Category Archives: Focus on Fresh

A Spring Showcase… continued

While April showers may bring us flowers, the rainy Spring month also brings the produce industry a couple of its favorite trade shows— the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A Spring Showcase

Retailers are looking north to see what is blooming for spring produce. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Thrill of the Grill

The grilling season and consumers’ desire to eat healthier are driving protein sales. The signs of spring are unmistakeable. Love abounds, birds are chirping, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

The Top Tier

Fashion and mainstream style are influencing bakery designs. With manufacturers help, in-store bakeries should be able to keep up. Many argue it was Sex … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Giving back is the new black

Retailers are finding that community support does more than make them feel warm and fuzzy inside. It is growing sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Call of the sea

International Boston Seafood Show attendees will be lured by exhibitors featuring new products and marketing programs. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A swap of meaty ideas

The 2012 Annual Meat Conference returns to Orlando, February 19 – 21, promising to offer something for everybody associated with the meat industry. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Southern hospitality

The Southeast Produce Council’s (SPC) Southern Exposure trade show is a favorite for many produce growers. Its smaller size and intimate setting provides a breeding ground for developing new relationships. This year’s show promises to be no different. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Cultivating yogurt culture

Innovations, including Greek yogurt, packaging and digital media are spurring consumer interest. Dairy products continue to play a bigger role in the American diet. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Soups satisfy

Industry observers say consumers and retailers are embracing the value proposition of fresh soup offerings. They further suggest that the primary reasons for growth in this category is that fresh soup represents value for the money, while offering a convenient meal solution. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Supporting the spud

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed limiting the amount of potatoes that could be served in federally financed school lunches this past fall, potato growers prepared for battle. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A produce resolution

Sharing nutritional information and reminding consumers of good eating habits can help shoppers stick to their New Year’s resolutions—and keep sales up. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A team effort

Some consumers watch the Super Bowl with a small group of family and friends huddled around the TV. For others it has become a much larger event. However fans chose to enjoy the game, one thing is consistent, a lot of food will be consumed. Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Pushing protein

Supermarkets stronghold as the primary channel where consumers make food purchases has never been more precarious.

Target and Walmart have entered the fresh produce arena. Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Rising to the occasion

From breads and rolls to cakes and zucchini muffins, the in-store bakery continues to fill consumers’ desire for sweet and savory treats. In-store bakery … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Produce for a greater good

Growers and shippers put their best foot forward during the Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition. As the produce industry … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

From far, far away

Produce imports continue to grow, providing retailers with colorful, fresh product to expand their departments. There was a time, long ago, when the fruits … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fresh from the field

Coming to Atlanta this month, PMA’s Fresh Summit is back— and it is packed with innovation. By Elizabeth Louise Hatt From growers to shippers … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Raising a fingerling for potatoes

As consumers look to replicate meals they enjoy in restaurants and see on TV, specialty potatoes continue to grow in popularity. By Craig Levitt … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Battle of the brands

The symbiotic relationship between national and private label brands helps retailers better market the produce aisle. By Elizabeth Louise Hatt National brands versus private … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Sweet on onions

Retailers have to be vigilant in keeping their sweet onion offerings genuine to keep customers satisfied. By Elizabeth Louise Hatt The sweet onion category … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Shifting tide

Local, domestic and value-added items are transforming the seafood department. By Richard Turcsik Change is afloat at the seafood counter of A&P. The product … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

School’s in

With kids back in the classroom moms have to work extra hard to make sure they are eating healthy snacks— retailers can help. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A time for meat

Well-timed promotions and prominently displayed nutritional information are key drivers in helping beef up meat counter sales.   By Elizabeth Louise Hatt Promotions and … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A time for meat

Promotions and pricing, especially in the fresh meat department are akin to a good joke—timing is everything. As consumers continue to look for ways … Continue reading

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