Today in the world of food, changes and advances are coming to delivery, dining and the grocery segment, though some look more permanent than others, according to the experts. Plus, digital SNAP benefits continue to step forward.
Food delivery app DoorDash, in partnership with restaurant Burma Superstar, is looking to open up its first brick-and-mortar restaurant — a spinoff venture to be called Burma Bites. The new location will reportedly be designed for delivery and takeout, boasting menu items from the parent restaurant alongside new items, presented in environmentally-friendly to-go containers.
Grocery Giant Ahold Delhaize has seen a massive spike in digital grocery sales since the pandemic began. But Ahold Chief Information Officer Ben Wishart told PYMNTS Karen Webster in an interview that he expects that trend to begin to reverse itself in the post-pandemic world. “If you took COVID away 100 percent and opened all the restaurants again and all that sort of thing, we don’t know where [online grocery sales are] going to normalize to,” he said.
Digital SNAP benefits took their next great leap forward last week with the announcement that grocery chain ALDI and Instacart had paired to bring the option to ALDI shoppers. Instacart said it would be rolling out the pilot program at more than 60 ALDI locations in Georgia, with plans to expand that to more than 570 stores in Illinois, California, Florida and Pennsylvania in the coming months.