Produce or Protein, the Organic Market Can Drive the Prepared Foods Section

With consumers becoming more health conscious due to the vast amount of information and options available to them, shoppers aren’t just looking for meals that are low in fat or calories, but rather foods that are organic. The organic food segment grew by 8.4% last year, showing customers are paying attention to what kind of food is on their plate. To give consumers choices based on the organic trend, there are various routes you could take with your meat or prepared food department. [Read more…]

Summer Grilling – Not Just for Burgers

With the summer weather showing its face, that also means grilling season has commenced. While many customers are heading outside to cook, whether it’s the park or the porch, not everyone has time to embrace the barbecue with their busy work schedule. That’s where the prepared food department at your local grocery store can fill the void. However, your standard meats alone do not satisfy the evolving tastes of the modern eater. [Read more…]

2017 meat forecast: What’s happening with your proteins?

Butchers everywhere always want to know which meats make the cut for consumers and which ones are on the proverbial chopping block. By adjusting their inventories accordingly, butchers can turn a good profit and reduce their chances of overspending on unpopular products.

That means it’s time for a quick protein-powered update on upcoming pricing trends in meat, which will in turn affect sales at your supermarket, delicatessen or independent butchery in 2017. [Read more…]

Optimize your baking operations for cookies Grandma would envy [w/ Infographic]

What is it about the drop in temperature that makes the smell of fresh-baked cookies all the more enticing?

Pumpkin spice shortbread, cinnamon snickerdoodles, iced sugar cookies in fun holiday shapes or even the classic chocolate chip — foodies can’t get enough of these delicious treats this time of year. But even though supermarkets with bakery sections are happy to serve up happiness by the dozen, their traditional commercial baking equipment might stand in the way of perfect cookie execution. [Read more…]

Rethink deli platters for greater market potential

These days, office managers hosting catered meetings, small events or work parties always have one eye on fun and the other on the budget. As such, supermarkets and grocers have the power to viably compete against other foodservice businesses to offer affordable dining options for larger parties, especially when dealing in deli platters. [Read more…]

Future of retail refrigeration: What trends will impact how supermarkets invest in refrigerated technology?

Refrigeration is the cornerstone of any grocery store or supermarket selling fresh goods, but refrigeration systems are also some of the biggest expenses retail food stores assume, not to mention a considerable risk to inventory if they suddenly break down.

To stay ahead of the game, business leaders have turned to smarter, more comprehensive energy management strategies including the purchase of Energy Star products and greater monitoring of equipment performance. But as times change, supermarkets and grocery stores will need to adjust their policies regarding energy efficiency and general refrigeration upkeep to continue to be competitive. What does the future of commercial refrigeration hold for the supermarket sector? [Read more…]

5 ways to avoid ‘having a cow’ over your next commercial patty machine investment [w/ Infographic]

Commercial-grade patty machines can take your supermarket, butcher shop or restaurant into delicious overdrive. More importantly, patty makers save time for food prep workers, not to mention costs for upper management.

However, investing in patty equipment without thinking about your own operations could throw kinks into everything and rob a business of its cost efficacy. What financial considerations should cross the minds of commercial foodservice investors before they commit to a patty machine? [Read more…]

Snack food frenzy: What it takes to bring pizza and soft pretzels to your prepared foods department

Some days, you just have to treat yourself.

Snack foods get everyone’s attention — the sight and smell of a piping-hot pizza pie or a freshly baked soft pretzel makes everybody’s mouths water, which means they can both be real commercial successes for foodservice business owners considering selling these treats in their stores.

That said, supermarkets or grocery stores looking for a slice of the action shouldn’t let the fun times associated with these snacks cloud their judgment. Pizza and soft pretzels both require careful equipment considerations every investor should be aware of. [Read more…]

A cut above: Important purchasing considerations for manual deli slicers

Sliced meats and cheeses are a must-have for any commercial deli, which means deli slicers are too. The best manual slicing equipment makes it easier for customers to purchase the exact amount of product they require and prevent businesses from wasting money through lost yield.

Unfortunately, deli slicers can be a locus of risk at any foodservice establishment if not properly maintained or operated. While much of the responsibility falls on manufacturers to deliver a quality machine to businesses, supermarkets and grocery stores bear a portion of the burden as well. Keeping a few factors in mind when investing in deli slicers strikes a balance between these two interests, so deli workers and their employers can slice happy. [Read more…]

Year-round BBQ: Making every meal taste like summer

Another Fall has officially arrived, and with it goes the summer and all its splendor. Another year of barbecuing has officially come to an end.

Goodbye, grill. We’ll see you again in 2017.

However, for local supermarkets and grocery stores, summer can last all year long provided they invest in the necessary prepared foods equipment to keep the party going. Beat back the cold weather blues by considering what these commercial assets could do to keep the spirit of summer alive, flavorful and profitable month after month. [Read more…]