About 203 million American adults consider themselves to be the primary grocery shoppers in their households, according to FMI's U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2015 report, and considering there are only 123 million households in the country, the numbers point to a trend away from the "primary shopper model" and toward a "shared shopper model," FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin writes. "[I]t appears to me that the trusted food retailer might be a logical resource in helping couples clarify their roles, manage their differences, and move more gracefully into this new mode of shared shopping," she writes.
Grocers have a unique opportunity to generate significant revenue and customer support in today's market by leveraging existing customer analytics and communications assets, U.S. Region Intelligent Shopper Solutions President David Buckingham writes. Consumer packaged goods companies can combine efforts with category managers to balance the media model and improve the results of marketing efforts, he writes.
Online grocery shopping programs are "doing very well" when it comes to sales of center-store food and non-food categories, according to the 2015 eCommerce SuperStudy by Willard Bishop. The study also found that express-lane pick-up locations are used most often by mothers and saw strong sales in children, family and baby categories, while home deliveries were more popular in categories catering to elderly consumers.
Weis Markets will buy a Shur-fine store in Hanover, Pa., and convert it to a Weis location to replace a nearby store, the retailer announced Wednesday. The new location offers a more convenient, larger store that will create a "better shopping experience and improved variety in every department," Weis Chief Operating Officer Kurt Schertle said.
Whiskey is the most popular style of liquor in 42 of 50 states, particularly Jack Daniel's and Fireball, according to data analysis by BARTRENDr, a social application. Captain Morgan rum, however, topped the list in Wisconsin, while Virginia drinkers preferred Grey Goose vodka and Oregon's most popular was Jose Cuervo.
A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would end a ban on shipping alcohol through the U.S. Postal Service, allowing direct shipments from licensed producers and retailers to consumers over the age of 21. The USPS Shipping Equity Act, introduced Thursday, has 24 original co-sponsors, including author Rep. Jackie Speier of Calif.
A Paris store has resurrected the vending machine concept to sell organic fresh vegetables, fruit and eggs from Île-de-France farms, paying beleaguered growers a much higher percentage than they can get from supermarkets. Au Bout Du Champ, translated "at the end of the field," is able to pay growers up to half of the proceeds generated from its 200 self-service, coin-operated produce compartments, which require minimal staff time.
Oregon residents are second only to Californians in the amount of vegetables they eat daily, but 89% of them still fall short of the two- to three-cup daily recommendation, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 8.9% of Americans achieve the daily recommendation for vegetable consumption, while 13.1% eat the recommended 1.5 to two cups of fruit daily.
R&D Magazine has named DeltaTrak’s ThermoTrace TTI Time-Temperature Indicator Label a finalist for its 2015 R&D 100 Awards. The label's patented bar-code system allows users throughout the supply chain to enter information and photos aimed at documenting temperature abuse. Winners of the awards will be announced Nov. 13.
Retail prices for fresh fruits and vegetables showed almost no inflation this year, according to a report by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. Fruit prices rose by up to 1%, and vegetable price inflation rose by 0.5% to 1.5%. The inflation outlook for 2016 prices is 2.5% to 3.5% for fruit and 2% to 3% for vegetables, according to the report.