Mark Hamstra

Supermarket News
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.
Peruvian products, flavors have opportunity at retail 
Peruvian cuisine has been lingering around the edges of the mainstream American diet for many years, but the flavors of the Andes might finally be poised to see some real growth at retail, according to Melissa Abbott, senior director of culinary insights, The Hartman Group.
High protein has high potential at retail 
One of the culinary trends that is manifesting itself on restaurant menus and could be better leveraged at retail is the growing interest in high-protein foods, said Bret Thorn, senior food editor, Nation’s Restaurant News.
Dips provide healthy, sharable sales-building opportunities 
Supermarkets seeking to capitalize on some of the trends around health and wellness and snacking on the go have to look no further than fresh dips, according to John Dunne, SVP, client development, fresh foods, at Acosta Sales & Marketing.
California, Texas still on Fresh Market’s radar 
The Fresh Market still has plans to expand aggressively in California and Texas, despite a couple of failed forays into those states, the CEO of the upscale, small-format chain told investors.
Gallery: United opens next-generation flagship
United Supermarkets, a division of Albertsons, has opened what it describes as the flagship of its next generation of United stores in Amarillo, Texas.
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