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Jul 17, 2007

Irradiation Must Be Explained to Consumers to Succeed

Irradiation of certain products provides unmistakable benefits, but at present it’s difficult or impossible to convey use benefits on product labels....More
Jul 17, 2007

As Waistlines Shrink, Product Skepticism Swells

Bombarded with claims of “excellent source” of a specific nutrient, and comparative claims describing an item as having “more” of something relative....More
Jul 09, 2007

Sustainability: A Complex Issue That’s Not Fading Away

A number of gathering forces will propel business interests toward adopting sustainable methods and, like it or not, sustainability is one issue that....More
Jul 09, 2007

Safeway’s Restaurant Will Test Limits for Supermarkets

The news about Safeway opening a freestanding restaurant in Redwood City, Calif., last month, raised eyebrows. Will it work?....More
Jul 02, 2007

Supermarkets Go Local, Capturing Romance of Fresh

Supermarkets are working to distinguish themselves by getting back to their roots as the neighborhood merchant who caters to local tastes....More
Jul 02, 2007

Rising Prices Become Food Retailers’ New Best Friend

Inflation can be friend or foe. If consumers recognize that retailers have good reason to increase price points, inflation can indeed be a friend —....More
Jun 28, 2007

Rumors of Retail-Channel Demise Greatly Exaggerated

The food industry is obsessed with figuring out consumers. Some have taken that mission to the extreme by saying retail channels don’t matter anymore....More
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

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 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 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
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
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 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
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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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