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Jun 28, 2007

FTC’s Complaint Could Be Styled Mackey vs. Mackey

Last week, we endeavored to determine why the FTC is seeking to block the proposed merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats Markets. This week the....More
Jun 18, 2007

Whole Foods, Wild Oats and the Mind of the Consumer

As is well known by now, the Federal Trade Commission is endeavoring to block the proposed acquisition of Wild Oats Markets by Whole Foods Market....More
Jun 11, 2007

Sustainability Emerges as Next Big Collaboration Topic

The history of food retailing is filled with examples of how trading partners collaborated, or failed to come together, in the face of challenges. The....More
Jun 11, 2007

Fuel Prices Changing Consumers' Shopping Choices

Next week marks the beginning of summer, and with it begins travel season. Regrettably, those planning vacation travel by car will find an unwelcome....More
Jun 04, 2007

Retailers Get Customers Cooking With New Programs

For many families a generation ago, grocery shopping involved weekly rituals: carefully clipping coupons from the Sunday paper, taking inventory of....More
Jun 04, 2007

Format Specialization Proliferates Here and Abroad

As has been noted in several recent news articles in SN, and in this space, a quiet but profound change in how food distribution companies present to....More
May 28, 2007

Big Retail Players Talk of Possible Acquisitions Ahead

News articles in several recent issues of SN have highlighted declarations by top executives at some of the nation's largest supermarket chains that....More
May 28, 2007

Pharmacy: In-Store Foundation for Health and Wellness

The buzz around the term health and wellness has been building for several years now, and with increased attention from consumer packaged goods....More
May 21, 2007

Retailers Fire New Shots in the Private-Label Battle

A spurt of recent retailer initiatives points to new activity on the private-label front. This comes as overall private-label share has been fairly....More
May 21, 2007

Whole Foods Market's Fortunes Remain Under Pressure

The high road taken by Whole Foods Market continues to be pitted by potholes, at least when it comes to its financial fortunes. Last summer, on Aug....More
May 14, 2007

Be Prepared Because The Times They Are A-Changin'

The opening presentation of Food Marketing Institute’s Speaks was clever. A stopwatch ticked off two-minute intervals with factoids of statistics —....More
May 14, 2007

Competitive Moves and Food Safety Scares Researched

The annual presentation of the Food Retailing Industry Speaks report proceeded as regularly as clockwork at last week’s Food Marketing Institute Show....More
May 07, 2007

New Thinking on the Old Topic of Retail Customer Service

Customer service shouldn’t be a complicated matter. The more you invest in it, the more you’ll attract shoppers. End of story....More
May 07, 2007

Big Changes: Long Chicago Show Run Ends; Tesco Hovers

Things change. Consider, for instance, this week’s Food Marketing Institute show....More
May 01, 2007

Whole Foods’ Reality More Complex Than CEO’s Portrayals

Whole Foods’ co-founder, Chairman and CEO John Mackey is a brilliant retailer with a keen eye for consumer preferences. He’s also a superb deal-maker....More
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David Orgel is executive director, content & user engagement, of Supermarket News (SN) and its website, SupermarketNews.com. Orgel delivers his opinions on industry trends through a bi-weekly...

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Jon Springer has been writing about food, food retailers and food retailing for more than 10 years, and is in his second tour of duty with Supermarket News. His prior experience includes covering the...
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