Liz Webber

Engagement Director / Fresh Market Editor ,
Supermarket News
Industry expects confusion, concern about menu labeling details 1
After beginning the process of sifting through FDA’s 395-page menu labeling final rule, industry groups say they are still unclear about what food items are covered, and they worry about the cost and speed of compliance.
Gallery: MOM’s opens first D.C. store
MOM’s Organic Market held a grand opening for its first store in Washington last weekend.
Walmart will use its size to improve food sustainability: Sinclair
Walmart’s sheer size gives it an opportunity to address issues in the food system, although it won’t be easy, Jack Sinclair, EVP, grocery division, said at The New York Times Food for Tomorrow conference on Wednesday.
MOM’s Organic Market opens oyster farm
To assist in conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay — and offer sustainable, affordable seafood in stores — MOM’s Organic Market has started its own oyster farm.
Gallery: Sprouts promotes 'Healthy Living for Less'
The Sprouts Farmers Market in Irvine, Calif., like the rest of the 180-store chain, emphasizes lower prices on healthy food, especially produce.
Gallery: Extra-large Costco scores big on food
The Costco Wholesale store in Tustin, Calif., is one of the chain’s largest. Food takes up one-third of the store’s footprint but accounts for 50% of sales.
Gallery: Rouses opens up for new concept store 1
Rouses Market’s new concept store in Lafayette, La., features an open layout, allowing customers to see associates at work in the various fresh departments.
Gallery: Gelson’s emphasizes high-quality products
The focus on high-quality — and often higher-priced — products extends to all areas of the store, from the full-service floral department to the deli carving station to specialty bakery items.
Gallery: International delights at Wholesome Choice
Wholesome Choice, a three-store independent in Southern California, is an international retailer that fills a niche in the communities it serves.
Taking Sides: Menu labeling 
Do you support menu labeling of calorie counts for supermarkets?
Frito-Lay: 2014 Supplier Leadership Award winner for New Media Marketing 
In 2012-2013, Frito-Lay held its first “Do Us A Flavor” contest in the U.S. to invite consumers to pick a new flavor of chips.
Big Heart Pet Brands: 2014 Supplier Leadership Award winner for Product Innovation 
Game-changing product innovation at Big Heart Pet Brands starts with thinking about the impossible, Geoff Tanner, VP of pet snacks, told SN. What if we could do this?
Gallery: Frozen food rules at Babeth’s Feast

Although frozen food stores have existed in France for years, New York’s Babeth’s Feast marks the first American take on the concept.

The retailer offers everything from pastries to main meals to herbs — all of it frozen — and the high-quality products have piqued local customers’ interest.

Babeth’s Feast opens emporium of frozen food 
Step into Babeth’s Feast in New York and you’ll notice it’s not a typical grocer: the 1,700-square-foot store is completely filled with frozen foods.
Customers pour kombucha growlers at Haggen, Whole Foods
Haggen Food & Pharmacy has installed kombucha growler stations at three stores in Bellingham, Wash. Supplied by Oregon-based humm kombucha, the fermented tea comes in four flavors that customers can purchase in 32-oz. or 64-oz. jugs.
Making the case for in-store tracking
October 23, 2014

The technology may not be there yet, but I think consumers might be more open to in-store tracking if they are using it to interact with the retailer, rather than the retailer...

How social is your business?
October 7, 2014

There is certainly a risk to opening up communication via social media, as some customers will only use those channels to complain or promote negative opinions. However, if...

How not to be one of 'those' stores
October 2, 2014

Cleanliness of stores and the friendliness of its employees are definitely key factors for customers. Beyond convincing senior managers of this, how do you convey its...

Trend spotting: Cold-pressed juices
September 18, 2014

Cold-pressed juices have made their way into the stores in my neighborhood in New York. Customers are also willing to pay a premium for them.

Why today’s supermarkets need to sell food-for-now as well as food-for-later
September 9, 2014

I think some of the smaller retailers have really adapted well to this trend. One example that comes to mind is Dorothy Lane Market in Ohio, which does a good mix of fresh...

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