Mark Hamstra

Mark
Hamstra
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Deli side dishes evolve for Millennials 
Young consumers are increasingly interested in healthful offerings and new and interesting flavors when it comes to side dishes and salads in the deli.
Summer offers tie-in opportunities for bakery 
Summer yields a wide variety of fresh fruits that can be incorporated into bakery items, and summer activities like grilling and picnics also lend themselves to multi-department promotions.
Souper Suppers: Burgeoning lines of cooking soups and sauces facilitate meal prep 
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.
Time for a Change: Supermarkets drive diaper loyalty with savings programs 
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.
Whole Foods’ expansion strategy raises questions  1
Industry observers are wondering whether Whole Foods' long-term growth strategy might be veering off course.
Sprouts plants fresh-focused stores across the South 
Sprouts Farmers Market continues to prove itself as the everyman’s answer to Whole Foods and a viable competitor to traditional supermarkets.
Harris Teeter could impact Kroger expansion plans 
Kroger Co.’s much-anticipated new-market entry, which the company in 2012 said it had begun exploring, has been sidelined by its 2013 acquisition of Harris Teeter.
Save-A-Lot takes more control of its destiny 
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.
Raising the bar: Specialty flavors elevate everyday chocolate offerings 

Buoyed by the experimental palates of today’s consumers, retailers and suppliers are taking some of the attributes of specialty chocolates to the mainstream.

Safeway East could benefit from proximity to Acme, but when?  4
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.
Rx-tra special: Retail pharmacies expand reach with specialty services 
The specialty pharmacy business is an exclusive club, but more and more supermarket pharmacies are paying their dues and gaining access to this fast-growing segment of the healthcare industry.
Coborn's follows careful growth plan in North Dakota 
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.
Bakery partnerships enhance quality, local appeal 1
Supermarket partnerships with well-respected, locally owned artisan bakeries can help elevate the quality of the grocers’ bakery offerings and boost their connections with the community.
In ethnic bakeries, product crossover goes both ways
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.
How H-E-B became Houston’s hometown grocer  1
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.

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