David Merrefield

Articles by David Merrefield
Industry Told to Broaden Diversity 
ORLANDO, Fla. The food distribution industry and its principal trade association, the Food Marketing Institute, need to make immediate and significant
Leveraging Women Executives' Shopping Experiences 
It has often been observed that although women constitute the majority of supermarket shoppers, the ranks of supermarket executives, and of vendors to
Food Claims Baffle Shoppers 
ORLANDO, Fla. American consumers are so overwhelmed by strident and conflicting claims about whether certain foods offer a health benefit, that many are
What Happened When One Chain Abandoned Tradition 
It takes a strong stomach to apply the strategy implicit in the thought that the intelligent loss of business can be an intelligent course of action.
Last Year's Eventful Days Could Replicate This Year 
Are events of early days 2007 destined to replicate, in some form, events of early days 2006? Maybe so. Let's take a look. At precisely this juncture
Public Acceptance: The Lever That Controls Technology 
During the newly concluded holiday period, the Food and Drug Administration issued a tentative finding that the products of some cloned animals are safe
Reasons Retailers See Better Times in Store for 2007 
The good news about the year just closed is that the industry started to stir from a long slumber and move in proactive ways to retain and recapture business
Big Themes Developed During 2006, a Successful Year 
As was mentioned on this page last week, the annual Year in Review is the theme of this week's SN, which means, of course, it's time to take a look at
Stepping Outside the Ordinary to Build the Business 
It seems readily apparent that meal-assembly centers and supermarkets could be natural partners, and now something is being done about it. As you'll see
Unusual Service, Novel Product Key to Building Store Traffic 
The name of the game in supermarket retailing is to offer product or service outside the realm of the expected to generate new store traffic, or to stimulate
Two Food Distributors Seek Methods to Get Beyond Price 
One of the principal industry themes of recent times is the high level of price competition raised by alternative formats being faced by conventional
Competition With Wal-Mart Continues to Exact a Toll 
Late last month, Wal-Mart Stores broached what seemed to be some good news for conventional supermarket operators, namely that its torrid rollout pace
A fierce competitive salvo was fired last week by Meijer with its unrestricted offer to give any of seven generic oral antibiotics free of charge to anyone
Results of a survey of food shoppers published in last week's SN raise a couple of questions that are entirely unexpected, yet so fundamental to the food
Well, here we go again, and again.Just as the contaminated-spinach fiasco seemed to be settling down, a new scare about contaminated lettuce cropped up

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