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Fresh or frozen, plant-based proteins are making inroads

Expanding selections and multi-faceted marketing are enhancing the popularity of plant-based meat alternatives Richard Mitchell | Oct 06, 2021 Plant-based meat alternatives are popping with potential. Approximately 20% of U.S. consumers purchase plant-based meat at least occasionally and sales account for about 2% of fresh and frozen meat department revenues, reports Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a Chicago-based … Continued

FMI sizes up pandemic’s financial impact on food retailers

Double-digit same-store sales gains partly offset by higher costs, Industry Speaks 2021 study finds     Consumer demand for groceries swelled by 50% last year, lifting food retailer same-store sales nearly 16% industrywide, according to new research in FMI-The Food Industry Association’s “The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2021” report. On average, grocery retail comparable-store sales … Continued

Pandemic trends, supply shifts impact center store shopping

Strong in-store and online sales continue to benefit center store, but supply chain shortfalls linger   As grocery customers return to more in-store shopping, it’s clear that the online grocery shopping they embraced during the pandemic isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Over 40% of shoppers currently order groceries online, according to Acosta research and … Continued


  The SN Top 50 Retailers report is compiled in partnership between Supermarket News and research partner IGD, a leading UK-based analysis and insight organization for the food and consumer goods industry.           The following table includes the rankings of the Top 50 food and grocery retailers and wholesalers in the U.S. and … Continued

H-E-B reopens tornado-battered Central Market in Dallas

Gourmet supermarket rebuilt, upgraded during 20-month closure H-E-B on Wednesday reopened its Central Market Preston Royal supermarket near North Dallas, which had been shut 20 months for rebuilding and restoration after being destroyed by a tornado. Located in the Preston Oaks shopping center, the roughly 35,000-square-foot Central Market sustained severe damage from tornados that swept … Continued

U.S. grocery shoppers head back to stores as COVID-19 vaccinations rise

Over a third plan to buy food both in-store and online, Inmar survey reveals U.S. grocery shoppers are gradually returning to in-store purchases as more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccines, a new survey from Inmar Intelligence finds. Once fully vaccinated, 27% of consumers said they plan to do most of their grocery shopping at stores, while … Continued

Better-for-you holds its place on the shelf in center store

More growth expected amid strong demand & ongoing innovation, despite a shift to focus on core items Consumer demand for products that meet the requirements of specific diets, especially keto and paleo, have continued to be a driver of better-for-you offerings in center store during the past year. Despite widespread outages of certain center store … Continued

Grocery stores flat despite March U.S. retail sales rebound

Double-digit year-over-year decline portends tough comparisons for food retailers U.S. retail sales rebounded in March but marked what could be the beginning of a difficult trend for the grocery sector, which saw sales fall by double digits year over year. Overall retail and foodservice sales totaled $619.1 billion in March, up 9.8% (seasonally adjusted) from … Continued