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Modern Convenience

Last September, an Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) article, Today’s Supermarket Special: Transforming the Store, indicated that, while convenience is still a priority for shoppers, the definition has changed. “Convenience isn’t just about getting in and out of the store quickly or going to the store nearest to you,” says Laurie Demeritt, CEO of The Hartman Group, which partnered …

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Functional Beverages Help Consumers Address Health Concerns

Functionality is the new Paradigm With carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) declining at an annualized rate of four per cent (IBIS World), a fundamental shift is occurring in Canada’s $2.5 billion beverage market that natural health retailers are in a prime position to take advantage of. Today, the cutting edge beverages are less about simply thirst …

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Notable Nutrition

Health-high with Spreads Despite relatively stable retail volume sales, the Canadian retail value for spreads grew three per cent in 2014 to reach $589 million. The Euromonitor International Country Report goes on to describe the category as “very mature” and “saturated with limited growth opportunities.” That being said, the three leading players in the …

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Ariba! Ariba!

Mexican Food Undergoes Category Expansion There was a time when the term ‘Mexican Cuisine’ meant tacos and salsa. But the landscape of ethnic cuisine has changed and along with it consumers’ desires when they hit the ethnic aisle. Mexican foods have seen significant category expansion over the years. “Mexico has been a very prevalent …

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‘Tis the Season for Merchandising

Make your customers at ease by placing those frequently purchased products — tape, gift cards, cards, wrapping paper, flowers and chocolate — front and centre. There is no better opportunity to maximize your sales than in the holiday season. Typically, grocery retailers see a two-four per cent sales increase during the period with many products see their biggest spike in …

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