The Fresh Market has reimagined its flagship store in Greensboro, N.C., to include a made-to-order restaurant concept and coffee experience, making it a culinary destination for guests, CEO Jason Potter said. The grocer's new restaurant concept includes items from smoothies to smoked-in-house pork barbecue.
Whole Foods Market has added an option to place to-go orders for prepared food items at select stores. Customers can order customized sushi, soup, salads, sandwiches, hot pizzas, entrees and beverages through the grocer's iOS app.
Salad kits are in high demand and sales will continue to grow, according to FMI's 2021 Power of Produce report. Food safety concerns at the start of the pandemic brought increased demand for salad kits and companies including Fresh Express, FiveStar and Dole Food have expanded their lines to appeal to today's customers.
Publix is changing its Produce for Kids program to raise money for local Feeding America food banks, using e-newsletters and social media to raise awareness. "Giving back to our local communities is at the core of our company culture, and we are proud to collaborate with Healthy Family Project for the Produce for Kids campaign," said Dwaine Stevens, Publix's director of community relations.
Although the typical Wegmans Food Market location runs between 120,000 and 150,000 square feet, the grocer will go with a smaller format on three new locations planned for Alexandria, Va., Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, Del. Each of the new sites will run between 81,000 and 84,000 square feet and be part of urban mixed-use developments.
Charcuterie boards are expected to be big sellers this holiday season and ALDI is working to enhance the quest to build innovative seasonal offerings by appointing a seven-member charcuterie board of directors, filled with food and beverage experts. With online searches about charcuterie surging 300% over the past year, the board plans to offer guidance to novices and experts alike using videos, virtual demonstrations and a set of templates available through the grocer's website.
The upcoming holiday season is likely to drive the continued explosion of online shopping, and Target and Walmart are preparing for the rush by enhancing their omnichannel offerings. Walmart has extended its hours, added more product options and expanded delivery windows, while Target has increased its curbside capabilities and the selections available for same-day delivery.
Caulipower has created a new line of scrambled egg and cauliflower breakfast cups that will come in three versions made with different vegetables, cheeses and seasonings. Caulipower has been expanding into new categories including frozen cauliflower-based pasta, and it has also launched sweet potato-coated chicken tenders.
With in-store samplings on hold during the pandemic, Rebellyous Foods is betting on upbeat videos and Moms Meet reviews to spread the word about the brand's plant-based Tenders and Patties. Other plant-based meat brands including Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat and Lightlife have created their first ad campaigns to raise brand awareness and grow sales among a growing base of plant-based food consumers.
Deploying new solutions to fight the food waste problem has become top of mind for many food retailers and suppliers, and has thrust the efforts of companies such as iFoodDS and Apeel into the spotlight. Both are focused on using technology to identify food that may not meet retail standards but could be used by wholesalers or food banks instead of being thrown away.
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