We’ve gotten very spoiled with all that New Jersey grocery stores have to offer lately. Grocery shopping is no longer about simply picking out apples with no bruises and checking out which cereal is on sale.
Modern grocery shopping in NJ has become a vastly different experience and all of the new grocery stores popping up all over the place have only served to make competitors up their games.
It’s not enough anymore just to be a great supermarket that carries a lot of stuff and has good customer service. Today you’ve got to be all things to all people.
You’ve got to keep up on the latest food trends and make sure you’re satisfying every culinary curiosity. So many of the aforementioned new stores have come to town and have accomplished that goal. But up until now, a lot of New Jersey’s classic grocery stores, the ones even your grandma shopped at, have fallen behind.
Enter ShopRite of Wharton, NJ.
ShopRite of Wharton recently debuted a concept called Fresh to Table, which customers have already been experiencing at ShopRites in Bloomfield, Greenwich, Burlington, Newton, Sparta, Byram, Mansfield and Succasunna, among other locations.
With Fresh to Table, customers can find easy-to-prepare ingredients that will make you say goodbye to your meal subscription boxes. The unique, on-trend foods you’ll find there are the ones you’re looking for today.
And the best part is that these fresh-to-table items are available in grab-and-go formats to accommodate the needs of busy New Jerseyans.
ShopRite is calling this a “store within a store” concept. It’s so important now to make things both fresh and easy because it will make for great convenience, too.
Busy because they have ready-to-cook items, ready-to-heat and ready-to-eat meals with prepped ingredients. It’s perfect for people who want to eat and also feed their families, fresh and healthy food but don’t have as much time to plan meals, and to execute them, as perhaps cooks did a generation ago. It’s a one-stop shop.
And of course, if you don’t want to stop, its fresh produce meals, and snacks, can be ordered through ShopRite’s online grocery store.
Let’s hope that this debut marks just the beginning of a trend like this across more supermarkets.
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LOOK: Food and Personal Care Shortages We Could See In 2023
Learn about the 13 potential shortages that could impact stores in 2023, from produce and meat to snacks and beverages.
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Corn is one of the most useful crops in the United States. Not only is it used for eating, it is also used for corn syrup (the sweetener), corn oil, and more. The US Department of Agriculture is reporting there was a 4% drop in the crop between 2021 and 2022. This could lead to shortage on all corn based products.
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For the last few months, we have been hearing about the massive price increases on the cost of eggs. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of available eggs. According to the CDC, the shortage is due in large part to a massive outbreak of the Avian Flu.
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Some listeners are reporting very specific things missing from store shelves. It is almost like companies have chosen to only make the most generic versions of products.
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According to HBW Insight, the ingredients needed to make makeup could be hard to come by this year. As a result, we could see a shortage in the amount of available makeup.
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