Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 18, 2013 12:41 PM
Starbucks still can’t find a way to stop a New Hampshire coffee company from selling Charbucks coffee products, even after more than a decade of legal wrangling. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday “that Black Bear Micro Roastery may continue selling ‘Charbucks Blend,’ ‘Mister Charbucks,’ and ‘Mr. Charbucks’ coffee.”
Starbucks took Wolfe’s Borough Coffee to court 12 years ago, but Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier wrote Friday that Starbucks had not proved that consumers would be confused in the slightest by the “blurring of the brand,” Reuters reports.
To help prove its case early on, Starbucks surveyed 600 people who said their “number one association of the name ‘Charbucks’ in the minds of consumers is with the brand ‘Starbucks.’” The survey wasn’t used in court, though, because it was ruled to be “fundamentally flawed.” The results weren’t definitive, either. Only 4.4 percent said “Starbucks” or “coffee house” when asked what kind of establishment would sell a product labeled Charbucks. However, 39.5 percent thought of “Starbucks” or “coffee” when the word “Charbucks” was mentioned.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 1, 2013 05:12 PM
Tyson and 7-Eleven are breaking a wishbone on the hope that they can create a new paradigm for prepared-chicken sales: putting Buffalo chicken bites and other treats near the cash registers in convenience stores.
The long slump in supermarket spending has been tough on Tyson's chicken as on many other brands, so the $33 billion, Arkansas-based poultry giant is looking for some greener pastures for selling its birds, especially in higher-margin ready-to-eat forms.
Meanwhile, c-store chains and oil companies that offer food at their gas stations are looking for ways to diversify their offerings. 7-Eleven, for example, looks like it's finally getting serious about offering better-for-you foods and beverages at many of its stores alongside energy drinks, sugary sodas, salt-and-fat-laced snacks, and calorie-laden candy bars.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 23, 2013 10:47 AM
"Food waste" is being recognized increasingly around the globe as a key issue that impinges directly on sustainability and hunger, and more companies are moving to harvest the low-hanging fruit available in an attack on the problem.
Tesco is the latest. The UK's dominant grocery chain just disclosed the enormity of the food wasted in its own operations and its initial steps aimed at reducing the problem, which should have an actual effect—and endear Brits who are rightly concerned about all the food they squander.
The chain's research revealed that 40 percent of apples are wasted, with just over a quarter of that waste occurring in the home. The same fate awaits a quarter of grapes, with the majority occurring in the home, and one-fifth of all bananas.Continue reading...
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Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 18, 2013 03:47 PM
7-Eleven is a longtime favorite late-night stop for soda, beer, candy, Slurpees, cigarettes, and snack food—an offering that has helped it become the world’s largest chain of convenience stores. But now the brand is looking to change its tune to get more in-line with offerings that appeal to Millennials and women.
One transformation has already been completed, as last month the chain began stocking its US stores with healthier snacking options including roasted edamame, organic trail mix, veggie chips and a variety of dried fruit and nut blends that are displayed in a whole new health section of some of its stores.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on October 16, 2013 03:02 PM
In little more than a year, some retail shelves may actually be able to identify consumers who are most likely to purchase certain snacks, thanks to Mondelez International. The $35 billion global foods giant, which spun off from Kraft Foods just over a year ago with a name intended to evoke "delicious world," markets such snack brands as Cadbury, Certs, Oreo, and Trident.
In 2015, the company plans to introduce "smart shelves" with sensors designed to detect the age and sex of consumers. Then, advanced analytics will associate the right type of snack product with each consumer, and a video display will target consumers with appropriate ads and promotions.
Mondelez wants to place its smart shelves as close as possible to the point of sale—right near the checkout aisles to track and possibly encourage last-minute impulse buys. Mark Dajani, the CIO of Mondelez, told the Wall Street Journal, "When people walk by, it's a missed opportunity. We must know how the consumer behaves in the store. ...Knowing that a consumer is showing interest in the product gives us the opportunity to engage with them in real-time."Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on September 27, 2013 06:33 PM
Food waste is a huge problem in America and globally, with up to 40 percent of perfectly good food being trashed in the US, according to a study by Harvard and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yet there's a lack of nutritious food in US inner cities and elsewhere.
So the ex-president of Trader Joe's is trying to put supply and demand together to create a new form of food retailing. Doug Rauch plans to open a new market, the Daily Table, in Dorchester, Mass., early next year to sell "repurposed" food as is, and in lightly processed form like a fast-food restaurant.
"It's [an] idea about how to bring affordable nutrition to the underserved in our cities," he told NPR, using food that "is, to a large degree, either excess, overstocked [or otherwise] wholesome food that's thrown out by grocers ... at the end of the day because of the sell-by dates. Or [it's from] growers that have product that's nutritionally sound, perfectly good, but cosmetically blemished or not quite up for prime time. [So we] bring this food down into a retail environment where it can become affordable nutrition."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 13, 2013 02:47 PM
It may be the last food store where you'd expect to find something healthy to eat. Clogged with energy drinks, candy bars, glazed doughnuts, bags of fat-saturated and salty chips, sugary soft drinks, and beef jerky, the whole point of a convenience store is to satisfy the immediate cravings of a hungry consumer with easy-to-ingest offerings that also offer high margins to the retailer.
Until now, that is. C-store leader 7-Eleven has dabbled with healthier offerings before, but now the Dallas-based chain says that it's devoting an entire section of some of its stores to healthy snacks including roasted edamame, organic trail mix, veggie chips and a variety of dried fruit and nut blends, according to Food Business News.
"Better-for-you is one of the fastest-growing segments of the snacking category," noted Rebecca Frechette, a vice president of merchandising for 7-Eleven, according to the publication.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 11, 2013 02:49 PM
Times are changing for UK-based Tesco, but the brand is working to stay ahead of the curve.
The world's third-largest retailer has waved the white flag in the US, selling over 150 Fresh & Easy stores to a US investment company after a six-year failed experiment. The move is part of an international retreat by Tesco that includes last year's exit from Japan and last month's merger of its Chinese operations with a state-owned company, leaving Tesco with just 20 percent of the new venture.
Tesco's broad failure to successfully penetrate global markets leaves the company with one clear direction: concentrate resources on its home turf. The newly launched Tesco Extra, a state-of-the-art "hypermarket" in Hertfordshire, is a way for Tesco to prove it is still very much in the game.
One of Tesco's largest UK stores, the Watford Tesco Extra is being positioned as a "leisure destination" in an effort to get consumers excited again about visiting a traditional retail store. Far more than a grocery, Tesco Extra is a kind of shopping extravaganza that broadens the food category to include a Harris + Hoole coffee shop, a Euphorium bakery, and Giraffe, a Tesco-owned restaurant chain.
Beyond food, shoppers will find wine and spirits, fashion (Tesco's own private-label F&F brand), cosmetics (including manicures), and such services as a pharmacy, an optician, and a nutritional center. Tesco will also offer a community room that could be used for anything from children's birthday parties to yoga classes.Continue reading...