Category Archives: Columns

Food Forum: Capitalizing on corporate responsibility

Retailers can turn what customers care about into bottom line returns. By Matthew Prescott   Many people say that animal treatment will become the next … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Keep the ball rolling

The news for most traditional retailers has not been too good over the last few years. That is not the case for the supermarket … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Leslie G. Sarasin

Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI President and CEO, says FMI Connect will serve as a consistent, more available resource to inspire creative thinking among food … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Making a difference

The potential for profits exists in nonfoods categories, as long as they are the right categories. Nonfoods buyers can learn a lesson or two … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Ron Lemaire

Ron Lemaire, president of CPMA (Canadian Produce Marketing Association), is excited about the recently launched Half Your Plate program.  Tell us about CPMA. Ron … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Jeff Boutelle

Jeff Boutelle, president and CEO of Beech-Nut Nutrition, says moms are showing renewed interest in the baby food category.    Tell us about Beech-Nut and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Flipping tradition this grilling season

By Brian Diffenderfer Brian Diffenderfer, director of meat and seafood for Daymon Worldwide, says beef and pork shortages will affect retailers summertime ad plans.  … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Dan Edmeier

Dan Edmeier, vice president of sales and marketing for Kingdom Fresh Farms, says flavor and consistency are improved when products are grown in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Cuban import makes good

Fidel Castro forced the successful Navarro drug chain out of Cuba, and it has become South Florida’s benefit. It is not your typical rags-to-riches … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Chris Kronenthal

Chris Kronenthal, CTO of FreedomPay, says faster, simpler, safer and smarter payment management solutions are available to retailers.  Introduce us to FreedomPay. Chris Kronenthal: … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Tea time

Health-conscious consumers are looking for premium Ready-to-drink teas with less sugar. By Suley Muratoglu Reformed soda drinkers continue to look for healthier ways to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Anthony Dilenno

Anthony Dilenno, president of HAVI Global Solutions Recycling and Waste Solutions, says that trash should be viewed as a resource, not waste. What are … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Troubling times for top retailers

Grocers need to look at RadioShack or Toys“R”Us to see the dangers of falling behind the times. I would like to say that I … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Minimum wages, major impacts

While some type of minimum wage is necessary, specific needs should dictate what a retailer is willing to pay its employees, not government intervention. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Tracy Bailey

Tracy Bailey, executive director for Blossoms Fresh Fruit Arrangements, says retailers can expect high margins on fruit arrangement sales.  Tell us about Blossoms Fresh … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Betting on brands

As the produce department evolves, branded fruits and vegetables are poised to lead the way.    By Ralph Schwartz As the world around us continues … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jim Whitman

Jim Whitman, NACDS (National Association of Chain Drug Stores) senior vice president meetings and member services, says NACDS Total Store Expo is evolving. Tell … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Sending smoke(less) signals

By eliminating tobacco sales, CVS is doing more than just dropping a category. It is redefining the drug store. There is an old saying … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Prime cuts

Pound for pound, in-store butchers have the ability to offer value to health-conscious consumers. By Brian Diffenderfer Like the extinction of so many other … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Andrew Darmohraj

Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association, says the Global Pet Expo has evolved into the standard show … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Facing a dilemma

The growing popularity of facial hair has trimmed sales in the profitable shaving/razor category.  Damn those Boston Red Sox. Not only have they been … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Zeroing in on shoppers

Via a free app, iBeacons can send messages to shoppers, in-store, about new products, promotions and special pricing. You have just spent a few … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: A country divided

The lingering recession has created a marketplace where some consumers want more and others cannot afford enough. Two Americas? Yes, most definitely, two Americas. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Keith Stauber

Keith Stauber, regional managing director, Chicago market for Jones Lang LaSalle, says transporting food products via rail can lower supply chain costs. What kinds … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Sales for all seasons

Retailers can take advantage of the seasonal food trend in the produce department. By P. Allen Smith I am not sure I would consider … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns