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2015 Prediction: Retailers continue to innovate in private label categories

After years of growth, private label is far from done. In fact, retailers will continue to push the limits on store labels in 2015 to enter new categories and battle retail competitors of all types. SN’s annual Center Store Survey in June of this year found that private label was a big driver in a more bullish outlook for the packaged foods business.  Asked how supermarkets can best fight rivals for Center Store sales, the biggest group of industry respondents, about 24%, said …

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2015 Prediction: Retailers continue to innovate in private label categories

After years of growth, private label is far from done. In fact, retailers will continue to push the limits on store labels in 2015 to enter new categories and battle retail competitors of all types. SN’s annual Center Store Survey in June of this year found that private label was a big driver in a more bullish outlook for the packaged foods business.  Asked how supermarkets can best fight rivals for Center Store sales, the biggest group of industry respondents, about 24%, said …

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2015 Prediction: Retailers continue to innovate in private label categories

After years of growth, private label is far from done. In fact, retailers will continue to push the limits on store labels in 2015 to enter new categories and battle retail competitors of all types. SN’s annual Center Store Survey in June of this year found that private label was a big driver in a more bullish outlook for the packaged foods business.  Asked how supermarkets can best fight rivals for Center Store sales, the biggest group of industry respondents, about 24%, said …

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2015 Prediction: Retailers continue to innovate in private label categories

After years of growth, private label is far from done. In fact, retailers will continue to push the limits on store labels in 2015 to enter new categories and battle retail competitors of all types. SN’s annual Center Store Survey in June of this year found that private label was a big driver in a more bullish outlook for the packaged foods business.  Asked how supermarkets can best fight rivals for Center Store sales, the biggest group of industry respondents, about 24%, said …

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2015 Prediction: Retailers continue to innovate in private label categories

After years of growth, private label is far from done. In fact, retailers will continue to push the limits on store labels in 2015 to enter new categories and battle retail competitors of all types. SN’s annual Center Store Survey in June of this year found that private label was a big driver in a more bullish outlook for the packaged foods business.  Asked how supermarkets can best fight rivals for Center Store sales, the biggest group of industry respondents, about 24%, said …

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2015 Prediction: Retailers continue to innovate in private label categories

After years of growth, private label is far from done. In fact, retailers will continue to push the limits on store labels in 2015 to enter new categories and battle retail competitors of all types. SN’s annual Center Store Survey in June of this year found that private label was a big driver in a more bullish outlook for the packaged foods business.  Asked how supermarkets can best fight rivals for Center Store sales, the biggest group of industry respondents, about 24%, said …

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2015 Prediction: Retailers continue to innovate in private label categories

After years of growth, private label is far from done. In fact, retailers will continue to push the limits on store labels in 2015 to enter new categories and battle retail competitors of all types. SN’s annual Center Store Survey in June of this year found that private label was a big driver in a more bullish outlook for the packaged foods business.  Asked how supermarkets can best fight rivals for Center Store sales, the biggest group of industry respondents, about 24%, said …

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Health & wellness categories will experience unprecedented growth in 2015

Customers walking through your doors are looking for solutions whether they know it or not. They might be wanting to feed their family healthier options. Some may want to feel better, to have more energy, to improve their performance in their day to day life, to boost their sports performance, and last but not least, to age youthfully. Most of them are tired, stressed out and short on time. Plus, given that our country is in an unprecedented healthcare crisis with diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity on the rise, most of them might be battling an illness…or two as well.

The already “health and wellness enlightened” will only want to continue making healthy choices. How can we make it easier for them to do so? And, everyone is looking to accomplish all of the above on a budget. The bottom line is, we can help.

Opportunity knocks

We have a huge opportunity to impact our customers’ lives for the better in the coming year. Health can be positively impacted with lifestyle change, and with our current health crises, we can all rise to the occasion and be part of the solution for our customers, our children, our country. Together, let’s fuel the solution.

Get real

Stock up on organics and non-GMO whole foods and products. Consumers will be looking for ingredients they recognize and can pronounce while shopping for food. These consumers also want to see the words “real,” “100% real,” “fresh,” “made from scratch” and “natural.” Products made with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors/preservatives, MSG, artificial colors, and growth hormones are not part of a health and wellness solution. It would be beneficial, in the long run, to support companies that support our nation’s health.

Sip on this

The demand for functional and vitality beverages is on the rise. Make sure to have plenty of those beverages to choose from like cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, pressure pasteurized young coconut waters, kombuchas and kefirs. These products contain enzymes, antioxidants and probiotics that are good for you. And, yes — they taste good too. A functional and vitality beverage cooler near the checkout is a great idea.

Fit to eat

A nice assortment of organic grass fed lean meats, plant-based proteins and high-quality protein powders are a must as consumers continue to look for healthy options to build lean muscle and recover from resistance training. Plus, vegetarian and vegan shoppers are always on the lookout for non-animal protein sources that will help them meet their daily requirements for protein in a healthful, ethical and environmentally friendly way.

Food for thought

These are just a few ideas to chew on, and make sure to be on top of your game with nutritional supplementation, super foods and specialty grains as well. Visit the health and wellness trade shows like Expo West to stay on top of these trends. And, make sure to bring a person or two who actually eats and drinks these items, so they can provide firsthand, real world insights for you and your team.

How can we make it easy for customers to shop healthier? How can we band together, buy in quantity, and work with manufacturers to keep prices affordable? Anything is possible.

Beyond 2015

Education on all of the above should be a constant drip. Little nuggets of beneficial information delivered consistently over time to inspire and empower your customer toward health and wellness. Gentle reminders in the right direction will strengthen that customer’s trust in your brand and seal the bond of your relationship. That’s how you win a lifestyle customer, not just for a year, but for a lifetime.

There is always room for improvement. How are you going to resolve to evolve your health and wellness business and capture this market growth in 2015?

Supermarket News

Health & wellness categories will experience unprecedented growth in 2015

Customers walking through your doors are looking for solutions whether they know it or not. They might be wanting to feed their family healthier options. Some may want to feel better, to have more energy, to improve their performance in their day to day life, to boost their sports performance, and last but not least, to age youthfully. Most of them are tired, stressed out and short on time. Plus, given that our country is in an unprecedented healthcare crisis with diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity on the rise, most of them might be battling an illness…or two as well.

The already “health and wellness enlightened” will only want to continue making healthy choices. How can we make it easier for them to do so? And, everyone is looking to accomplish all of the above on a budget. The bottom line is, we can help.

Opportunity knocks

We have a huge opportunity to impact our customers’ lives for the better in the coming year. Health can be positively impacted with lifestyle change, and with our current health crises, we can all rise to the occasion and be part of the solution for our customers, our children, our country. Together, let’s fuel the solution.

Get real

Stock up on organics and non-GMO whole foods and products. Consumers will be looking for ingredients they recognize and can pronounce while shopping for food. These consumers also want to see the words “real,” “100% real,” “fresh,” “made from scratch” and “natural.” Products made with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors/preservatives, MSG, artificial colors, and growth hormones are not part of a health and wellness solution. It would be beneficial, in the long run, to support companies that support our nation’s health.

Sip on this

The demand for functional and vitality beverages is on the rise. Make sure to have plenty of those beverages to choose from like cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, pressure pasteurized young coconut waters, kombuchas and kefirs. These products contain enzymes, antioxidants and probiotics that are good for you. And, yes — they taste good too. A functional and vitality beverage cooler near the checkout is a great idea.

Fit to eat

A nice assortment of organic grass fed lean meats, plant-based proteins and high-quality protein powders are a must as consumers continue to look for healthy options to build lean muscle and recover from resistance training. Plus, vegetarian and vegan shoppers are always on the lookout for non-animal protein sources that will help them meet their daily requirements for protein in a healthful, ethical and environmentally friendly way.

