Pop-up Kitchens Put Food Back in the Spotlight

Modern supermarkets bring new demands — perimeter planning, shopper engagement, shrink management, and more.  When attention is divided into so many areas it’s easy to forget who the star of your store really is:  the food!  Shoppers come to your store simply seeking foods they can easily purchase and...

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Location! Location! Location!

How often have you heard the saying, “the market value of your home is primarily the result of three things — Location … Location … Location!”. Well, as it turns out, the very same statement can be made when it comes to the role that relative humidity plays in...

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Trends Drive the Dollars to Your Stores

Kim Camp – Learning Center It’s no secret that food trends drive the supermarket industry.  From flavors to food choices, shoppers continue to seek and often demand, new experiences in your stores.  Engage customers and their wallets by anticipating and following appropriate trends for your area.  Join Mark DiDomenico...

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You Mean There IS a Difference?

Margie Proctor – Hillphoenix Some folks will have you believe that there’s little or no difference in which refrigerated service display case you choose for best offering your fresh meat, poultry, and seafood to your customers. Don’t buy it! At least, not if you care about optimizing your profit...

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Relevance is King for Market Share

Kim Camp – Learning Center Evolution is part of any industry, including food retail.  In order to stand the test of time and to navigate the latest trends and newcomers, it’s increasingly imperative to remain relevant.  It’s not just about surviving — it’s the key to thriving. What does...

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That’s So Cool…Literally!

by Margie Proctor – Hillphoenix In the world of refrigerated service display cases, “cool” is the name of the game. And there is no place where this is more important than the sale of fresh meat, poultry and seafood products. Keeping these products at the proper temperature can affect...

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A Commitment to Natural Refrigerants, its Second Nature.

A Commitment to Natural Refrigerants, its Second Nature.

By Kim Camp, Learning Center – Many retailers are looking ahead to future-proof their business against future regulations and stay ahead of the curve and their competition. While new technologies are constantly being developed, another challenge the industry faces is the impact that governmental regulations, domestic and international have...

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Creating a Fresher Tomorrow

Creating a Fresher Tomorrow

There was a focus on fresh at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 2017 Show at the McCormick Center in Chicago last month. With food service on the rise, there was a focus on offering fresh prepared, ready-to-go meals and snack options. And, Hillphoenix came to the show...

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Merchandising With the Five Senses – Listen Up!

Merchandising With the Five Senses – Listen Up!

By Margie Merchandiser Remember in the movie Jerry Maguire when Renee Zellweger enthusiastically stated “You had me at HELLO!” Wouldn’t it be great if customers came into your establishment and felt the exact same way? Sound is a beautiful and powerful tool that establishes a friendly environment, and in...

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Draw in Shoppers with a Crave-worthy Store

Draw in Shoppers with a Crave-worthy Store

Before online shopping and food delivery services entered the scene, having a supermarket in a convenient location was often enough to drive traffic. As the definition and delivery method of convenience continues to evolve, it’s become even more important to create experiences for and relationships with your shoppers.  They...

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Follow Food Trends to Drive Sales

Follow Food Trends to Drive Sales

Following food trends isn’t just about the groceries you sell.  It’s also about providing inspiration for shoppers, understanding their needs, and increasing access to the food experiences they crave.  Ignoring trends or simply neglecting to integrate them effectively into your merchandising risks loss of sales and not capturing shopper...

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Produce for the Win!

Produce for the Win!

Pricing may get shoppers in the door, but the entire produce experience is what makes the sale.  As the perimeter grows fresher and greener, understanding your customers’ wants and needs is paramount to staying the top pick for where they spend their dollars. Because produce consumption often is tied...

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Combine food art, science, & trends to drive fresh ideas

Combine food art, science, & trends to drive fresh ideas

As the supermarket industry continues to expand and evolve, it’s become even more essential to anticipate trends and shoppers’ needs. This is precisely why Hillphoenix is part of bringing together in-house experts and industry professionals for another year of Supermarket Sense.  Join us September 20-21, 2017 in Conyers, GA...

