Julie Gallagher

Senior Content Manager,
Supermarket News
GMA: Vermont GMO bill a step in wrong direction  3
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which backs a federal bill that would preempt states from legislative efforts to require labeling of GM foods, says that a Vermont measure to mandate labeling is “a step in the wrong direction for consumers.”
Keurig makes coffee ... and breakfast 
With its Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal, General Mills is the latest CPG company to capitalize on the single-cup brewing craze.
Gallery: Specialty food sales on the rise 
Millennials and their Boomer parents are driving sales in the specialty food market .
Most states debate GM labeling despite federal bill  3
State legislative efforts regarding GMO labeling will be for naught if a new federal bill, deemed by labeling supporters as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, is passed.
Consumers create new product buzz 
New product innovations, from gum to snacks to yogurt, are getting a boost from positive social media reviews.
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.

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