Peruvian cuisine has been lingering around the edges of the mainstream American diet for many years, but the flavors of the Andes might finally be poised to see some real growth at retail, according to Melissa Abbott, senior director of culinary insights, The Hartman Group.
One of the culinary trends that is manifesting itself on restaurant menus and could be better leveraged at retail is the growing interest in high-protein foods, said Bret Thorn, senior food editor, Nation’s Restaurant News.
Supermarkets seeking to capitalize on some of the trends around health and wellness and snacking on the go have to look no further than fresh dips, according to John Dunne, SVP, client development, fresh foods, at Acosta Sales & Marketing.
A spate of expansion announcements from some regional supermarket operators reflects fresh opportunities for growth among some of the nation’s strongest traditional chains — and promises to shake up some markets for years to come.
Although Safeway and Albertsons said no store closures were planned as a result of the pending merger of the two companies, it is possible that some stores could be divested to meet Federal Trade Commission antitrust requirements.
Safeway and Albertsons said Thursday that they have agreed to a merger in which AB Acquistion, the parent of Albertsons, will acquire Safeway for a total value to Safeway shareholders of $40 per share, or $9 billion.