It shouldn’t be a big surprise that the millennial generation is making a huge impact on the retail world. This technology savvy group of individuals and their large amounts of ‘followers’ have scaled a diverse approach to grocery shopping. Rather than looking for inexpensive meals such as Top Ramon and Lean Cuisines, they’re taking a more organic and healthier approach by recognizing that fun and fresh are no longer fragmented when it comes to their food. Continue reading The Millennials!
Our team at CMS is ecstatic for the upcoming summer season! Warmer weather, golf outings, and fresh produce hitting the stores are a few of the things we are looking forward to. It doesn’t get much better than walking into a produce department filled with an array of colors, misted veggies and fresh picked fruits. To share our excitement, here are a few tips on using our products to merchandise your seasonal produce: Continue reading Orange you glad it’s almost summer!
I 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
A gluten-free diet is mandatory for people with celiac disease but it also has increasingly become integrated into the daily diet of many health-conscious shoppers. For supermarkets, this means participating in the expansion and incorporation of gluten-free products throughout the store. As a result, retailers everywhere are asking the question, “Should gluten-free products become integrated or segregated?” Continue reading Gluten-Free Foods: Segregation or Integration?
NPR’s food-related blog site “the salt” added a great post this week on how grocery chains need to evolve and get creative to win back customers who now have more shopping channels to choose from. Although traditional grocery stores have been losing market share (per the article, 15% over the past 10 years), many chains are proving that there are numerous ways to fight back. We have touched on some of these in past posts here on our own site, including the first one listed below which was the topic of our most recent post.
Here are 5 ways grocery chains are innovating: Continue reading How to Win Back Customers
I have come across a rash of articles lately profiling supermarket chains that are adding in-store bars and restaurants. In Hy-Vee’s new Des Moines stores, their Market Grilles offer casual dining, along with craft beer selections and large TV screens. Another example: Whole Foods is currently in the process of adding in-store dining and bars to their new stores in the Chicago market. Around the country, other grocery chains Continue reading In-Store Bars and Dining
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
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
A few weeks ago, after publishing my post on charred-wood techniques, I ran across an article on the recent rise in local, craft distilleries.
This is a movement that is going on all across the country, with new distilleries popping up all over. Continue reading Craft Whiskey – Coming to a Town Near You