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Customers Prefer Pricey Organic Food, Says Pricey Organic Food Store

Customers Prefer Pricey Organic Food, Says Pricey Organic Food Store

The results are in, and “more Americans than ever are choosing natural and/or organic foods,” says Whole Foods. Which is good, because that’s what Whole Foods sells. The grocery chain has released the results of its fifth annual “Whole Foods Market Food Shopping Trend Tracker Survey.” It found that two-thirds of respondents call themselves value seekers: “someone very aware of[Read More…]

September 28, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Guns For Grocery Gift Cards

Guns For Grocery Gift Cards

If you’d like to score some free groceries, all you need is a gun! And you won’t even need a getaway car. That’s because Pennsylvania-based Giant Food Stores is offering free gift cards to anyone packing heat. Of course, there’s a catch. You have to give up the gun in order to get the gift card. Giant is teaming up[Read More…]

September 28, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Customers Get Overcharged, City Gets a Million Dollars

Customers Get Overcharged, City Gets a Million Dollars

Have you ever wondered when buying grocery items by the pound, if you’re also paying for the weight of the packaging? Well, you shouldn’t be. But the city of Los Angeles says a local chain has been charging customers that way repeatedly – so maybe a million-dollar penalty will get the store’s attention. Los Angeles-based Ralphs, a subsidiary of Kroger,[Read More…]

September 27, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Everyone Knows What You’re Buying

Everyone Knows What You’re Buying

Your grocery store isn’t the only one that knows what you’re buying when you use your store loyalty card. Turns out, Facebook does too! A report in London’s Financial Times reveals that Facebook has partnered with the data company Datalogix, to track how many consumers buy products after seeing ads on Facebook. How are they doing this exactly? By using[Read More…]

September 25, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
How Social Is Your Supermarket?

How Social Is Your Supermarket?

Sure, you like your local grocery store, but have you “liked” them? A roundup of the most and least popular grocery retailers on social media sites (see the full list below) can yield some interesting insights, though it also shows that “likes” aren’t necessarily everything. Florida-based Publix was recently criticized (in “Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer” magazine) for being “technology-challenged”: “Yes,[Read More…]

September 24, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Caution: Eating 10,000 Bags of Microwave Popcorn is Hazardous to Your Health

Caution: Eating 10,000 Bags of Microwave Popcorn is Hazardous to Your Health

Walmart recently announced that you can earn a 5% credit by buying some of its healthier store-brand products. Kroger recently discovered that you can earn $7.2 million for buying its store-brand microwave popcorn. A Colorado jury this week awarded that chunk of change to 59-year-old Wayne Watson, who says he developed a chronic condition called “popcorn lung” following his enthusiastic[Read More…]

September 21, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Down With Loyalty Cards: Another View

Down With Loyalty Cards: Another View

Some stores are loyal to their loyalty cards, others hope introducing cards will make their customers loyal to them. But still others refuse to go the loyalty card route – and they may be onto something. If you haven’t read the latest exciting issue of “Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer” magazine – and, really, what’s keeping you? – the trade publication[Read More…]

September 21, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
“Like Whole Foods, But Cheaper”

“Like Whole Foods, But Cheaper”

Increasingly, supermarkets caught in the middle between the likes of Walmart and dollar stores on one end, and Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s on the other, are facing a choice: go upscale, go downmarket – or go bust. Winn-Dixie nearly went the “go bust” route. But now it’s trying something different. This week, the Florida-based grocer opened its newest “transformational[Read More…]

September 20, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Eat Well, Spend Even Less at Walmart

Eat Well, Spend Even Less at Walmart

The “Walmart Challenge” ads that target grocery stores across the country have not yet targeted Whole Foods. But they just might. Because now Walmart says you can save even more at its stores if you like to shop, and eat, healthy. Today, Walmart announced a new partnership with health care insurer Humana, offering a discount for purchasing healthy items in[Read More…]

September 19, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Harris Teeter: It’s Party Time!

Harris Teeter: It’s Party Time!

As more supermarkets expand their selection to include more wine, beer and specialty foods along with the usual staple grocery items, Harris Teeter is taking a different tack. The southeastern grocery chain is planning a brand new store concept that ditches many of the usual staple grocery items altogether, in favor of high-end items that you might need to entertain[Read More…]

September 18, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
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