The Close Constellation Brands' move into Canopy 'makes a lot of sense'BNN Bloomberg
Robert Carter, Foodservice industry advisor at The NPD Group, joins BNN Bloomberg to analyze Constellation Brands' boosted stake in Canopy Growth and why this is a good move for the company at this point in time.
U.S.-based owner of Town Shoes to close all 38 stores in Canada by JanuaryCBC
Tamara Szames, a fashion industry analyst with research company The NPD Group, said "off-price" and luxury apparel retailers are both exceeding growth expectations, but businesses in the middle are being challenged.
U.S. fast-food chain Chick-fil-A coming to CanadaBNN Bloomberg
Robert Carter, Executive Director of Foodservice at The NPD Group, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss Loblaw's latest quarter, the state of the grocery sector and U.S. fast-food chain Chick-fil-A entering the Canadian market.
McDonalds extends its cafe chain rollout as it battles Tim Hortons and StarbuckNational Post
Robert Carter, Executive Director of Foodservice at The NPD Group, says McDonald’s is keen to expand its distribution model to try and siphon more market share away from its rivals.
Pay-what-you-can grocery opens in Toronto, but experts say model can be hit-or-missThe Globe and Mail
Suggesting pay-what-you-can risks turning some potential benefactors off, says food industry expert Robert Carter, noting the fear of paying too much, or too little, can lead some uncertain shoppers to go elsewhere. “I could see that being a bit of a challenge,” says the NPD Group executive. “It’s such a different mindset for consumers.”Read More
Egg sales soar as Canadians jump at all-day breakfastCBC News
"I don't know if the breakfast sandwich will directly cannibalize some of those lunch or supper burger items, overall," said Robert Carter, a food service analyst with Toronto-based market research firm NPD Group. So far, Carter said, customers are frequently buying breakfast items more as a snack or as a fourth meal during the day.Read More
Second Cup plan to serve up cannabis a bold moveBNN Bloomberg
Robert Carter, executive director of Foodservice at The NPD Group, talks about the plan for Second Cup to sell marijuana.
Focus on exciting in-store experience is Toys 'R' Us' way forwardBNN Bloomberg
The NPD Group's Director of Toys, Michelle Liem, says the way forward for Toys 'R' Us is focusing on the exciting in-store experience consumers can't get with online shopping.
Fairfax readies game plan for Toys 'R' Us CanadaThe Globe and Mail
The shakeup at Toys “R” Us has caused uncertainty for toy makers and retailers. But Canada has shown stronger growth in the toy market through the year and during the last holiday season than the United States, according to Michelle Liem, Director of Toys at The NPD Group.
Air in a bottle? How companies sell Canadian natureToronto City News
People want more openness and details on products and to know, for example, what they’re putting on their face, said Amy Chung, Canadian beauty industry analyst for market-research firm NPD Group.
After a three-year delay, Nordstrom hangs its hat on rollout of Rack discount outlets in CanadaGlobe and Mail
According to Tamara Szames of The NPD Group, off-price sales in Canada are far outperforming the overall apparel market. They jumped 12 per cent to $1.8 billion in the year ended Jan. 31, even as overall apparel sales dropped 2 per cent to $26.9 billion in the same period.
E-commerce not the only cause of death for Canadian mallsCBC
E-commerce is not the only cause of death for Canadian malls. Big discount chains, standalone specialty shops and multi-purpose technology making malls less relevant.
Canadians expected to pay more to dine out in 2018CBC
Convenience is the most influential trend shaping the food industry according to Robert Carter, executive director of food service at the market research firm The NPD Group.
More Canadians shift to online shopping as holiday season beginsThe Globe and Mail
E-commerce is taking over in the United States as the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, and Canada isn't far behind.
McDelivery with UberEATS launches in three Canadian provincesBNN
BNN speaks with Robert Carter, executive director of Foodservice at the NPD Group, about the fast-growing delivery service segment and which business the company is biting into.
Social media's role in driving toy sales growth in CanadaBNN
Toy sales in Canada grew more than three per cent in the first five months of this year. BNN speaks with The NPD Group's Michelle Liem, about what she calls "unwavering consumer demand" and the key drivers behind the industry’s growth.
Breakfast for Dinner? Canadians buying into all-day breakfast at fast food jointsCityNews
McDonald’s doesn’t detail its Canadian sales, data from The NPD Group finds that McMuffins in the afternoon have been a huge hit.
Taco Bell Canada will soon add beer to the menu at some stores, begins aggressive expansion across countryFinancial Post
"The challenge is, sales of alcohol at restaurants is declining. For them to introduce alcohol, it might not be enough,” said Robert Carter, executive director of foodservice at market research firm NPD Canada.
Plus-sized men's wear retailer Destination XL aims for big splash in CanadaThe Globe and Mail
According to The NPD Group, sales in the big-and-tall men’s-wear sector climbed 3 per cent to $645-million in 2016 from a year earlier, representing 8 per cent of the $8.5-billion men’s apparel sector. Tamara Szames, Fashion Industry Analyst at The NPD Group, shares some insight with The Globe and Mail.
Freshii founder makes pitch to lure franchisees away from rival SubwayThe Star
Subway has struggled over the past few years with softening sales and customer counts as their business model didn’t evolve with the market, said Robert Carter, executive director of food service for market research firm NPD Group.
Tim Hortons parent company nears deal to buy PopeyesThe Globe and Mail
The fast-food sector has been trying to adapt to changing consumer tastes, including a shift by some consumers toward healthier food.
All-day breakfast starts at most McDonald's across CanadaCBC News
'I want to touch and feel': Online-only retailers open regular storesCBC
Sit-down restaurants expected to struggle as the food service sector remains tepidFinancial Post
Canadian retailers must disrupt — or be disruptedThe Star
Still steady growth: Athleisure’s heyday may be over, but sales are still surgingNational Post
Millennials spending more on fitness, but build communities in the processMetro News
McDonald’s to start offering McCafe on WestJet flights as coffee wars move from ground to the skiesFinancial Post
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