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The Lempert Report LIVE
The SupermarketGuru, Phil Lempert, along with SupermarketGuru.com managing editor Sally Smithwick, discuss Food News, Consumer Insights, Trends, New Products and MORE!
4 hours ago
July Prices and Inflation, Less Condiments, Kitchen Smells
Welcome to The Lempert Report LIVE * Our look at the July Consumer Price Index and Food Inflation projections * How some condiments will have to reformulate * How food businesses can enable sustainable diets * The backlash coming against food brands * A new twist on kitchen smells * And in our Bullseye, why Amazon bought a vacuum cleaning business
Aug 8, 2022
Dark Farming, Fired Food Damage, Back To school
Welcome to The Lempert Report LIVE • A new thought on how to prevent obesity • Farmers Go Dark • It's Back to School shopping time • Why you may want to stop typing – or dictating – and use a pen & paper again • The damages from fried foods continue • On the Bullseye, a vodka brand stands out
Aug 1, 2022
Toxic Skittles, Mini Snack Packs, Velveeta Marketing Stunt
The changing role of social and search, who ever would have thought that Skittles could be toxic, store brands go to battle with CPG, there is one bright spot to food inflation, those mini snack packs are back, Category Management Association talks about meeting consumer needs through retail analytics and on the Bullseye – yet another marketing stunt – this time from the makers of Velveeta.
Jun 27, 2022
Digital Food Delivery, Food Taxes Help, Meta Open Standards
Today, it’s all about soil, how food delivery has changed the country, a new initiative out of Philadelphia to promote healthy foods, the food transport problem, lot’s on the metaverse from standards to home remodeling, a chat with Wesley Rhodes of Kroger, and we ask why not add a healthy food tax?
Jun 20, 2022
Food Prices Impact, Ag Merger Moratorium, Google Replacing Amazon?
Today we look at how the lower prices in restaurants could be causing a major problem. Are we fooling ourselves when it comes to eating healthy? A local food system comes to the rescue. What retailers need to do to get us to spend money in this environment. An article in the New York Times challenges CPG profits. A food & drink consultancy opens a new office – in the Metaverse.
Jun 14, 2022
Walmart+ Update, Summer Food Trends, TikTok Science
Today we talk abut the brilliance of Trader Joe’s – again! How Tik Tok’s Food Science is creating issues, why culture assimilation is important for nutrition learnings. We ask "is Target in trouble"? And we take a look at the summer foods trends. On The Lempert report an in-depth discussion about Albertsons, Sally briefs us on a white hot labor market, a tease from Microsoft’s Bill Gillespie and more on personalized diets.
Jun 7, 2022
Hepatitis & Kids, Walmart+, Millennial Metaverse
Today we look at what Lidl is doing, your kids and Hepatitis A, Walmart+, A questionable shopper survey, Kroger Digital, Tamagotchi's are making a comeback, learnings from our Exploring the Metaverse webinar, On the Lempert Report an NFT Restaurant, Millennials in the metaverse, and our Bullseye addresses the front end of our supermarkets.
May 25, 2022
NYC Food Fiasco, Edible Tape, Is the Metaverse Safe For Kids?
Today we look at how we could have a better food system, a food fiasco in NYC, a more sustainable package idea, a model for communicating food, how the animal protein business is gobbling up plant based everything and the metaverse for kids. On The Lempert report we focus on how people select healthier foods and on Bullseye its all about fitness.
May 17, 2022
Dirty Soda, Vegan Allergies, Great Resignation
Today we look at how supermarkets just might be the key that unlocks the child obesity epidemic, we explain the dirty soda phenomenon, a new waste reduction plan, why the great resignation isn’t as simple as it appears, how the rise of veganism is correlating to the rise in food allergies and in our metaverse review we look at DoorDash’s new concept. On our Lempert report we discuss the latest and probably lamest P&G move and McDonald’s faux pax.
May 9, 2022
Ice Cream Robot, Star Wars Frosted Flakes, New H-E-B
A new climate fight – this time between Leo and a President. Why data is the key to success at retail. Ice cream delivery in 2 minutes – where’s the Good Humor man when we need him? Big brands are trying to take back share from private label. HEB’s new store opening is a WOW and in the metaverse today we look towards the creators. Sally has a new opportunity to share and on The Lempert Report its all about dollar stores and this week’s Bullseye marketing report is focused on Star Wars.
