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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

Big Changes: Long Chicago Show Run Ends; Tesco Hovers

Things change. Consider, for instance, this 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 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
Apr 30, 2007

Supermarkets Hold Limited Opportunity for Private Buyers

Although private equity has waded bravely into food retailing with several acquisitions over the past few years, food retailers are still relatively....More
Apr 30, 2007

Food Safety Concerns and the Role of Inspection Agencies

There’s never a good time for the outbreak of a spate of negative publicity about food safety, but the current moment is particularly inauspicious....More
Apr 23, 2007

Reality Check: Supermarkets Are Not Restaurants

Supermarkets definitely have restaurant envy. For decades supermarket food-service departments have tried to compete with restaurants by becoming....More
Apr 23, 2007

Hopes for a Better Year Are Being Realized, So Far

In the first column written for this space in 2007, the welcome news that many retailers predicted that this would be a good year for supermarkets....More
Apr 16, 2007

Specialty Pet Food Throwing Supermarkets a Bone

Pet owners are converting members of one of the least discriminating groups of eaters into consumers of specialty foods. And who can blame them?....More
Apr 16, 2007

Investment Capital's Stake in Big Buyout Concepts

What's up with private equity money? Well, quite a bit, it seems. The thing is that there's so much private equity money seeking a place to 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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