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Aug 27, 2007

Retailers Forming Fruitful Ties With Farmers' Markets

When Whole Foods announced its plans to open a three-story, 50,000-square-foot store in Manhattan's Union Square, many of the city's chefs, along with....More
Aug 27, 2007

How Consumer Trends Flow From One Stage to Another

Every now and then, social trends surface that have the capacity to power major changes in the way the industry does business. In time, such trends....More
Aug 20, 2007

Retail Sales: Supermarkets Gain, but Hold the Champagne

There’s some cause for celebration in the latest sales data from Information Resources Inc., but the good news is tempered by looming threats....More
Aug 20, 2007

Resurrecting a Venerable Banner: The Lucky Gambit

In what may be the biggest-ever experiment in restoring a moribund retail brand, Save Mart is re-bannering 72 of the Albertsons stores it acquired in....More
Aug 13, 2007

Stater Bros. Makes a Gigantic Investment in Its Future

In a dramatic move that should reduce complexity and improve efficiency, Stater Bros., the operator of 163 stores in California's Inland Empire, will....More
Aug 13, 2007

Supermarkets Find Footing in Competitive Environment

Much more quickly than it appeared, Wal-Mart phobia is abating. It was not very long ago that every traditional retailer was, if not panicked, at....More
Aug 06, 2007

How Inflation's Sting Hurt More Than First Anticipated

The current round of inflationary pressure isn't a body blow to food retailers. Moreover, there are indications that inflation concerns are easing for....More
Aug 06, 2007

Southland Action: Tiers Shed; Effects Linger; Tesco Looms

During the past couple of weeks, important news has emanated from Southern California that will eventually resonate well outside that region. The most....More
Jul 30, 2007

When Companies Step Up, the Government Can Step Back

When employers step up to the plate and do what they can to provide health coverage for their workers, the system works....More
Jul 30, 2007

Increasing Federal Attention to Food Safety in the Offing

Increasingly lax food-safety regulations and enforcement efforts have contributed in some measure to incidents that have undermined consumers’....More
Jul 25, 2007

Looking Back on Five Years of Ranking Power Players

SN’s Power 50 measures the shifting levels of influence among the movers and shakers for the past five years....More
Jul 25, 2007

SEC, Board Investigations Muzzle Whole Foods’ Mackey

Undercover message-board postings put Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in hot water....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 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 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
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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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