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Cookout Foods

May 27, 2021

Memorial Day Cookout Foods

Many Americans consider the Memorial Day weekend cookout to be a celebration of the unofficial kickoff of summer. And as the country begins to restart after a year’s worth of pandemic-related shutdowns, people are making plans for what might be their first gathering in months. For grocers, this means it’s time to prepare for higher traffic and increased sales.

Here are three food groups that will be in high demand – and what you can do to boost sales and customer satisfaction.

Packaged Meats

Whether party hosts want to keep things simple or they’re ready to prepare a feast, a cookout on the grill is a time-tested way to feed a crowd.  This year, 56% of Americans plan to barbecue over Memorial Day weekend with an estimated $1.5 billion in total sales of meat and seafood. So as shoppers flood the prepackaged meat case in search of hot dogs, brats and smoked sausages, it’s vital that your displays are organized and fully stocked.

Packaged meat displays can quickly become disorganized, making the shopping process more difficult and time-consuming. Because speed to checkout is important to today’s customers, meat displays must be fresh, organized and stocked. SpaceGrid® II pusher display systems from Retail Space Solutions help maintain a new-store appearance all day long by keeping packaged meat shelves front faced and organized and eliminating false out-of-stocks.

Snack Foods

An assortment of sweet and salty snacks perfectly complements any backyard barbeque. In fact, 8 in 10 consumers said that snack foods are a staple to the summer season. Consumers will be quick to shop the center store aisles for grab-and-go snacks to satisfy their cravings this holiday weekend.

When choosing a summer snack, the most important thing to 89% of consumers is convenience. To fully deliver on their high-profit potential, snack foods must be easy for customers to find and purchase. Grocers know all too well the challenge of keeping center-store peg displays organized and stocked. Retail Space Solutions SimpliStock™ Peg pusher display systems, which are designed specifically for use on traditional pegboard displays, replace pegs with pusher trays that keep products front and center – ultimately driving more sales and higher profits.

SimpliStock Peg trays quickly attach to existing pegboard walls with the patented SwiftHook™, which also allows for simple repositioning during planogram changes. In addition to providing optimal organization, these systems also make restocking easier – saving you time and money on labor costs.

Frozen Treats

To help welcome warmer weather, Memorial Day weekend party hosts often serve summery desserts like frozen juice bars or ice cream treats. As shoppers head to the freezer aisle to pick up a variety pack of their favorites, grocers would do well to ensure their experience is as quick and convenient as possible. We all know what a challenge it is to keep that case organized!

SpaceGrid® HiGlide™ pusher systems from Retail Space Solutions, which are built to withstand the rigors of the freezer, puts convenience first for both shoppers and retailers. In addition to keeping packages front-faced and organized, the SpaceGrid HiGlide pusher trays also slide out to make stocking easy and reduce the amount of time the freezer doors are open.

SpaceGrid HiGlide, which is built from rugged ABS plastic, is equipped with crystal-clear polycarbonate front lenses that keep the product visible and secured in the tray.

For more information on pusher tray solutions from Retail Space Solutions, visit or call 1-800-279-5291.