Whole Fresh Health Survey

By , June 22, 2017 6:14 am

Grocery stores are uniquely positioned to be key partners in health and wellness for the communities they serve. SN’s exclusive research from the 2017 Whole Health Survey provide insights for mass retailers and their suppliers on this thriving category.

Included inside is the complete data set and remarks from nearly 402 SN subscribers with a stake in health and wellness in grocery.

What type of valuable information will you learn?

  • What do you see as the Top 3 wellness trends of 2016?
  • How have sales in health and wellness-related categories changed over the last 12 months?
  • Over the next year, do you expect mergers and acquisitions in the natural/organic space to….
  • In what categories do conventional products remain strong?
  • In the past year, what channel was the strongest competitor to supermarkets in health and wellness sales?
  • How do you merchandise natural/organic products in your store?
  • Which of the following “better for you” categories do you expect will grow most during 2017?


VendaCarts Pop Up Beauty Bar – Beauty Buzz

By , June 14, 2017 10:23 am

Have you ever thought of a POP-UP Beauty Bar – Carts Blanche’s VendaCarts offers just that.

Beauty Buzz 

Millennials drive soaring sales for beauty products

One industry that seems to have a fast track from startup to being bought for millions by large corporate conglomerates is the beauty biz. And right now, that business is on fire.

While retail in general is in the doldrums, beauty sales are “skyrocketing” according to WWD. Jane Hali, the CEO of retail investment research firm Jane Hali & Associates, told WWD that beauty products are selling these days because of “differentiation. Beauty offers uniqueness and newness,” she says, while apparel is “a sea of sameness.”

Millennials are such big consumers of beauty products that by their sheer numbers they create beauty trends—and fads. Right now, says millennial authority Ypulse, these young consumers are obsessed with natural ingredients, which led to natural beauty products growing 7% last year, compared to 2% growth in the overall beauty market.

Focusing on one aspect of the beauty market—nails—Mintel says the nail treatment category is attracting a lot of consumer interest and brands are “bringing new innovations to this sector, replicating claims and formats seen in facial skincare.” This is driven, says Mintel, by consumers wanting to, “care for and treat their skin, not simply disguise imperfections.”

American consumers, in particular, are concerned about chemicals in products, which has led to brands adding ingredients you’d be comfortable eating in a healthy salad, like kale, turmeric, carrots, milk and almonds.

If this industry sector interests you, Mintel forecasts, “Looking to the future, there are opportunities for nail polish brands to further promote their superfood ingredients by texture matching, or creating DIY products for users to mix at home.” Another area of opportunity, it says, is creating products for aging nails—”hydrating, strengthening and smoothing products, designed specifically for older consumers.”http://mailchi.mp/smallbizdaily/teen-scene-to-market-to-teens-heres-what-you-need-to-know-615369?e=d4f7aa6700   Follow Trendcast for the latest and greatest trends.

Carts Blanche – VendaCarts Is Your Solution

By , June 7, 2017 6:19 am

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Trends Global Health and Wellness Food Market Report – Technavio

By , May 24, 2017 4:56 pm

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Technavio’s latest market research report on the global health and wellness food market 2017-2021 provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

Amber Chourasia, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research on health and wellness sector says, “Rising health consciousness, emphasis on preventive healthcare, and increased focus on healthy diet have further increased the demand for health and wellness food.”

Looking for more information on this market? Request a free sample report


Facebook Is Your Answer

By , May 17, 2017 11:04 am

I found this new site today and its packed full of tons of info you need and need fast.

Are you using your Facebook page to generate business, increase revenue and customers?

If not you’re loosing out and your business won’t grow to the capacity it can, Facebook is the answer.

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Facebook Engagement: How to Get More Likes, Shares, and Clicks

When a business doesn’t have a website, it’s surprising, but when it doesn’t have a Facebook page, it’s straight up dumbfounding.

Facebook pages, like most social media profiles, are free, easy to set up and use, and to a degree, level the competitive playing field for businesses — why wouldn’t you create one?

For those that have, it can be extremely frustrating when they don’t see success just as easily as the set up was, but there is hope.

While some brands do seem to get it right from the beginning, in most cases, Facebook engagement doesn’t come quickly thanks to the platform’s algorithmic timeline.