May 2, 2022
Bad Vegans, Chief Taco Officer, McDonald's Personality Quiz
Welcome to The Lempert Report LIVE. Tom Vilsak takes a stand on climate smart, Pop culture and bad vegans, Indonesia strikes back – maybe, out of stocks latest dilemma, time to really look at your bottled water, a new food world on the metaverse, tropicana wants to change breakfast, Sally shares a new job listing for those seeking a new challenge and forget about Myers Briggs – McDonald’s has a new personality quiz.
Apr 26, 2022
Food & Wine Cities, Eating in Spain, Environment Savings
Today we look at the best food cities rated by Food & Wine, the importance of our 5 senses, an update on SNAP, saving money & the environment, Facebook’s whistleblower is going after the Metaverse, and lots on sustainability. Also, Sally is back with fun food stuff she found in Spain.
Apr 18, 2022
Inflation Rate, Walmart Trucker, California Food Waste
Welcome to The Lempert Report LIVE. this week there is no bigger food story than the rate of inflation. We'll ask be discussing kids & food, alt food futures, Walmart Truckers, food waste in California, spending on health & wellness remains higher than it was pre-pandemic, and Absolut Coachella.
Apr 12, 2022
Food As Medicine, Meta Fashion Show, Cage Free Fraud
Welcome to The Lempert Report LIVE. Missed you last Monday – but Wow was our RDBA Virtual Experience a huge success! We had over 400 attendees. Later on I’ll introduce you to the 2022 winner of the 2022 RD of the YearAward. This episode we'll discuss Russia & Food, Food as Medicine, FDA's New Symbol, Food Trash, SupermarketInnovation, a Meta Fashion Show, another food company lawsuit, and Marketing & serving sizes.
Mar 29, 2022
Grubhub Sued, Meataverse, Lame Supermarket Ratings
It’s a remarkable food holiday! It’s Cesar Chavez Day! A remarkable farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded what we today know as the United Farm Workers union. To quote President Obama who declared the national holiday “Chavez left a legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader. And his cause lives on. As farm workers and laborers across America continue to struggle for fair treatment and fair wages, we find strength in what Cesar Chavez accomplished so many years ago. And we should honor him for what he's taught us about making America a stronger, more just, and more prosperous nation.” Cesar Chavez, all of us in the food world thank you and honor you. Today I just have to shake my head at what I’ll call “lame” supermarket ratings that continue to be meaningless, GrubHub gets sued, Applebee’s wants a face lift – but maybe they need a food-lift? Why flexitarianism IS the diet to watch today and in the future, the Medi…
Mar 21, 2022
Metaverse Smell-A-Vision, Target Zero, Live Longer
Today we are discussing why is Walmart trying to copy target? Or should I say Targét - maybe the new hip is Walm-arché? Amazon takes a major stand on plant-based, and how we can all live longer. Metaverse update – all about aromas and on The Lempert Report an important look at food waste. Today’s Bullseye takes a look at McDonald’s move into the Metaverse.
Mar 14, 2022
Google Bowls, Crispy Cows, Meta Crypto Food Hall
USDA gives approval for gene edited beef, regenerative farming gets a boost, Kroger’s private brand gets a lawsuit, Google figures out how to eliminate food waste and Ford has some fun. In the metaverse we explore how to eat, on The Lempert Report we discuss the language of plant-based foods, Jason Green is next week’s guest on Lost in the Supermarket and we share just one intriguing thought of his and in the Bullseye – a new virtual food hall that just might make you hungry.
Mar 7, 2022
3D Printed Food, NFT Dining, Meta Retailers
Today a US Senator takes on Climate Change, How 3D printed food has evolved, Danon gives backs, How about going out to dinner on an NFT, another moon shot – this time its all about food, the 3 resons retailers are heading to the metaverse, kudos to Nestle a conversation about WIC and farmers and a return to my childhood roots with a major twist.
Feb 28, 2022
Women's History Month, Retailer Champions, Octopus Farm
This week we discuss restaurant delivery meltdown, Plastic packaging and the impact on food waste, USDA's retailer champions, the world's first octopus farm, ugly fruit fails, a Meta verse wedding and Women's History Month. Plus more live updates!
Feb 22, 2022
Covid Wine, Sustainable Retailers, Meta Mcdonald's
Today we talk school nutrition, the effects of wine on Covid, a new concept store from Lowes, the saga of Trader Joes, what shoppers really feel about sustainability, how McDonalds and GrubHub are looking at the metaverse, a keto friendly new product review, a cool foodservice program, an insightful discussion with Sylvain Perrier on The Modern Shopper and on Bullseye we think we see a hint of the future of retail and we don’t like it.
