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PACKAGING

It will be interesting to see what
direction other points of self-service will
go - buffets, hot bars, salad bars. Right
now, I think retailers and operators are
willing to experiment - expanding grab-and-go offerings
could be one of those alternatives that develops."

Natha Dempsey, FPI

by Emily Park
Schnuck Markets is helping local restaurants that have
been struggling due to the pandemic by selling their
meals as grab and go items in the company's retail
stores.
Customers will find meals from local favorites such as
Revel Kitchen, Crispy Edge, Seoul Taco, Nudo House
STL, Crushed Red and Hot Box Cookies at select
Schnucks locations. 
"As a part of the St. Louis business community for more
than 80 years, we feel we have an obligation to help
those local restaurant entrepreneurs and their staffs
who have been greatly impacted by the pandemic," said
Dave Peacock, president and chief operating officer of
Schnucks. "Schnucks hopes that by supporting local
restaurants that our customers will continue to support
local businesses too." 
Schnucks' support of restaurants extends beyond the
grab-and-go meals that are now available to customers.
The company has also purchased instore catering from
more than 75 local restaurants to serve to Schnucks
teammates. Schnucks will look to expand this concept to
additional stores in the St. Louis area.

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- expanding grab-and-go
offerings could be one of those
alternatives that develops."
In the hot deli category, items
like rotisserie chickens had
already enjoyed popularity prepandemic, Dempsey said. Those
products are often packaged
in a larger, grab-and-go style
container, so busy families could
enjoy a prepared meal quickly.
"While looming soccer practice
or long commutes might not be
present in our pandemic environment, the family meal certainly
hasn't gone anywhere," she said.
"In fact, throughout the pandemic,
we have seen restaurants turn to
offering more family style meals.
Some of these are 'take and bake'
in nature, others fully prepared in
advance. These have been very
well received by consumers and I
understand many restaurants are
currently planning to continue
these post-pandemic."

Coronavirus spurs demand
Demand for grab-and-go packaging has skyrocketed since the
start of the pandemic - in fact,
Frantz said, Novolex has seen
a dramatic increase in demand
since March.
"Today's demand is driven by
consumers' number one priority,
safety, and that's a trend we

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GOES GRAB-AND-GO

people being on the move while
consuming meals, traditional
dayparts spreading out across
24 hours (i.e. snacks or late night
"fourth meals"; all day breakfast
items) and traditional foodservice
locations shifting - think about
consumers who make a grocery
store or convenience store their
lunch stop - it makes sense graband-go packaging has been on
the rise.
"With our current circumstances, I believe grab-and-go
will remain in demand," Dempsey
said. "In particular, grab-and-go
packaging that offers tamper
evident or safety features that can
reassure a customer that their
prepared food hasn't been altered
or handled since it was made."
Dempsey points out that
there are now points in grocery
stores where self-serve is no
longer an option - many instore
bakeries, for example. Instead
of a shopper selecting a single
bagel or donut from a bin, the
alternative now might be a case
filled with grab-and-go packaged
versions of those items.
"It will be interesting to see
what direction other points of
self-service will go - buffets,
hot bars, salad bars. Right now,
I think retailers and operators
are willing to experiment

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