Amanda Baltazar

‘The Goose’ Gives Back to Community 
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — In a small enclave of independent supermarkets, one is making a difference. In the southern part of Whidbey Island, about 35 miles
LaBonne's Shows Amore to Loyal Shoppers 
WOODBURY, Conn. — Sales were up 139% at LaBonne's Markets during a recent Italian Night held to reward the store's most loyal shoppers. More than 350 people
Bi-Rite Grows Local With Rooftop Garden 
It's almost impossible to get produce from a grocery store that's more local than that found at Bi-Rite in San Francisco. On the roof of this 11-year-old
Kids Pick Produce Favorites at PCC 
SEATTLE — Children are pushing produce sales at PCC Natural Markets here, through a Free Fruit for Kids program. Every child who visits one of the chain's
Showcasing Sweets in Supermarkets 
Heinen's Fine Foods, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, carries two Fair Trade Certified candy lines and at least six locally made chocolates. But candy category
Affordable Luxuries 
Everyone's looking for a bit of comfort in the middle of a recession, so retailers should be paying attention to their candy aisle. What's making consumers
Detroit Food Retailers Commit to Safety, Quality 
A spate of bad press has led this city's independent grocers to join forces in a new initiative to promote themselves. Twenty-five stores and
Savings, Convenience Key in Northwest 
Although the entire U.S. is enveloped in economic turmoil, the scene in the Pacific Northwest is not as severe as it is in other parts of the country.
Selling Cookware: Try It Out 
For a fresh take on selling cookware, there's Central Market in Shoreline, Wash. Here, housewares manager Erin Kealy expects to launch a tryout program
Wanted: Cooking Tools 
Supermarkets are meeting shoppers’ economic and holiday needs by promoting the basics in cooking utensils.
Town & Country Inspires Aspiring Cooks 
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. — As the economy takes a downswing, consumers are eating at home more frequently to save money, but there's a problem: We are a
Portland's Co-ops Build Local Connections 
PORTLAND, Ore. — Whether it's a better deal, more convenience or improved customer service, today's consumers all seem to be expecting something more from
Downtown Format A Hit for Kress IGA 
SEATTLE — The first full-service supermarket opened this summer in the heart of downtown Seattle. Kress IGA Supermarket is a conventional grocery store
Consumer Panel to Talk Floral Shopping 
Mother's Day and Valentine's Day are surefire occasions that get flowers out of your store and into coffee table vases. But that leaves 363 days when
C&K Market: Making Sustainability Work 
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IS FAMOUS for its huge tracts of scented pines and towering fir trees. Now, C&K Market hopes its efforts in the region will add
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