Mark Hamstra

Supermarket News
Walmart sows its Wild Oats 
Walmart’s rollout of the Wild Oats brand as a lower-priced alternative to national brand organic offerings could impact traditional supermarket operators as they attempt to build up their own natural and organic product sets, analysts told SN.
FreshDirect offers best online experience: Report  1
New York-based FreshDirect was rated to provide the best customer experience in a study by e-commerce service provider Fluid and presented in a conference call on Internet grocery by Wells Fargo on Monday.
Local angles on the Wild Oats rollout  3
When Walmart unveiled plans to roll out Wild Oats-brand organic products, the retailer’s main message was that the products would be more affordable than national organic brands.
Gallery: Winn Dixie takes over Sweetbay 
Winn-Dixie said it expects to complete the rebranding of the Sweetbay stores it acquired from Delhaize Group by April 18.
Publix executes a careful expansion strategy 
Publix Super Markets only officially announced its plans to enter the Charlotte region two years ago, but its potentially market-changing entry had been expected for more than a decade.
Gallery: 6 food trends to watch
SN asked six food-industry experts to each select one emerging trend that they feel has the potential to drive sales gains at retail, and how retailers can best leverage those trends in their stores.
Shoppers well connected to their recipes 
Exclusive survey details how modern consumers search for recipes and shop for ingredients.
Mobile app moves Canadian retailer closer to personalized offers 
Calgary Co-operative, a 24-store operator in Alberta, is moving one step closer to being able to offer more customized offers for shoppers through the use of a circular-distribution app for mobile devices.
Instacart expands to NYC 
Instacart, the e-grocery service that hires local freelance delivery personnel to shop at local supermarkets and deliver to customers, has expanded to a small section of New York City.
Regional Report: The Fresh Market faces challenges in Houston  1
The Fresh Market may face an uphill battle in Houston, where the company opened its first stores about a year ago but has now unveiled plans to close one of the locations.
Innovation Ahead: Six emerging trends in food retailing 
SN identifies six emerging trends with the potential to grow sales at retail.
Pouch-based packaging grows up 
Baby food sold in resealable pouches has been a hit — why not adult food in pouches?
Walmart tests c-store with groceries, fuel  1
Walmart has opened a convenience store under a new banner — Walmart to Go — in its headquarters city of Bentonville, Ark.
New product explosion looms in beverage aisles 
Changes in the approach to brand marketing at the major soft drink companies could lead to a proliferation of new products on retail shelves that are backed by these giants, said Tom Pirko, president of Bevmark Consulting.
Southern cuisine evolves with premium ingredients 
Southern foods, in particular traditional Southern foods that have been given an upscale treatment, offer retailers an opportunity to get new items in front of their customers and drive sales growth.

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