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.

Cool to be Cold

While supermarkets continue to command a substantial portion of frozen food sales, experts say they have to protect their frozen territory as other outlets … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Private label laureates

The Grocery Headquarters Private Label Trailblazer Awards recognize outstanding private label manufacturers for their innovative excellence and leadership in the grocery industry. By Carol … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Center Store

The suds cycle

Imports, specialties and craft brews are re-energizing the beer market. By Richard Turcsik The recession, coupled with shifts in consu­mers’ tastes to wine, cocktails … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Easter parade

An exciting array of seasonal products is helping the candy aisle spring ahead. By Richard Turcsik Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Tricks for treats

Pets—and their owners—are flipping over the latest items in the pet care aisle and begging for more. By Richard Turcsik Maybe you can’t teach … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Snack on

Salty snacks sales are on the rise and snacking events like the Super Bowl can help retailers improve other categories within the center store. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Center Store

Top of the morning

Breakfast items are bringing new energy to the frozen foods aisle. By Richard Turcsik Thanks to an ever-grow­ing array of convenient, creative and better-for-you … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Pour it on

While beer is heavily promoted throughout the summer, consistent merchandising can bring steady sales all year long. By Nora Caley While beer and barbecues … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Waves of grain

Ready-to-eat cereal suppliers add fiber and antioxidants to appeal to shoppers who want a healthy start to their mornings. By Craig Levitt It’s the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Cold front

New and drastically improved items are transforming the frozen dinner case. By Richard Turcsik On tonight’s menu: Chopped Beef Steak, featuring tender chopped beef … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Mixing it up

Consumers’ creativity and desire to save money, along with the availability of high-quality products, continue to drive sales in the baking mix category. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Use your noodle

While budget-friendly pasta has shown its resilience during the recession, an influx of better-for-you varieties ensures long-term success and profitability of the category. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Big brewhaha

Customers are looking to replicate the coffee house experience at home, spurring sales of premium roasts, flavored coffees and blends. By Richard Turcsik Here’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Center Store

What’s the scoop?

Smaller portions and “better-for-you” options are driving ice cream sales. By Craig Levitt When summer rolls around, there are a couple givens in Amer­ican … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Hot from the oven

The retail pizza category is sizzling, thanks to new products and varieties. By Seth Mendelson The pizza category is hot in supermarkets. And, many … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Center Store

IMPORTant moves

After sluggish sales in 2009, top beer importers are putting much advertising and promotion effort into the summer season. By Craig Levitt When times … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Sweet dreams

Candy offers consumers an affordable—yet profitable—treat. By Richard Turcsik Retailers’ sweet dreams are made of this: high-margin, quick-turning impulse items that require little shelf … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Center store’s summer side

Sales of baked beans, condiments and other barbecue “fixins” rise with the temperatures. By Richard Turcsik Backyard barbecues con­jure up memories of an unforgettable … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Toasting summer

Exciting new varietals, coupled with creative marketing and advertising programs, ensure that wine remains the year-round beverage of choice for many adult consumers. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Bulking up

Bulk bins appeal to shoppers seeking bargains and the adventurous who want to try new items, but variety, cleanliness and promotion are key to … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Mediterranean magic

As consumers continue to embrace the flavor and health benefits of olive oil, experts predict sales will double over the next decade. Craig Levitt … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Hot Stuff

Spices are an easy and economical way to magically transform a meal. By Richard Turcsik Variety is the spice of life, so it’s only … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Hot profit$

As Frozen Food Month approaches, ethnic cuisine draws consumers to the frozen food aisle. By Craig Levitt Once the land of peas and ice … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Drink up

The outlook for beverages is bubbly thanks to intriguing product introductions and smart pricing strategies. By Richard Turcsik The beverage category is getting healthier … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Hopping down the seasonal aisle

Candy companies and other makers of Easter items are rolling out new products, promotions and packaging. By Nora Caley While consumers are just re­covering … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Center Store