Author Archives: Seth Mendelson

About Seth Mendelson

Seth Mendel­son is the pub­lisher and edi­to­r­ial direc­tor of Mac­fad­den Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, over­see­ing mul­ti­ple titles across many key cat­e­gories. Seth has been a jour­nal­ist since grad­u­at­ing from Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity in 1980. He was a sports­writer and newswriter for Gan­nett News­pa­pers, before becom­ing an edi­tor at Mass Mar­ket Retail­ers, Non­foods Mer­chan­dis­ing and Super­mar­ket Busi­ness. Also, Seth was pre­vi­ously edi­tor in chief of Retail Mer­chan­diser. He has been quoted in a num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing The Wall Street Jour­nal, The New York Times and many regional newspapers.

Dollars for Donuts

Many retailers are looking at the in-store bakery as a potential investment area.  Supermarket retailers are committing more and more dollars to their in-store … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

From the Publisher: Severing the Link to the Past

With a modern business plan the retailers that replace A&P have the potential to succeed. Enough about A&P already, right? Well, not quite. Not … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Procter & Gamble Needs to Regain Focus

A successful Procter & Gamble is good for the nonfoods category. This may be as good a time as any to talk about Procter … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Examining A Pet Pharmacy

Selling pet medications has the potential to provide increased sales at very favorable margins. My dog had diabetes. Do you know where I purchased … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Looking Beyond the Merger

Mergers of retail chains can only work if the new management is willing to invest to remain competitive. There are a lot of reasons … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Columns

Bake’n Joy Foods

Bake’n Joy Foods is dedicated to helping its retail partners by providing top-notch customer service and high quality products. What sets Bake’n Joy Foods … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Spotlight

From the Publisher: Canning the Can?

Hormel Food’s acquisition of Applegate Farms is a sure sign of the changing times. Hormel Food’s purchase of Applegate Farms for about $775 million … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

The City of Buffalo

The city of Buffalo, N.Y. soldiers on in its hunt for a downtown supermarket to fulfill its citizens’ needs The city of Buffalo, N.Y. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Upfront

From the Publisher: A New York State of Mind

Established New York City grocery chains need to clean up their acts, lest face extinction. Here is something I have never been able to … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute helps retailers understand the products that come from Alaska, providing them the education and training needed to better market … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Spotlight, Upfront

Nonfoods Talk: A Real Eye-scratcher

Allergy season is uncomfortable for those afflicted. Retailers that do their best to help shoppers find a remedy are doing them, and themselves, a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Dietary supplements are a big seller. Retailers need to employ stricter standards for their store brands to ensure continued success. GNC took an extremely … Continue reading

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Let’s Make A Deal

Heinz’s purchase of Kraft Foods may not be as straightforward as many think.  Oh boy, this is a big one. Heinz’s purchase of Kraft … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

Spotlight On: Smokey Mountain

As the tobacco industry feels pressure, Smokey Mountain’s tobacco-free smokeless products are poised for continued growth. Dave Savoca does not like to brag too … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Spotlight, Upfront

Good employees equal happy customers

While money helps, it takes more than a wage increase to develop productive employees. Walmart stole the headlines back in February when the company … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

Pet positive

Chatter at the recent Global Pet Expo suggests the pet aisle is becoming a valuable area for many grocers—again. Could there be a growing … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Getting back on Target

Leaving Canada was a bold, but necessary step in righting the Target ship.  This is an open letter to Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Supplemental discipline

Retailers have an obligation to ensure that store branded herbal supplements are what their labels say they are.  Borrowing a line from the Watergate … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Spotlight On: Nature’s Path

Despite increased competition, family-run Nature’s Path remains a leading organic food company.  Arran Stephens has not deviated from his plan, first established about 30 … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Spotlight, Upfront

Bubbling over

Grocery Headquarters takes a statistical look at what is hot and what is not in the beverage category. Are people drinking less? Hardly, but what is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Spotlight On: Clear Springs Foods

Ideal growing conditions, combined with a commitment to quality and innovation, have made Clear Springs Foods one of the world’s largest producers of rainbow trout. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh, Spotlight

Tops of the town

By focusing on its strengths, Tops Friendly Markets is succeeding in a complex marketplace. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Spotlight On: Pernod Ricard USA

With iconic brands like Absolut, Jameson and Malibu, Pernod Ricard USA plans to lift the spirits of grocery retailers. There continues to be great … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Upfront

Nonfoods Talk: Don’t turn the page on magazines

If magazines are dying, why was 2014 a great year for new magazine launches? Print is dead. At least that is what I hear … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Mall rats

Supermarket retailers can learn a valuable lesson from the local mall—if there still is one. An interesting article in The New York Times in … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns