CINCINNATI — While Steven Jenkins, executive vice president of New York’s Fairway Market, recently predicted that the big chains will “finally get it” this year and make important changes in their approach to artisanal cheese, Kroger Co., one of the country’s largest chains, is already there.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Riesbeck’s Food Markets has jumped the gun on paczki season, giving the rich Polish pastries a dramatic send-off with 22 colorful billboards put up this week across its market area.
Some small, independent retailers, often in the shadow of giants, have kept their competitive edge with creative merchandising, added variety, revved-up customer service and sheer determination. They’re SN’s Innovative Independents.
WASHINGTON — As part of passing “fiscal cliff” legislation on New Year’s night, Congress OK’d a clean extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, averting an automatic fallback to a 1949 dairy price support program that would have resulted in significant hikes in milk and dairy product prices.
ROCKVILLE, Md. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced — amid criticism from consumer groups — a draft environmental assessment indicating a particular genetically engineered Atlantic salmon would not have a significant impact on the U.S. environment.
This coming year will bring important, unmistakable merchandising changes in the deli and cheese departments of the major supermarket chains, said Steven Jenkins, executive vice president of New York-based Fairway Market.
Consumer interest in healthy snacks is growing, and retailers are responding. Some chains are using special signs and permanent displays to call attention to single-serve offerings of cut fruit and vegetable packs, small sandwich and soup offerings.
Within the Fresh Market section of SN, the top stories of 2012 included the online uprising against so-called “pink slime,” the impact of the drought on food prices and the improvement of the food safety net.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York’s Fairway Market organized multiple relief efforts to help residents in need. The retailer, along with community partners, put together a Thanksgiving meal for over 4,500 storm victims.