As other sections of the grocery sector have fallen short, on-the-go produce snacks posted an annual growth rate of over 10% from 2012 to 2016, a recent Nielsen Consumer Insights report said. Retailers should focus on offering diversity and choices and learn to distinguish between snacking and produce consumption trends, Nielsen said.
To avoid produce waste as people increasingly cook less, consumers should let grocers know if they'd like to see items packaged in smaller and more manageable amounts, said Produce Marketing Association Vice President for Industry Relations Kathy Means. Grocers have always adapted to consumers' changing needs, including pre-washing lettuce and pre-cutting celery to accommodate busier lifestyles, she said.
Kwik-Trip is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America to offer more better-for-you choices in the convenience store channel. The retailer has initiated an Eat Smart program to encourage healthy eating habits among its employees and consumers, and distributes and sells vegetables and whole-grain and low-fat dairy products, among other efforts.
Landover, Md.-based Giant Food will roll out the HowGood in-store sustainable food rating system to all of its locations, after piloting the program in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The system rates the sustainability of food items on a scale of "Good, Great, Best," and almost 90% of shoppers at Giant's test stores said they would use the system when looking for sustainable foods.
SpartanNash will increase its capital expenditures by about $5 million this year in an effort to boost its investments in areas of emerging growth including new packaging for fresh products from its Fresh Kitchen facility and more efficient distribution technology, CEO Dave Staples said Thursday.
Calorie count and fat content are the biggest factors driving healthy snack purchases, according to a new study from Nailbiter about on-package claims and consumer behavior. The research also reveals that front-of-pack claims are power drivers in the snack category, as two-thirds of healthy snacking shoppers read front-facing information, while just 50% read back labels.
Stories about Kraft Heinz's increased innovation output and Whole Foods' meat sourcing proved popular with SmartBrief's food and beverage readers. The week's top story, however, was about how youth-focused chain Chuck E. Cheese debuted a new restaurant format in Texas.
Nonprofit York Fresh Food Farms in York, Pa., is trying to change the eating habits of members of the local community who have grown accustomed to frozen meals and unhealthy food choices, including ice cream and soda, said Manager Bruce Manns. Manns tested vegetables such as broccoli and peppers to be introduced in local corner stores and plans to set up farmers markets throughout the area by the end of August, as well as use a recent grant from the Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation to build a greenhouse.
An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people to be happy and perform effectively and creatively, Larry Senn writes. Encourage others to be open to change, foster open communications and recognize successes.
Employees want to feel they are valued, to receive respect and be acknowledged, writes David Grossman. Managers should also know teams want "regular, tangible, specific, constructive feedback," he writes.
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Middle East: Promising market for fresh produce
Along with the Middle East's growing middle class come increasing incomes and demand for premium, top-quality fruits and vegetables. However, the Middle East does not produce enough food, creating substantial openings for fresh produce businesses eyeing the region. Learn about supplying the Middle East's increasing demand for fresh produce in this article.