Produce Retailer Blog
05/09/2013 3:44:44 PM
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario—On my way out of town, I had a chance to stop by the newest Adonis location, which opened in mid-April. Adonis, a banner from Montreal-based Metro, is a Mediterranean themed store strong with prepared foods, deli and, of course, produce. Read more.
04/26/2013 2:05:25 PM
Lately I’ve seen links to the “14 Foods to Avoid” but not the “Dirty Dozen.” That doesn’t mean it won’t show up, though. These kinds of things live on forever in social media. That myth about baby peeled carrots leaching chlorine just hit my friends list a few weeks ago and it’s been circulating for years. I regularly see people posting the age old myth about Price Look Up codes being a secret treasure map to decode their produce purchases. Hint: I have never, and you will probably never, see a genetically modified fruit or vegetable with an 8-XXXX PLU code. You’ll have better luck finding Unicorn at the meat counter. Read more.
04/18/2013 10:29:14 PM
You asked for outtakes, and now I’m delivering. People ask me questions from time to time about Pamela’s Kitchen and what goes on behind the scenes. Read more.
04/11/2013 4:38:45 PM
Like many retail industry observers, I’ve been watching Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market since it opened five years ago. I’ve had several opportunities to visit stores in-person, most recently on a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. I picked out a couple of Fresh & Easy stores visit, as I’ve heard they’re circling the drain, despite assurances they’re “Still Fighting the Good Fight.” Read more.
04/02/2013 10:16:49 AM
ALAMEDA, Calif.—Dan Avakian, the subject of this month’s cover story, isn’t the first industry guy I’ve met who decided to hang a shingle and go into business for himself, peddling produce one apple at a time. But he is the first produce guy I’ve seen get multiple hugs from happy customers and high fives from enthusiastic children. Read more.
03/27/2013 2:38:35 PM
Congratulations to this year’s lineup of United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards finalists. These 25 honorees represent 21 retailers in 16 states. Winners and their corporate produce directors are honored at the United Fresh 2013 show in San Diego – which is one of my favorite events of the year. Read more.
03/07/2013 3:31:48 PM
AUSTIN, Texas—It’s been a week since The Man took our bags. Here are my stats: Read more.
03/05/2013 8:51:22 PM
A sidebar to this month’s Coming Clean with POP story in Produce Retailer includes information about the 4C’s of POP. They are, according to MarketingLab Inc.’s Rich Butwinick: Read more.
02/15/2013 3:00:20 PM
BERLIN — I can’t imagine who would need fresh cherries badly enough to pay $40 a pound for them. Read more.
02/01/2013 4:30:00 PM
Buc-ee’s is the stuff of road trip legends where I live. Imagine 60,000-square-feet of snacks, slushies and Texas kitsch. That was my first impression when I stopped at the company’s newest location in Bastrop on a recent trip from Austin to Houston. Read more.
01/29/2013 3:43:46 PM
I’ll admit a certain degree of skepticism when I heard about this new product from Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing. I had visions of gluey macaroni and cheese from a box with a few broccoli florets scattered around for variety. Of course, I should know better. Read more.
01/18/2013 3:26:01 PM
Wow. That’s what I thought when I saw the news that Mom’s Organic Market sucked the joy out of childhood. Read more.