Welcome to the Spoon Guru Blog

Feature Posts

HFSS: the what, the why, and the how

New HFSS legislation is coming into force in the UK October 2022. We explain what HFSS is, why it’s happening, and how the legislation is being rolled out.

Are you confident in the results and coverage of your product search? Think again.

One of the most important aspects of a food retailer’s site is its search functionality. Without a robust system in place, you inhibit your customers’ ability to shop for the products they need. With the correct indexing customers can find what they’re looking for with ease.

The Modern Shopper: Allison Primo from Schnuck Markets

In January 2022, Schnucks launched their innovative Good For You program designed to help their shoppers make healthier food choices both in-store and at home. With the initiative having been very well received by media and customers alike, Allison Primo, Health & Wellness Strategy Manager at Schnuck Markets, spoke to Phil Lempert about the objective of the program, how it works, and what they hope to achieve from it.

The Modern Shopper: Sylvain Perrier from Mercatus Technologies

As the CEO of Mercatus Technologies, Sylvain Perrier is a true thought leader in the retail-technology industry. He sat down with Phil Lempert for today’s episode of The Modern Shopper to share some valuable insights on the sustained growth of e-commerce, the big challenges for retailers today, and how smaller grocers have a superpower that they can really use to differentiate themselves.

The Modern Shopper: Jane Wilcox from Fresh Thyme

Jane Wilcox has 30 years grocery experience, starting out as a bagger and moving up through the ranks. Having joined Fresh Thyme to lead their new City Foundry project in the middle of the pandemic, Jane has some great insights into the challenges and opportunities the US grocery industry is currently facing. She spoke to Phil Lempert about her experiences working in grocery as well as Fresh Thyme’s new store format in this episode of The Modern Shopper.

The Modern Shopper: Jessica Siegel from Gelson’s

Jessica Siegel has been the Staff Dietitian at Gelson’s for more than 20 years and is one of the leaders in the retail dietitian effort. She spoke to Phil Lempert about the importance of having consistent messaging around healthy eating, the value of tapping into trends like grab & go, and some of the challenges and opportunities for Retail Dietitians today.

The Modern Shopper: Beth Johnson from Food Directions LLC

Phil Lempert speaks with Beth Johnson, the Founder and Principal at Food Directions LLC. With over 25 years of food policy experience serving inside and outside the government, Beth has some great insights to share! In this episode Beth and Phil discuss the front-of-pack systems helping shoppers to meet their health and sustainability goals, and Beth shares her insights on why defining ’healthy’ is so tricky in the first place.

The Modern Shopper: Allison Delaney from Stop & Shop Supermarkets

Phil Lempert interviews Allison Delaney from Stop & Shop Supermarkets. In this episode they talk about innovating private brand products to meet shoppers’ health, wellness, and budgetary needs, and Allison shares some great insights into the development of the private brand products, the call for greater ingredient transparency when it comes to Free-From, and the potential of e-commerce. 

How climate change will affect nutrition

As an industry, we talk a lot about climate change and how it has an effect on the supply chain – what we haven’t heard a lot about is how climate change will have an effect on just how nutritious our foods will be.