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Brand Wars: Trader Joe’s vs. Whole Foods

Brand Wars: Trader Joe’s vs. Whole Foods

iModerate Author

Nov 02, 2015

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The sheer number of grocery and meal delivery options catering to consumers’ busy lifestyles is exploding. Know what you want and don’t want to go to the store? Instacart. Feeling uninspired and not sure what to make for dinner? Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, or Plated to the rescue. Just really need pizza? Tweet Dominos.

Options are expanding when it comes to physical stores, too. Consumers have a growing number of choices even when in search of healthy food, with giants such as Costco and Walmart throwing their hats in the grocery ring, each offering diverse selections of organics.

With all of this change afoot in the grocery space, we looked at two specialty grocers – Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods – who have successfully carved out a niche for themselves. We asked consumer perceptions of both, as well as gauged reactions to 365 by Whole Foods Market, a new grocery store aimed at millennials that’s set to launch in early 2016. Check out the report to learn the key benefits of both stores, what kind of person shops at each (hint: not all hipsters are created equal), and see what 365 will have to do to succeed in this highly-competitive grocery arena.

Get the full report here, and check out the infographic here.

Have an idea of two brands that you’d like to see go head-to-head in the next Brand Wars? Let us know!

iModerate Author

The results we received from the iModerate one-on-one, in-depth conversations were much more enlightening than what we typically garner from open-ended verbatim responses. The live moderator offers us the ability and flexibility to probe deeper on certain points, enabling us to get stronger, less vague information. That unique capability has proved extremely valuable to us, and has made this IM-based platform an integral part of our research toolbox.

Colleen Hepner, VP, C&R Research