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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
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 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

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
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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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