Food for thought

These are just a few ideas to chew on, and make sure to be on top of your game with nutritional supplementation, super foods and specialty grains as well. Visit the health and wellness trade shows like Expo West to stay on top of these trends. And, make sure to bring a person or two who actually eats and drinks these items, so they can provide firsthand, real world insights for you and your team.

How can we make it easy for customers to shop healthier? How can we band together, buy in quantity, and work with manufacturers to keep prices affordable? Anything is possible.

Beyond 2015

Education on all of the above should be a constant drip. Little nuggets of beneficial information delivered consistently over time to inspire and empower your customer toward health and wellness. Gentle reminders in the right direction will strengthen that customer’s trust in your brand and seal the bond of your relationship. That’s how you win a lifestyle customer, not just for a year, but for a lifetime.

There is always room for improvement. How are you going to resolve to evolve your health and wellness business and capture this market growth in 2015?

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Home and away in center store categories

Thirty-one percent of overall consumers and 43% of Millennials are entertaining more in the home to save money, according to IRI. So it’s no surprise that sales of beer (5.4%), wine (3.7%) and salty snacks (4.2%) posted solid growth during the 52 weeks ending June 15, 2014. When busy Americans weren’t hosting guests at home, they were fueling up on-the-go with snacks like filled crackers and portable, high-protein nut butters, noted Susan Viamari, editor of thought leadership for …

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Village Farms finalist in United Fresh New Product Awards competition for two categories

Village Farms LP, headquartered in Heathrow, FL, is a finalist in two categories for this year’s United Fresh New Product Awards competition.

“Village Farms is a finalist in the Best New Packaging category for our ‘Lip Smackn’ grape tomato rinse-and-serve reusable bowl submission,” Helen Aquino marketing manager, told The Produce News May 28.500g-grape-bowl “The bowl features a proprietary easy three-step function: fill, rinse and serve.”

The bowl comes in a 500-gram size, making it an exceptional addition to the value-added category. The reusable bowl is now available exclusively from Village Farms just in time for outdoor eating activities and it makes a year-round quick-and-easy meal choice staple.

Doug Kling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Village Farms, noted, “Our rinse-and-serve bowl is a store-to-table meal solution offering an excellent alternative for any family or group eating occasion. The bowl is a proprietary design for Village Farms that features venting only in the lid, thereby making the bowl ideal for not only serving but it also allows the environmentally responsible option of future reuse of the container.

“We worked extensively with our retail partners over the past year in testing this new item to market concept and are pleased with the response we have received thus far,” Kling continued. “By all indications this bowl is a distinctive and necessary addition to the category.”  

The second item for which Village Farms is a product finalist in the United Fresh New Product Awards competition is associated with the company’smedley-tx-pic Rebellion tomato medley pack. Rebellion is a distinctive and attractive clamshell with five to six different varieties, each with its own unique shape, color, size and flavor characteristics. Colors range from yellow, orange, red and brown, and are appealingly packed in a one-pound clamshell.

Debi Street, director of product development and innovation for Village Farms, said Rebellion is a revolution in flavor with no two packs ever exactly alike.

“Savvy consumers in today’s market place seek not only the most flavorful varieties but those that also deliver on exceptional plate appeal,” said Street. “The product has to be high quality for sure, meaning it has to look good and above all it has to taste good. Rebellion meets the mark on all accounts, making it a necessary choice for retailers to the evolving tomato category.”

Village Farms will be at United Fresh in Chicago in suite 1069, where both the “Lip Smackn” grape rinse-and-serve reusable bowl and the Rebellion tomato medley pack will be featured along with the rest of the company’s distinctive product line. The company will feature its clear label concepts and grab-and-go bags again at this year’s show.

“Interestingly, many companies have followed suit since Village Farms was first to market the clear label concept with a full launch back in 2011,” noted Aquino. “We invite everyone to come to our suite at United Fresh to see for themselves how Village Farms’ focus on garden fresh flavor creates the ultimate eating experience you can have among comparable produce varieties. Additionally, visitors will see how meaningful our focus is on how environmentally friendly growing is good for the earth and good for you.”

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