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
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
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
Growth in the US organic food market is expected to continue through 2018 with a new report predicting a compound annual growth rate of 14%. Equally important is the forecast that organic food sales will continue to increase at a much higher level than the non-organic food market. Continue reading
Every year, the “experts” tell us what they expect new trends will be in food and grocery retail. Recent articles on the NPR Online and Supermarket News websites highlight several of the food trends that are predicted to be hot in 2013.
Here are a few of the trends mentioned:
- healthy snacks, mini-meals and breakfast foods are increasing in importance
- more grocery shoppers are millennials and men
- Boomers are shopping to combat health issues – e.g. antioxidant fruits/vegetables (e.g. blueberries, kale) and whole grains
- Asian influences on food will continue to grow</li><li>the farm-to-table (and local food) movement remains strong