Healthful food too expensive? Try $1.50 a day
The produce industry has been preaching its healthful – and value-conscious – message for years. And here’s another new study that shows eating a more healthful diet isn’t as expensive as people like to think. Harvard researchers pored over 27 studies from 10 countries and found the difference averaged about $1.50 a day, according to an article from National Public Radio. Read more.
I've been everywhere, man
I saw more stores this year than I can keep track of. From Berlin to Los Angeles, Nova Scotia to Seattle, I spent the past 12 months packing in as many retail visits as I could. It’s a hard life, seeing produce departments for a living. Read more.
Merry, bright – and fresh
Make sure you’re highlighting proven sellers, not only for Thanksgiving, but also Christmas. A new FreshFacts Shopper Insights report from Nielsen Perishables Group outlines key areas for you to focus on Christmas fresh food sales. Read more.
Bolthouse: I can hashtag that
Don’t mind me while I stand here Instagramming a photo in your juice department. I heard about Bolthouse Farms’ new promotion during a presentation at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in New Orleans and decided to try it myself. Read more.
Pamela's Kitchen: Naturipe Farms Cranberry Sauce Kit
I admit to growing up with, and loving, canned cranberry sauce. Don’t we all have a soft spot in our heart for gelatinous goo stamped with a serial number and can ridges? But a few years ago, when I discovered how easy it is to actually make cranberry sauce from real cranberries, I felt kind of silly. Really folks, it’s just cranberries, sugar and water and a few minutes on the stove. Read more.
What makes a Retailer of the Year?
I received a lot of nominations for our Retailer of the Year this summer. Over the past few years, we’ve gone back and forth from an individual award, to an organizational award, like last year’s recognition of the Defense Commissary Agency. This year’s winner, Steve Wright, director of produce and at Tops Friendly Markets, received an overwhelming number of nominations, but Tops wasn't really on my radar until I took a second look at what's been happening at the New York-based retailer over the past few years. Read more.
One man's shrink is another man's dinner?
Having watched produce clerks cull displays on many occasions, I’ve seen firsthand how much edible — but not saleable — produce goes to waste from the average grocery store. The latest estimates say we waste as much as 40% of our food. Read more.