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May 11, 2009

Flu Scare Provides Retail Lessons, Opportunities

As it turned out, the 2009 H1N1 Flu didn't become the horrific pandemic many feared. But that won't be the only thing to remember about the scare....More
May 11, 2009

Noddle Engineered Transformation at Supervalu

In 2006, when Supervalu announced that it was going to acquire most of the Albertsons chain, the move was hailed by some analysts as a brilliant....More
May 04, 2009

Award Winners Reinvent What They Already Have

In this relentlessly challenging economy, everyone is trying to figure out how to do more with less and get the most out of what they own. That is....More
May 04, 2009

FutureConnect Put on Hold, but Theme Resonates

It's hard to predict the future. That's why no one could forecast that Future-Connect, the long-awaited event from Food Marketing Institute scheduled....More
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 20, 2009

Recall Authority Would Allow for Due Process

Something unusual happened during the peanut recall. As scores of peanut processors, manufacturers and distributors sprung into action, Westco Fruit....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 13, 2009

Shoppers Shouldn't Think of Produce as a Luxury

As reported in this week's Fresh Market section, the Produce for Better Health Foundation recently released a troubling survey of U.S. mothers. It....More
Apr 06, 2009

A Cooperative Culture Drives Bloom's Success

In the spring of 2004, Food Lion unveiled a new supermarket concept that promised to make grocery shopping easier. Bloom A Food Lion Market, as the....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 30, 2009

More Changes Needed in Food Safety Audits

As the industry considers how to improve the safety of the food supply following the seemingly endless peanut-product recalls now established as the....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 23, 2009

Golden Goose Tempers Interchange Fee Reform

A time of reckoning may be at hand for the money lenders. Bankers and credit card companies, who reaped $48 billion in credit card interchange fees....More
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Liz Webber

Liz Webber is Engagement Director / Fresh Market Editor at Supermarket News. She covers fresh foods for the magazine and creates multimedia, blog posts and other content for the website. She joined...

Elliot Zwiebach

Elliot Zwiebach has been with Supermarket News for more than 45 years — a span difficult for him to comprehend, having once been the youngest reporter on the staff. During that time he has...
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