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Target opened its first “next generation” store

The 124,000-sq. ft. store will feature two entrances, with one offering a supermarket-style experience where customers can pick up online orders, both in-store and curbside, and buy grab-and-go items like groceries and prepared meals, reported Houston Chronicle. Full ...Read More

Fresh or Fail

Grocers are under renewed threat as online retailers ramp up their food options. But traditional food stores still have a vital card to play: freshness. To date, the vast majority of online competitors have focused on dry goods and non-food. Now – led by Amazon Fresh – they are launching an assault on fresh food. ...Read More

Report: Dining trends among aging millennials

Millennials might be perpetually young in the public's perception, but the group now ranges in age from 21 to 35 and their dining needs are as diverse as their life stages, writes Datassential's Mike Kostyo. Still, a survey reveals some common traits: Millennials are more likely than other groups to dine out and order in, especially at lunch, and they're looking further afield for new grocery options. ...Read More

Hispanic shoppers emerge as heavy natural, organic buyers in the US

Hispanic shoppers buy significantly more natural, organic and better-for-you items than the overall US population, which suggests manufacturers in the space could generate even higher sales by targeting the demographic, according to new research from the full-service marketing firm Acosta. Full ...Read More

Euromonitor on US retail sales of packaged food in 2017: ‘Growth has been pretty anemic’

US retail sales* of packaged foods are estimated to increase by an “anemic” 1.2% in 2017, predict analysts at market research provider, Euromonitor International. FoodNavigator-USA caught up with Jared Koerten, lead analyst, and Dewey Warner, research analyst, to delve into a few key categories. Full ...Read More

Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. Banners Gained Market Share in Q3

Company's online biz grew consumer sales 20 percent-plus.  The solid sales performance of Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. banners in the retail conglomerate’s third quarter of 2017 led to increased market share across the brands. ...Read More

Winter Is Coming: How Americans Prepare for Cold/Flu Season

Despite warmer-than-usual fall temperatures in many areas of the U.S., winter is undoubtedly coming—and with it comes the cold and flu season. Full ...Read More

5 Trends Driven by Wellness and Aesthetics

Social media and wellness are two themes combining to drive five trends, said Megan Collins, a lead analyst at Trendera, a brand strategy and marketing firm specializing in trend forecasting, cultural analysis, and generational research. Full ...Read More

Christmas adverts 2017: The best festive TV commercials released so far

It's that time of the year again. After tinsel in the supermarket stage but not quite Santa time, it's Christmas advert o'clock! The annual flurry of festive TV ... Full ...Read More

How ‘Clean’ Eating is Influencing Americans’ Thanksgiving Meals

As we've seen across the grocery retail landscape in the last several years, consumer appetites for transparency in the foods they consume have continued to rise, and that trend is heightened during the holiday season. Full ...Read More