Julie Gallagher

Julie
Gallagher
Senior Content Manager,
Supermarket News
Articles
Specialty food and beverages up 18%: SFA 
Sales in the $88 billion specialty food market — encompassing products with limited distribution and a reputation for high quality — are outpacing food sales overall, show the findings of the Specialty Food Association’s State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014 report, prepared in conjunction with Mintel International and SPINS.
Nut and seed butters outpace other specialties: SFA
Nut and seed butters (up 51%), eggs (39.5%) and frozen desserts (28.2%) are the fastest growing specialty products across supermarkets, natural food stores, specialty food retailers and foodservice, show the findings of the Specialty Food Association’s State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014 report, prepared in conjunction with Mintel International and SPINS.
Weis expands store brand coffee lineup
Weis Markets has added a national brand equivalent tier to its private brand coffee program, which it’s offering at a more competitive price.
Feeding fandemonium 
Retailers are tapping into the loyalty of sports fans with sponsorship deals, product endorsements and game day promotions.
Central Market to clang cans of new local brew 
H-E-B’s Central Market will celebrate the canning of handcrafted beers from Dallas-based Four Corners brewery with food pairings, this Friday, from 5-9pm at its Dallas Lovers Cooking School.
N.J. bills could threaten alcohol sales 
Two new pieces of legislation threaten to impact alcoholic beverage sales at food retail in New Jersey.
Gallery: Trends from the Expo West show floor 
Last week’s Natural Products Expo West show drew 67,000 industry members and more than 2,600 exhibitors, including 635 first-time exhibitors — the most ever in the event’s history.
SN Price Check: Target a standout in Atlanta 
A recent mystery shop conducted over a three-week period compared 20-SKU grocery basket prices at single Target, Walmart, Publix and Kroger stores in Atlanta.
GMA, FMI launch Facts Up Front campaign 
The Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute are targeting moms, Hispanics and African Americans with a national consumer education campaign launched Monday to boost awareness of the voluntary Facts Up Front nutrient-based labeling initiative, initially announced in 2011.
Wegmans Pharmacy removes language barrier 
Wegmans pharmacists are communicating with shoppers who don’t speak English through a service called Language Line Solutions.
Supermarkets become specialty pharmacy destinations 
Supermarket pharmacies are becoming more entrenched in the fast-growing specialty pharmacy space.
Hy-Vee acquires specialty pharmacy 
Hy-Vee will expand its specialty pharmacy business by acquiring Amber Pharmacy, with which it’s partnered in Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions since 2010.
McBride departs from GMA 
Sean McBride, formerly Former EVP, communications and membership services for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, has left GMA to reconstitute his public relations and consulting firm, DSM Strategic Communications & Consulting, and serve as Counselor at Edelman Public Relations.
Infographic: Barrel of Suds 
Craft breweries are imparting unique flavors in their beer by aging brews in previously used bourbon, cognac, wine and rum barrels.
GMA advocates federal GM labeling 
The Grocery Manufacturers Association and 27 other trade associations, groups and organizations representing food producers, farmers and manufacturers have launched the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food to advocate a federal GM labeling solution that would require a label on GM foods, but only if the FDA determines that there is a health or food safety risk.
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