Monday, February 27, 2017

5 Reasons Grocerants Are Hot

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Kosher, Halal Foods Are Meaningful to Many

Grocerants can use their appeals to grow and polish ethical image.

Grocerants can serve Kosher and Halal foods to click with customers who are passionate about animal welfare and environmental health.

Social media messages, menus and signs can express shared interests in humane treatment and sustainability issues. Consumers generally understand that Kosher and Halal slaughtering methods are meant to be pain-free for animals and must be done by specially trained ritual slaughterers. They also perceive these foods as healthier and more sanitary. 

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Latin Food Themes Can Build a Hot, Hot, Hot Following

Learn how chef Richard Sandoval does it all at this upcoming session and tour during NRA Show 2017.

Latinicity, the vision of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval, occupies a lofty space atop a Chicago mall. Its food stations and tapas restaurant are destinations with diverse choices he feels represent “what you might expect to encounter in Peru, or Argentina or Mexico from their respective, authentic street vendors.”  

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Q&A Profile: Geoffrey Wexler, Wakefern

Foodservice@Retail: Grocerants interviews Geoffrey Wexler, Vice President – Foodservice at Wakefern Food Corp., the nation’s largest supermarket cooperative, serving more than six million customers weekly at more than 270 ShopRites in six northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The majority of stores offer in-store dining with diverse cuisines. Chefs run culinary workshops in many of them. Click here for more. Mr. Wexler comments on the future of grocerants and their value to stores.

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What Grocerants Can Learn From Google

Compete by offering easy-to-sort food items on your mobile app.

Everyone seems to use Google, obviously Yahoo & AOL know that all too well, and, according to Engadget, a primary reason is that Google uses its "knowledge graph" to make search results far more useful than just a list of links, which means that you can get lots of info right in Google without having to click on any search results.  

Why should your Grocerant and prepared foods and every department in your supermarket care? Well, the latest addition to Google’s food mobile search brings up a carousel of recipes at the top of the results page. 

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Influences For Your Grocerant Are On The Street

Curate the best local food truck and street vendor ideas. 

Charlie Taverner in his column on might just be offering supermarkets a path to Grocerant success. 

Street food, he writes, has always been an urban phenomenon. A set of historical essays, aptly titled Food Hawkers: Selling in the Streets from Antiquity to the Present has chapters on ancient Rome, Naples in the 1700s, and modern-day Bangkok. The topline is that until recently, rich and poor city folk alike bought most of their food, raw and cooked, from stalls or wanderers on the streets. And many CPG companies including Campbell’s and ConAgra have been mining these street and truck food offerings for ideas to develop their supermarket products. 

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Data to Digest in This Issue

“Pre-planned meals are a thing of the past. Modern consumers don’t make a meal decision more than 15 minutes before consumption. The grocerant has become a strategic imperative.”

--Geoffrey Wexler, Vice President-Foodservice, Wakefern Food Corp.

Kosher and Halal foods will “grow in double digits over the next decade as more shoppers understand their tenants.”

--SupermarketGuru Phil Lempert

The Kosher food industry has a $12.5 billion value with 19,000 Kosher products in U.S. supermarkets.


Halal food sales alone approached $2 billion in grocery and c-store and similar channels during the 12 months ended August 2016.


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