Food & Beverage Blog

Solid-state refrigeration is unlocking new sales opportunities in food & beverage retail. With compact, energy-efficient refrigerators and freezers, high-margin products like frozen treats no longer need to be relegated to the back of the store. Solid-state refrigerators and freezers are helping retail owners innovate within the market to deliver a better customer experience. Phononic’s blog highlights how grocery and convenience stores, restaurants and bars can use solid-state technology for better product placement, efficiency and cost savings.

Food Trends: How Natural Became the New Norm

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The year is 1989. A third grader gloomily opens his lunchbox, less than thrilled to see his natural peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread with an apple as the side. He looks around to see all his friends feasting on fluffernutters on white bread, Butterscotch Krimpets® and Ecto Coolers. Fast forward to 2019, and… Read More

Distributed Freezing: 3 Reasons to Get Your Products Out of the Deep Freeze

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Today’s consumers have more food options than ever before, from entire aisles dedicated to ice cream to the rapidly growing number of fast-casual restaurants. Brands need to find ways to differentiate among countless competitive products and retailers, and operators have to enhance the customer experience to keep them coming back. As revealed in our latest… Read More

How Grocery Stores Can Make the Most of the Holiday Season

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With the holiday season in full swing, shoppers are making more trips to the grocery store to stock up on food for parties, guests and gifts. While this can be quite a hectic time of year for supermarkets, it can also be the perfect time to adopt new strategies that can enhance the customer experience… Read More

Three Lessons Breweries Can Learn from Hospitals

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We all have that friend who won’t drink his beer straight out of the fridge or cooler because it’s not at the ideal tasting temperature. And as annoying as that can be, he’s technically right. Most beers aren’t meant to be enjoyed ice cold (despite the commercials that zoom in on frosted beers). In fact,… Read More

Three Reasons Why Grocery Shoppers Prefer Distributed Refrigeration

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For a long time, grocery stores were the only game in town. Consumers of all ages came together week after week at local supermarkets to purchase all of the food items on their shopping list at a good value, in a convenient manner. As retail models have shifted drastically over the past few decades, traditional… Read More

Selling at the C-Store: 4 Reasons Why Compact, Solid-State Cooling is Best

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The average small convenience store (c-store) stocks 2,800 to 3,200 items in as many as 400 categories. For consumers, this means they are never at loss for options when it comes to choosing a beverage or snack. For brand and category managers, it means they are constantly faced with two key challenges: how to get… Read More

Frozen Foods Making a Comeback, Thanks to…Millennials???

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When you picture millennials at the grocery store, you probably imagine a cart full of fresh organic produce, kefir and free-range meats. However, a 2018 study concluded that there is room reserved in their carts for another food type: frozen. The study by CPG Marketing Firm Acosta found that 26% of total U.S. grocery shoppers… Read More

Sell More Frozen Treats This Summer With This “Cool” Technology Innovation

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Get a Sneak Preview at the National Restaurant Association Event, Booth 7977 Are you a forward-thinking leader looking for the next food service technology innovation that will impact your bottom line this summer? The National Restaurant Association Show is less than a week away and Phononic is #FiredUp to be showcasing our cooling technology innovation… Read More

Why Sustainability Should Be a No-Brainer for Your Business

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In the past, sustainability was often an initiative met with hesitation from corporate boards and executives, as it had a reputation for costing more than the perceived value of its benefits. However, embracing a sustainable business culture can actually result in significant cost savings and competitive advantages. A recent survey from McKinsey shows that many… Read More