The brands who get the most likes, comments, and shares have the knowledge and tools to be successful, and after reading this article, you will too.

Are People Seeing My Brand’s Facebook Posts?

Facebook has evolved over the last several years and the most recent changes have had a significant impact on how many people see posts from your business page.

The bad news is fewer people see your company’s Facebook posts organically than in the past.

So, what happened?

In exchange for access to the content hosted, Facebook reserves the right to monitor individual usage patterns.

Each like, comment, and page view is tracked and then fed into a fancy algorithm that continues to personalize a user’s feed in order to optimize their experience. So that band you streamed yesterday? Hello! And that company page liked three months ago? Goodbye.


Snacking Relationship With Consumers

By , May 15, 2017 11:12 am

Of the vast majority of Americans (91%) who snack multiple times per day, 8% forgo meals altogether in favor of snacking, finds Hartman Group’s Future of Snacking 2016 report.

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“How we go about planning, acquiring and consuming food has been disrupted, and the result has been the displacement of meals and variations in when, how and what gets consumed,” said Tamara Barnett, VP of strategic insights for Bellevue, Wash.-based Hartman Group, during a webinar presentation of the findings.

“It’s due to time pressure and commitments and the decline of meal planning and cooking skills, and the democratization of planning, shopping and cooking. When you don’t know who [in the house] will be planning the meal, it can introduce chaos.”

Hartman Group outlines three main drivers of snacking occasions, which tend to overlap. They are snacking for nourishment to help meet daily sustenance (56% of all snacking); snacking for optimization to help fulfill mental and physical performance (34%); and snacking for pleasure or to fulfill emotional desires for enjoyment, craving and comfort (49%).

“Millennials in particular use snacking to ensure sustained energy to get through the day, and eat more snacks to help manage their appetite,” said Barnett. “They think of snacking as a strategy to maintain nourishment in a way that older cohorts may not.” Yogurts, granola bars, whole fruits and vegetables, water and smoothies tend to be consumed during an occasion where nourishment is among the goals, Barnett said.

 Snacking for optimization or to manage alertness and focus, which can include drinking a cup of coffee, also skews toward 20- and 30-something shoppers. “Across the board, due to active lifestyles, Millennials really make refueling and energy pick-me-ups important,” Barnett said. Snacking for pleasure, meanwhile, is implicit for a majority of eating occasions since people want to eat snacks that taste good.

How Important is Healthy Products to Your Vending Business?

By , May 15, 2017 11:08 am

Healthy goes hand in hand with your vending business.

To have a successful vending business in 2017 you must incorporate healthy products.

Products that your customers request and buy.

Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, spoke onstage at the 2015 NAMA OneShow about the importance of healthy vending in the fight against obesity. “This [vending] is one area where we can make progress, where we are making progress,” said Wechsler.

“Every little bit counts in this struggle of ours.”

Join Carts Blanche’s Small Business Revolution

By , May 12, 2017 9:43 am

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Entrepreneurs show energy, drive and passion they are the backbone of America’s economy, their passionate values built America and still drives millions of our local businesses today.

Carts Blanche offers a compelling business platform, in a fast turn – high volume growing industry of retail.

Carts Blanche turn-key business “VendaCarts” mobile automated real estate, rolls new ways to customize and deliver consumer products to the masses where they work, live and play.

VendaCarts appeals to forward thinking companies and individuals looking for a competitive edge as well as to those entering the automated retail sales business for the first time.

Mobile retail real-estate is a cost effective small business solution which opens new frontiers that are significant in expanding our customer’s competitive edge.

Carts Blanche small business platform meets the demand of the modern customer and redefines the self-serve retail marketplace.

The combination of retail demand, consumer adoption, core competencies and opportunities for innovation all point to VendaCarts as being a sustainable platform for future business opportunities.

Consider the benefits: 24/7 operation, unattended sales, venue versatility, mobile real-estate, vending machine interchangeability, large captive consumer base, management technology and immediate return on investment.

Social Platform- Total Social – Top 10 Soft Drinks Picks

By , May 11, 2017 3:06 pm

The analysis, which examined forty non-alcoholic beverage brands, finds that the category performs slightly better offline (through face-to-face conversations) than online (social media). And, of the conversations taking place about the beverage brands, consumers tend to speak positively about the brands, both offline and online. However, there are significantly less conversations taking place about beverage brands online.

