Johnson wants more for the single shopper; she'd even like to see entire grocery stores geared toward singles' needs and desires, e.g. single portions. Dining at home should be an opportunity for healthier eating, but when fresh produce, dairy and the like is packaged in an amount that guarantees waste, singles tend not to buy it. Instead they may head to the frozen aisle for individual meals that can be loaded with sodium and other additives.
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Not so for Wharton marketing professor Peter S. Fader who tags shopping carts to discover your shopping pattern.
His conclusions are interesting. To see if you agree with them, click: Patterns of Supermarket Shoppers
Have you discovered Minimus.biz?
Travelers are well aware of this company and for good reason.
They depend on it for travel-sized versions of cereals (Kellog's Raisin Bran Cereal - bowl), jams (Kraft Strawberry Jelly - sealed cup), condiments (Stonewall Kitchen Country Ketchup), nuts (Corn Nuts - Nacho Cheese) snacks (Mary's Gone Crackers Organic Crackers - Herb), candy (Lifesavers Gummies - Tangy Fruits), breakfast (Diet Source Imitation Pancake Syrup), nutrition & energy bars (Betty Lou's Jumbo Fruit Bar - Cherry), and more.
Minimus.biz is also a terrific resource for YOU, the home cook! Check out their array of individual-sized gourmet foods (Cheese Spread with Wine - Cabernet Cheddar, Portlock Wild Smoked Salmon, Giovanni's Mushroom Pate - with Marsala wine) perfect enhancements for a meal at home!
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"Baffled by Beef: Meatpackers hope to boost sales by educating clueless shoppers" Columbus Dispatch
"Cooking Solo: Food Industry catching on with recipes geared for one" Columbus Dispatch
"Table for One: Just because you're cooking solo doesn't mean you have to skimp on fresh food" The Sacramento Bee
"Big Cookie Makers See Sales Crumble" USAToday
Get the details on an exciting and economical salt sampler.
According to the Gourmet Express website:
0.9 oz. pouches for Berry Medley, Tropical Sensation, Mixed Fruit
Per Annie's website: "Just add water and microwave the certified durum semolina pasta and you'll get a healthy meal fit for one!"
"Meal assemblies," or "professional chef substitutes," is drawing the attention of busy solos/singles and families, too. For details, click: meals made easy
Boston Market (1-800-488-0050)
Smart Ones (formerly Weightwatchers) (800-762-0228) free entree coupon (per Carol Ann)!
Hormel (800-523-4635) single-serve microwave beef stew
Dinty Moore (800-523-4635) single-serve microwave
Banquet (800-257-1191), Healthy Choice (800-323-9980) and Marie Callender (800-595-7010)
Dole Foods (800-232-8888) Look for their 8 oz. zip-lock bag items.
"They'll ask you for the UPC symbol off the box and they'll often send you a "money-off coupon."
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Save $1.00 on Welch's
Save $1.50 on Nestle
Save $1.00 on Dannon Light & Fit
(Johnson noted that CompactAppliances.com (800-297-6076) http://www.compactappliances.com may be able to supply you with the Walgreen Drugs items mentioned above.)
Here are excerpts:
" 'In' are individually boxed family-size and single-serve microwavable and/or oven-ready entrees featuring braised short ribs, chicken Marsala, grilled white meat chicken with penne in basil cream sauce, angel hair pasta and seafood, vegetable lasagna, and side dishes including twice baked potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and spinach soufflé."
"The Oriental category is really set to take off . . . Kahiki (1-888-436-2500) is introducing Kahiki Kung Pao Chicken with Lo Mein Noodles. Succulent chicken and vegetables paired with our signature Kung Pao sauce and lo mein noodles. Available in single-serve portions for one (10.5 oz.)
Contact information provided by Carol Ann Johnson
Marzetti of Columbus, Ohio is another of Johnson's finds. They offer single-serve pouches of salad dressing (20 selections, eight of which are "light" or "fat free.") to the public via mail order (minimum order one case per item). For more information, call: (614) 846-2232.
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing offers single-serve selections regular and lite versions. Call: (800) 537-2823 for recipes.