If you believe the media’s frenzied reporting, you might think Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market is something like a doomsday event grocers. Just look at some of the headlines: Amazon Deal for Whole Foods Starts a Supermarket War (The New York Times) Analyst Says Whole Foods Competitors Are ‘Screwed’ (Forbes) The Grocery Industry…
Working in the supermarket industry requires various checks and balances. It is tricky to operate a business where the shelf life of the inventory ranges from years to days. Unfortunately, time sensitive items get thrown away for a number of reasons. Additionally, goods that incur damages are thrown out and create loss. Both of these…
A recent survey released by the West Coast poultry powerhouse Foster Farms, reveals that the attitudes of Millennials in regards to food concerns, consumer interests, and purchasing behaviors and preferences are significantly steering the food industry in a new direction.
In Central Florida, like other places in the United States, it is often the case that small health food stores serve as a community’s pioneers in the markets of organic food, natural health products, and vitamins.
Studies suggest that people have an ingrained fear of shortage. Whether this is a psychological hangover from the days of lean harvests and not having enough food to tide us over during the winter months is up for debate.
However, it remains true that retailers can tap into these subconscious anxieties to gently persuade customers to add impulse purchases to both their online and in-store carts.
Publix, Chick-fil-A, and Food Lion are among the companies that earned an “excellent” score in a recent study conducted by the Temkin Group that compared a wide variety of organizations and industry verticals. These companies, along with other supermarkets and fast-food chains like Kroeger, Save-a-Lot, and Wegmans, received top ratings from consumers.
Despite a two-year decline in profits, North American independent grocers were able to turn these numbers around in 2015. The NGA’s Independent Grocers Financial Survey reports strong financial indicators for the industry, confirming what many already know: independent grocers are resilient and driven towards continued improvement.
As a desire for farm-to-table narratives increases, the culture of the food industry continues to evolve in order to meet changing consumer demands and interests. In particular, the industry is seeing a large scale push for organic products, as Millennials enter into the shopping the arena with purchasing practices predicated on nutrition and healthy living.
Metcalfe’s Market, with stores in Madison and Wauwatosa, has become the first official partner of Stop Waste Together in an effort to prevent food waste created by expired products from grocery shelves. Through this partnership with Stop Waste Together, Metcalfe’s is taking aim at doing their part to reduce the $165 billion worth of food…