As I count the days down to cooler temperatures, I know the bakery scene is heating up with the season’s hottest trends and flavors. Everything spicy and warm will be filling the shelves and aisles as consumers look to satisfy their cravings, and The Fresh Market is well-tuned to this demand. I spoke with Wade Yenny, Director of Grocery Merchandising of The Fresh Market (TFM), and I couldn’t help picturing a full basket in my future.
“Our guests look forward to fall every year, and we do too—which is why we call the season ‘Falloween’ at The Fresh Market!” Wade shares. “What began as a trend (pumpkin spice coffee) has only grown in popularity to reach other products—baked goods, pretzels, and popcorn, just to name a few. There are so many things you can do with pumpkin spice and fall flavors, and we continue to introduce additional fall offerings each year.”
And with excitement spreading around this chilly season, it only goes to show how popular these flavors can be. Consumers count down to the iconic pumpkin spice coffee hitting stores, so placing items such as themed cookies and teas together will immediately draw eyes for those key impulse purchases.
“We work with many companies to offer fall-themed products. Cross-merchandising items such as our TFM pumpkin spice and fall coffee flavors with our Pumpkin Roll Cake, Mini Scones, and Soft Baked Spice Biscotti allows our shoppers to plan for specific moments to enjoy these treats,” Wade continues. “These sales aren’t just in sweet applications; items such as pasta and salsa make it easy for a wider audience to enjoy savory dishes.”
TFM already has many of these items in stores, and consumers will see the stream of products hitting shelves this season grow between now and October:
“At The Fresh Market, we always try to stay ahead of food trends, and pumpkin spice and fall flavors continue to gain popularity year over year,” imparts Wade. “Whenever we see something that we think our guests would love for fall, we go from there!”
So, stay tuned to Deli Market News as we keep an eye on the latest trends and products hitting the shelves.