Jeff Wells

Supermarket News
Fruit-and-vegetable medleys on the cutting edge
Produce departments score big with value-added selections geared towards meal prep.
Salad days at the supermarket 
Retailers bring fresh flavors to their salad bar selections as consumer tastes evolve.
Gluten-free for all: Why retailers are investing in these baked goods 
The demand for gluten-free products has transformed supermarket shelves over the past few years. As consumers increasingly seek out fresh, minimally processed foods, though, many retailers wonder how they can keep the momentum going.
Cutting in: Retailers capitalize on high demand for specialty cheese 
The growing desire for bold flavors and fresh, artisan ingredients is leading many shoppers to the specialty cheese case, but how do supermarkets make the sale?
Sunny side up for supermarkets 
When it comes to prepared foods, the first meal of the day hasn’t traditionally been supermarkets’ forte. But those that do serve up hot, fresh breakfast items say the opportunity has never been better.
Retailers take the cake to a higher level 
Publix, Dorothy Lane, PCC use quality ingredients and creative designs to win over shoppers.
Fall flavors energize retail bakery sales 
Pumpkin products have done well thanks to Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte, while maple is the hot trend to watch.
Retailers take service-first approach to wedding floral 
With consumer budgets for the big day increasing year over year, retailers are positioning themselves as wedding floral experts, offering a wide variety of arrangements and consulting services.
Liquid Gold: Retailers look for growth in an expanding RFG beverage category 
The drinks are cold and the competition is red hot in the refrigerated beverage category.
Crossing the Line: Retailers boost produce sales via clever cross-promotions 
When it comes to cross-merchandising, the produce department is hot property.
Rouses' seafood capitalizes on quality local sourcing 
When it comes to seafood, Rouses refuses to rest on tradition alone, offering a lively array of in-store promotions, events and creative merchandising to support its selection of local favorites.
Retailers confront challenges of local seafood 
While the demand for local seafood remains high with consumers, department managers say they face a unique set of challenges in meeting that demand, from fickle sourcing to high prices.
Whole Hog: The pork picture clears up 
Retailers look to capitalize on improving pork prices and supply.
Progress reported on sow stall transitions 
Less than two years after committing to eliminating gestation crates from their pork supply, several mainstream retailers have reported steady progress in transitioning suppliers away from those methods of production.
Fresh Hires: Seasonal Staffing in Fresh Foods  1
Seasonal staffing offers relief during busy times, but challenges loom.
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