Category Archives: Columns

Talking Shop with… Jamie Bowen

Jamie Bowen, marketing manager for the Idaho Potato Commission, shares the secrets behind the Success of Potato Lover’s Month. Why should retailers be excited … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Clearing the air

Continued implementation of the Clean Air Act means grocers now have to figure out the best way to get up to code with their … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The survival of the honey bee

Preserving the American honey bee is much more important than just supporting the U.S. honey industry. By David Allibone While I was growing up … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… George W. Prest

George W. Prest, CEO of MHI, says attending MODEX 2014 can help grocers create efficiencies in their distribution and supply chain operations. Tell us … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… John Wiesehan Jr.

John Wiesehan Jr., CEO for Mistic, says the e-cigarette industry is growing at a record rate. Why are e-cigarettes becoming so popular? John Wiesehan … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

From the Publisher: Darkest before the dawn

Despite a spate of tough times, it is not wise to bet against major CPG companies. Not so good. That was the results of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: A new frontier?

Though still in it is infancy, 3D printing may present ways for brick-and-mortar stores to compete with online competitors. Being somewhat of an oddball … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns

The smell test

An emergency trip to a drug store showed just how important perception is in the battle for consumers’ dollars. On a business trip to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Vacuum wrapped sales

Retailers can improve consumer comfort with new beef packaging formats. For decades, a lack of consumer understanding around the features and benefits of vacuum … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Good cheer to all

The holiday season is always a good time to wish for things. Here is my list for the mass retail industry. As always there … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Kimberlee Marsh and Bharat Rupani

Kimberlee Marsh and Bharat Rupani, division vice presidents, North America private brand development, Daymon Worldwide, say successful private brands should be an extension of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Forecasting the cost of beef

Buyers and sellers are looking for ways to reduce risk in the volatile beef category. By Mike Neal Have you ever been paralyzed by … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Reality calling

For retailers, coping with change can be the ultimate survival skill. Whatever happened to your Palm Pilot? Had you forgotten that you once owned … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Preparing for the worst

The recent terror attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has domestic retailers thinking more about store safety.  I got an interesting question via … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: An eyewitness to success

At its largest stores, Stop & Shop offers a healthy assortment of GM/HBC categories; and the chain does so the right way. There has … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Kyle Stenzel

Kyle Stenzel, vice president of marketing for Signature Brands, says more consumers are showing interest in food decoration.  As a leader in the edible … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Looking beyond barriers

By Andres Siefken Breaking through boundaries can lead to business success and consumer loyalty. For those of us operating in the increasingly complex and … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Spending money to make money

Company’s that eschew advertising in hopes of saving a few dollars are failing to see the bigger picture.  I had an interesting encounter with … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Under a watchful eye

Data brokers make the National Security Agency surveillance programs look like a kid with a clipboard. From the time you are born, until the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Pumping new blood into Total Store Expo

Exhibitors bemoaned retailer attendance at the NACDS signature event, but with a few tweaks Total Store Expo can be a boon to the nonfoods … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Tony Catelli

Tony Catelli, president, Catelli Brothers, says a branded veal program can entice consumers to buy more veal.  What are the latest trends in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Adam Gold

Adam Gold, brand manager – ABSOLUT Vodka for Pernod Ricard USA, says hybrid products will continue to drive growth in spirits sales.  What is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Dr. Ronald Cotterman

Dr. Ronald Cotterman, vice president, sustainability for Sealed Air Corp., says new technologies and trends can further sustainability benefits to the supply chain. What … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Appeasing GenZ kids in the beverage aisle

By Suley Muratoglu Kids and moms do not always agree on what to drink. Brand marketers can help. We have all seen children asking … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Picture this

Using image recognition technology for in-store promotions can pay big dividends for retailers. By Jamie Thompson The ongoing battle between brands for premium shelf … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns