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Jun 23, 2008

The Healthy Foods Shopper You Thought You Knew

A new report by New Hope Natural Media explores the values held by healthy foods consumers, and offers insight into merchandising to this demographic....More
Jun 23, 2008

Retailers Have New Ways to Improve Food Safety

Nobody in this industry wants to hear the word “recall,” but when it must be used, it’s important for suppliers, wholesalers and retailers to have....More
Jun 16, 2008

New Sustainability Imperative: Check Your Facts

Supermarket companies should take care to verify their information before making sustainability claims. Otherwise, they might be vulnerable to....More
Jun 09, 2008

Food Industry Holds the Cards to Effect Change

The history of the Grocery Manufacturers Association reminds us of the power food can have on politics and social issues. Here are a few examples:....More
Jun 09, 2008

GMA Turns 100: What's Changed, and What Hasn't

It's always noteworthy when a major organization reaches 100 years old. Even more remarkable is when that organization can look back on a century of....More
Jun 02, 2008

Summer Promotions Target Economic Heat Wave

Food retailers are finally showing their kinder and gentler sides by launching programs that acknowledge the plight of cash-strapped consumers. Until....More
Jun 02, 2008

Innovations Keep Fresh Food Shoppers Coming Back

Supermarkets are in an enviable position during difficult economic times, since food is not a discretionary purchase, and retailers are innovating in....More
May 26, 2008

Clinic Growth Slows, but Don't Count Them Out

The economic slowdown and the tightening of credit have had a ripple effect on the fledgling in-store clinic business. Supermarket pharmacy executives....More
May 26, 2008

Sizing Up Food Retailing's Small-Store Format Battle

Store formats, like new products, can suddenly become hot. That's exactly what's happened with small-store concepts, which were all but ignored by....More
May 19, 2008

Critics Shouldn’t Look a Gift Card in the Mouth

Criticism of retailer gift card programs tied to economic stimulus checks is unfair, but store executives still need to be prepared with a response....More
May 19, 2008

At Piggly Wiggly, It’s Kind of Cool to Be 'The Pig'

Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. long ago learned something important about itself: It really is "The Pig."....More
May 12, 2008

New Products Carry Both Innovations and Costs

Kraft single-handedly launched 80 new products at last week's Food Marketing Institute Show. Although that seems like a large number, it represents....More
May 12, 2008

Notes From Vegas: Retailers Bet on Dual Strategy

The food industry showed up in Las Vegas last week with a clearly defined gaming plan. But it wasn’t for slots or roulette....More
May 05, 2008

A Season When Change Is Apparent All Around Us

Change happens 24/7, but it's not always evident. This spring, however, a lot seems different, more than just the seasonal return of budding flowers....More
May 05, 2008

More Store Deliveries or Fewer? Both Make Sense

While seemingly straightforward on the surface, food retailing is a fairly complex business when all of its variables are taken into account. This....More
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