Foodservice

Amazon Go to Boost Food and Beverage Products

Store in San Francisco planning to sell hot items, espressos and fountain sodas
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SAN FRANCISCO — An Amazon Go store in San Francisco’s financial district is planning to offer hot food, espressos and fountain sodas, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Amazon Go sells a variety of ready-to-eat, packaged foodservice items ranging from sandwiches, burritos and bagels to salads, flatbreads and sushi. Its beverages include packaged sodas and water, as well as freshly brewed coffee and cold drinks at select locations. 

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Amazon recently filed for a Department of Health review and will require additional permits from city officials to sell these items, the Chronicle reported. The store is currently closed for renovations.

This initiative comes as c-stores are increasingly betting on their foodservice programs. Two-thirds of consumers said they purchase prepared foods from retailers at least three times per month, an 11% increase from 2017, according to the 2019 Retail Foodservice Consumer Trend Report by CSP’s sister research firm, Technomic. Beyond that, 89% of c-store operators said they expect their foodservice sales to grow in 2020.

Amazon Go, a brick-and-mortar retail unit of Seattle-based online retailer Amazon, has 24 locations in the United States. The stores’ “just walk out” technology allows customers to scan their phone to enter the store, grab what they want and leave without a conventional checkout process.

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