Amazon is planning to grow its Go concept to the supermarket space with new stores separate from Whole Foods Market. The company is also hoping to license its technology to airport stores and kiosks, baseball stadium retail spots and movie theaters.
Some consumer packaged goods companies are abandoning validation research -- such as lengthy market studies, focus groups and product testing -- for an agile approach driven by consumer-behavior data, Christopher Doering writes. The approach has jump-started sales for Conagra's Healthy Choice brand and allowed Ferrara Candy to cost-effectively launch products faster while Mars Wrigley prefers leveraging traditional research with digital tools.
The nation's largest Asian grocer, 99 Ranch Market, is venturing into New England with a store in Quincy, Mass. The California-based retailer has 52 locations, with five on the East Coast after the Massachusetts store opens early next year.
Making central kitchens, commissaries and other areas within a supermarket more energy-efficient is helping businesses improve their bottom line while protecting the environment. Installing LED lights and newer, more advanced compressors offers smarter, cheaper energy solutions, says Mehmert Store Services co-owner Chad Ott.
Nestle not only stays in front of emerging digital trends with its Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost, but it also embeds what that team learns throughout the company, says Mark Brodeur, global head of digital marketing innovation. "For us, having a really strong technical team coupled with people who have their finger on the pulse of consumer insights and consumer behavior really becomes important to be in a position to deliver those types of tangible outcomes," Brodeur says.
Walmart is unveiling its Produce 2.0 initiative, which will include new signage and shorter merchandise bins to create an "open market feel" for its produce section. Organic fare will be grouped together and aisles will be made wider to better accommodate traffic from online grocery shopping.
Kroger has joined with Infarm to grow sustainable, fresh produce on-site with modular vertical farming systems. The hydroponic farms will be introduced at two QFC locations in the Seattle area this month.
The future of food retail is the omnichannel approach. The food retail industry is constantly experiencing shifts in consumer behaviors and trends with online food retail. Traditional grocers have a unique opportunity to take advantage of this behavioral shift and lead the unification of an in-person and online grocery shopping experience. Innovation in productivity, convenience and consumer experience is what will continue to fuel this change. Learn more.
Breakthroughs in plant-based protein products are rapidly shifting the marketplace. Every day, there is news about leading food manufacturers and service providers focusing on alternative proteins. FMI shared a conversation on increasing interest in plant-based foods and alternative proteins. Listen to the free recording to learn more about category trends and consumer insights to help you capitalize on the growing interest in plant-based foods. Learn more.
The FMI 2019 US Grocery Shopper Trends report finds a rising number of households (33%) have at least one member following a nonmedically prescribed diet such as vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or flexitarian, and this trend is higher for Gen Z and millennial households. Increased demand for personalization is challenging the food shopping experience, and a growing number of shoppers are turning to plant-based proteins to help meet their unique household needs. Read more.
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