Kelly Gates

Dip in Demand 
Hummus sales are humming. The Middle Eastern mixture has experienced enough growth in recent years that some industry experts are calling it the new salsa.
Will Private Label Follow? 
There's been a lot of talk about a slowdown in natural/organic category sales. The decline is in large part due to the economy, as well as the maturation
Private Label Prevails 
Private-label products are giving national brands a run for their money and, in many instances, outpacing their growth. Such has been the case at Wal-Mart,
Private Takeover 
Supermarkets’ private-label GM and HBC goods give national nonfood brands a run for their money.
Power Surge 
Despite the poor economy and more disciplined consumer spending, energy drinks continue to pour off supermarket shelves.
Fair Fare 
Lately, all's fair in the supermarket. Fair Trade, that is. Though the designation used to be reserved for single-ingredient items like coffee, Fair Trade
Temporary Treats 
Though their days are numbered, limited-edition sweets with movie themes are building excitement in the candy aisle. Some retailers create elaborate displays
Supermarket Programs Producing Healthier Kids 
With concerns about childhood obesity continuing, retailers are doing their best to push produce on little people. Packages of fruits and veggies adorned
Sweet Tooth Substitutes 
Consumers with special dietary needs can have their cake and eat it too. Premium baking mixes ranging from frozen gluten-free cookie dough to low-allergen
Prime Time 
THE RISE OF ANIMAL WELFARE as a purchase driver in the meat department has led to fundamental changes in the way animal proteins are marketed in the supermarket.
Bad Hair Days 
Hair care is hurting. Due to the sluggish economy, shoppers aren't spending as much on shampoo, conditioner and styling products. Only select consumers
Power Packed 
Forget conventional medicine. Many shoppers are replacing traditional remedies with functional foods that are believed to prevent disease and provide
Gift cards have hit critical mass and are now an important revenue stream for supermarkets. Cincinnati-based Kroger demonstrated this earlier this year
The health and wellness movement has invaded the snack aisle. In recent years, everything from potato chips and crackers to popcorn and cookies has been
Protein Replacements Grow Slowly, but Steadily 
Meat substitutes like veggie burgers, tofu and seitan have been slowly gaining in popularity in recent years. Most shoppers who reach for such faux foods
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