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Sep 22, 2008

Time to Mull Lessons From Produce Safety Scares

An industry's problems prompt a national crisis of confidence. Consumers are put at risk. Media attention is focused on the fallout. Government....More
Sep 15, 2008

Retailers Give Private Labels More Public Profile

Like so many retailers vying for shoppers' loyalty these days, Food Lion is aggressively promoting its private-label lines. But rather than offering....More
Sep 15, 2008

Hard Times Won't Slow Upscale-Meals Momentum

With all the talk of shoppers trading down, you'd think supermarkets would be scaling back on restaurant-quality fare. Sure, I know, supermarkets....More
Sep 08, 2008

Sustainability Excellence Starts With Solar Power

Looking at the environmental activities pursued by the chain, wholesaler and independent winners of SN's first annual Sustainability Excellence....More
Sep 08, 2008

Hard Discounters May Win Small-Box Sweepstakes

America has lots of problems, but a lack of stores isn't one of them. No presidential candidates are campaigning on the platform of accelerating the....More
Sep 01, 2008

Wellness Holds Vital Link to Healthy HBC Sales

Check out this statistic from an American Greetings Research Council study on consumer purchasing habits that appeared in a 1997 SN story I wrote on....More
Sep 01, 2008

Fall Preview: Five Key Consumer Gauges to Watch

Predicting the future is a highly risky activity. That becomes clear when you look back at our primarily upbeat financial analyst roundtable from a....More
Aug 25, 2008

The Food vs. Fuel Debate Needs to Get Serious

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., went on the defensive during last week's Senate committee hearing organized to address the food-vs.-fuel debate over corn and....More
Aug 25, 2008

Can Safeway Become a Lab for Other Retailers?

Despite its name, Safeway does not always choose the safe way. In fact, this retailer is a leader in thinking out of the box. It's not hard to rattle....More
Aug 18, 2008

FTC's Tall Order: Unscrambling the Organic Eggs

In continuing to pursue its antitrust case against Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats, the Federal Trade Commission cannot expect the two chains to....More
Aug 18, 2008

How This Economy Is Transforming Category Sales

This annual issue of SN provides a comprehensive update on supermarket categories, but this year the economy and inflation steal the spotlight. The....More
Aug 11, 2008

Card Groups Need New Approach to Data Security

The Hannaford Bros. data security breach, which exposed 4.2 million credit and debit cards earlier this year, was certainly a teachable moment for the....More
Aug 11, 2008

Whole Foods' Retooling May Not Be Whole Solution

This is definitely the longest summer for Whole Foods. The natural food retailer's acquisition of Wild Oats was challenged by a federal appeals court....More
Aug 04, 2008

Cigarette Ban May Inspire New Consumer Habit

San Francisco drug stores may soon be scratched from the list of feasible destinations for residents seeking a tobacco fix. Last week, a law proposing....More
Aug 04, 2008

Economic Storm Finally Crashes Into Supermarkets

Until late last month supermarkets still could say they were mostly unscathed by the economic slump. Sure, consumers showed signs of trading down 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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