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Food retail and e-commerce

Food retail is in a state of flux today as traditional brick & mortar retailers face compete with foodservice chains, a new wave of meal kit/delivery providers and the ever-present threat of Amazon. They are also trying to adapt to changing consumer tastes and shopping habits, improve their fresh prepared food offer, and figure out how to navigate the e-commerce channel, without breaking the bank. Keep up with the latest developments here.

Researchers call for more leniency for SNAP benefits for higher ed students

Being a poor college student unable to afford books or a night out is one thing, but being a poor college student who also is unable to afford groceries or...

Kwik Trip illustrates how c-stores are an emerging go-to channel for better-for-you products

Manufacturers of healthy and better-for-you snacks looking to enter the convenience store channel might find an in with Kwik Trip, which, according to the Partnership for a Healthier America, is...

Door to Door Organics CEO: Amazon/Whole Foods deal a ‘huge wake-up call’

Americans buy everything online, from books to vacations. But when it comes to groceries, bricks, not clicks, still rule. That was until Amazon struck a deal to buy Whole Foods,...

Amazon Instant Pickup and Aldi’s partnership with Instacart illustrate gains of online grocery shopping

The launch of Amazon Instant Pickup and Aldi’s new partnership with Instacart, both announced this week, propel forward online grocery shopping, which according to industry analysts is quickly gaining momentum...

Screw business as usual? RUNA co-founder on clean energy, social innovation, and staying focused

It’s hard to think of a company where mission and brand are more intertwined than RUNA, which was forged around an ingredient - guayusa - that created a powerful point...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Key strategies for innovation & renovation from Kraft Heinz

A commonly held perception of the ongoing renaissance in the food and beverage industry is that only small, nimble startups are innovating to meet consumers’ evolving needs, and that large,...

NuturMe CEO shares what it takes to secure accounts with ‘top tier’ retailers

After years of knocking on the doors of top tier retailers and hearing no, baby and toddler food company NuturMe is finally hearing yes from major players including Target, Kroger...

No light at the end of the tunnel for Dean Foods as milk price wars escalate, says Bernstein

Milk price wars are “compressing the margin of private label retail prices over the Class I milk input cost to abnormally low levels,” say analysts at Bernstein.

Farmers’ markets gaining traction in US offer opportunities and challenges

Sales at farmers’ markets currently may be only a small fraction compared to conventional grocery stores, but the channel is gaining traction – especially among millennials – and offers a...

Nonprofit pressures Aramark to speed-up its efforts to improve the nutrition of the meals it serves

Despite Aramark’s ambitious five-year plan to improve the health of Americans 20% by 2020, the public health non-profit Balanced wants the food service giant to do more to improve the...

FOOD VISION USA 2017: What does the Amazon/Whole Foods deal mean for everyone else?

Much of the punditry immediately following the Amazon/Whole Foods announcement focused on how the tie up might impact Whole Foods stores. Will they become test beds for Amazon Go-style technology...

Sprouts' partnership with Amazon Prime Now could expand to half the store network, predicts CEO

The partnership with Amazon Prime Now could ultimately expand to almost half of the Sprouts store network, predicts the Phoenix-based retailer, which posted a 1.4% rise in same store sales...

The Chaat Co lands more than money with Jain Farm Fresh investment

For US-based Indian street snack maker The Chaat Co, $1 million in seed funding including investment from India’s Jain Farm Fresh Foods is about more than just the money --...

An attractive produce section can give retailers a competitive edge, FMI study suggests

Looks may not be everything, but they matter a lot – especially in the produce section, which can be a pivotal driver for foot traffic and subsequent sales throughout the...

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market could help push more shoppers to ecommerce

Only 9% of US consumers currently buy groceries online, but the Amazon/Whole Foods deal already is generating incremental interest in buying egroceries, according to a new consumer survey.

Nailbiter uses video to collect real-time data on purchase decisions

As Facebook Live, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories became embedded into day-to-day routines, market research firm Nailbiter saw an opportunity to elevate consumer surveys to involve real-time videos of the decision...

GNC CEO: ‘Amazon is not a death knell for brick-and-mortars, but a great advertising platform’

Amazon is not a threat to brick-and-mortar retailers but an opportunity to be put in front of countless new consumers, says Bob Moran, CEO of GNC in a recent earnings...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Can duck become the dark horse of animal proteins?

When it comes to eating meat in the US, chicken, without a doubt, is the main attraction with Americans consuming an average of 91 pounds last year – that is...

First round to Lidl in trademark infringement dispute with Kroger

Kroger has lost its bid to gain a preliminary injunction that would immediately bar Lidl from using its 'Preferred Selection' name on its premium private label products.

The top performing grocery retailers have superior prepared food sections, says Nielsen

Among top performing retailers with high sales across the store, 49% of these sales come from the fresh department, according to the latest analysis by market research firm Nielsen.

News in brief

Amazon's US grocery sales surged 50% to $420m in Q2; perishables up 110%

As a percentage of the overall grocery retail market, Amazon’s $420m in Q2 grocery sales in the US is pretty small fry. But its 50% year-on-year growth is making the...

What does Blue Apron’s roller-coaster stock price mean for the meal kit category’s future?

In an about-face, Blue Apron’s stock is surging on the strength of positive investor ratings published earlier this week, but the meal kit company’s initial rocky start in public trading...

Is Lidl infringing Kroger’s trademarks? Attorneys weigh in…

Is Lidl’s ‘Preferred Selection’ private label “confusingly similar” to Kroger’s ‘Private Selection’?  Or is Kroger’s recent trademark infringement lawsuit against Lidl merely an opportunistic bid to derail a rival’s US...

Social aspects of grilling create year-round marketing opportunities for brands, retailers, Acosta finds

For many Americans grilling is more than a means to put dinner on the table – it is a way to celebrate special occasions and everyday joys with friends, family...

Lidl’s US business model will evolve, says Bernstein: ‘Aldi prices with Harris Teeter service and quality is not sustainable’

“Lidl will be a very real threat for small scale grocers that lack differentiation or operational efficiencies," predict analysts at Bernstein. However, its success in the US “is by no...

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