The rankings of the top U.S. non-alcoholic beverage brands are based on Engagement Labs’ proprietary TotalSocial data, which continuously measures the most important drivers of brand performance with respect to word of mouth conversations and social media.

“It’s enlightening to see that four of the top five brands are noncarbonated while only one (Cola-Cola) is a carbonated soft drink (CSD). This is a reflection of a trend in word of mouth we’ve been seeing for a few years now — consumers are talking less about CSD’s and more about brands that are perceived as healthier alternatives,” notes Ed Keller, CEO of Engagement Labs. “At the same time, we see that seven of the top ten brands are owned by either Coca-Cola (four) or PepsiCo (three), reflecting the diversification strategy of these beverage giants.”

Coca-Cola and Pepsi, ever in the cola wars, lead the category in offline and online volume. However, success in social influence requires more than just a lot of chatter. Gatorade earns its number one ranking due to its well above-average influence and sentiment scores, both offline and online.

Red Bull, which doesn’t make the TotalSocial top ten and is ranked 13, stands out when it comes to its online performance as it is the top ranked beverage brand. This reflects a strong legacy of pushing entertaining and exciting content through its social pages, where fans are interacting with and sharing it across social platforms. However, it lags when it comes to its offline word of mouth performance, where it is below the industry average.

The offline leader, meanwhile, is Minute Maid which helps to contribute to its number five overall ranking. When it comes to the juice brands — Minute Maid, Ocean Spray (ranked nine), and Welch’s (ranked 12) — all have strong offline sentiment scores. Minute Maid also has exceptionally strong offline influence scores. Welch’s does well on this dimension, too.

Keller continued, “For Minute Maid, moms are an important offline influencer segment, and the brand is clearly leveraging them to its advantage. However, Minute Maid has the largest gap of any brand in the category between its industry leading offline TotalSocial and its online score which indicates an opportunity for the brand to fully capitalize on the power of social influence and move up even further in the rankings.”

To learn more about Engagement Labs or TotalSocial insights and how to increase your brand’s word of mouth in real life and online, reach out at: totalsocial@engagementlabs.com.

Millennials Want Healthier Food, Priced Right and Instant Convenient

By , May 11, 2017 2:33 pm

Millennials – They want healthier foods and immediate gratification, but they are often on a budget.

Nothing is any different in Convenient Stores or VendCarts Pop Up Retail Cafe – Vending can Offer Healthier, Fast and Budgetwise Convenient Food

When it comes to convenience stores, foodservice has become a category for capturing new customers and driving sales growth. Today’s consumers in general and Millennials in particular want food items that are fresh, creative and made just for them. That’s where the customization trend comes in—and it’s hotter than ever in c-stores.

The Millennial definition of customized, personalized, made-to-order

food goes way beyond “white, wheat or rye” to encompass restaurant meals that are bespoke in their entirety. And, just as important, is that this Millennial generation is becoming more sensitive to price. They want healthier foods and immediate gratification, but they are often on a budget.

More than a third of Millennials order something different every time they visit a foodservice establishment. What better way to entice them to convenience stores than to offer a mix-and-match dining experience where they can build something different every time?

“Consumers have spoken. They want to buy more food from c-stores. They’re just asking for better, fresher quality and more customized choices,” said Dana Evaro, vice president of marketing for Land Mark Products Inc. “It’s our goal to provide c-store operators a pizza and sandwich solution to give their customers what they’re asking for.”

Y-Pulse has released a study examining dining experiences of Millennial consumers and what drives the same consumer to very different types of food experiences outside the home. To craft the survey, the Y-Pulse team engaged with foodservice experts who from a wide range of professional backgrouns. What emerged from the study was an insightful picture of dining trends driven by the younger, modern consumer, as well as the degree that they diverge from overall consumer preferences.

“We found that young consumers, between ages 18 and 34, are greatly influenced by the foodie culture that surrounds them,” said Sharon Olson, executive director of Y-Pulse. “These trends highlight the direction of the foodservice industry in future years.”

Capturing Millennials With Foodservice

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