2014 Issues

December

The business of do-gooding
When executed correctly, cause marketing can help grocers support their community, enhance loyalty and boost their bottom line.

A breed apart
Ownership by a major meat company coupled with an emphasis on top-notch gourmet perishables enables Rastelli Market Fresh to rise above the herd.

Fresh options
Grocery Headquarters celebrates the PMA Fresh Summit's brightest innovations and takes a peek at what is to come.

Scoring with Super Bowl sales
Super Bowl XLIX is fast approaching. It is time for grocers to draw up a winning game plan to capitalize on the opportunity.


November

Private label: one for all, all for one
Private label programs continue to earn consumer loyalty by offering something for everyone.

Organic support
Talks of an organic checkoff are heating.

Embracing change
The Saint Joseph’s Food Industry Summit focused on providing consumers with "Food on Demand."

Dream designs
With the help of design teams, grocers can reinvent their look.


October

Food fare with flair
Wegmans Food Markets is the envy of many.

The Lone Ranger
In a Birmingham, Ala. market dominated by chains, Western Market sets itself apart.

Produc(ing) Excellence
At PMA Fresh Summit growers demonstrate that there is still room for innovation.

Tuning in
Supermarkets are trying to make up ground in the As Seen on TV segment.


September

Green with envy
Tops Markets puts a new spin on grocery shopping in the Rochester, N.Y., market.

Top(s) of the Roc
Consumers are looking for added value when shopping the meat case.

One fish, two fish, old fish, new fish
Unique species and tastes are luring shoppers to the seafood case.

Tears without fear
Onion and garlic campaigns are capturing the imagination of consumers.


August

Sussing out sustainability
Sustainability initiatives take center stage for the grocery industry.

Grinding out meat sales
Consumers are looking for added value when shopping the meat case.

Vape ‘em if you got ‘em
Electronic cigarette manufacturers are innovating as the rulemaking process continues.

Baby, it's cold inside
Refrigeration cases make inroads in terms of appearance, efficiency and flexibility.


July

Fighting the good-for-you fight
Retailers have their game faces on as they battle to gain market share of the organic and natural segment.

Healthy doses of HBC
HBC innovators continue to keep retailers and consumers looking and feeling their best.

Winning with private label
Private label products have become a way for retailers to differentiate themselves.

Baby… and beyond
A diversified baby care aisle can win important and influential shoppers—moms.


June

Agita in the aisles
Alternative formats vying for consumers’ share of stomach are giving traditional supermarkets a major case of heartburn.

Icing on the kake
A ShopRite built on the site of Tastykake’s landmark commercial bakery is reviving a moribund section of Philadelphia.

Feeding the flames
The summer grilling season presents opportunities for retailers to increase fresh meat sales.

Far from general
Grocery Headquarters recognizes the innovators and trendsetters in the general merchandise category with its 2014 Trailblazer awards.


May

Stepping up down South
Bi-Lo Holdings’ boldness and positive steps have earned the chain the honor of Grocery Headquarters’ 2014 National Retailer of the Year.

Counting on confections
Bite-sized and better-for-you candies and snacks continue to drive sales.

A slice of Dairy-Deli-Bake
The IDDBA’s annual Dairy-Deli-Bake Conference rises to the top in the Mile-High City.

Certifying the store
Retailers can educate consumers about the presence, meanings and importance of certifications and verifications.


April

Studying supermarket stats
Grocery Headquarters‘ annual State of the Industry Almanac takes a comprehensive look at dozens of supermarket categories.

From the ground up
GHQ recognizes the produce world’s industry-changers with its inaugural 2014 Produce Trailblazer Awards

Doing the local-motion
Fields Foods in downtown St. Louis takes the local movement to new heights.

Forging a vapor trail
The electronic cigarette industry's biggest players talk about the changing landscape of the category.


March

The re-urbanization of America
With more consumers living in cities, retailers need to rethink their merchandising efforts.

Everything's coming up yellow roses
Market Street blossoms in Flower Mound, Texas, with local produce, Texas-raised beef, artisan bakery products and superior customer service.

Racking up spice sales
Consumers are adding flavor to their daily cooking routines, opening the door for retailers to spice up sales.

Supplemental taste
Specialty products, including complex and single-ingredient formulas, are driving much of the interest in the dietary supplement category.


February

Midwest powerhouse
SpartanNash is our 2014 Independent Retailer of the Year.

Private label in the public eye
Grocery Headquarters acknowledges the standout players in the world of private label.

Keepin' it crafty
Though still a niche segment, craft beer sales continue to rise.

Polished image
Taking the tarnish off of center store


January

Winds of change
Safeway’s (Dominick’s) exit from the Chicago market poses new challenges—and opportunities—for Chicagoland residents and operators.

A healthy resolve
Each New Year consumers focus on healthy eating. Retailers would be wise to capitalize on this trend by recommitting to the produce department.

Setting Wellness Ablaze
Patience and perseverance have earned top wellness companies a 2014 Grocery Headquarters’ Selling Wellness Trailblazer Award.

Chester's little gem
The nonprofit Fare & Square is a culinary diamond enriching residents with affordable fresh food and grocery staples.