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.

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in canned and packaged foods are taking the tarnish off of center store’s reputation for being dull, uninspired and outdated.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

In from the cold

Natural, organic and flavorful options are boosting consumer interest in the frozen category.  Consumers are more time-starved than ever, but even with less free … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Hopped up on sweets

Retailers are using the elongated selling season to “spring”board Easter candy sales. Children across the country may be teary-eyed waiting a little longer for … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Quick picker-uppers

Properly merchandising household paper products can help retailers clean up on sales and profitability throughout the entire store. When it opened last April, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Frozen solid

Healthier and better-for-you options are helping to revitalize the frozen
entrées category. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Center Store

Spotlight on: Hormel Foods

As consumers’ tastes fragment, Hormel Foods is moving in new directions to build sales and profits. Hormel Foods is trying very hard not to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Center Store, Upfront

Wet your appetite

Unique and healthy refreshments are heralding in a new age in the supermarket beverage aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Center Store

What’s hot in frozen foods

By Barrie Dawson Frozen food manufacturers are heating up with new ideas, including products and packaging.  The foods may be frozen, but the manufacturers … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Something’s brewing

Effectively merchandising light beers and booming niche products can help attract new consumers to the beer category. Craft beers have been getting most of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Frozen in time

Consumers are improving their diets and frozen food manufacturers are taking notice.  Consumers’ desire to eat healthy has had a chilling effect on frozen … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Hot tomatoes

Pasta sauce sales are simmering as more manufacturers turn to niche and specialty products. Pasta sauce has come a long way from the days … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Here’s the beef!

Jerky and meat snacks are on a growth tear with new products and line extensions making them more popular than ever. Here is something … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Center Store

The sweet (savory and salty) life

Every kind of snack imaginable was on display at the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo. It ain’t just candy anymore! Visitors to the 2013 … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Center Store

It must be witch craft

With premium ingredients, nuanced styles, seasonal offerings and consumers’ desire to try things novel and different, craft beers are casting a spell on consumers. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Ethnic foods heating up

With consumer awareness on the rise, the refrigerated/frozen ethnic foods category is gaining ground at retail. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Galloping gourmet

Consumers’ desire to try new and exotic things coupled with record-breaking gourmet product sales makes stocking an extensive gourmet selection a winning bet. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Center Store

How sweet it is!

A well-merchandised candy selection can add fun and excitement to a shopping trip, plus sweet profits to the bottom line. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Center Store