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.

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

Untapped Potential

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Wine consumption by Hispanic consumers soars, but marketing has to catch up.  Imagine you’re a retailer ignoring 25% of your customers! Sound outlandish … Continue reading

Posted in Center Store, Uncategorized, Web-Exclusive Content

The First Family of wine

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Draeger’s has been in the wine business for nearly 90 years and remains a top shop for everyone from everyday consumers and oenophiles to … Continue reading

Posted in Center Store, Web-Exclusive Content

Finding great wines close to home

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Fresh & Easy ramps up wine sales by expanding its offerings of wines from California vintners. Continue reading

Posted in Center Store, Web-Exclusive Content

Beers’ fighting spirit(s)

Beer companies have ramped up their efforts with new products, increased promotion and creative packaging to help retailers lift beer sales. As if the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Nutrition on ice

Frozen fruit and vegetables offer healthy sales opportunities for retailers. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Liquid gold rush

A bright sheen is being brought to the cooking oil category from new varieties and brands. There is a gusher in the grocery department. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Center Store

The spices of life

The growing popularity of ethnic cuisine and the trend toward healthier eating has led to increased spice and seasoning sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Center Store

International frozen food court

Broadening consumer tastes and new products are helping to transform the frozen food case into a virtual United Nations of ethnic flavors. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Flavorful brews

Mainstream beers have been losing market share for several years now as consumers switch to wines and spirits, but malt beverages in flavors like cola, lemonade and iced tea, along with related products like hard cider, continue to build steam. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Hot times for frozen foods

While grocers’ fresh sections may be the sexy place to shop, consumers seem to be flocking to the frozen food aisle in search of convenience and value. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Hop to it!

The Easter Bunny who is foretelling an early spring this year. And by doing so he is throwing a monkey wrench into retailers’ efforts to top April same-store sales by drastically shortening the 2012 Easter selling season. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Fitness in the food bowl

Pet foods and treats that offer nutritional value continue to be favorites among consumers. By Craig Levitt There is an old wives’ tale that … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Center Store