David Orgel

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GMA Speaker Urges Mobile Progress 
COLORADO SPRINGS – The mobile phenomenon is picking up speed and the food industry needs to give priority to this trend, said Lisa Sharples, president, AllRecipes.com, a website with a large database of recipes and tips for home cooks.
Jurgens Salutes ‘Hy-Vee Family’ 
COLORADO SPRINGS – Ric Jurgens, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Hy-Vee, West Des Moines, Iowa, put his former colleagues in the spotlight as he accepted the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Hall of Achievement Award here.
Coca-Cola’s Revised Approach Deepens Retail Partnerships 
ATLANTA — In an era when retailer-supplier partnerships are defined by collaboration, the biggest manufacturers, such as Coca-Cola, face considerable challenges.
Retailers Get Holistic Industry View at FMI2012 
DALLAS — Retailers appreciated the opportunities for broad-based learning and the exposure to products from throughout the store at FMI2012, according to interviews with attendees.
ABA Convention: Retailers Balance Price vs. Specialty Merchandising 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Retailers are striking a balance between price-driven and specialty merchandise as a still-challenging economy and shifting consumer preferences impact shopper buying behavior.
Ahold Eyes New Chapter of Growth Opportunities 
AMSTERDAM — Ahold considers its extensive global operation to be well into its next chapter, one whose main plot line involves creating new opportunities in the United States and Europe. However, to reach this chapter, the Netherlands-based operation first needed to make sure all parts of its organization were on the same page, which was easier said than done at a company spread across two continents with a range of retailing formats and online shopping.
Coborn’s Drives Center Store Growth 
LAS VEGAS — Center Store sales at Coborn’s Inc. are being fueled by focused strategies ranging from supplier partnerships to enhanced in-store displays, said Andy Knoblauch, SVP of merchandising, at The NGA Show.
Independents Urged to Embrace Digital Opportunities 
LAS VEGAS — Independent retailers have more opportunities in digital marketing as the technologies become more affordable and the payoffs become clearer, according to Robert Hemphill, president, Webstop.com.
Safeway Eyes Shopper Optimism 
ORLANDO, Fla. — Safeway is recognizing “a little bit of a re-emergence of optimism among shoppers” as some come back to pre-recession behavior, Michael Minasi, the retailer’s president of marketing, said during a panel discussion at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference here.
FMI Retools Message: Sarasin 
ORLANDO, Fla. — FMI is retooling its message with a new logo and soon-to-be relaunched website, said Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, during remarks at the association’s Midwinter Executive Conference here.
Industry Hears Bold Message on Growth Steps 
ORLANDO, Fla. — A top CPG executive delivered a bold message here to the food industry about the need to dramatically shift practices to jump-start growth.
Safeway Eyes More Shopper Optimism 
ORLANDO, Fla. — Safeway is recognizing “a little bit of a re-emergence of optimism among shoppers” as some come back to pre-recession behavior, Michael Minasi, the retailer’s president of marketing, said during a panel discussion at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference here.
Social Networking Called Major Opportunity  1
ORLANDO, Fla. — The food industry can grab opportunities in social media if it overcomes myths and better understands the landscape, said Cathy Green Burns, president, Food Lion, Harvey’s and Reid’s, at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference here.
Industry Urged to Embrace New Growth Paths 
ORLANDO, Fla.– The food industry needs to take bold steps – in everything from data practices to supply chain – in order to jump-start growth in the face of unprecedented hurdles, said John Compton, CEO, PepsiCo Americas Foods and Global Snacks Group.
GMA, FMI to Co-locate Executive Events 
ORLANDO, Fla. — Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association will co-locate their executive conferences beginning in January 2013, it was announced at the FMI Midwinter event here.

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