Monday, March 7, 2022

Le Pain Quotidien Excels with Operational Efficiencies


The tried-and-true way to grow a business is at the intersection or edifying customer touchpoints with operational efficiencies according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.

Recently, Too Good To Go announced its nationwide partnership with Le Pain Quotidien, which means all 59 bakery-restaurants in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., California and more are now selling their extra, unsold tartines, soups and pastries to Too Good To Go app users. That my friends is a partnership that elevates brand awareness with value customers and the bottom-line all while driving new electricity into the brand according to Johnson.

The Too Good To Go app, is now available for iOS in the Apple store or Google Play for Android, connects consumers with surplus from restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and grocery stores at the end of each business day, ensuring delicious, unsold food doesn’t go to waste. There are over 6,000 stores across 13 major U.S. cities are already utilizing the platform. Are you ready to expand your brand at the intersection of consumer touchpoints and operational efficiencies?

So, some lucky users are even able to get a hold of a coveted Le Pain Quotidien Surprise Bag - the contents of which will change day to day - they can expect a delicious mix of bakery items, soups, salads and quiches, all for the retail price. The Belgian eatery’s organically-driven menu was already curated with creating a greener planet in mind, so adding Too Good To Go was a natural next step to continue operating sustainably.

Le Pain Quotidien’s Director of Catering, Michael Stansfield, stated, “We’re thrilled to partner with Too Good To Go, an organization that’s been making social impact at a global scale alongside additional, international Le Pain Quotidien markets. Too Good To Go’s sustainable efforts are the kind we aim to align ourselves with regularly, so this is a natural step in the right direction for Le Pain Quotidien US. We’re eager to grow together.”

Lucie Basch, Co-founder, Too Good To Go, stated, “As a French native, I’m excited to see how beloved the cuisine from my home country is here in the states, and I’m even more excited that none of that delicious food will go to waste,”... “We want to empower everyone to help us save all of this extra food, and fight climate change along the way by savoring what they get in every Surprise Bag.” 

Regular readers of this blog know that there is an unfortunate abundance of food waste globally. In the U.S. alone, 40% of food is wasted each year. As a result, it’s necessary for multiple organizations to work together and minimize it - some companies redistribute surplus at the production and farm level, food banks save bulk quantities of non-perishable goods and Too Good To Go saves food at the retail level, literally right before it would tossed at the end of each business day.

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.”  That said, what are you waiting for?

Johnson stated “that in my minds-eye the new electricity must be very efficient for the supply and includes such things as fresh foods, 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 looking for a new partnership to drive sales? Are you ready for some fresh ideations? Do your food marketing tactics look more like yesterday that tomorrow?  Visit for more information or contact: Remember success does leave clues and we just may have the clue you need to propel your continued success.

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