Feb 15, 2022
Instaqueen, Supermarket Designs, Fat Dogs
Happy Valentine’s Day! We took a look back in our archives and decided to repost a column on aphrodisiac foods – its what you and your special one should be eating today! Check it out on SupermarketGuru.com for a couple surprises. Today – an Instacart shopper gets even with a customer, we look at the future – and past - of supermarket design, Stop & Shop takes a lead in produce prescriptions, is it time to dust off the Robinson-Patman Act, yet another fallout from the pandemic, a special look at Miller Lite through the Metaverse. On The Lempert Report we wonder what happened to Bob the butcher. The Morning Fix visits a 7-acre state of the art greenhouse, and The Bullseye wants to scare you to eat healthier.
Feb 7, 2022
Romantic Whole Foods, Black Leader Appreciation, Safeway's Fight
Today – what’s missing in the White House’s Cancer Moonshot, Blue Apron’s marketing is on target, how about a kiss in Whole Foods’ aisles? Our friend Al Roker celebrates black leaders, thumbs up for Safeway, on The Lempert Report we look at kid’s loneliness, Bullseye is focused on Domino’s latest marketing coup and on The Morning Fix we talk broccoli. Let’s get started.
Jan 31, 2022
FDA & BPA, Middle Aisle Shoppers, Child Friendly Marketing
On today’s episode Marc Lore and Gwyneth Paltrow hook up, FDA finally stands up to BPA, Kroger comes to shoppers’ rescue, what’s more important – price or loyalty, a PR machine that won’t stop and wont melt in your hand, on The Lempert Report a new convenience or waste of money at Aldi and Lidl, Jane Wilcox joins us on The Modern Shopper and the Bullseye is on Child Friendly Marketing – or maybe not so child friendly?
Jan 25, 2022
Cell Based Meat, Asian Grocery, Takeout Breakup
On today’s episode the intersection of fashion and grocery, how supermarkets are changing takeout, one study finds people who are disgusted by eating cultured meats, What Covid is doing to our taste buds, ethnic food stores delight, my conversation with CEO Beth Johnson of food directions and in the bullseye – Walmart enters the metaVERSE.
Jan 14, 2022
CBD Troubles, Kroger, Milk Woes
On today’s episode we take a look at yet another celebrity brand of CBD and the CBD troubles that lay ahead, Kroger’s New Ghost Kitchen concept, the retail and foodservice label struggle, your brain on sugar and the impact of falling milk consumption – on The Lempert report we look at the forecast for meat alternatives and in Bullseye a dismal attempt at making one of America’s favorite drinks.
Jan 6, 2022
GMO Labels, Mental Health, Hy-Vee Security
Hope you all had a great New Years and looking forward to a calmer, healthier 2022 for us all. On today’s episode we take a look at the 2022 diet trends, FDA’s response to GMO labels, Hy-Vee’s plan for in-store security, American’s mental health situation and CPG brands in the health & wellness space.
Dec 23, 2021
TikTok Food Delivery, Junk Food Ads, Food Metaverse
All of us at The Lempert Report, SupermarketGuru.com and the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance want to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We will be taking off next Thursday – but will be back right here on Thursday January 6th at 1pm eastern – 10am Pacific for our next episode. On today’s episode we explore the latest list of America’s Most Trusted Grocery Stores – and question it’s accuracy, a chat with Allison Delany of Stop & Shop, how Tik Tok is preparing to ‘own’ food delivery and we walk down Aldi’s Aisle of Shame – and mush more – including a plant based tuna alternative in our product reviews.
Dec 20, 2021
Amazon Home Cooking, Costco & Shoplifting, Food Pick up Anxiety
Just nine days till Christmas – are you ready? Head the warnings from Amazon, FedEx, UPS and the Postal Service about receiving packages in time. If you can ship today – or better yet deliver in person and give a hug. On today’s episode we talk about the newest challenges for fast delivery, the proof that home cooking is here to stay, the truth about retail shoplifiting, how the impact of influencers is changing what foods people buy, a new bottled water with prebiotics, and the continued debate over a new meat food law.
Dec 13, 2021
Cardi B Whipshots, Robot Reindeers, Coin Challenge
On today’s episode we talk the reindeers are coming, Quaker’s new coin challenge to fight hunger, a new dollar store format, how c-stores are changing and yet another celeb long shot. Our Lempert Report is focused on the next iteration of health care and how its going to change hospitals and clinics and on bullseye – it’s all celebrity endorsements.
