2011 Issues


Healthy eating oasis
Innovative retailers, wholesalers and developers are working with local and federal governments to eradicate food deserts.

A team effort
Retailers can team up with manufacturers to tackle upcoming Super Bowl parties.

Fitness in the food bowl
Pet foods and treats that offer nutritional value continue to be favorites among consumers.

Pushing Protein
Retailer meat cases are in the midst of significant changes as leaner and smaller cuts gain popularity.


Elevating private label
Retailers and manufacturers need to collaborate and innovate to take private label to the next level.

Slam dunkin’
New varieties, better-for-you offer¬ings and line extensions of old favorites are making a splash in the cookies and crackers aisle.

From far, far away
Produce imports provide retailers with colorful, fresh product to expand their departments.

An eye for design
Supermarkets focus on designs that enhance the shopper experience.


Retail Executive of the Year
As CEO of Green Hills Farms Super Market, Gary Hawkins leveraged technology and local vendors to build loyalty.

United stands on wellness
United Supermarkets’ Living Well is Grocery Headquarters’ “Wellness Retailer of the Year” recognition.

Raising a fingerling for potatoes
Specialty potatoes continue to grow in popularity.

Holiday rush
Suppliers roll out seasonal items for entertaining, decorating and gifting.


Feeling the heat in Canada
Price wars and cross-channel competition are shaking up Canada's bustling retail scene.

Wonder drug
Duane Reade debuts its Wall Street flagship with an emphasis on grocery and fresh food.

Quenching a thirst for sales
Beverage sales appear to be back on track following two off years.

The evolution of GMDC
The trade association connects with members and prospective members via social media.


The power of brands
Despite private label pressure, national brands continue to influence the supermarket landscape.

Meat & Greet
Excellent meats, homemade prepared foods and local produce and groceries are helping Edwards Food Giant carve out a niche.

Fair for all
Consumers are increasingly willing to shell out the extra money for Fair Trade products.

Working it out
Innovative workforce management solutions help grocers maximize staff productivity.


Better safe than sorry
In light of ongoing safety concerns, is the industry doing enough to protect the food supply?

Packaged deals
Packaged meats appeal to cash- and time-strapped consumers.

Target aims for grocery
With increased emphasis on areas such as the home department, the retailer's new initiatives are designed to help build grocery sales.

Gang green
Grocers' IT departments are helping take the sustainability movement to the next level.


Point of no return?
As A&P navigates Chapter 11, the industry waits to see what is next for this iconic retailer.

International Food Court
Mall-based Mega Mart offers an international food court.

Spreading the word
Produce growers and marketers are integrating their online and offline marketing campaigns.

Young at heart
Baby boomers are driving HBC sales.


At your service
Publix Super Markets has been named the Grocery Headquarters 2011 Chain Retailer of the Year.

Battle plans
Conventional supermarkets have to fight to win back center store sales and market share.

Organic magic
With the organic segment still on the rise, retailers can keep sales blooming with a well-stocked produce aisle.

Reshaping the GM category
Some grocers are ready to overhaul their general merchandise programs.


Gastronomical giant
Woodlands Market towers above the competition with outstanding service, community involvement, scratch bakery and a penchant for local products.

Healthy, wealthy & wise
Olive oils are bringing health benefits, high margins and renewed interest back to Center Store.

A fresh take
United Fresh addresses some of the top issues of concern to the produce industry.

HBC on the rebound?
HBC buyers say that supermarkets may be starting to win back consumers to their aisles.


A matter of convenience
Supermarkets feel the squeeze as convenience stores and dollar stores add more groceries to their mix.

Catch a rising star
Star Super Market offers Huntsville, Ala. residents an out-of-this-world shopping experience.

Kids Zone
By offering the latest kid-focused products, retailers can turn the produce department into a tool in the battle against childhood obesity.

Making house(wares) calls
Housewares can thrive in the grocery channel if the category is properly planned and promoted.


From produce stand to stand-out independent
Coborn’s Inc. was an easy choice for the 2011 Grocery Headquarters Independent Retailer of the Year award.

Private label laureates
The GHQ Private Label Trailblazer Awards recognize outstanding private label manufacturers for their innovative excellence and leadership.

Supplemental health
More consumers are turning to nutritional supplements to assist with their health care needs.

The heat is on
Heated merchandisers are becoming more flexible, energy efficient and stylish.


What lies ahead
What does the future look like for the supermarket industry? It depends on the retailer being discussed.

Easter parade
An exciting array of seasonal products is helping the candy aisle spring ahead.

Winning in wellness
Grocery Headquarters’ annual Trailblazer Awards honor influential health and wellness companies across a number of segments.

Mother may I?
Social media and online retailers are changing the way parents shop the baby category.