2012 Issues


Drinking it in
Beverages were flowing throughout the 2012 NACS Show in Las Vegas.

Produce with punch
With a new format and record attendance, the 2012 PMA Fresh Summit was one to remember.

Lake Success
A remodel and an expansion enables independent Elden’s Fresh Foods to maintain its lead market position.

Brands not included
The PLMA’s 2012 Trade Show once again pushed the boundaries of innovation.


Private (label) practices
Trust and value have become cornerstones on which retailers can build store brand success.

The new local
Keeping the produce department stocked is easy with import programs on the rise.

The ins and outs of licensing
When executed correctly, licensing can help companies enter new categories and gain shelf presence.

Dazzling décor
Grocery Headquarters' annual design showcase takes a tour of some outstanding store designs.


Retail Executive of the Year
Steve Smith, K-VA-T’s president and CEO, follows his father’s example of community involvement.

What’s Next for Supervalu?
The industry is split on whether the chain will recover from a financial tumble.

Supermarket Smorgasbord
With items made fresh, local produce and a 200-foot buffet, Shady Maple Farm Market is a literal feast for the senses.

Worth their Salt
Healthy options and bold flavors are spicing up interest in the better-for-you snack category.


Shifting Shopper Behavior
Shoppers are hitting the stores with smartphones and a new attitude.

Talent Search
Can supermarkets compete for top executives?

Naturally Personal
Natural personal care products are evolving to every day use.

Road to Recovery
Supermarkets can compete in the cough/cold category.


The GMO debate
GMOs are at the top of the list of what people want to know about.

Culinary Cathedral
Harmons City Creek has created an experience for foodies in the heart of Salt Lake City.

New media opportunities
Retailers are investing more in social media and digital signage.

Chilly Forecast
Supermarkets are turning to more efficient eco-friendly configurations and components.


A clear view of food safety
As transparency becomes the norm, the industry is making adjustments to provide a farm-to-fork view of the food supply.

Thirst-quenching opportunities
Consumers are demanding authenticity, accountability and innovation from better-for-you beverages.

Safety equipment at the ready
Pallets, shelving and sanitation systems take on prominent roles in response to food safety concerns.

The grand centenarian
Chanatry’s Market marks 100 years of servicing the Utica, N.Y. market.


The Class of 1962
Walmart, Target and Kmart entered the retail scene 50 years ago and altered the way Americans shop.

Tapping a gusher
In the heart of Oklahoma oil country, Uptown Grocery Co. hits it big.

Going for the gold
Thanks to CPG manufacturer support for U.S. Olympic Teams everyone is a winner.

Breaking out f the box
Grand Food Center gained a showcase for its produce and floral departments with an addition to its store.


Hitting the bull’s eye
Target is now scoring a direct hit on groceries and perishables with its PFresh format.

Retailing’s new spin
Makers of gourmet, regional and hard-to-find products are selling their products.

Beers' fighting spirit(s)
New products, increased promotion and creative packaging are helping retailers lift beer sales.

GMDC makes the connection
With a focus on the future, the organization is set to unveil a video conferencing platform.


The Belle of Bellefonte
Weis Markets’ new flagship store is the most popular place in town.

Thrill of the Grill
The grilling season is driving protein sales.

The Top Tier
Fashion and mainstream style are influencing bakery designs.

Dissecting the data
The Grocery Headquarters annual State of the Industry Almanac.


Struggling in the Golden State
California is generally considered a national trendsetter. Retailers in the other 49 states should pay close attention.

Movin’ on up
A remodeled The Food Emporium on Manhattan’s Upper East Side showcases A&P’s marketing potential.

Giving back is the new black
Community outreach does more than just make retailers feel warm and fuzzy inside; it grows sales.

The spices of life
The growing popularity of ethnic cuisine has led to increased spice and seasoning sales.


Shining Bright in the Golden State
Save Mart is Grocery Headquarters’ 2012 Independent Retailer of the Year.

International frozen food court
Broadening consumer tastes are adding ethnic food to the frozen food case.

Lasting Impression
The parking lot and store vestibule offer customers clues about what to expect on the rest of their shopping trip.

Private Label leaders
The GHQ Private Label Trailblazer Awards recognize outstanding private label manufacturers.


Inside information
Some of the grocery industry’s top executives offer their insights for the coming year.

Tall order
Shorty’s The Urban Market brings a full assortment of groceries, meat, seafood, produce and wine to downtown Lexington, Ky.

A produce resolution
Retailers can help consumers stick to their New Year’s resolutions by reminding them of nutritional value.

Wellness winner’s circle
Find out who received GHQ’s coveted Selling Wellness Trailblazer Awards.