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News on two big food retailers emerged among the most popular stories of this week: Kroger announced that it will experiment with digital shelf technology at its stores. The technology, developed by Kroger, will be installed on 2,200 Edge shelves that can show digital price tags and ads, and might also eventually have the ability to communicate with shoppers’ smartphones.[…] Continue Reading »

Just a few years ago, most Americans probably never heard of Nando’s or peri-peri sauce, but in the U.K., Nando’s was just as much of a household name as McDonald’s. The Portuguese grilled chicken chain actually originates from South Africa, and after gaining cult-like status in the U.K., Nando’s made a splash in the U.S. where it has had success in Chicago and Washington, D.C.[…] Continue Reading »

This week’s most popular stories across our food and beverage briefs run the gamut, reflecting big trends in the industry such as large companies selling brands that no longer fit their market, a focus on snacks and fresh produce, catering to millennial consumers and diners, and food delivery services. Big brands in the news included General Mills, Chuck E.[…] Continue Reading »

As consumers across demographics become busier and look for more convenient options in the food and beverage space, it is no surprise that snacking accounts for an increasing number of eating occasions. In fact, the average consumer eats about 2.6 snacks per day, and 41% of consumers snack three or more times per day, according to Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive vice president and practice leader of snacks for IRI.[…] Continue Reading »

Descriptions including “craft”, “small batch,” “custom,” “limited edition” and “artisan/artisanal” are more likely to influence the purchasing decisions of millennials than they are to sway older consumers, according to a recent Harris Poll. Chefs and restaurateurs are finding ways to feed the trend — the Culinary Institute of America will hold a Crafting Beer and Food Summit in October, bringing together master brewers and chefs to create menus that complement craft beers.[…] Continue Reading »