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Staying in Is the New Going Out: The Hygge Trend’s Impact on American Retail

Americans are dining out less and eating at home more; 82 percent of all meals are sourced from home. But “regardless of whether we prepare food at home or purchase food from a restaurant, our preference is increasingly to eat it at home,” said our Food Industry Analyst, David Portalatin. Why are people eating at home more? Part of it has to do with U.S. consumers tightening their wallets post-recession. But there’s something else going on here, David speculated. Americans genuinely want ...Read More



Lessons for grocerants from fast casual restaurants

The rise in popularity and success of fast casual restaurant brands like Panera, Chipotle and sweetgreen have substantially altered the dining industry and consumer perceptions of eating out. Much of the success of fast casual formats stems from the fact that fresh food experiences — which the chains specialize in delivering — are the essence of consumer evaluations of quality in restaurants today. ...Read More



10 reasons bar-and-grill chains are in crisis

People just don’t eat inside restaurants like they once did. That’s true whether the restaurant is a casual-dining chain or a quick-service concept. These days, 61 percent of all restaurant visits are takeout. While casual-dining concepts are working to increase their takeout business, they are designed as dine-in restaurants. Full ...Read More



5 Global Private Brand Trends Revealed

Christopher Durham & Jordan Stevens, with Theory House, presents Vertex, the International Retail Brand Design Competition award winning packaging. ...Read More



Q1 Food and Beverage Trends

This year started with a fizzle for the food and beverage sector. A challenging economy, unusual weather patterns and evolving industry dynamics set the stage for uncertainty and caution. Understand how these complex and interwoven factors influenced shoppers across food and beverage aisles and get a sneak peek into expectations for the remainder of the year. Start here to develop strategies that will make the second half of the year one to remember. ...Read More



Grocers embrace in-store kiosks as tech advances

Supermarkets leverage areas that print coupons, offer nutritional information and recipe ideas, and enable quick-service deli ordering to enhance the shopping experience. Full ...Read More



Schnucks Taps Former Anheuser Busch Prez David Peacock as Prez/COO

David A. Peacock, former president of Anheuser-Busch and an active community leader, has joined fellow St. Louis-based company Schnuck Markets Inc. as its new president and COO.  Peacock, who joins a management team with an average industry experience of more than 20 years, will oversee procurement/merchandising, operations, marketing/communications and supply chain for a company whose 100 stores and 14,000 teammates span five states. ...Read More



SUPERVALU, AWG pick up new business in Central Grocers bankruptcy

SUPERVALU will now supply Sunset Foods, Potash Bros., Shop & Save Markets, Garden Fresh and Cermak Fresh Markets after Central Grocers' recent bankruptcy filing, sources said. Associated Wholesale Grocers has also added to its roster following the bankruptcy, with new customers including Angelo Caputo's Fresh Market, Treasure Island Foods, Fairplay Foods and Pete's Fresh Market. ...Read More



Deflation Dings Ahold Delhaize’s Q1 U.S. Sales

Ahold Delhaize has posted what it called “resilient” first-quarter fiscal 2017 results with an increase in margins for the group, despite what CEO Dick Boer admitted was an “ongoing deflationary environment in the United States.” ...Read More



ShopRite launches wellness program to cut through nutritional white noise

Wellness is everywhere. And sometimes, that’s precisely the problem.  In an effort to combat that, ShopRite launched the Well Everyday program in April, an “in-store messaging program that is aimed at highlighting better food choices and designed to help customers take small steps towards better nutrition,” according to a company release. ...Read More