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Apr 27, 2009

Santa or Scrooge? Reputations Shaped by Recession

Consider it part marketing, part empathy. Supermarkets are trying to show their recession-friendly side to consumers....More
Apr 20, 2009

Why C-Word Still Lives at Retail, Despite R-Word

You'd think the C-word, convenience, has no place in this recession. Convenience items and convenience stores are typically viewed as more expensive....More
Apr 13, 2009

Touching All the Bases in Today's Media Campaigns

A recent flood of innovative food industry promotions has rewritten the book on how to conduct campaigns through the media. Actually, there's no....More
Apr 06, 2009

Ahold's PL Message Forces Choices on Brands

Ahold USA is sometimes known for taking a carrot-and-stick approach in dealing with brands. It holds out the promise of growth to suppliers who meet....More
Mar 30, 2009

Has Wal-Mart Found Better Neighborhood Markets?

When Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market was launched in the late 1990s, some observers predicted big problems for supermarkets from this 40,000-square-....More
Mar 23, 2009

Stars Aligned for Food Safety Progress in Washington

The food safety train is finally moving in Washington. A flurry of developments this month has created optimism that real progress is within reach....More
Mar 16, 2009

Five Key Steps for Natural Products Growth in '09

A winning trade show these days is one that almost makes you forget we're in a deep recession. That was the case with last week's Natural Products....More
Mar 09, 2009

Customers Are Still Satisfied, but Does It Matter?

Stocks are plummeting. Consumer confidence is tanking. Home prices are nose diving. It's nice to know that at least one national index is relaying....More
Mar 02, 2009

How Retailers Benefit From New Cost Dynamics

The business press has been full of articles about a pricing standoff between food retailers and suppliers. As the story line goes, suppliers,....More
Feb 23, 2009

Why Internet Ranks First for Nutrition Information

Supermarkets are putting more effort into becoming comprehensive sources of nutrition information, but a new survey finds grocers are coming up short....More
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