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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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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
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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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