Category Archives: specialty retail

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Millennials – Coming in Hot!

There is no doubt that millennials are shifting cultural norms. Millennials, often described as “cord cutters”, are twisting up just about anything and everything that has been paved before them through traditions and social norms, since before the baby boomers. Here are just a few of the changes we’re starting to see from millennials: Continue reading Millennials – Coming in Hot!

You Visualize. We Customize.

Since 1991, our team at CMS has been committed to designing and manufacturing top of
the line products to meet your specifications. We’ve designed over 800 standard products
but we are also capable of creating custom designed solutions for just about any
environment. Over the years, we’ve done specialized work for floral shops, hotel lobbies,
supermarkets, restaurants, and many other interior spaces. Although custom design work can certainly present challenges, our team is dedicated to Continue reading You Visualize. We Customize.

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Paradox of Choice

paradox-of-choiceI recently came across 2 articles that dovetail together. The first is an older New York Times piece that covers the psychology of “the paradox of choice”. The basic premise: although the presence of choice and having lots of options has long been viewed positively by both retailers and shoppers alike, in reality there are many people who find more and more choice to be paralyzing. Continue reading Paradox of Choice

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2015 Culinary Trends: What’s Hot

The National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot” culinary forecast predicts the food and menu trends for the coming year. For 2015, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,300 professional chefs to find out what the hottest menu trends will be. The link below will take you to a page on restaurant.org’s website where you can select from a menu of trend articles.

Although this forecast is geared to the restaurant industry, there is no doubt that there are many crossover trends that also could play equally important roles within the grocery and specialty food retail segments. It will come as no surprise that concepts like local sourcing, sustainability and nutrition are three key themes that are highlighted throughout the 2015 forecast.

Link:  2015 Culinary Forecast

heirloom-popcorn

And Now… Craft Popcorn

By now we all know about the craft beer movement that has swept across the country and my last post was on craft whiskey, but you probably are not familiar with a similar heirloom (craft) popcorn revival in this country. As with craft beer, people are searching out artisanal and more flavorful (as well as healthy) snack options, Continue reading And Now… Craft Popcorn

shou sugi ban charred wood

Shou-Sugi-Ban

I’m not trying to impress with my use of Japanese — “shou-sugi-ban” is a wood treatment technique invented by the Japanese. It involves charring wood to add beauty and longevity to the wood. Traditionally in Japan, cedar siding and fencing was burnt to increase the wood’s resistance to insects and fire. The basic idea involves burning the surface of the wood to a varying degree of char, anywhere from a lightly burned-in look to a deep black char. When done well, Continue reading Shou-Sugi-Ban

millennials wine shopping

Marketing Wine to Millennials

Listed below is a link to a recent post on the SmartBlog site for Food and Beverage. This post starts out with the fact that. although boomers remain the biggest overall spenders on wine, millennials are now the fastest-growing group of wine drinkers. It then details several suggestions on how to better market to this segment, of which a couple of items stood out for me:

Gen Y drinkers are not afraid to try new things and are very explorative. According to research sited from Napa Technology, Continue reading Marketing Wine to Millennials