Keep an eye out for grocers playing more of a role in health & wellness in the near future, a move fueled by consumer demand. According to Leslie Sarasin, President & CEO of Food Manufacturing Institute, grocery stores are situated perfectly to assist consumers on their health & wellness journey. This comes at a time of high competition for grocery stores—not only competing against themselves, but also online retailers, as we previously wrote about.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it now — as people prefer holistic approaches to health and wellness, food retailers, standing in the nexus position between food and pharmacy, as well as nutrition and provision of medical services, are uniquely positioned as health and wellness resources for their customers.” – Leslie Sarasin, FMI
Health and wellness engagement at grocery is a huge opportunity for healthy brands to simultaneously meet the needs of customers and consumers . Taking advantage of this opportunity requires that marketers drive the path to purchase—from influence to the store shelf—to demonstrate the added value they can deliver to shoppers and retailers.
The advantage will go to brands that are smart about engaging key influencers geo-targeted to store locations and partnering with key customers to promote their products and offerings. Pairing “near store” influencer and consumer reach with “in store” shopper marketing can drive the path to purchase, earn the recommendation of influential professionals, and help key customers—and consumers—meet their health & wellness goals.