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Feb 09, 2009

Generics Could Lower Bar for Retail Pharmacy

Generic drugs have become a godsend for consumers, especially in times of economic stress. Ever since Wal-Mart introduced the $4, 30-day generic....More
Feb 02, 2009

Retailers Limit Tainted Peanut Butter’s Spread

Just weeks after Salmonella Typhimurium was first linked to products that contain peanut butter produced by Peanut Corp. of America....More
Feb 02, 2009

Marketers Can Reach Shoppers Devoted to Lists

Marketers tend to be optimistic folks who are ready for a good challenge....More
Jan 26, 2009

Which Tech Systems Are Most Critical in Recession?

In the current economic crisis, food retailers have two advantages. The first is the obvious one that people always have to eat, and in a recession....More
Jan 26, 2009

Capturing the Breadth of Sustainability From A to Z

Like many fledgling initiatives, sustainability in the retail industry has evolved in a somewhat erratic pattern. Projects emerge around the world in....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 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 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

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
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
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 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 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
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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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