For example, people tend to maintain a refrigerator temperature that is too high and often do not understand the product’s packaging instructions for storage conditions (van Geffen et al. 25). Another way people mishandle food is by overpreparing food and not utilizing leftovers. People often prepare as much as possible without measuring the amount that they need, which creates leftovers. The reason that consumers throw out food after preparing too much is because they are not sure about what to do with their leftovers or partly used products like ingredients, sauces, and vegetables (van Dooren 5).
There are those in society who have steady jobs and may be able to afford good quality restaurants that do indeed sell well-rounded meals. The other part of society that cannot fancy themselves with such luxurious due to the fact that they may be living month-to-month have scarce options. These citizens sometimes do not have their own transportation and there for cannot make it to the grocery store (Bittman). Having five fast-food restaurants per every grocery store also provides a convenience that is often needed (Bittman). And who could blame anyone for choosing an option that at seems more affordable (Bittman)?
No experience in making food, limited capital for expansion and lack of resources. O – Expand Capital through new share issue, Expansion into newer markets such as pizzas, fish & chip etc. T – Difficult to compete on price, most competitors are large. Increasing competition from competitors bringing out new products SWOT Analysis S – Well-motivated W- Employees lack suitable skills, no knowledge for the market for cafes. No experience in making food, limited capital for expansion and lack of resources.
I do understand some of the people that do eating contests do it for fun. Instead of winning large portions of money and prizes, they could use the eating contests for certain causes. Overall, we as the people are starting to careless about what we eat. In the economy we have today, families are leaning toward the unhealthy junk food and frozen dinners. Rather then buying fresh produce because number one its expensive, and number two if you have a busy working family it won’t last as long so it may just go bad in the refrigerator.
Walmart’s low prices have caused an industry–wide obsession with consolidation. Many firms are cutting costs any chance they can, forcing some firms to move upmarket. “The traditional supermarket concept no longer has a profitable future in most ... ... middle of paper ... ...lay a part in the consumer’s decision but in the end eggs from one store are the same as eggs from another store. The consumer can also compare prices from various stores to get the best deal on their groceries. Supplier Power Supplier power has been pretty high in the past because grocery stores had very few options of where they could get their goods and had even less of a say of how much to pay for these goods.
Hank Cardello, a former food executive, expresses the idea that grocers and other food executives do not have your best interest in mind in “What Grocers Don’t Want You to Know.” Cardello states that grocers set up supermarkets “like taking a choreographed tour through Disney World”(30). Getting to all of the products you want is easier than ever, but getting what you need has proven more difficult. During my own field research, I had discovered that getting the bare necessities (i.e. milk or even bread) were the hardest items to find in the supermarket I visited. It was even harder to find the truly organic form of these products.
Obesity is a massive issue Americans cannot seem to get under control. With fast-food restaurants at every corner, it can be quite difficult to make healthy choices. But is it really the restaurant’s fault that so many people are obese? When it comes down to it, it is ultimately the individual’s choice to eat unhealthy food. Even though fast-food restaurants are tempting, nobody is forcing anyone to eat there.
Threats of New Entrants are Low in the Grocery Store Industry There are significant barriers to entry in the grocery store industry that prevent new entrants from taking market shares from preexisting giants, such as Kroger and Whole Foods. Economics of scale are prevalent in this industry, forcing any potential competitors to overcome large upfront costs to be able to compete in terms of pricing. In addition, there are strong exit barriers. Companies have large investments in property, inventory and distribution channels that they are not willing to lose in order to leave the industry. Finally, local farmers are not likely to gain a large force in the industry, as many are not willing or able to invest in obtaining certifications from the government.
The issue of whether we should allow an outside source to regulate, or influence personal dietary choices has been a debatable topic through the world recently. It is an important issue because it concerns the fundamentals of moral and economic questions about the way the government has informed and protected the people. A variety of different arguments have been put forward about this issue. The fast food industry, since its inception in the 1950s has grown to be a powerful and at times unregulated entity; subsequently, its low priced food items that appeal to most Americans is the reason that it is causing medical issues and rising obesity rates. Often people do not have enough money or time in their hands, so they look for other alternatives that can solve that issue.
Food banks are mainly dependent on donations from individuals from food drives and surpluses from supermarkets and wholesale distributors (Keller 46). With the amount of donations decreasing and the increase in demand for food aid, it is likely that food banks are more lenient on distributing food that is not necessarily healthy so they can assist more people (Keller 46). It is difficult to become selective with donations when food banks are already struggling trying to receive enough items to supply their warehouses. Partnering with large supermarket chains, food banks will accept junk food, such as candy and soda, from grocery stores since they also receive staple items from them (Farmer). Masses of food banks are “reluctant to get picky with their biggest donors” considering those businesses supply them with meats such as beef and poultry (Farmer).