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.

The Next Ice Age

With across the board improvements in quality, ingredients, variety and taste, it is the dawn of a new epoch for the frozen food aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Center Store, FEATURED Articles

Shaken and Stirred

Line extensions and flavor variations are raising sales and profits in the spirits category. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Center Store, FEATURED Articles

Grounds for Excitement

Innovative products are bringing higher margins—and shoppers—to the coffee and tea aisle. Tired of the same old grind? Take a stroll down the coffee … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Epicurean Epicenter

During the Summer Fancy Food Show, New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center was the focus of the foodies’ universe. When it comes to gourmet … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Center Store

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

Sweet Rewards

New products that debuted at the Sweets & Snacks Expo promise to boost candy and snack sales in the months ahead. The future looks … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Private Affairs

A strong, upscale private label program can bond consumers with their favorite retailers. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Center Store

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

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

Global Food Fare

A proliferation of ethnic cuisines are taking consumers’ taste buds on a culinary ride. Check out any city’s restaurant scene. In addition to pizzerias, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Center Store

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

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