The Food Institute Blog

The Food Institute Blog

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Brian Todd

At $13.7 billion, Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods Market is largest deal ever for a grocer and equates to a 10 times EV/EBITDA multiple, notes a report from BMO Capital Markets.

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Posted in Grocery   Whole Foods   Amazon   Retail   Mergers  
Posted on January 27, 2016 by Brian Todd

Last year, McDonald’s tested a breakfast bowl with kale in Southern California. It was not surprising, considering that the trendy vegetable has been added to the menus of numerous more upscale quick-serve restaurants like Panera and has bee ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's   Vegetables   Produce   Potatoes   Kale   Foodservice  
Posted on September 11, 2015 by Brian Todd

An interesting article in The Wall Street Journal today about the Aldi supermarket chain and the impact of the low cost retailer on British food retailers pointed out that the chain is expanding in the U.S. It's surprisin ... Read More

Posted in Aldi   Retail   Grocery   Trader Joe's  
Posted on June 29, 2015 by Brian Todd

Walmart is not the only competitor grocers have to look out for. When Darden Restaurants reported last week that it expects one-fifth of its Olive Garden chain’s sales will come from takeout as it initiates home delivery, grocery store opera ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice  
Posted on April 21, 2015 by Brian Todd

While sales of food for at-home consumption at $147.3 billion totaled over 50% more than eating and drinking place sales in the first two months of 2015 according to The Food Institute, eating and drinking places’ share of overall food sales ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Food Retail  
Posted on April 15, 2015 by Brian Todd

Americans are not spending more dining out than for groceries, contrary to a report by Bloomberg. They are, however, not always doing so at their local supermarket. The 87-year old Food Institute has been tracking retail sales of foo ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice  
Posted on April 09, 2015 by Brian Todd

How would you like to know that 2.2% of your annual revenue was going to come from fees people pay to just to buy your products or services? There might be some administrative costs incurred but other than that, you would have a positive cash flow ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on March 30, 2015 by Brian Todd

Looking at the latest personal expenditure data from the government, in 2014’s final quarter, consumers spent 9% less than the prior year on gasoline for their vehicles than the year before – or about $33 billion on an annualized basis ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Retail  
Posted on March 26, 2015 by Brian Todd

In the news reports about the $46 billion merger of Heinz and Kraft Foods, most analysts immediately noted that the new company would be the 3rd largest U.S. food company (or 5th largest in the world, depending on the source). However, much of the ... Read More

Posted in Kraft-Heinz  
Posted on February 26, 2015 by Brian Todd

Ambiguous laws can cause problems for businesses and individuals. This is borne out by the recent Supreme Court decision in Yates vs U.S.  Much to the chagrin of federal prosecutors, the Court ruled on Feb. 25 that the anti-shredding provisio ... Read More

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Brian Todd

Food Institute board member, C. Winston (Win) Taylor, will be feted at Saint Joseph’s University’s second annual Food Marketing Hall of Honor Day on April 21, for his achievements and contributions to the food industry. “This is ... Read More

Posted on February 03, 2015 by Brian Todd

The food industry is gearing up for the Millennials who recently surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest segment of the U.S. population but whose eating habits are much different.  As noted in the upcoming Demographics Of Food Spending ... Read More

Posted in Millennials