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John Stranger, VP/Group Supervisor

Chowbotics Sally the Robot Grocery Trends
Consumer Insights & TrendsOther
August 20, 2020

The Mother of Invention: Pandemic Induced Innovation in the Food Industry

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the pandemic has produced the mother of all necessities. Innovation has accelerated to levels never even dreamed of in the retail food industry because rapid and dramatic change is currently essential to survival. Forty-five percent of consumers have changed at least one brand preference since…
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Grocery Trends Following COVID EHY
Consumer Insights & TrendsRetail
June 29, 2020

The New Grocery Landscape, Is It Fleeting or Here to Stay?

With all the changes wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, only a crazy person would try to predict which of those changes in the grocery industry will stick and which will fall by the wayside. Well ... here I go. In July 1848, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, editor of Le Figaro and a novelist (mostly romances), wrote,…
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Empty Grocery Shelves COVID-19 EvansHardy+Young
Consumer Insights & TrendsRetail
March 31, 2020

Record Sales & Empty Shelves: The Short- and Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Supermarkets

Businesses all over the country are shutting down as responses to COVID-19 increase daily. Meanwhile supermarkets are working around the clock. And they are one of the very few remaining places where people can’t avoid coming in close contact with each other. As supermarkets scramble to stay ahead of rapidly…
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Kroger Mobile Delivery EvansHardy+Young Food Marketing
Consumer Insights & TrendsOtherRetail
March 5, 2020

Grocers Take Drastic Measures in Effort to Gain Consumer Approval

Supermarket operators are trying tactics to satisfy their customers in ways that even just a few short years ago would have been unthinkable. A store where you just pick up your choices and walk out – with no checkout and no scanning? This model, Amazon Go, is being tested by any number of…
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Going out of Business Window Sign Grocery Store Forecast
Consumer Insights & TrendsRetail
December 11, 2019

Grocery Shopping in 2031: Are you ready for a whole new world?

How will grocery shopping be different in 2031? Consider that the first iPhone was released just 12 years ago, and it has changed everything we do — from getting directions, booking travel, summoning a car, staying in touch with friends, reading the news, getting recommendations. You know what I am…
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New Grocery Formats Offer Big Opportunities for CPG & Fresh Foods
Retail
June 11, 2019

New Grocery Formats Offer Big Opportunities for CPG & Fresh Foods

In the movie There’s Something About Mary Ben Stiller picks up a hitchhiker played by Harland Williams. The hitchhiker expounds on his plan to get rich by coming out with a video called “Seven Minute Abs”, blowing the hit video “Eight Minute Abs” out of the water. Stiller responds by…
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4 Changes to Watch in the Grocery Business Right Now
Retail
April 9, 2019

4 Changes to Watch in the Grocery Business Right Now

Many years ago, I spent a summer working construction. One day the crew boss told me to pick up all the nails that had been dropped on the site (I was clearly unskilled labor) before quitting time. By 1:30 it was obvious to me there was no way I was…
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The Food Snacking Trend is Over EvansHardy+Young
Consumer Insights & TrendsRetail
February 12, 2019

The Snacking Trend is Over

That’s right, snacking should no longer be considered a food trend. It’s now the new normal and it's here to stay. In fact, 50% of all eating occasions are now snacks. A December Mintel report states that 94% of adults snack daily, which raises the question, what are those other…
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Retailer Forecast 2019
Retail
January 9, 2019

5 Food Retailer Forecasts for 2019

Have you ever waited in line at Starbucks for your order to be ready, then watched someone waltz in the door and go straight to the pick-up counter, where their drink was ready waiting for them? After I had this happen a few times I asked my daughter (a serious…
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Monumental Shifts in the Grocery Supply Chain will Blow Your Mind EvansHardy+Young
Retail
November 7, 2018

Monumental Shifts in the Grocery Supply Chain Will Blow Your Mind

Some years ago, I worked on the advertising for a ballot initiative in California. The Proposition was a good one, and it would help improve the health of all Californians, especially children. The initiative was started by a well-known actor. We produced several commercials in support of the Proposition, including…
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