Category Archives: Columns

Food Forum: The in-store experience revealed

What are shoppers looking for in a grocery store? Hint: A clean store will go a long way. By Giovanni DeMeo Shoppers today have … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Fine-tuning the nonfoods mix

Unique products can help generate incremental sales in the competitive nonfoods aisle. I have always held a pretty skeptical view on product line extensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Free as a bird?

California grocers can begin taking steps now to comply with the impending changes in the cage-free egg laws. By Matthew Prescott Come January, all … Continue reading

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From the Publisher: Talk of the town

As more consumers get to partake in the Wegmans Experience, word-of-mouth advertising is helping to spread the word on the chain. How much? Towns … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Getting more from the core

Calling out the strengths of different potato varieties in-store can renew consumer interest. By Ralph Schwartz Potatoes have been around for a long time … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The personalization of protein

Consumers are moving beyond meat and seeking alternative protein sources. By Colin Stewart From the 1990s Atkins diet to the South Beach diet, and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Gunning for a solution

For retailers, gun laws raise many questions and very few answers. It is Sunday morning and the supermarket is filled with parents and kids. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Lee Rhoades

Lee Rhoades, COO of BÄRO North America, says making lighting decisions can be overwhelming for retailers.   Tell us about BÄRO and its mission as … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Fun in the sun

The sun care category may be ready to shine if the U.S. Government gives the go ahead on proposed innovations. We do not hear … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Julia Kadison

Julia Kadison, CEO at MilkPEP, says the Great American Milk Drive is designed to deliver milk to families that need it most. Tell us … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Focus on Fresh, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Corporate shopping

Done properly, investing in smaller chains and independents can do wonders for the big guys. What do you do when you are shopping and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: The secret is out

Whole Foods has led the natural/organic revolution at supermarket chains, but other companies are chipping away sales by doing things a bit differently. When … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The next generation of “fast” food

The home delivery of prepared meals may be the way of the future for grocers. By Susan Lee The business of food is facing … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: A meaty issue

Organic and natural offerings are becoming must-haves in the meat department. By Brian Diffenderfer As consumers become increasingly concerned about healthier living and “better … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Focus on Fresh

Sounding Board: Communication breakdown

What retailers and suppliers hear from each other seems to lose something in translation. “Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Nicolas Trentesaux

Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL GROUP director, says the 2014 edition of SIAL Paris will take SIAL brand values to a new level while celebrating SIAL’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

From the Publisher: The great cupcake caper

The demise of Crumbs Bake Shop contains a lesson for all business people: Know what your customer wants and how much they are willing … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Mass merchandising Goliath meets its David

Personalization can change the rules in the battle for grocery shoppers. By Elliott Grant Since the 1960s, mass merchandising has been a winning strategy … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Righting the ship

Johnson & Johnson is looking to get healthy with a new leader at the helm. I do not know Sandra Peterson, but from what … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Chris Marino

Chris Marino, founder and CEO of CJM Market Insights, says pre- and post-campaign insightful research is key to brand growth. What have you learned … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Bob Sewall

Bob Sewall, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Blount Fine Foods, says restaurant-quality soups are driving in-store sales.  Tell us about the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Doing more with less

By Graeme McVie Retailers that employ assortment optimization must make sure they do not drive away their best customers. Retailers are always trying to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Omni-channel consumerism in fresh foods

By Juan Perez Employing advanced technologies can help improve fresh foods sales. Omni-channel is the latest terminology used to describe how consumers are increasingly … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: What’s in a name?

Figuring out what to call the next generation may turn out to be easier than marketing to them. There is a new game in … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Food fight

Merging suppliers can have a plethora of different meanings.  Tyson Foods is the proud parent of a new baby. Of course, it cost a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns