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Independents Becoming a Health and Wellness Destination

Whether it’s driven by the desire to get healthier or prevent a chronic condition, more and more consumers are becoming health-conscious, and in turn, are seeking products and services that will help them achieve their health and wellness goals. According to a 2014 Accenture report, the consumer healthcare market will grow by almost 50 percent…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: November 17, 2017

NGA Urges Congress to Fix Pass-Through Structure in Tax Reform The National Grocers Association (NGA), 84 of its member companies and state trade association allies from across the United States, sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting comprehensive tax reform, but raising concerns regarding the treatment of pass-through entities in…
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6 Tips to Remember for a Food Safe Thanksgiving

Millions of Americans are preparing to gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. For those preparing the meal – often the largest meal cooked all year – it can be a stressful time. Prevent a foodborne illness from spreading around the table with these six tips for a food safe Thanksgiving:…
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What’s Stuffing American Shopping Carts this Thanksgiving

  With the temperature dropping and pumpkin-spice everything filling store shelves, most grocers have already turned their attention to the Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a time that requires a lot of planning in the supermarket industry, with all-hands-on-deck to ensure the holiday season kicks off without any major bumps. The week of Thanksgiving is one of…
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3 Trends Driving Consumer Demand for Food Transparency

Transparency in the food supply chain is no longer just a matter of ensuring efficiency and productivity. It’s a regulated, market-driven necessity that’s at the forefront of many consumers’ minds. Those who haven’t fully embraced the transparency movement have likely found consumers not only making their concerns widely-shared on social media, but editing their shopping…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: November 10, 2017

  NGA Seeks Creative Choice Awards Entries Through Dec. 11, the Washington, D.C.-based organization is accepting entries for its Creative Choice Awards Contest, sponsored by Kellogg’s and Unilever, “to honor and recognize the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry.” Learn more via The Packer New Orange County Gelson’s Gets Several Innovations California grocery…
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How to Catch a Counterfeit Coupon

By: Laura Strange VP of Industry Relations, Communications and Marketing For many, the fall is a time to settle back into a routine of everyday life. Kids go back to school and summer travels come to an end, which means shoppers are in stores more regularly. As preparation for the holidays will soon be upon…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: November 3, 2017

Humility and Teamwork are the Key to Success for Carlos Castro Todos Supermarket is not a powerful supermarket chain and does not pretend to be. They only have two stores, but they employ 180 people, making them one of the main employers in Prince Williams County, Virginia. The owner of the stores, Carlos Castro, native…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: October 27, 2017

Larkin: Health And Taste Drive Fresh Foods Momentum The verdict is in about fresh foods: Shoppers are prioritizing health and taste as the top reasons for consuming fresh items. Moreover, produce ranks as the most important fresh department to shoppers. And in an era of multi-channel retail competition, supermarkets still command a huge share of…
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Halloween Food Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

Even though it’s not an official holiday, Halloween is much beloved by children and adults alike. What could be more fun than trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, or costume parties? To make sure treats are safe for children, follow these simple steps: Snacking: Children shouldn’t snack on treats from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating. Give…
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The Path to Pro-Growth Tax Reform

The U.S. tax code hasn’t been updated in over 30 years when Ronald Reagan was in the White House, but lawmakers have the best opportunity in years to pass tax reform that will spur growth among the independent supermarket industry. That momentum grew as the “Big Six”—leaders from the House, Senate, and White House—unveiled a…
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Are Urban Cities an Opportunity for Independent Grocers?

There has been much talk about the increasing urbanization of the U.S. population in recent years. According to the Census Bureau data, the population of metro areas increased by 2.3 million people from 2012 to 2013. Much of the city living trend can be attributed to young professionals and Baby Boomers who are moving into…
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Consumer Grocery Shopping Baskets Higher this Fall

By Chris Campbell at The Food Institute Autumn is officially upon us, but it doesn’t feel like it at the Food Institute headquarters where we are still contending with ninety degree days. However, in the spirit of the season, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) published its annual fall survey regarding the price of grocery…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: October, 20 2017

Independent Grocers Donate 847K Meals to Feeding America The NGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Grocers Association, raised nearly $77,000, or 846,553 meals, for Feeding America as part of the first-ever Independence Day of Giving campaign. The donation was presented as a check to Nancy Curby, SVP of corporate partnerships and operations at…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: October 13, 2017

Grocery Store Bagger Alysha Orrok to Compete in National Competition You have probably heard the expression fastest gun in town, but Alysha Orrok has earned “bagging rights” as the fastest grocery bagger in the state. Orrok, 25, who is also a Rochester kindergarten teacher, will be heading to Las Vegas in February, to [The NGA…
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Consumers Want to Shop at Supermarkets with Friendly Associates, Not Bots

A new study by ChargeItSpot has found what many independent grocers already know to be true: store associates who prioritize customer service make all the difference. In fact, the results found that the interaction is even more important to a growing consumer base: Millennials. Store associates are extremely important to millennials A major highlight of…
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Useful Cybersecurity Tips for Retailers and Consumers

October marks National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a time to bring to light thepotential threats of theft and fraud that both retailers and consumers face when they go online. The recent Equifax data breach grabbed headlines for the magnitude and extent of stolen data, with nearly 143 million American consumers sensitive personal information being exposed. But,…
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