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.

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

Turning up the juice

New flavors, blends, packaging and promotions are brightening up the outlook for the shelf-stable and frozen concentrate juice sets. Shelf-stable and frozen concentrate juices … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Olive oil is branching out

Taste as well as health benefits continue to draw consumers into the olive oil category. Over the last two months The New York Times … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Spice is nice

Retailers are racking up sales as today’s consumers are more willing to experiment with spices and seasonings.  There was a time, not too long … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Passport to profit

A well-merchandised imported beer case can add traffic, sales and panache to the beer aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Dairy queen

Decadent flavors and enticing variations, coupled with stellar sales, solidify ice cream’s position as the royalty of the frozen food aisle. When the proprietors … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Drinking it in

Beverages were flowing throughout the 2012 NACS Show in Las Vegas, setting new trends and delivering exciting new flavors. This year’s National Association of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Center Store

Fields of flours

As the cold weather sets in the baking products aisle blossoms with a stunning array of ingredients, mixes and frostings. Let them eat cake—and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Positive grains

More and more, consumers are interested in healthier options when shopping the supermarket cereal aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Souped-up sales engine

Thanks to versatility, value and an array of new varieties, shelf-stable soup remains a powerful driver of center store sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Reigning cats and dogs

With consumers treating their pets like royalty, supermarkets have the opportunity to increase sales of pet foods and treats. A man’s home may be … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Raising the Bar

New developments in alcoholic spirits are bringing sales and excitement back to center store. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Center Store