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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
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
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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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