer. Restaurateurs need to be particularly mindful of developments within grocerant niche for they are driving the change within the price, value, service equilibrium in retail foodservice.

Customer food purchasing relevance today can be found at the intersection of the consumer, technology and The 5 P’s of Food Marketing: Product, Packaging, Placement, Portability, and Price. That retail relevance is a key driver of food sales competition, and expanding points of fresh food distribution. 

Driving ever greater Mix and Match bundled meal options and new points of distribution for consumers.  Consumers love the on-the-go options in fact a Zagat’s NYC Restaurant Survey found that in New York at-home meals surpassed dining out for the first time in 30 years in 2013.  

This drive for home consumption for restaurant quality food is nothing new. GrubHub the nation’s number one online and mobile food ordering service data reveled that pre-game orders spiked more than 35 % for the first four weeks of the 2012 professional football season when compared to the same timeframe during the 2011 season.  With San Francisco, Phoenix, Oakland and Atlanta all leading the way.   “When it comes to watching football, the best seat in the house really is at home,” stated Susanne Dawursk, GrubHub’s brand marketing director. 

More than just sports The 65 inch HDTV Syndrome is driving customers away from frozen foods as well. In a study from Packaged Facts, reports that sales in the $44 billion U.S. retail market for frozen foods have been flat to declining, with nearly all dollar sales gains attributable to inflation or new products -- not to increased consumer demand. The study found that Preference for 57 % of consumer say fresh foods the top reason why US consumers have not purchased frozen foods in the last three months, followed by preference for home-cooked meals.

Fresh prepared Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat food in non-traditional outlets poses an ever increasing threat to restaurant growth. Is your restaurant Looking A Customer Ahead? Want to know how to best address The 67 inch HDTV Syndrome?  Contact Steve Johnson Grocerant Guru™ at:
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