Category Archives: Center Store

Total monthly coverage of the center store departments, including: beverages, nonedible grocery, dry grocery and frozens. In the Aisles contains brief items of interest to our center store readership.

A Real Sweet Spot

A huge assortment of new, improved and traditional mainstay candy, salty and savory snacks will be on display at this month’s Sweets & Snacks Expo. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Center Store, FEATURED Articles

Snyder of Berlin debuts Patriotic packaging

Snyder of Berlin is debuting  a full line of new and revitalized hometown packaging in an array of new sizes for its potato chip … Continue reading

Posted in Center Store, Grocery, Web-Exclusive Content, What's New

All the works

Innovative new products and line extensions are spicing up sales in the once staid condiments category. Sales in the condiment section are heating up … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Refining moments

Sales of olive oil, along with other specialty oils, continue to heat up.  Cooking oil is a pantry staple that no home chef—seasoned, beginner … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Firing up flavor

The spices and seasonings aisle has become a destination shop for consumers looking for healthy culinary adventures. “BAM!” That one small word spoken years … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Center Store

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

A premium on premium

Premium and super-premium options are revitalizing the ice cream category, exciting consumers and driving sales. Decadent dessert is making a comeback. For years, low calorie, sugar-free, diet-friendly … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Center Store

A Beverage Attitude adjustment

Retailers and manufacturers need to adjust their beverage offerings to keep up with changing tastes—and times. Fewer shoppers today are high on Coke—and Pepsi, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Center Store

The malt beverage shop

A wide array of flavored malt beverages and related products, largely targeting women and Millennials, are bringing coolness and hip to the supermarket beer … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Center Store

Energy drinks grow up

By Andrew Kaplan Energy drink consumers are getting older, and manufacturers are not forgetting about them. A teenager in 1987, when Red Bull first appeared, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Wiping out the competition

New and improved branded and private label offerings ensure the love affair with the supermarket paper goods aisle will keep going strong. Paper products sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Good buy, Columbus

A widening array of pasta and pasta sauces are expanding consumer palates beyond “basic Italian.” Faced with skyrocketing protein costs, consumers are embarking on … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Capturing the Hispanic consumer

This quickly growing demographic shows no signs of slowing—now is the time for retailers to take note. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Packaged deals

New entrants, better-for-you options and expanded varieties are revitalizing the boxed dinner kit category. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Rush hour

New and expanded offerings in coffee and tea are driving traffic back to center store. Here is the jolt needed to wake up sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Nonni’s Foods THINaddictives Turns Tropical

Nonni’s Foods’ nationwide success with its THINaddictives product line led the leading biscotti baker to expand the brand and introduce a sixth flavor: Mango … Continue reading

Posted in Center Store, What's New

Candy land comes to Chicago

Sales opportunities lay ahead for retailers following the Sweets & Snacks Expo. Chicagoland’s McCormick Place convention center was transformed into a life- sized candy … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Sippin’ up sales

Grocery Headquarters’ Beverage Almanac examines the RTD tea and coffee, bottled water and beer categories.  By Andrew Kaplan How important is the beverage category? … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Center Store

The rise of the import

As consumers embrace new flavors from around the globe, retailers need to be ready for the next big thing.  Keeping up with the latest eating trends … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Counting on confections

Bite-sized and better-for-you candies and snacks continue to drive sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Center Store

A brilliant sheen

Innovation and consumers’ desire for healthy eating are polishing the outlook for the olive and cooking oils set.  The cooking oils category is in … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Racking up spice sales

Consumers are adding flavor to their daily cooking routines, opening the door for retailers to spice up sales. Cooking is cool and flavor is … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Energizing the market

Energy drinks are growing up. While not the halcyon days of just two or three years ago, the energy drink segment of the beverage … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Polished image

New and improved offerings in canned and packaged foods are taking the tarnish off of center store’s reputation for being dull, uninspired and outdated. Face it, the frozen … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Keepin’ it crafty

Though still a niche segment, craft beer sales continue to rise. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Center Store