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Amazon Fresh a Bright Spot for Company Amid Challenging Q3

Since the first Amazon Fresh opened in September 2020, Amazon has expanded the number of brick-and-mortar grocery store concepts to 19 stores nationwide — and foot traffic has been increasing. Physical store sales were a …

Seafood Sales Riding Wave of ‘Blue Food’ Movement

Seafood sales continue to trend upward at the grocery store as health and environmental benefits sway more consumers towards so-called “blue foods” and restaurant accessibility remains in flux. Overall sales for the category totaled $16.8 …

Plant-Based Meat Deceleration Signals Niche Future

Plant-based meat sales in restaurants and retail are beginning to plateau following a meteoric rise throughout the pandemic period, while traditional meat engagement remains strong. Data and supporting analyst insights from IRI suggest that this …

Millennials, Gen Z Fueling Coffee Sales Boom

Coffee consumption is going strong throughout the U.S., with drinks away from home on the rise and younger consumers driving the popularity of specialty, refrigerated, and ready-to-drink brews. According to the National Coffee Data Trends …

Are National Brands Overtaking Private Label?

Over the past twelve months, national brands have turned the tables on private label, racking up a higher percentage of total dollar sales for edible products and beverages. The new data suggests a shifting landscape …

Albertsons Launches Shoppable Videos with Firework

Albertsons Cos. has entered the shoppable media space in a new collaboration with video platform Firework. Through the partnership, the grocer aims to transform its digital offerings with community-oriented experiences led by interactive short-form and …

Labor Union Influence Rising in Fulfillment Facilities

As the pandemic continues to impact U.S. frontline workers, union activity is growing across major companies like Mondelez and HelloFresh. Furthermore, labor unions are increasingly seeking to organize workers in fulfillment facilities as brands add …

U.S. Median Household Income Drops in 2020

The economic impacts of the pandemic took a significant toll on the financial stability of American households last year. U.S. median household income fell 2.9% to $67,500 between 2019 and 2020, according to new data from the …

Shoppable Content: The Next Chapter in Digital Advertising

As competition intensifies across the media advertising landscape, major retail players are differentiating themselves with technologically-optimized content that advances the omnichannel purchasing experience. The recent partnership between Walmart and media corporation Meredith has upped the …

Labor Shortages Continue to Drive Supply Chain Woes

Massive supply chain disruptions continue to pervade the U.S. food sector, with labor challenges triggering shortages from raw materials and ingredients to packaged goods. Some of the largest U.S. food distributors, including United Natural Foods …

How Rural Population Decline Impacts U.S. Agriculture

Rural populations showed further signs of decline in the recent release of the 2020 U.S. census. The data reflects shifting demographics and signals continued labor shortages across the nation’s farming and ranching regions. A Stateline …

Study: Compostable Packaging Matches Shelf Life of Plastic

As more food companies prioritize ESG initiatives, the use of compostable packaging continues to gain traction as an earth-friendly alternative to plastic. In the first half of 2021, major players like Chipotle, Taco Bell, and …

Is America Ready to Embrace African Cuisine?

While many traditional African foods are embedded in American culture, as a category, African cuisine remains largely unrepresented. But as consumers’ appetite for global flavor continues to flourish, the tides of change are well ashore. …

Is Kelp the Next Big Ingredient in Alt-Meat?

When it comes to sustainable food sources, kelp checks all the right boxes. But are U.S. consumers ready to embrace it as a main course? Courtney Boyd Myers, CEO of alt-meat food tech company AKUA, …

More Grocery Stockpiling on the Horizon as Delta Variant Looms

Consumers who packed their pantries throughout the pandemic may be looking to replenish those supplies, according to new research by Inmar Intelligence. Of 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed, 69.4% said they were contemplating a significant restock …

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Is the Plant-Based Market Showing Signs of Decline?

Despite interest in the plant-based space by investors, the category appeared to lose a bit of luster in the second quarter, as both Beyond Meat and Maple Leaf Foods noted sales of their plant-based offerings …

No Magic Bullet in Sight for U.S. Labor Shortage

With schools reopening and unemployment benefits scheduled to expire, employers have earmarked September as a hopeful turning point for the labor shortage. However, many economists and business owners warn that deeper issues will extend staffing challenges …

Restaurant Sales are Booming, But for How Long?

The restaurant industry continued to regain its financial footing in June, but the pandemic aftershocks have yet to subside. “The industry right now is extremely strong and is surging. For many operators, they have more business …

Why Salad Bars May Become a Thing of the Past

While grocery stores are experiencing an uptick in foot traffic this summer, most salad stations have stayed dark. Many grocers, including Hy-Vee’s, Wegmans, and Stop & Shop have no plans to reopen them anytime soon, …

The Future of Catering? Panera Focusing on Remote Workers

Panera Bread is now catering to remote and hybrid employees as it moves to regain sales in the once high-ticket sector. The chain’s new program, Panera Connects, enables companies to host catered meetings regardless of …

Low Carb Bread Innovations Continue to Rise

Consumer demand for low carb products has remained strong in 2021, due in part to the ongoing popularity of the ketogenic diet, which involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. According to …

Dollar General to Diversify Produce and Health Care Offerings

As the lines of traditional retail continue to blur, Dollar General is gaining competitive ground across multiple sectors, including grocery, convenience, and most recently, health and wellness. With 17,266 locations nationwide, Dollar General is the …