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Jun 11, 2009

Private Practice

After years of covering the private-label industry, I eagerly await the Food Marketing Institute’s first-ever Private Brands Summit, which kicks off....More
Jun 09, 2009

Cake Decorating Challenge: Day Three

And the winner is…Kim Oburne of Publix Super Market in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. IDDBA President, Ray Burke (president, in-store bakery and foodservice....More
Jun 09, 2009

Where are you getting your advice?

Over these past few days, I've noticed quite a bit of emphasis on 'solutions.' Suppliers are devoting time and research to develop solutions and....More
Jun 09, 2009

Cake Decorating Challenge: Day Two

It was wedding cake day. One day and one cake. With the one cake to focus on, the decorators really got down to business showing off their skills....More
Jun 09, 2009

Innovation Needed

Speakers this morning at IDDBA’s seminar/expo all talked about innovating to stay ahead of the pack, and later I saw a display that stood out as a....More
Jun 08, 2009

A little paranoia is healthy

"Too often, we study a good idea until it becomes a bad idea," says an unnamed supermarket industry exec, which is, of course, just another way to....More
Jun 08, 2009

Cake Decorating Challenge: Day One

Really good cake decorators, like those participating in the Cake Decorating Challenge, make it look easy. So easy that you think you can do it. I....More
Jun 08, 2009

Spending not fashionable?

"It is not fashionable to be spending now," said Carol Christison this morning during her annual food trends presentation. But people are refraining....More
Jun 08, 2009

Batman to the Rescue

Every year, Harold Lloyd, former retailer, restaurateur, and now consultant, has opened his presentations at IDDBA’s annual Dairy-Deli-Bake seminar/....More
Jun 07, 2009

Smash your brand?

A more complete understanding of what inspires people to buy and consume, and how to better trigger such a response, has the potential to alter....More
Jun 07, 2009

The economy-it's not that bad

At least it's not according to Dr. Lowell Catlett, an economist and futurist who gave a talk this morning at Dairy-Deli-Bake. What I took from his....More
Jun 04, 2009

Dairy-Deli-Bake hits Atlanta

Atlanta: home of the brave, well, the Braves baseball team at least. And, for three days, it will be the host city for Dairy-Deli-Bake 2009. So, why....More
Jun 04, 2009

Getting Ready to Go

Which shoes? That’s my big concern this morning. Not the economy, not my camera battery, but which shoes will be best for trodding the show floor....More
Jun 03, 2009

Lateral thinking in merchandising

Merchandising has come a long way since Carol Christison started planning for IDDBA’s more than 25 years ago, and no where in the show is that more....More
Apr 24, 2009

Produce Traceability Demo Center a Hit at United Fresh

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Produce Traceability Demo Center was one of the coolest features of this year’s United FreshMarketplace /....More
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