F&D Reports / Creditntell Releases Real Estate Opportunities & Demographic Analyses of Specialty Grocers – Fresh Foods Retailers

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Report Examines the Current Retail Real Estate Environment, Including Industry Leaders and Regional Operators, for the Natural and Organic Food Segment

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Food manufacturers servicing the natural/organic segment and commercial real estate developers will find the insights from this brand new analysis eye-opening and a must-read.

Industry-leading retail financial and commercial development consulting firm Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (ICI), through its F&D Reports and Creditntell divisions, has released its new Specialty Grocers – Fresh Foods Analysis, an in-depth look at the natural / gourmet fresh foods segment of the U.S. grocery industry.

The segment — comprised of roughly 3,300 stores representing 8.7% of U.S. supermarkets — generated $41.40 billion in sales during fiscal 2015. Sales were up 8% from the prior year, and unit growth rose nearly 5%. Produce, meat and deli/prepared food categories were the most successful in generating sales and driving traffic; consequently, many grocers have been focusing on these categories to increase store traffic and basket size.

The analysis covers national and regional retail food chains that emphasize natural and organic products and promote healthy eating, environmental protection and locally grown produce — including Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, The Fresh Market, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Earth Fare, Lucky’s Market, New Seasons Market, Mrs. Green’s Natural Foods, and MOM’s Organic Market, among others. The report provides a comprehensive review of the natural and organic food chains within each U.S. region, detailing each player’s real estate criteria, store footprint and site selection, market share in major metropolitan areas, recent growth, and expansion plans as well as targeted consumer demographics. For select retailers, the report links directly to the StoreTrends tool, which offers key real estate health metrics, including sales per square foot, sales per store, and store count as well as dynamic visual displays of brick-and-mortar activity and competitive positioning relative to peers.

Commenting on the Specialty Grocers – Fresh Foods Analysis, CEO Lawrence Sarf stated, “This segment has been and continues to be on a sustainable growth trajectory. Food manufacturers servicing the natural/organic segment and commercial real estate developers will find the insights from this brand new analysis eye-opening and a must-read. There is not currently a hotter opportunity within the retail food sector.”

Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (publisher of F&D Reports, Creditntell, & ARMS) is a leading credit consulting firm specializing in the analysis of public and private companies in numerous retail segments. The focus of its analysis is to deliver the key intelligence today’s busy credit executive needs to make a highly informed decision without sifting through pages of non-essential data. To learn more, visit our websites at http://www.fdreports.com, http://www.creditntell.com, http://www.fdarms.com.

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