Dec 7, 2021
No More Gorillas, Aging Diets, Walmart Drones
On today’s episode we talk CVS, Dollar Tree, Walmart and how our diets are affecting the environment and how we age. Our Lempert Report is focused on yet another twist to the supply chain and on bullseye – it’s all about yet another brand that lost its way.
Nov 18, 2021
Chick-Fil-A, VR Grocery, Food Waste, Tequila
A programming note – we wish all of our viewers a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving and we will be taking off next Thursday as well; our next episode will be on December 2. Our new product reviews are back and and today we have a special review just in time for the holiday cheer. There is a new corner store that might just change retailing, Chick-Fil-A has a big problem (but its not what you think), hints for social marketing, is your state the biggest food waster? – and more!
Nov 12, 2021
Thanksgiving Meal Kits, Martian Tomatoes, Retail Trust
A big thank you to all of our military veterans on this Veteran’s Day. We thank all of our generations of military who have protected us and serve – and continue to do so to make our country safe for us all. Thank you. Today we talk about our shoppers lack of trust in retailers ability to fullfill their orders, why the trucking problem just got a whole lot worse, how to navigate around this year’s turkey shortage, the role that Mars will play in our food supply. Our new product reviews are back and you won’t want to miss this one – and more!
Nov 8, 2021
Elon Musk vs U.N., Phygital, Throwback Menus
Today its about money – Elon Musk vs. the UN, is the latest foodservice trend throwback menus (I hope not) a frank discussion about why there is so much misinformation about the foods we eat and why the shortage of fresh water is creating serious issues for us all – and more!
Nov 1, 2021
Food Bribes, Luxury Vegan, Black Food Festivals
Today we will be talking about how companies are trying to get people to come back to their offices, a new twist on recruiting for foodservice, the past and future of Styrofoam and how vegan has gone upscale - and much more.
Oct 25, 2021
De-Stress Drinks, More Strikes, Teenage Farmers, Branded Produce
Today we will be talking about the latest trend in beverages – perhaps a much needed innovation that relieves stress, an update on how the labor shortages are fueling strikes, advancements in Latin foods, what’s keeping your CEO up at night and much more. and much more. We bring you our unique insights on grocery retail, sustainability, e-commerce, new product reviews, and consumer trends.
Oct 11, 2021
Terrible Meal Kit, Budweiser Water, Food Waste Apps
Today we will be talking about a new meal kit service that most likely will follow the disastrous path of the others, a new study that finds higher consumption of dairy fat equates to a lower risk of heart disease, a new water from the makers of Budweiser, our product review of one of the best risottos you can make at home and how that device you wear might just be the biggest enemy you have and more. We bring you our unique insights on grocery retail, sustainability, e-commerce, new product reviews, and consumer trends.
Oct 4, 2021
Coffee & Climate, Bad Food Habits, Instacart
Today we will be talking about the impact of social media on food choices, the connection between climate change and coffee, a major reason why some people are single – and it has to do with food, and how Instacart workers are trying to get the company to change the way they are treated. We bring you our unique insights on grocery retail, sustainability, e-commerce, new product reviews, and consumer trends.
Sep 17, 2021
Glow In The Dark Snack, Plant Based Chocolate, Female Food Hall
Today we will be talking about a snack that glows in the dark, Walmart’s new ad campaign on Tik Tok, the nation’s first female led food hall, a plant-based chocolate bar, a new use for food trucks and lots more. We bring you our unique insights on grocery retail, sustainability, e-commerce, new product reviews, and consumer trends.
Sep 7, 2021
Women Trucker, Candy vs Kale, Food Carbon Foorprint
Today we will be talking about Women Truckers, different proteins’ carbon impact, a disappointing online food shopping experience, the global food impact of Tik Tok and lots more!
Aug 26, 2021
Grocery E-Commerce Surge, New Product Review, School Menu Challenges
Today we will be talking about one of the best frozen entrees I’ve ever taste tested, the plight of the hot dog, why a second round of e-comm growth is right around the corner, another food dreamer interview and lots more! Each Thursday at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern we bring you our unique insights on grocery retail, sustainability, e-commerce, new product reviews, and consumer trends.
Aug 24, 2021
Nicki Minaj & Martha Stewart, New Product MISS, Future of Malls
Welcome to The Lempert Report on LinkedIn LIVE. Today we will be talking about the interesting future of malls, Nicki Minaj and Martha Stewart’s latest food moves, a different kind of vertical farm, a new product review that might scare you and lots more! Each Thursday at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern we will be bringing you our unique insights on grocery retail, sustainability, e-commerce, new product reviews, and consumer trends.