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Jan 19, 2009

Pivotal Time for FMI, GMA and Their Members

Industry veterans attending last week's Food Marketing Institute Midwinter Executive Conference in Orlando would be excused if they failed to....More
Jan 19, 2009

Obama Administration Should Cut Ethanol Subsidies

Barack Obama will be sworn in as our nation's 44th president this week, and by any account, he's got his work cut out for him with regard to the....More
Jan 12, 2009

SN's Annual Sales Ranking Reflects Volatile Period

Think of SN's annual Top 75 List of retailers and wholesalers as a snapshot that marks where the industry has traveled over the past year. This time....More
Jan 12, 2009

Pharmacy Faces a Decisive Year in Washington

Events this year could determine the future of retail pharmacy. As the year begins, supermarkets are faring comparatively well on the dismal retail....More
Jan 05, 2009

Answering the Big Question: What Will 2009 Bring?

The business world is mulling the year ahead with much trepidation. Many supermarket CEOs, however, are choosing to focus on opportunities in the....More
Jan 05, 2009

Time for Supermarkets to Showcase Nutrition

Supermarkets have crafted a host of clever promotions and merchandising devices to accommodate budget-stressed shoppers, from cents off at the gas....More
Dec 22, 2008

Setting the Table With Food Glorious Food

Good news! The economy has driven Americans back home to the dinner table. According to a recent consumer survey conducted by, 80% of....More
Dec 22, 2008

Why the Imports Picture Is Cloudy at Best for 2009

In a subdued holiday season when many Americans are hunkering down at home assuming they still have a home few consumers are giving thought to global....More
Dec 15, 2008

In a Tough Economy, Shoppers Return to the Kitchen

The U.S. Department of Labor last week released another raft of grim news, indicating that the recession is deepening and layoffs are spreading. New....More
Dec 15, 2008

Preparing Supermarkets for 2009's Roller-Coaster

When Michael Cullen founded the modern supermarket concept at the beginning of the Great Depression, his intent was laid out in this comment: These....More
Dec 08, 2008

Retailers Reach Beyond Price to Please Customers

The media's current focus on Wal-Mart's gains in this economy leaves the impression that the chain's sole focus is to cut prices. What slips under the....More
Dec 08, 2008

Card Security Standard Forgot Hannaford Breach

Even in the current economic downturn, retailers need to remain vigilant about certain technical issues, particularly consumer data security. In the....More
Dec 01, 2008

Saluting Visionaries Who Put the Super in Supermarket

How many retail executives do you know who would let a manager spend money on an idea that was clearly not going to work, only because it was better....More
Dec 01, 2008

The Pace of Change Challenges Food Retailers

As we enter the last month of 2008 and look ahead to 2009, one thing that's consistent is the overused word: Journalists quickly discover that the....More
Nov 24, 2008

The Strange Mood of Consumers This Thanksgiving

We all know this economy has transformed the behavior of shoppers. They are avoiding restaurants, looking for deals, buying more private label, and....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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