Food Focus 7/13/17 – Pepsico Manages Modest Growth, Maxwell House Looks to Millennials

July 13, 2017

After Pepsico’s earnings release this week, it becomes apparent that diversification is the key to the company’s modest growth, even if management doesn’t buy into the anti-sugar trend among consumers. We also discuss new plans for re-expansion at an original fast-casual burger chain, Maxwell House’s efforts to attract millennials, and more acquisition for Campbell Soup.

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Food Focus 7/5/17 – McCormick Succeeds Through Acquisition, New Seal Targets Macro Brewers

July 5, 2017

McCormick releases their second quarter earnings and beats on profit—we take a look at how aggressive acquisitions by the company has them positioned for further growth. The Brewers Association releases a new seal for exclusive use by craft breweries, and Southeastern U.S. peach growers see dramatic crop reductions—we discuss industry impacts (or potential lack thereof) of both.

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Food Focus 6/29/17 – Darden Beats Expectations Again, Moe’s & Kellogg’s Collaborate

June 30, 2017

As Darden once again surpasses Wall Street expectations, we look to their earnings call and J.P. Morgan research as to reasons for their continued success. Additionally, General Mills shows signs of weakness, particularly in organics and yogurt, while competitor Kellogg’s teams up with fast-casual Southwestern eatery Moe’s for a new line of pre-packaged breakfast bowls.

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Food Focus 6/21/17 – Blue Apron’s Looming IPO, Zima Makes a Return

June 21, 2017

We lead off the show by dissecting the newly public Blue Apron financials in advance of their desired IPO, and talk about their ability to hold off both other startups in their space and brick-and-mortar imitators.  After discussing Bob Evans’ earnings, we jump into the MillerCoors rollout of Zima, and why it might be a bad idea to structure the return of the drink as an LTO.

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Food Focus 6/14/17 – Yet Another Fast-Casual Pizza Player, Del Taco’s New CEO

June 14, 2017

Where we discussed an increasingly crowded fast-casual burger space last week, we discuss the race to be the “Chipotle of pizza” this week, as Oath Craft Pizza secures funding to grow on the East Coast. We explore differentiators there and at Del Taco, and their new CEO presented their plans to continue QSR+ dominance. Finally, we look into J.M. Smucker earnings and another city’s recently-passed soda tax.

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Food Focus 6/8/17 – BurgerFi Further Crowds the Field, Impact of Egg Prices on the Industry

June 13, 2017

In a fast-casual landscape that already features its share of upscale burger joints, BurgerFi seeks to squeeze into the little remaining white space with new franchisee agreements.  We take a deep dive into egg prices, and how continued low price points for the staple impacts grocers and restaurants. Additionally, we discuss a tuna-related food safety issue, more Buffalo Wild Wings, and Kelly Investment Group’s potential deal to buy struggling Joe’s Crab Shack.

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Food Focus 6/2/17 – Nutella’s Concept Café Opens, Two Large Colorado-Based Storylines

June 13, 2017

We begin the show by discussing Nutella—not because of serving size debates, but because their new concept restaurant in Chicago opened this week. We take a look at industry specials and promotions for Memorial Day before turning our focus to Colorado, who celebrated the six-month anniversary of a new retail liquor law and whose fast-casual chain Smashburger adds another protein option.

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Food Focus 5/24/17 – Independent Operators Elicit Positive Sentiment, Cracker Barrel Heads West

June 13, 2017

After a Pentallect report emerged showing independent restaurant operators scoring vastly higher in many consumer sentiment categories in comparison to their chain restaurant peers, we discuss what chain operators can do to counter this trend. Additionally, Cracker Barrel seeks to open more units on the West Coast, Golden Corral rolls out brunch, and trends at the Sweets & Snacks Expo.

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Food Focus 5/17/17 – Weis Markets Grows Via Acquisition, A&W Seeks New Franchisees

June 13, 2017

Supermarket chain Weis Markets added stores through acquisition last year, and seeks to continue to do so…we discuss how their bolstered store portfolio affects their operations. Also, A&W shifts back into a growth mode and seeks new franchisees to help achieve more net new store openings, Wendy’s enjoys another positive earnings call, and an FSR group appears on the ledge of bankruptcy (or a sale).

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Food Focus 5/10/17 – New Questions Surround Shake Shack, Applebee’s Scuffles

June 13, 2017

Despite an increase in overall revenue, questions about after Shake Shack displays lowered same-store sales in the latest quarter. We discuss whether the company’s reasons for the declines are valid, and also address a generally positive earnings call from Wingstop, continued sales falloffs at Applebee’s, and a slight expansion plan at Ingles Markets.

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