The grocerant niche continues to evolve with the assistance of national and regional food manufactures help. National and regional restaurant chains have for years leveraged internal or external central kitchens to reduce labor cost and improve product consistency.
Supermarkets and convenience stores have been doing the same thing at an increasing rate. Consumer acceptance of the fresh and prepared meal options have been propelling increased consumer loyalty at retail locations offering them simultaneously driving top line revenue and bottom line profits.
Food manufacturing companies have taken notice. Tyson foods, BYO Bistro entrees is a national line prepared meal solutions available for any retailer but focused on direct competition with restaurant meals. Sara Lee it refocusing its efforts on fresh prepared food. Real Mex Foods creates and distributes a full line of specialty food for retailers within southwest flavor profile.
With Dollar stores and national retail drug store chains the likes of CVS and Walgreens jumping into the grocerant niche offering fresh and prepared bundled meal solutions. The opportunity for food manufactures has only just begun.
Since 1991 Foodservice Solutions of Tacoma, WA has been the global leader within the Grocerant niche. For more on Steven A. Johnson Bing or Google Grocerant or visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/grocerant or on Facebook.com/StevenJohnson