Category Archives: Focus on Fresh

Fresh Food Forum: Balancing the apple cart

Is there a risk to offering too many varieties of apples? By Kevin Precht How many new apple varieties do we need? Everyone up … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns, Focus on Fresh

Fresh Food Forum: A matter of trust

Canada is the only country in North America with a mandatory national cattle identification program. By Marty Carpenter A survey among U.S. beef buyers … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Tickled cherry blossom pink

Improved packaging and promotions, along with the expectation of an excellent crop, promise to make cherry growers, retailers and consumers giddy with excitement. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Hot stove

To attract customers seeking simple meal solutions, stores are installing high-end cooking equipment that is simple and efficient to use so they can change … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Going for gold

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association Annual Convention heads to Vancouver. By Carol Radice The ski jumps have been disassembled, the hockey skates hung up … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Something to sea

The 2010 International Boston Seafood Show was awash in new merchandising ideas and value-added products. By Richard Turcsik At this year’s International Boston Seafood … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fresh & fruitful

A look at the events and exhibitors at the upcoming United Fresh 2010. By Craig Levitt From former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s keynote address … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Growing the meat market

A close look at shoppers’ buying habits reveals that smart grocers can use the meat case to develop loyal customers. By Craig Levitt The … Continue reading

Posted in 2009 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

The power of produce

The produce department remains the heart of the supermarket as consumers continue to focus on their health and home cooking. There is no denying … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Artful artichokes

Dairy sales are back on track thanks to innovative products and heightened consumer awareness. By Nora Caley They make a gorgeous display in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Meating Place

The 2010 Annual Meat Conference offers information, tools and trends to help retailers increase meat case sales. By Craig Levitt With a technology fair, … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

SeaQuest

At this year’s International Boston Seafood Show, look for versatility and affordability to be the catch of the day. By Richard Turcsik In a … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Ready for their close-up

Leafy greens, berries and other gems from California fill the produce aisles all year long. By Nina Amir Nearly every supermarket in the U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

All aboard!

Commodity boards come in a range of shapes, sizes and purposes, but they share a focus on helping retailers build sales. By Carol Radice … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Saucy tomatoes

New varieties and the shift to more greenhouse production are giving a boost to the category. By Nora Caley It has been a tough … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Super spuds

Potato growers are grabbing the side dish spotlight with eye-popping pro­mo­tions and value-added products that stress convenience. By Nina Amir The cold weather and … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fresh start

With the indulgence of the holidays behind us, the beginning of a new year is a great time for retailers to promote healthy eating … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

In its prime

The current recession has created a virtual perfect storm for retailers’ beef sales. Consumers’ predilection for eating at home has obviously been beneficial for … Continue reading

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Party on

Beginning with college football’s Bowl games, extending through the NFL playoffs and culminating with Super Bowl Sunday, many Americans’ winter weekends are jam-packed with … Continue reading

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Southern Pride

Whether its grapes from Chile, asparagus from Peru or mangos from Ecuador, many South American countries help keep U.S. food retailers’ shelves, boxes, barrels … Continue reading

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Planting the seeds

Within a stone(fruit)’s throw of the Sle­ep­ing Beauty Castle at Disneyland, the Ne­wark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Assoc­iation (PMA) celebrated its 60th anniversary with the … Continue reading

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Don’t shed a tear

Onions may bring tears to most people’s eyes, but for supermarkets that merchandise and cross-promote the acidic vegetable aggressively, they can be tears of … Continue reading

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High on the HOG

Forget that same-old chicken and chop meat. When it comes to answering the question “What’s for dinner?” an increasing number of consumers are finding … Continue reading

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Stand by your brand

Marketing branded produce is different from marketing branded items in other sections of the store. While consumers are aware of various packaged goods brands, … Continue reading

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Mashing success

  As consumers seek value and versatility in the produce aisle, they are relying on the potato to stretch their budgets while filling their … Continue reading

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