Industry trends around convenience, flavor and authenticity are converging in the skillets of the nation’s home cooks, where a seemingly endless array of new, shelf-stable sauces is making it easier to prepare a sophisticated meal.
Disposable baby diapers may be ideally suited for the fast-growing e-commerce economy, but retailers are working hard to retain share with sharp pricing, membership clubs that encourage loyalty, and other incentives tailored to attract young parents to the store.
Supervalu’s limited-assortment Save-A-Lot chain is poised for more aggressive growth this year with a reformulated strategy centered around company-owned store openings and a tighter focus on operating standards.
The proximity of a state-of-the-art warehouse supplying Albertsons' Acme stores to Safeway’s 127-store Eastern Division has raised speculation that the chains could seek to consolidate their logistics at some point.
Cash Wise Foods is the name of the concept that Coborn’s Inc. has used to expand into the booming oil fields of North Dakota, but it could also be used to describe the company’s prudent investment strategy.
For many operators the attraction of ethnic products spreads beyond the original target group and begins to draw more mainstream shoppers. Meanwhile some ethnic supermarket operators are expanding their offerings with more mainstream product.
Last month’s opening of a gleaming, new 91,000-square-foot supermarket — complete with an in-store, chef-driven restaurant — in Houston’s tony Tanglewood area stands as a monument to the 25-year arc of H-E-B’s expansion in the market.
U.S. consumers will have an estimated $135 billion more spending money this year because of lower gas prices at the pump, and indications point to at least a portion of that extra cash winding up in supermarket tills.