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Why We Snack
New research suggests that 5 of 10 consumers snack to relieve hunger pangs caused by skipping meals. Other reasons cited include indulgence (37 percent) and seeking energy (36 percent). These insights were gathered by GMCG Gurus, which polled 1,000 U.S. consumers in the first quarter of this year. Consumers prefer to snack on fruit (72 percent), yogurt (64 percent), and chocolate (61 percent). Mid-afternoon is the main time when people (47 percent) choose to snack. This is a time of day when consumers will seek indulgence, as factors such as the need for energy, the desire for escapism and the need to cure boredom have an influence on product choice. Snacks are among the top best-selling product categories in supermarkets.
Opening ‘Dark’ Stores
They look like regular supermarkets on the outside, but they are closed to shoppers. Grocers are opening these so-called “dark” stores to prepare online orders for delivery. CNN reported that Walmart, Albertsons, Stop & Shop, Meijer, Hy-Vee and others are opening “dark” stores as well as building automated mini-warehouses inside other stores to handle the online demand.
Store Brands Offer Value
Results of a recent survey suggest that shoppers are buying more store brands for better value, not just for a better price. Millennials demonstrate the highest adoption of private label products, according to a recent IRI Consumer Connect survey. “Shoppers are buying private brands because it makes them feel good to save money without sacrificing taste, selection or quality,” said Joan Driggs, vice president of Content and Thought Leadership at IRI. “The improved consumer perception of private label value is having a growing influence on store choice, with many leading retailers offering premium private label selections.”
Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables is supporting Feeding America local food banks this Thanksgiving season with monetary donations in the name of winners of the company’s “Cansgiving” sweepstakes…..Hy-Vee supermarkets and Hallmark thanked military veterans and active-duty members on Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 with a free breakfast buffet while customers and guests signed Hallmark greeting cards that were delivered to troops currently serving.
In the Stores
Wakefern Food Corp. is testing an online meal planning and recipe tool from e-grocery startup Locai Solutions in all its ShopRite supermarkets in Connecticut.
Southeastern Grocers is stocking 65 cannabidiol (CBD) products such as oils, ointments, supplements and pet products in 152 Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo supermarkets in Florida and South Carolina.
Save a Lot is rolling out services that enable shoppers to pick up Amazon.com purchases in store and pay for them in cash.
H-E-B and Whole Foods have the fastest in-store pick-up times, according to a study by Rakuten Ready, a location-centric mobile commerce platform.
Kroger has launched the Oh What Fun! Holiday Wine Countdown Calendar containing 24 mini bottles of wine equivalent to six full-size bottles.
Good Day Chocolate launches a premium line of CBD products that provide dosing with 10 mg of hemp per piece plus added supplements designed to support healthy sleep and a sense of calm. Available in three varieties: Original CBD, Sleep CBD and Calm CBD.
Pepperidge Farm is launching caramel macchiato and Irish cream flavors of Milano cookies for the winter season.
The Optic White Advanced LED Whitening Treatment from Colgate is an at-home treatment that aims to make teeth six shades whiter in only 10 days.
Veggieful Bites from Del Monte Foods consists of a blend of vegetables and cheese baked in a crust with cauliflower. Available in three varieties: Broccoli and Cheddar, Spinach and Feta, and Veggie and Mozzarella.
Tyson Air Fried Chicken from Tyson Brand is a breaded all-white meat chicken with no antibiotics and 75% less fat (than USDA data for chicken breaded fried and boneless). Available in three varieties: breast trips, breast fillets and nuggets.