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.

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

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

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

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

Bottom(line)s Up!

Larger pack sizes, in-store displays and innovative products continue to pace supermarket beer sales. By Craig Levitt It may be time for retailers and … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Loyal friend

A steady stream of product introductions and a shift to higher-margin, healthier and nutritious offerings are helping the pet aisle remain strong. By Richard … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Center Store

White hot

Consumers are flocking to the instant potato and rice categories like white on rice. After all, both starches offer outstanding nutrients, great taste and … Continue reading

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Can-do attitude

Supermarket front-ends are be­ing bombarded with Spam. But fear not, as this is no cyber attack. It is just proof that shoppers are seeking … Continue reading

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Fruit of the vine

The dramatic drop in res­taurant and on-premise consumption has been tempered by an in­crease in supermarket sales, wi­neries say. Sales of “popular price” brands, … Continue reading

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Oils well

By most accounts, the Food Network has done a masterful job of chang­ing the palates of American consumers and expanding their world of flavors. … Continue reading

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Fancy that!

Wine importer Bill Binczak had a prob­lem at the 2009 55th Summer Fancy Food Show, one that many trade show operators can only dream … Continue reading

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Common cents

The “pastabilities” are endless: Spaghetti with meatballs, baked ziti, lasagna, fettuccini Al­fredo, linguine with clam sauce, tuna casserole, macaroni salad…. The number of dishes … Continue reading

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In the aisles

A winter’s brewThe Michelob Brewing Company’s latest seasonal offering, Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale, is available to warm consumers’ cockles this winter. The brew is … Continue reading

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