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Five Undercurrents of Grocerant Success in 2017

There are five undercurrents of growth that are driving the continued expansion of grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food.

Can Mobile Augmented-Reality Save Full Service Restaurants?

I stated two years ago that meal kits were training wheels for Millennials.  In 2016 the meal kit industry reached $1.5 billion in sales, according to Market research publisher Packaged Facts.

McDonald's Delivery Experience Will Deliver Incremental Success

Most have read by now that next month McDonald’s will begin testing food delivery at 200 Florida restaurants, according to the Chicago Tribune. In 2016 McDonald's will have recorded $1 billion in global delivery sales.

Technology Feeds Fast Food in 2017

McDonald’s and Starbucks continue to cultivate customer relevance, leveraging technology in both the front and back of house operations.  However in 2017 both will elevate the consumer focus with voice recognition ordering.

Food Retailers Battle for a Share of the Stomach

Dollar stores, grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores and non-traditional fresh food retailers the ilk of IKEA, and Costco are all in a fierce battle for the food dollar.

Denny's Three C's for Success

Cyber data and consumer discontent were not among the three C’s of success for Denny’s. However many times after a company experiences consumer discontent they step up in the minds-eye of the consumers to refocus, retool, and refresh.

Papa John's Understands Consumers Are Dynamic

Back in the day, I worked alongside Tim Glass, Ford Smith (Pet Smart founder) and Jim Brimhall. These men were co-founders of, the company that signed Papa John's to become the first chain restaurant in the world to offer online ordering.

Fresh Fruit Is Fast Food

Fresh fruit is fast food and with that comes the halo of "better for you" since 1991. Retailers have found success with apples, mandarin oranges, cherries, strawberries, grapes and blackberries.

McDonald's Interactive Technology Drives Sales

Foodservice industry insiders continually look to McDonald’s for success clues. When McDonald’s hits a home run it affects everyone. 

Restaurant Sales Slide Blamed on Great Grocerant Sector Fresh Food

Ready-2-eat and heat-n-eat fresh prepared food continues to garner customers from legacy chain restaurants—driven in large part by convenience, lower price point, and ramped-up offerings. Consumers are increasingly turning to nontraditional outlets for meal solutions.