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Phil's Food Reviews for January 19th, 2018

This week Phil reviews: Wright BBQ Sauce Peach Chipotle, Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches Strawberry, SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Company Pub Style Beer Battered Cod, Smart Flour Foods Snack Bites Cheese Pizza, Man Cave Craft Eats Awesome Links Mac & Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Sausages

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January 19, 2018 Watch Video


The Lempert Report ®

The Dollar Format Continues To Grow

Why does the dollar store continue to be such a formidable challenger?

Ten years ago the industry focused on the dollar store category – some retailers even put in “dollar” sections in their supermarkets; but as the fresh format, Amazon’s take over of Whole Foods and grocerants have taken the main stage, less is being talked about dollar stores. And that’s a mistake.

January 18, 2018 Watch Video


Articles

Trump Era ICE Raid Threats Loom Over Valuable Food Industry Workforce

It's a tough time for immigrants and good time to remember what they do for the food industry.

It is without a doubt a tough time for immigrants in America. As promised in his campaign, Trump has persisted with an aggressive position on undocumented immigrants, and even those with legal status have been challenged. And politics, Twitter battles, and lawmaker…

January 17, 2018 Read More


The Lempert Report ®

What If We All Went Vegan?

Researchers at USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Virginia Tech asked just that question and the answers may surprise you.

Science Daily reports how Mary Beth Hall, an ARS animal scientist at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin, and Robin R. White, a professor of Animal and Poultry Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, found that shifting land usage from food animal production to food crop…

January 17, 2018 Watch Video


The Lempert Report ®

Data Is Key

We talked about this very issue in our 2018 Trends Forecast.

There is little doubt that those in the food world that do not understand how to use data are doomed to fail. Blockchain technologies may well be the solution, or downfall, for many. 

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative is working to promote food security…

January 16, 2018 Watch Video


The Lempert Report ®

2018 Food Trend #10 - Future Supermarkets

Our final insight focuses on what the supermarket itself may look like in 2018 and beyond. It’s been a game-changing year for our industry and has set the foundation in place for an entirely new way to look at supermarkets.

In 1989 I sat down with Herbert Hofer, a European artist and shared my vision for what I hoped the Supermarket in the Year 2000 would be. No aisles, no gondolas, lots of fresh foods, lots of excitement, no checkstands, products grouped by meal occasions - topline a food experience second to none.…

January 15, 2018 Watch Video


The Lempert Report ®

2018 Food Trend #9 - Politics & Food

This is not about political parties – but an overview of where we are today and what is coming.

The USDA is one of the most powerful and largest government agencies.

Food Policy Action has created a scorecard that clearly depicts that food has now become a bi-partisan issue as many existing regulations are being dismantled.

To date there have only been 6 bills to score. And the…

January 12, 2018 Watch Video


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2018 Food Trend #8 - Security

Personal security will be top of mind in 2018, we haven’t seen this state of anxiety since 9/11.

How safe do you feel these days?

The American Psychological Association’s 10th Annual Survey finds that over one third of Americans feel nervous or anxious and a similar amount feel anger or irritability. And we seem to be nervous about a lot. 

Retailers in particular should…

January 11, 2018 Watch Video


The Lempert Report ®

2018 Food Trend #7 - Advertising

Advertising should inform and get people to buy – and to tell the truth especially about our foods and nutrition. Today people want a connection with the foods they eat, they want to know where they came from and if we can, use advertising to empower them to eat healthier we have achieved success.

David Ogilvy wrote: “The creative process requires more than reason. Most original thinking isn't even verbal. It requires 'a groping experimentation with ideas, governed by intuitive hunches and inspired by the unconscious.' The majority of business men are incapable of original thinking because…

January 10, 2018 Watch Video


The Lempert Report ®

2018 Food Trends #6 - Technofoodology

Techno-food-ology, and Artificial Intelligence, in particular is one of the best things to ever happen to a grocery store.

 

Our smart phones and all that we can do with them.

And home-based assistants are ushering in a new way to buy our foods. Sure we can replenish our foods by asking Alexa to order from Amazon, but just last week one of my favorite c-stores – Sheetz - announced that their “made to order…

January 9, 2018 Watch Video


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