CHICAGO — When its researchers found that consumers are buying ready-to-eat meals less frequently from supermarkets than they did two years ago, Technomic advised retailers to make some changes to stand out from restaurants and get some of their business back.
CHICAGO — Consumers, getting more serious about their quest for local food, are choosing to do their food shopping where local products are available, and are willing to pay a premium price for them, research by A.T. Kearney shows. Not only that, but many of the respondents in the study favor local over organic.
AUSTIN, Minn. — A Hy-Vee store here launched “Wellness Wednesdays” this week as a step toward encouraging its customers to follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate guidelines, which recommend meals include an item from each food group.
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.