Author Archives: Grocery Headquarters

Peppers

Sweet trumps hot for popularity in the peppers category. By Haley Hastings Peppers were the seventh highest selling vegetable category, accounting for 2.9% of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Bake Me a Cake?

The success of the in-store bakery is affecting sales in the baking needs aisle. The good news is that the baking aisle remains a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Cyber Degree at Saint Joseph’s University

Saint Joseph’s University’s executive food marketing program is now available online. By Barrie Dawson Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia is in its second year … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, 2015 07 Article Archives, Upfront

Sales review: Avocados

By Haley Hastings Buoyed by party occasions such as the Super Bowl and Cinco de Mayo, avocado sales are on the rise. Avocados accounted … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A Look Back At IDDBA

A record number of retailers and suppliers made the rounds at the 2015 Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Center Store, Focus on Fresh

Cereal Behavior

Top cereal manufacturers are introducing gluten-free offerings in hopes of sparking the category. According to a number of industry observers, one reason for the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Mushrooms

By Haley Hastings Promoted during the proper times of the year, mushrooms can generate solid sales for retailers. The mushroom category accounted for 1.7% … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh, Perishables Group Sales Reviews

Water Levels are on the Rise

The annual State of the Beverage Market Report delivers the numbers and the trends in the bottled water, soda, beer,  RTD tea and coffee … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Produce Beverages

By Haley Hastings The produce department continues to be an area that shoppers are looking to make beverage purchases. Produce beverages accounted for 2.4% … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh, Perishables Group Sales Reviews

The Mother Lode

By Wendy Hirschhorn When it comes to winning over the hearts, minds and appetites of millions of food shoppers, mom bloggers carry much influence. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

Payroll Planning

By Carlos E. Gonzalez Better management of labor costs can help retailers increase profits. Supermarkets by their nature are high-volume, low-margin businesses. Margins of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

Tracking the Field

By Richard Jones Growers that can measure their crop quality, providing suitable raw produce to retailers, can help eroding margins. The public’s understanding of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with Bob Sewall

Bob Sewall, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Blount Fine Foods, says the more Blount elevates its products, the more success its retail customers … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sales review: Tomatoes

By Haley Hastings Warmer months lead to increased tomato sales. The tomatoes category contributed 5.3% to produce department dollar sales for the 52 weeks … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

The five “must haves” in the seafood department

By Brian Diffenderfer Merchandised and managed properly, the seafood department can be a big money maker for retailers. With global consumer awareness and concern … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

The Stat Pool

The Grocery Headquarters annual State of the Industry Almanac takes a comprehensive look at dozens of supermarket categories. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Produce by numbers

Grocery Headquarters’ annual State of the Industry Almanac paints a picture of produce department sales. It is no secret that the produce department is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Talking Shop with…Andy Winans

Andy Winans, CEO of North American Operations for PCMS, says next generation POS systems can help grocers be successful in the long-term.  How can … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

The importance of the label

By Dominick F. Maggio Retailers can build consumer confidence through accurate product labeling. Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to buy some … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…Bill Plageman

Bill Plageman, vice president of marketing and product management for Amerlux, talks about the overall impact lighting can have in grocery. Tell us about … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

No holds barred

By Marshall Rader Consumers are looking for more than health benefits from nutrition bars. Taste, quality and convenience are important as well. Nutrition bars … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…Andy Urban

Andy Urban, senior vice president of retail sales for Perdue Foods, says consumers are increasingly interested in how the chicken they eat is raised.  … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with…John H. Downs Jr.

John H. Downs Jr., National Confectioners Association’s new president and CEO, provides a pulse check on how the candy industry is performing. What have you … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Ancient gluten secret

By Sameer Shah, Smart Flour Foods Gluten-free foods are getting a dose of ancient grains as shoppers demand tastier and more nutritious gluten-free choices.  … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…John J. Wiesehan, Jr.

John J. Wiesehan, Jr., CEO of Mistic Electronic Cigarettes, says a variety of flavor profiles and consumers’ ability to customize their own vaping systems … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop