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Competition Heats Up in Canada as Emerging Channels Enter the Playing Field

Emerging channels in Canada are delivering a new wave of competition for traditional foodservice operators. Technomic’s 2019 Canadian Emerging Channels Consumer Trend Report explores these new players, covering everything from food halls to meal kits. While usage of these channels is currently low overall, there is strong appeal among younger consumers. This, along with future expansion plans, means that emerging channels are poised to steal share from restaurants moving forward.

“For younger consumers, a wider variety of need states compared to older consumers and a greater willingness to experiment and try new things leads to greater usage of emerging channels,” explains Bret Yonke, manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Moving forward, the broad nature of these channels means competition on multiple fronts. Food halls and food trucks will be the greatest threat for lunch occasions, while eatertainment and meal kits will...

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Jun 19 8:16 AM, General News



Good Eggs Releases Results of Family Food Fix Survey 

Good Eggs, the online market that delivers absurdly fresh groceries, today announced the results of its Family Food Fix Survey, which takes a pulse on the perspectives and behaviors of today's consumers when it comes to the necessary task of grocery shopping. Additionally, the findings reveal insights into meal kit usage, the reality of preparing multiple dinners every night, and what families across America want most for dinner.

"From grocery shopping to getting dinner on the table, feeding a family has become a time-consuming struggle for today's busy parents," said Jaime Nessel, Vice President of Assortment of Good Eggs. "Online grocery delivery services can provide significant time savings to families. At Good Eggs, we provide a complete, yet curated assortment of local products, absurdly fresh local produce and meat...

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Jun 5 11:26 AM, General News


Meal Kits: Why Older Adults Offer the Ideal Target Market

Think meal kits are a Millennial or Gen Z trend best suited to the novice cooking skills of adults under age 40? Packaged Facts encourages you to reconsider. The market research firm reveals in the report, Meal Kits: Trends and Opportunities in the U.S., 3rd Edition, that older adults provide a wealth of growth opportunities.

Many older consumers are experienced cooks who enjoy a homemade meal. However, as people age, their ability to use their hands and their ability to leave their home to shop for groceries may be diminished.

Older consumers are more likely to have developed conditions such as arthritis and tremors that make it difficult to engage in food preparation tasks, especially chopping and peeling vegetables. Meal kit delivery services can...

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May 8 2:34 PM, General News


Kroger and Home Chef Launch Pilot for Three New Retail Meal Solutions

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Home Chef announced today a pilot to enhance its existing selection of meal kits sold in more than 900 Kroger Family of Stores across the country with three new options.

  • Home Chef Oven-Ready meals feature fresh, ready-to-cook ingredients packed in an oven-safe tin to make both meal preparation and clean-up quick and effortless.
  • Home Chef Heat & Eat meals are delicious, fully-cooked, ready-to-heat meals, proteins and sides that can be prepared in as little as five minutes.
  • Home Chef Lunch Kits include salads, grain bowls, sandwiches and more with fully cooked proteins and can be prepared easily...
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May 8 8:21 AM, General News


UB Executive Conference: Deli is Driving Force Behind Grocery Perimeter Growth For Good Reasons

Sarah Schmansky is Vice President of Nielsen’s Fresh and H&W Growth and Strategy Teams, and a much-anticipated presenter at this year’s Executive Conference. The focus of her presentation was centered around the evolution of retail foodservice, with deli being a major component of that.

Nielsen data shows that in-store growth is coming from the perimeter of the store. Schmansky says “Deli is driving that growth.” And for good reason. Consumers are increasingly valuing their time and their health and wellness, and the deli foodservice component often checks both of those boxes.

Additionally, healthy growth is seen at the meat case and elsewhere in the perimeter. Deli is main driver of total fresh department growth. Deli foodservice, specifically, holds the dominant share...

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May 1 8:56 AM, Urner Barry


Technomic: Restaurants Brace for Increased Competition as Emerging Channels Continue to Expand

While usage of emerging channels is still low overall compared to traditional foodservice segments, strong appeal among younger consumers and continued nationwide expansion by these channels means increased competition for restaurants moving forward. Technomic's 2019 Emerging Channels Consumer Trend Report explores primary and secondary emerging channels, and covers the unique challenges and opportunities that each channel faces.

"Restaurant operators will have to pick and choose how to compete as variety and uniqueness are currently competitive advantages for emerging channels...

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Apr 24 9:39 AM, General News


NPD Group: Millions of US Adults have Yet to Use a Meal Kit but are Interested in Giving Them a Try

The meal kit market is quickly evolving from nearly exclusively online and subscription-based, home delivery services to on-demand availability in-store and online. Consumers are trying out the different ways to purchase meal kits, with over a quarter of recent users purchasing kits both in-store, including restaurants, and online, finds The NPD Group. While meal kit marketers and meal kit users are experimenting to find the right fit, there is a large group of consumers, 93 million, who have never tried a meal kit but are interested in giving them a try, which points to a market opportunity, according to NPD’s What’s Next for Meal Kits report.

“There is an untapped market for meal kits and it’s up to meal kit providers and retailers to find out ...

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Mar 13 12:44 PM, General News


Gen Z Adults Seek Foods Fitting Their Busy, Yet Health Conscious Lifestyles

Gen Z young adults have been caught up in the change in America's food culture that has moved consumers away from three sit-down meals at fixed times and in the direction of multiple eating experiences that occur throughout the day. As a result, today's 18- to 24-year-olds are more likely than their Millennial predecessors to say they often snack between meals (74% vs. 66%). When they do slowdown to prepare a meal, Gen Z young adults are much more likely to prefer simple, easy-to-prepare meals (58% vs. 40%). The findings were published in Looking Ahead to Gen Z: Demographic Patterns and Spending Trends, a report from Packaged Facts, a leading market research company.

