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.

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

Perfect pairings

Suppliers and retailers partner on cross-merchandising programs to build sales and foster loyalty. When it comes to building relationships and boosting market basket rings, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Fired up for frozen foods

Frozen food sales continue to improve as both retailers and manufacturers look to expand eating occasions. The relationship between consumers and frozen foods has … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Happy Holidays

Seasonal offerings along with other new and unique items are bringing extra sweetness to the candy aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Ice cream social

The summer months provide retailers with ample opportunity to promote and sell frozen treats. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Squeezing the juice

Manufacturers hope to invigorate the shelf-stable juice category with lower-calorie, healthful options. Getting people, especially kids, to eat the USDA daily-recommended allowance of fruits … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Sweet sixteen

The Sweets & Snacks Expo celebrated a key milestone with record-setting attendance. This year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Center Store