Kelly Gates

Valentine’s Day brings sweet promos 
Retailers are pulling out all the stops for Valentine’s Day. Some boast displays with flowers and candy. Others cross-merchandise everything from meal solutions, home decor products and novelty gift items, and toss in custom flower arrangements and free giveaways too.
Barrel-aged beer is back 
Barrel-aged brews create such a buzz that retailers are challenged to keep it in stock.
Convenient cooking: Quick and easy meal solutions 
New lines of slow cooker and simmer sauces and meal kits are gaining additional placement throughout the store.
Weight Control Category Bulks Up 
Supermarket dietitians weigh in on the fast-growing weight control category.
Sanitation Issues Grow With Reusable Totes  1
REUSABLE BAGS AND BOTTLES have become popular expressions of green spirit. Supermarkets both give away and sell them, and customers have eagerly adopted them as sustainable options to plastic. The problem is they can turn green themselves.
Snack Bars Sweeten Sales 
Snack bars shed some of their health halo to reveal their indulgent side with a menu of dessert-themed flavors.
Retailers Reinforce Goodwill Efforts 
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets has fine-tuned its charitable programs to create better efficiencies, enhance its image with shoppers and reduce labor costs.
SN Whole Health: Waste Cooking Oil Goes From Grease to Green 
Retailers find new revenue in cooking oil reclamation.
The E-Reader Effect: Print Sales Struggle in Supermarkets 
Retailers of books and magazines face competition from those peddling digital versions of these publications.
SN Whole Health: Integrating Gluten-Free 
Retailers contemplate gluten-free integration strategies.
Healthful Gum Showing Gumption 
Retailers are boosting sales of ‘better-for-you’ gum by merchandising it beside healthy ingredients.
Retailers Make Meals Kid Friendly 
Restaurant focus on children’s meal nutrition highlights an opportunity for healthful, kid-oriented prepared meals at supermarkets.
Culture Shop: The Meat of the Matter  2
To appeal to a multicultural shopper base, meat departments are offering more product information and meat cuts typically used in ethnic recipes.
Virtual Produce: On-Pack Marketing With Social Media 
From QR codes to Twitter, social media are expanding on-pack marketing opportunities in the produce department.
Vitamin Boost: Consumers Taking Their Vitamins, Supplements 
While dietitians stress that whole foods are best, vitamins and supplements gain momentum in supermarkets.
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