Data published in the report further reveal that households headed by adults under age 25 are 29% more likely to ...

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Feb 12 9:17 AM, General News


Kroger and Home Chef Expand Nationwide Retail Rollout and Launch Meal Kit Feature for Online Orders

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Home Chef announced today the introduction of retail meal kits to new cities, bringing the weekly rotating meal solution to 500 additional Kroger Family of Stores across the country. Additionally, homechef.com has launched a customizable meal kit feature for online orders, allowing customers to have more flexibility in deciding what's for dinner by providing the choice to change and upgrade recipe ingredients. The feature—the first among leading meal kit brands—offers unprecedented variety for customers.

"Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience and provide new ways to shop for, prep and cook meals through exciting brick-and-mortar and digital experiences," said Robert Clark, Kroger's senior vice president of merchandising. "Last October, Kroger introduced Home Chef retail meal kits, and ...

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Feb 6 2:32 PM, General News


Meal Kit Providers Pivot Focus, Expand Services in $3 Billion Market

As more traditional stores offer meal kits as a product rather than as a service, the market will stabilize and become like other convenience grocery items that sell for a premium

When meal kit delivery services first emerged in Sweden back in 2007, the premise seemed simple enough: offer busy customers the chance to save a lot of time, have access to a wide variety of food choices, eat healthily, improve their cooking skills, and limit the amount of food waste. In the decade since, meal kits have largely delivered on their profitable potential as companies emerged to bring easy to prepare meals to doorsteps around the world, including expansion into several more European nations (Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom) and at least three more continents (Asia, Australia, and North America).

Shortly after reaching America more than five years ago, market research firm Packaged Facts estimated meal kits had become a fast growing billion-dollar business in the U.S. Since then, time has tempered both growth and expectations for meal kits though the future remains...

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Nov 30 9:07 AM, General News


HelloFresh Projects 60% Meal-kit Market Share in Canada in 2019

Following its recent acquisition of Canadian meal-kit service Chefs Plate, HelloFresh Canada has announced that the new dual-brand meal-kit leader expects to own 60% market share in Canada in 2019. The company also confirmed a revenue projection of $200 million for next year.

"We're also happy to announce a significant price drop for our Chefs Plate meal-kits, which will make our kits more accessible for Canadians. Prices will start as low as $8.99/serving as of early December," said Chefs Plate CEO, Jamie Shea. "By lowering cost, we open up meal-kits to Canadians who might've seen price as a barrier while continuing to increase the value of our product and long term customer satisfaction," said Shea.

"Looking into the new year, we're very excited about the growth to come for... 

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Nov 27 9:12 AM, General News


The Blurring Lines of Foodservice

The term “grocerant” is a combination of “grocery” and “restaurant,” but there are many other ways in which the mashup of foodservice and retail are evident – and affecting food retailers.

For starters, although we're in the food retail business, we’re all consumers at the end of the day. Like the people who shop our stores (or who we want to shop at our stores), we may divide our meals during a typical week by eating out at restaurants, taking food home from restaurants, buying prepared foods from our stores, making meals from scratch, using shortcut ingredients in home meals or substituting snacks for meals.

Indeed, the blurring lines between foodservice and retail are all over the place, representing more a zigzag than a straight line, according to...

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Oct 15 1:05 PM, General News


Blue Apron Launches On-Demand Delivery With New Pilot Program in New York City

Company advances multi-product, multi-channel strategy to provide on-demand delivery of Blue Apron meals in select zip codes

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: APRN), known for delivering incredible meal experiences, today advanced one of its growth strategies to meet a wider range of consumer needs, lifestyles, and preferences with the launch of its first on-demand delivery offering, with additional on-demand channel expansion expected in the near future.

Beginning this week, a rotating selection of Blue Apron meals are available on-demand to consumers in select zip codes in New York City on the Grubhub and Seamless online and mobile platforms. The offering, delivered in new custom packaging, includes fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to easily cook two- or four-serving a la carte meals in 30 minutes or less. In addition to Blue Apron meals, consumers can order add-on culinary products from Blue Apron premium suppliers and partners, including...

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Oct 3 9:50 AM, General News


ShopRite Launches Campaign Celebrating Family Meals Month;Introduces Meal Kits

September is Family Meals Month at ShopRite, and the supermarket is celebrating with the launch of a campaign that educates shoppers about the benefits of sharing family meals and makes it easier for families to enjoy more meals together.

The campaign leverages the company's entire team of corporate and in-store dietitians, who serve over 140 stores in the tri-state area, to inspire and educate customers about ways to create nutritious and delicious family meals. The dietitians will host free food demonstrations, classes and events, as well as distribute free recipe cookbooks during the month of September. For more information on Family Meals Month-inspired in-store events, stop by the office of your local ShopRite Dietitian. To find one near you...

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Sep 6 8:37 AM, General News


Chick-fil-A Rolls Out Meal Kits in Atlanta, First QSR to Offer Concept

Mealtime Kits make home-cooking easy and convenient, use fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and Chick-fil-A chicken

Chick-fil-A will soon ask Atlanta customers to test a totally new concept for the brand. Mealtime Kits, which launch at 150 restaurants across the Atlanta area beginning August 27, are designed to make it easy for customers to cook their own meals at home using fresh, pre-measured ingredients they can pick up in the drive-thru, at the front counter, or via the Chick-fil-A One app. Chick-fil-A Chef and Atlanta Restauranteur Stuart Tracy helped develop five different kit recipes, which are easy to follow, simple to make and include the quality Chick-fil-A chicken used in the brand’s famous chicken. Chick-fil-A will be the first in the quick service industry to offer a full meal kit offering, and... 

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Jul 23 11:40 AM, General News




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