Fresh Food

The latest developments and top trends in producemeat, seafooddelibakerycheesefloral and specialty and gourmet foods.

Fresh Food

Dollar General Is Growing Its Fresh Produce Program in Arkansas

The discounter is now selling popular fruits and vegetables at 10 stores in Little Rock, as it works toward its goal of 3,000 stores with fresh food by the end of the year.

Fresh Food

Giant Eagle Expands Food Waste-Reduction Program

The partnership with the Flashfood app lets shoppers buy reduced-price food nearing its best-by date, potentially saving it from the landfill.

Shoppers are seeking ways to break up the monotony in their meat purchases, and for retailers, consumers trying new cuts, cooking styles and flavors at home offers an opportunity to expand sales in the meat section.

Consumers are seeking innovative products in the meat case, and seasoned and marinated options allow shoppers to explore new dishes at home without the fuss.

The grocer said the Local Produce Boxes will be available throughout the summer on a weekly basis, with no commitment or subscription required.

The push for convenience is a major driver for innovation in the meat department. Retailers see consistent demand from shoppers prioritizing foods that require minimal prep, if any: Two in five meat consumers say they seek out products that take less time to prepare, according to Midan Marketing

"Growth will continue, but at a slower pace than the industry experienced during the 2020 pandemic-influenced whirlwind of grocery shopping and at-home meal preparation," says Denise Purcell of the Specialty Food Association.

For grocers looking to drive more consumers to the meat case, highlighting current trends in cooking and cuisine can help introduce shoppers — especially younger generations — to all that the meat section has to offer.

While plant-based meals are finding their way into many consumers’ recipe repertoires — especially among younger demographics including millennials and Gen Z — meat still has a firm footing in these generations’ diets. In fact, younger generations increased their consumption of meat, including red meats, over the last year.

Consumers who want a restaurant-quality experience but a “more economical way of doing that” are finding the answer in their grocer’s deli departments, said Adam Brohimer, president of Category Partners, during a workshop at the IDDBA 2022 show.

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