Category Archives: Dave Henkes

Time-Starved, Digitally Enabled, And Information-Entitled

Time Starved

Just because most people are time-starved doesn’t mean they aren’t shopping. The way people — particularly women — are shopping is what has changed. Technology enables women by providing access to detailed product information and reviews, meaning women are more information-entitled than ever.

To maintain relevance, brands need to understand the five tools that can help keep women actively engaged in the retail environment and convert them from being merely shoppers to buyers in-store. Continue reading


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Starbucks brings its Evolution Fresh juice line and new Evolution Harvest snacks to Whole Foods

Fresh Fruit

Starbucks is branching out further beyond coffee — and even beyond its cafes.

The company began offering its own snack and juice lines in Whole Foods Market stores nationwide on Tuesday, as it aims to muscle into the market for packaged foods.

Starbucks said Whole Foods will be carrying 14 of its Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juice flavors, as well as three varieties of bars from its new Evolution Harvest snack line.

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Selling Out Moonshine


A syrupy-slow twang, the kind that takes its sweet time to draw out vowels, answers the phone.

“Moonshiiine Marketers.”

The man on the line is Andy Jordan. Five months ago he and his wife, Debi Dupuis, founded Moonshine Marketers in Robinsville, a mountain town with a population of about 620 in western North Carolina. The former convenience store owners said they own — they’re unregistered with the state, so I have to take their word for it — a moonshine merchandise line and Continue reading

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Technomic Sees Increasing Role for Foodservice GPOs


Recent research by Technomic shows that group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in the foodservice channel continue to grow in size, scope and influence. From 2009 to 2012, foodservice operator purchases made through GPOs significantly outpaced the broader industry growth rate. Last year alone, restaurants and other foodservice operators made $19.7 billion worth of food, beverage and related purchases through these groups.

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Moonshine is Growing in the U.S., and Big Whiskey Wants a Taste


For decades, most people had never even seen a jar of moonshine, let alone tasted it. These days, you can find it at stores and restaurants around the country thanks to loosened liquor laws and changing consumer preferences. Even the industry’s biggest distilleries are experimenting with moonshine.

Moonshine has been distilled in backwoods Appalachia since the 1800s. By its most traditional definition, the term means “illegal spirit,” Continue reading

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FROM THE FLOOR: Beverage Dealers Help Diversify


As restaurant operators look to make sure that beverages continue to be a strong and growing element of their businesses, there are plenty of drink suppliers, product developers, and manufacturers looking at ways to help them boost their sales.

Hundreds of them are showing their wares during the four-day National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show that continues its run in Chicago. A two-day sister confab, the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, also kicked off Sunday.

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Buying into Booze


Buying into Booze

Does the future of fast casual lie in alcohol?

Fast-casual restaurants were once able to claim premium food, modern décor, and all-around upscale service as hallmarks of their category. But with more quick-service chains retooling in those areas to compete for post-recession consumers, fast casuals have been left to search for new ways to differentiate their brands.

For many, that search has turned up something typically better suited to fine- and casual-dining joints: booze.

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