Saturday, January 5, 2013

The retail food landscape is changing are you keeping up?

Americans love affair with restaurants is not dying.  However increased competition with innovative food with a twist broadens consumer choice of dinning with quality, ease at home. Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh and prepared food is expanding consumer choice of Mix & Match Meal component options.

Restaurants, Convenience stores and Grocery stores are all selling Take-Away food.  Meal Mix & Match grocerant meal components have been the leading sector in retail foodservice of late. It’s menu magic.

Mix & Match grocerant food allows the consumer to spend more time in front of the 65 inch TV.  Grocery store brand loyalty and frequency increases with each advancement in quality Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat food.  Here are examples of Mix and Match Meal components from Grocery stores only:  What is your local grocery store are selling?  More important how are you positioning your brand and products? Below are local grocery or C-store offering from around the country. Can you guess which retailers?

Goat Cheese Strawberry Salad: spring mix topped with thinly sliced
strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and crumbled goat cheese

Cajun Seasoned Potatoes: roasted potatoes topped with Cajun
blackening seasoning

Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi and Chicken Tenders: coated in
toasted panko bread crumbs and cream of coconut (ready-to cook)

Mexican Lasagna, Mushroom Risotto

Crabcakes, Aegean Salad: shell pasta with Feta, onion, artichoke hearts, cherry
tomatoes and kalamata olives

Caprese Panini, BBQ Chicken Quesadilla,Matzo Ball Soupeared Chicken Breast with Peach & Chive Sauce

Parmesan Chicken Fingers, Turkey Roulade with Cranberry Stuffing.Side orders
Cauliflower Spinach Gratin
Artichoke & Asiago Croquette,  Spaghetti with Seasoned Tomato Sauce, Escarole & Beans
Apple Almond Yam Cakes

Since 1991 retail food consultancy Foodservice Solutions® of Tacoma, WA has been the global leader in the Grocerant niche for more on Foodservice Solutions® Bing or Google Grocerants or visit, or Facebook Steven Johnson

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