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The SupermarketGuru, Phil Lempert, along with SupermarketGuru.com managing editor Sally Smithwick, discuss Food News, Consumer Insights, Trends, New Products and MORE! read less
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H-E-B's Secret to Success, The Rise of Counter Service, and Balancing Taste with Health in the Food Industry
Jan 23 2024
H-E-B's Secret to Success, The Rise of Counter Service, and Balancing Taste with Health in the Food Industry
Discover the secrets behind H-E-B's reign at the top of the DunnHumby Retailer Preference Index for an incredible eight years, and hear our surprise when we reveal Amazon taking the silver. Join me and special guest Sally as we dissect what sets these retailers apart, focusing on the potent mix of exceptional customer service and employee fulfillment that makes H-E-B a standout. From in-store fresh tortillas to a workforce brimming with pride, we break down the essential ingredients to their recipe for success. We also shed light on the unique struggles of independent grocers, tackling issues like labor shortages and the challenges in offering big-brand products, all while underscoring the undeniable impact of a dedicated team in cultivating a welcoming shopping experience.Then, buckle up as we take you on a culinary detour to Seattle, where the counter service craze is sweeping through upscale eateries. With insights from Beth and Clement of the Seattle Times, we weigh the pros and cons of this efficiency-driven trend. Could this be the future of fine dining? We ponder the balance between savings and sacrificing the personal touch. We also dive into the staggering statistics of smartphone addiction and its effects on our social interactions. To cap it off, we address the food industry's pivotal role in harmonizing the irresistible taste of dishes with the health and sustainability demands of today, drawing inspiration from Burt Lahrs' Challenge.
Walmart's Self-Checkout, Post-COP28 Info, and Trends in Tech-Free Dining
Dec 19 2023
Walmart's Self-Checkout, Post-COP28 Info, and Trends in Tech-Free Dining
Prepare to have your curiosity piqued as we unravel Walmart's self-checkout conundrum and discover their innovative solution to streamline your shopping experience. We're not just talking about technology; we're also casting a light on Walmart's commendable initiative to offer a comfortable environment for shoppers with autism and sensory concerns. It's a discussion that merges the future of retail tech with social responsibility, all wrapped up in our final show of the year before we take a brief respite.Switch gears with us to the urgent topic of food's impact on the climate, fresh from the COP28 outcomes. We lay bare the promises and the pressing need for real action in reducing emissions from agriculture. But it's not all serious talk; we're also diving into the whimsical side of social media with the surprisingly lucrative world of pet influencers. Plus on #FoodNotPhones, the movement that's inspiring families to forge stronger bonds away from the digital distraction at dinner time.Join us as we forecast the trajectory of food prices into 2024 with Dr. Ricky Volpe Ph.D, sharing a glimmer of hope amidst economic uncertainty. We're also looking back at the #GentleMinions trend that swept through the nation and current boys' fashion signaling a stylish comeback in youth culture. It's a heartwarming note to end on as we thank our devoted listeners and set our sights on returning January 9 with more engaging content.
From Albertsons to Mr Beast to the Metaverse Ventures to Bezos' Earth Fund
Dec 13 2023
From Albertsons to Mr Beast to the Metaverse Ventures to Bezos' Earth Fund
Want to immerse yourself in the captivating interplay of food, culture, and innovative commerce? We've got your playlist right here. Today, we're unraveling the sensation caused by supermarket chain Albertsons and YouTuber Mr Beast. The duo's remarkable feat of cohabitation with a Safeway store for 45 rip-roaring days gave birth to an unprecedented charity drive, gaining over 90 million YouTube views and donating a whopping $450,000 worth of goods. But that's not all! Albertsons decided to break new ground, embarking on a journey into the metaverse, making them the first grocer to sell and deliver real-life products in this digital wonderland. We also glance at other retail giants like Kroger, Publix, and Walmart, who are also marking their territory in this virtual realm.We discuss Jeff Bezos and his Future Earth Fund's endeavor to tackle the food and climate crisis. We also steer the #FoodNotPhones conversation towards a pressing issue - binge eating and its ties with childhood experiences, stressing the urgent need for more data and awareness. Finally, we journey back in time to the iconic Heinz Ketchup campaign and its enchanting use of Carly Simon's "Anticipation". And yes, we critique the company's new "Slowmaster 57" campaign too. So gear up for a rollercoaster ride through the food industry's latest trends and traverses. It's more than just a podcast; it's an expedition through the ever evolving world of food, philanthropy, and marketing.
Exploring Retail Strategies, Food Trends, and Grocery Industry Controversies
Sep 5 2023
Exploring Retail Strategies, Food Trends, and Grocery Industry Controversies
Are you ready to unravel the intriguing strategies of retail giants, or venture into the world of celebrity-chef-crafted frozen foods? This episode promises to open your eyes to the complexities and controversies of the food and grocery industry. We'll journey into the heart of Walmart's most recent initiative to cut prices for their Plus service for families on government aid - a bold move following Amazon Prime's legacy. We also turn the spotlight on Gordon Ramsay's unexpected pivot to frozen food, a venture that has stirred up quite a buzz. We'll also dig into the Grocer Leadership Survey and its revealing insights on self-checkouts and shrink in the industry. And let's not forget the deep dive into the bewilderingly long ingredient list of some chicken pot pies!From there, we pivot to the burgeoning food trend embracing the perfect symphony of sweet and spicy flavors, with hot honey and fiery pizzas stealing the show. We'll discuss intriguing data pointing towards a cross-generational craving for this taste blend and how hot honey is anticipated to top the flavor charts by 2027. Supermarket self-checkouts and their psychological impact on customers, particularly the older generation, is another fascinating subject we'll delve into. We'll also share a heartwarming initiative by a Dutch supermarket chain to combat loneliness. Finally, we shine a light on the importance of staying present at mealtimes, with a special nod to the #FoodNotPhones initiative launching on September 19th.