Sunday, December 10, 2023

Grocerant Niche Holiday Meal Deals Check them Out


Regular readers of this blog know that Winsight grocery magazine is being rolled into Supermarket News.  Last week Russell Redman wrote another very good article for about grocery stores that are offering mix and match bundled grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat meal deals that save the consumer both time and money.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® it is well worth the read if you want insights into customer relevance holiday meals. Here it is:

Grocery retailers such as Target, Albertsons Cos. and The Fresh Market are following up Thanksgiving specials with some meal savings for the winter holidays.

Target on Tuesday unveiled this year’s Holiday Meal for Under $25, which encompasses hickory smoked ham with honey-and-spice glaze and six fixings plus dessert. Serving four people, the meal package is available in stores and online through Dec. 25.

Private-label items anchor the Holiday Meal Under $25, led by the 6- to 10-lbs. Market Pantry spiral-cut, bone-in ham ($9.90), Good & Gather brand russet potatoes (5 lbs. for $2.99) and frozen gold-and white corn (99 cents), and Favorite Day Demi French bread ($2.69) and Favorite Day Holiday peppermint sandwich cookies ($4). Rounding out the package are Del Monte fresh-cut green beans ($1.59) and Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup ($1.39).

Minneapolis-based Target said it also has rolled out hundreds of new seasonal items, with half of its holiday food and beverage assortment priced at $5 or less. That includes $5 sides and desserts like Good & Gather broccoli-and-cheese veggie tots and frozen roasted sweet potato chunks plus Favorite Day Holiday peppermint bark and holiday sea salt and milk chocolate caramel desserts.

Other Favorite Day holiday treats now available include Favorite Day Holiday Rudolph’s Mix indulgent snack mix ($11), Belgian milk chocolate bark with holiday sprinkles ($1.50), chocolate truffles gift card holder ($5), peppermint pretzel rods dipped in white fudge ($5), decadent holiday chocolates ($13) and peppermint candy canes ($2). Target, too, is offering a collection of gourmet food and beverages for the holidays from British retailer Marks & Spencer, such as the M&S shortbread biscuit light-up house ($12.99), Scottish shortbread biscuit bus tin ($14.99), gingerbread bus kit ($24.99)  and Bellante prosecco wine ($14.99).

“Our guests turn to Target during special seasonal moments for that combination of value and joy that sets us apart," Target Chief Food and Beverage Officer Rick Gomez said in a statement. “We saw that again over Thanksgiving, so we’re building on that success by delivering even more of what they love: a delicious holiday meal for under $25. And when you add in our free curbside pickup service, and same-day delivery via Shipt, we’re making it easier than ever for our guests to get their shopping done so they can spend more time celebrating with loved ones.”

Albertsons serves up holiday bundles that don’t cost a bundle

Albertsons and its Safeway banner, meanwhile, have launched the “12 Days of Holiday Meal Bundles,” which serves up a dozen turnkey meal packages—including family favorites such as pesto pasta, lasagna, roasted chicken—for $12 each through Dec. 29.

The deal is available on the Just For U loyalty app via a special coupon, with the items for all 12 meals grouped together for convenience, Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons said. Including three or four products each, the meal bundles will be released throughout December on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and are valid for three days.

Products offered in the meal packages are primarily Albertsons own brands, such as O Organics, Signature Select, Signature Farms, Signature Cafe, Lucerne, Waterfront Bistro and Open Nature.

Upcoming Holiday Meal Bundles will be rolled out on the following schedule, Albertsons said:

• Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Fried Chicken Dinner (Signature Cafe bucket of deli fried chicken, ready-made frozen mashed potatoes and mac and cheese)
• Friday, Dec. 8 – Burgers (beef, buns, romaine lettuce and cheese slices)
• Monday, Dec. 11 – Sausage & Veggie Sheet Pan (sausage, potatoes, mushrooms and green beans)
• Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Organic Pesto Penne Rigate (O Organics pasta, peas, pesto and olive oil)
• Friday, Dec. 15 – Shrimp Fried Rice (shrimp, rice, broccoli and flavored sauce)
• Monday, Dec. 18 – Organic Tacos (O Organics taco seasoning, corn shells, cheese and beef)
• Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Lasagna (family-size Signature Select frozen lasagna, romaine lettuce and salad dressing)
• Friday, Dec. 22 – Salmon (salmon filets, frozen broccoli and pesto sauce)
• Monday, Dec. 25 – No bundle will be released on Christmas Day
• Wednesday, Dec. 27 – Roasted Chicken (Signature Cafe rotisserie chicken, mixed frozen vegetables and macaroni salad)
• Friday, Dec. 29 – Pizza & Wings (Signature Select frozen pizza, wings and ice cream)

Albertsons kicked off the 12 Days of Holiday Meal Bundles Deal on Friday, Dec. 1, with an O Organics pasta dinner including beef, greens, sauce and spaghetti, which was followed on Monday, Dec. 4, by a fish taco meal with cod fillets, tortillas, salsa and sour cream.

The Fresh Market marks the occasion

Specialty grocer The Fresh Market has made its list (and hopes shoppers are checking it twice) of occasion-based prepared meals plus all the sides for the Christmas season, with packages serving from two to 14 people.

Topping the list is the Ultimate Holiday Meal, which serves 12 to 14 people and offers customers a choice of a fully cooked turkey or boneless sliced ham entree plus all the sides for $199.99, or less than $15 per person. Members of the Greensboro, North Carolina-based chain’s Ultimate Loyalty Experience program save $10.

Other meal deals for home gatherings include the Traditional Holiday Meal with a fully cooked turkey entree serving eight to 10 people for $99.99 ($10 per person);
Essential Ham Meal serving three to five people for $74.99 ($14 per person); Essential Holiday Meal with a cooked turkey breast entree serving three to five $74.99 ($15 per person); Holiday Ham Meal serving eight to 10 for $99.99 ($10 per person); and
Holiday Brunch with a quiche lorraine entree serving four people for $19.99 ($5 per person).

New this year from The Fresh Market is the Holiday Turkey Market Meal Kit for 2, which includes turkey breast medallions, mashed sweet potatoes, wild rice pilaf, peppercorn gravy, green beans, seasoning and olive oil, for $19.99, or about $10 per person. Prepared food packages for a cozier two-person gathering include the Prime Rib Meal for $49.99 ($25 per person) and the Oven-Ready Low Country Boil—crab clusters, shrimp, potatoes and corn on the cob—for $29.99 ($14.99 per person).

A-la-carte standing rib roast, whole beef tenderloin, turkey and ham entrees, as well as side dishes, also are available for ordering in advance online or in stores through Dec. 21, The Fresh Market noted. Customers can pick up their meals at stores from Dec. 21 to 24. The grocer said its 2023 Holiday Meals will come in free, reusable thermal boxes, while supplies last. Curbside pickup and delivery via Instacart, DoorDash and UberEats also are available for holiday shopping, the retailer added.  specializes in outsourced business development. We can help you identify, quantify and qualify additional food retail segment opportunities or a brand leveraging integration strategy.  Foodservice Solutions® of Tacoma WA is the global leader in the Grocerant niche visit, or Contact

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