Liz Webber

Liz
Webber
Engagement Director / Fresh Market Editor ,
Supermarket News
Articles
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.
Gallery: Roche Bros. goes back to the farm
Roche Bros. is previewing its downtown Boston flagship — scheduled to open next spring — with a seasonal farm stand that will sell produce, flowers and baked goods daily through the end of October.
Produce Special Report: Fresh Start 
PMA president Cathy Burns talks Fresh Summit, food safety and "Eat Brighter."
Meijer is ‘Ready’ for Millennials with new meal solutions program
Launched in August in all 213 Meijer stores, Ready! For You provides ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The meals cost $12-$15 for a family of four, and ingredients are included in the retailer’s weekly sales.
Roche Bros. previews Boston flagship with farm stand
Although Roche Bros.’ flagship Boston store won’t open until spring 2015, the retailer is already lining up customers with a daily outdoor farm stand.
Gallery: Throwback Thursday photos from Albertsons 1
Take a trip to the Albertsons of yesteryear
Meijer, Festival Foods promote pumpkin for fall
Starbucks isn’t the only one breaking out the pumpkin flavor early this year. Retailers from Haggen to Whole Foods are trying to get customers excited about fall with special products and recipes.
Fresh & Easy adds smoothie kits
Fresh & Easy has started stocking individual smoothie kits from Wild Oats Marketplace for customers to make drinks at home.
Wegmans introduces private label Gulf shrimp 
Wegmans Food Markets has partnered with Gulf Coast Seafood to launch a line of private label frozen shrimp.
Bakeries report progress on removing trans fat, additives 
For many in-store bakeries, the FDA’s proposed ban on partially hydrogenated oils — a major source of artificial trans fat — seemed like a no-brainer given what their customers are asking for and the progress they’ve already made in reformulating products.
Comments
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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