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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.

Mercato founder and CEO: 'Nobody has made it easy for the independent grocer'

Part delivery service, part online storefront, by working exclusively with independent retailers, Mercato founder Bobby Brannigan is confident he has carved out a space where his company can thrive in...

Whole30 certification helps brands boost exposure, sales and shelf space

Certifying a product as approved by the popular Whole30 diet is a “pretty intensive” process, according to the diet’s co-creator, but for the few and proud that make the cut,...

Gobble founder: 'We are one of the most lean, capital efficient companies in the meal kit market today'

While barely a week goes by without the launch of a new meal kit company, there is room in the market for “many multi-billion dollar players,” provided they carve out...

Bernstein: ‘By acquiring Whole Foods, the 365 brand becomes instantly available as part of Amazon’s online offering’

Aside from giving Amazon a network of bricks & mortar stores from which to expand Amazon Fresh and other services, acquiring Whole Foods gives the ecommerce giant access to the...

Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods adds 'locally relevant face to the Amazon machine'

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn will enhance the beverage shopping experience, which depends on a multichannel approach to succeed, according to Charlie Cain executive partner of Building...

US grocery shopping habits, from GMOs to QR codes: Are you up to speed?

What foods and beverages do Millennials like to buy online? Why do shoppers buy locally-grown foods, and why don’t more consumers scan QR codes? Here are 10 things that caught...

'Amazon has moved squarely onto the turf of traditional supermarkets and poses a much more significant threat,’ says analyst as ecommerce giant pays $13.7bn for Whole Foods

While TABS Analytics founder Dr Kurt Jetta argues that Amazon is effectively ‘raising the white flag’ when it comes to food e-commerce by coughing up $13.7bn to buy a bricks...

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FOOD VISION USA 2017: What’s for dinner tonight?

With more Americans only starting to think about what to have for dinner a few hours – or even minutes – before they plan to eat,  but at the same...

ALDI unveils $3.4bn expansion plan: 'We’re growing at a time when other retailers are struggling'

As Lidl prepares to open its first US stores this week, German rival ALDI has unveiled a $3.4bn plan to expand its US store base to 2,500 by 2022, on...

‘Amazon Choice is becoming increasingly important as we transition to this world of voice’

Alexa… how can I win on Amazon?

It’s well known that the brands that are growing the most rapidly on Amazon are not necessarily growing the most rapidly in grocery stores, so what are the most successful...

SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO 2017

Retailer technologies that can shake up CPG competition at the grocery store

More retailers are adapting new technology to keep them at the forefront—what does this mean to manufacturers? At Sweets and Snacks Expo 2017, we met with several exhibiting tech companies...

Blue Apron prepares for IPO: ‘We have reimagined the traditional grocery business model’

A “powerful and emotional brand connection,” “constant product innovation,” “attractive unit economics,” a “hard-to-replicate value chain,” and “proprietary technology and data,” help Blue Apron stand out in the burgeoning meal kit...

Chef’d CEO: ‘Our customer acquisition costs are about a tenth of what the competitive set is paying’

Thanks to its unique partnership model, wider selection, and no subscription fees, customer acquisition costs at meal-delivery firm Chef’d are significantly lower than rivals,’ claims founder and CEO Kyle Ransford,...

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Campbell Soup invests $10m in Chef’d: 'In the future, shopping for and preparing meals will be flexible, fully automated and even anticipatory'

Campbell Soup has invested $10m in online meal kit delivery firm Chef’d as part of the firm’s Series B funding round.

AWG partners with RangeMe to help streamline the product discovery process

Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) has joined a growing number of high-profile names – from Ahold and Whole Foods to Target – that have signed up with online platform RangeMe to...

Lidl US begins stateside invasion, first stores opening June 15

The first Lidl US stores will open on June 15 in the Carolinas and Virginia, the company announced at an exclusive press event in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Morningstar: 'It would be a mistake for investors to dismiss meal-kit delivery services'

Meal-kit delivery services account for less than 1% of US food and beverage retail sales, and most are likely to remain stubbornly in the red in the short term. That...

Unilever’s venture unit backs meal kit company Sun Basket

The private equity arm of global CPG giant Unilever, called Unilever Ventures, led the $9.2m Series C-2 funding of organic meal kit company Sun Basket.

Kroger and Once Upon a Farm partner to test coolers in baby aisle

Retailer Kroger is testing coolers in the baby aisle in 10 stores around Dallas and Houston, responding to demand from Millennial parents for fresh baby food.

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Driving ecommerce sales with an omnichannel marketing approach

Sales of food and beverage online may be lagging significantly behind those of other consumer packaged goods, but analysts expect them to pick up exponentially in the coming years –...

Albertsons and Whole Foods? Not a match made in heaven, say analysts

All eyes have been on Whole Foods since activist investors demanded radical action to address its recent “chronic underperformance." But is Albertsons – rumored to be courting the Austin-based retailer...

Amazon's US grocery sales surged 30% to $350m in Q1: 'Young men are the demographic most likely to buy their groceries online'

As a percentage of the overall grocery retail market, Amazon’s $350m in Q1 grocery sales (annualized – that’s $1.4bn) is pretty small fry. But its mouthwatering 30% year-on year-growth suggests...

C-store sales hit record high, partial credit goes to healthier food and beverage options

It was a record-breaking year for in-store convenience store sales, which hit $233bn in calendar year 2016, data from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 2016 indicated. Among the...

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Whole Foods must re-engineer its 'suboptimal and cost disadvantaged procurement and distribution strategy,' say activist investors

Activist investors led by Jana Partners have acquired 8.3% of Whole Foods’ stock according to an SEC filing, which says Whole Foods must take radical action to address its recent...

Food retail in flux: From deflationary blues to the e-commerce challenge

What keeps US food & beverage retailers awake at night? Amazon? Deflation? Competition from new channels? The prospect of a border adjustment tax? We quizzed retail experts to get their...

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