This year’s list of the Top 50 Small Chains and Independents, compiled by SN Reporter Elliot Zwiebach, reflects a diverse group of operators operating a wide range of formats and catering to a broad spectrum of consumers....More
CHICAGO — When its researchers found that consumers are buying ready-to-eat meals less frequently from supermarkets than they did two years ago, Technomic advised retailers to make some changes to stand out from restaurants and get some of their business back....More
WASHINGTON – Adding lower-calorie food and beverage items to their menus has contributed to sales growth at major fast-food and sit-down restaurant chains, a study released this week by the Hudson Institute shows....More
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets is planning a small-format, upscale store here that will focus on fresh foods, specialty products and natural and organic offerings. It's called Orchard Fresh....More
Some small, independent retailers, often in the shadow of giants, have kept their competitive edge with creative merchandising, added variety, revved-up customer service and sheer determination. They’re SN’s Innovative Independents.
Consumer interest in healthy snacks is growing, and retailers are responding. Some chains are using special signs and permanent displays to call attention to single-serve offerings of cut fruit and vegetable packs, small sandwich and soup offerings.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Convenience is king for My Street Grocery, a mobile supermarket that opened in May. The truck caters to people who have limited access to fresh foods at brick and mortar supermarkets here....More