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Light of the Irish

  Ireland: a country known for its beer, whiskey, potatoes and… retail display accent LED lighting??   It is so.   Two weeks ago … Continue reading

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What does $200 billion get you?

  Industry experts estimate that nearly $200 billion is spent annually on trade promotion activity. Grocers and suppliers have long struggled to develop collaborative … Continue reading

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Take This Review and Shovel It!

    A few weeks before Christmas while shopping in Sears I had the foresight to purchase a new snow shovel. It was the … Continue reading

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Get your health checks here

Like most editors, by February my desk is filled with reports from leading marketing firms, all of whom have their own spin on what … Continue reading

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Label Wars

The revised food label introduced yesterday by retailers and manufacturers is a major step in providing consumers with simple, readable, yet pertinent nutritional information … Continue reading

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A helping hand

This past weekend I baked brownies for my cousin’s birthday party – raspberry, cream cheese brownies made with Framboise to be specific. The most … Continue reading

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Snow Problem

With the exception of school children and snow removal contractors, does anybody look forward to an impending snow storm more than food retailers?   … Continue reading

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Seasoned Workers

While in Florida over the Christmas break to visit my mom, I made several trips to Publix. There was not one worker in the store … Continue reading

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The Supermarket Diet

    I’ve noticed a disturbing trend when conducting price checks for my Retail Spotlights and while doing my own personal shopping — there … Continue reading

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Undercover Opp

One of my favorite television shows this season is “Undercover Boss.” In each episode a CEO of a major corporation volunteers to disguise their … Continue reading

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Scan It! Savings?

For the past year I have been a loyal Trader Joe’s customer. Although much smaller than its competitors, I am attracted to the store’s … Continue reading

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Keep on Trucking

America’s going mobile, and it’s not just with smartphones, laptops and iPads, but for food—specifically food trucks offering everything from hot dogs and fancy … Continue reading

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Creating a Convert

I have never been one of those “green” consumers. I don’t feed into the slogans being bandied about that we need to “save the … Continue reading

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Check, please

Every Thursday, my mom would pick my sister and me up from school and we’d head to the Pathmark in Linden to do the … Continue reading

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Tootles to Pathmark

  Amid a 90%-off sale, and little other fanfare, the Union, N.J., Pathmark closed its doors for the last time last week.The store, located … Continue reading

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October is Non-GMO Month

It’s taken more than a decade, but the topic of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) may finally be getting its due in this country. And … Continue reading

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Logical logistics

It seems everyone’s got their urban strategy these days. Or, as I like to call it, “the “mini-me” approach.   Target’s entry is a … Continue reading

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Fresh Food Fight

As best as I can tell, Target is a good company run by intelligent people. That’s why I was a bit surprised to see … Continue reading

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Finding my way

There is a convenience store that I frequent simply because it is convenient, as the name implies, as I pass it on my way … Continue reading

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Dimwatted idea

  How many politicians does it take to screw up a light bulb? Apparently just a simple majority of Congress. A couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Small things count

Those of us living in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont often entertain family and friends in our home, in part because eating out … Continue reading

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Figuring out generation Y

Did you ever hear something and can’t decide whether it’s good or bad?   That’s how I felt when I saw the results of … Continue reading

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Why swipe?

When I tell people that I am a writer and editor for a magazine about the grocery industry, inevitably someone in the group pulls … Continue reading

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Better Circulation

    Hy-Vee has found a new way to deliver its weekly circulars in Kansas City. Instead of placing them in the weekly food … Continue reading

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Study sheds light on green consumers

Lisa Lazarczyk, who works closely with Mambo Sprouts Marketing, recently shared some interesting results with me from an online survey the company conducted. In … Continue reading

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