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Lighting Affects Consumer Perception of Vacuum Packaged Meats

Lighting Affects Consumer Perception of Vacuum Packaged Meats

In late 2016, Hillphoenix and Sealed Air co-sponsored a study that compared consumer assessments of its new proprietary Clearvoyant® LED lighting technology to existing “cool” and “warm” levels of fluorescent lighting. This research supports efforts to encourage the adoption of vacuum packaging for fresh proteins. As a percentage of...

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Supermarket foodservice operations require a customer-focused business plan

By Orlando Espinosa Founder, Orlando Espinosa + Associates LLC Orlando Espinosa recently presented “Enhancing the Customer Experience Through Engaging Kitchen Design” at Supermarket Sense 2016 in Conyers, Ga. Supermarket foodservice operations offer tremendous potential for business owners, which is why a carefully considered plan is essential to success. This is...

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Use digital technology thoughtfully

By Carre’ Bistline Director, Business Development Digital Solutions for Anthony International Join Carre’ Bistline for “Engaging Digital Signage Opportunities for Food Retailers” at Supermarket Sense 2016, September 21-22, in Conyers, Ga. For consumers, digital technology can be a disruptive or engaging presence. To ensure such technology has the desired...

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Saving the center store: Inertia is the enemy

Harold Lloyd Food Retail Industry Expert Join Harold Lloyd for “Saving the Center Store” at Supermarket Sense 2016, Sept. 21-22 in Conyers, Georgia. The supermarket center store is stuck in a time warp, and that’s especially dangerous in today’s food retail environment. We’re going up against online shopping that’s...

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Food trend: Stop saying ‘ethnic’

By Mark DiDomenico Datassential Inc. Join Mark DiDomenico for “Trends and Predictions in Foodservice 2016 – Supermarket and Convenience Stores” at Supermarket Sense 2016, Sept. 21-22 in Conyers, Georgia. In recent years, I’ve talked a lot about the importance of ethnic foods for restaurants and food retailers. In fact,...

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Food trend: Taking the pulse of non-meat proteins

By Mark DiDomenico, Datassential Inc. Join Mark DiDomenico for “Trends and Predictions in Foodservice 2016 – Supermarket and Convenience Stores” at Supermarket Sense 2016, Sept. 21-22 in Conyers, Georgia. Proteins have been on consumers’ (and food service operators’) minds for the past few years. The trend has shifted to “ubiquity”...

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Fresh-on-the-perimeter: Produce destination centers meet shopper demands for convenience and healthy foods

By Jack Sjogren Hillphoenix Design Center Specialist Join Jack Sjogren and Kelly Sayko for “Innovations in the Fresh Perimeter” at Supermarket Sense 2016, September 21-22 in Conyers, Ga. Adding a destination center to a supermarket’s produce department satisfies two important shopper demands simultaneously. Offering pre-cut ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat produce provides...

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Equip Destination Centers for Versatility

By Margie Proctor Hillphoenix Marketing & Design Specialist Equipment for preparing and displaying foods should be able to accomplish a variety of goals. Along with supporting the menu, the right equipment plays a role in creating product theater. From ordinary to interactive Picture the typical produce department with cases...

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Harness the power of inspiring, informative signs

Harness the power of inspiring, informative signs

By Margie Proctor Hillphoenix Marketing & Design Specialist Merchandising has two main objectives: to engage shoppers and influence their buying decisions. Beautiful, surprising displays are powerful ways to accomplish both goals. But don’t overlook the persuasiveness of a simple sign. Signs can do everything from attract shoppers to your...

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Smooth Operators: Small-format retailers simplify ongoing operations with CO2

Smooth Operators: Small-format retailers simplify ongoing operations with CO2

By Derryl Wright Hillphoenix Product Manager Over the past several years, some notable trends have brought changes to the retail refrigeration space. Grocery stores are getting smaller, fresh-food options are gaining ground at retailers of every size, and ozone-depleting refrigerants continue to be pushed out by natural and sustainable...

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Utility Incentives: Lack of standard industry benchmarks still a challenge

By Leigha Joyal Energy Analyst, Hillphoenix If you’re going to reward improvement, you need a baseline against which to measure it. Therein lies one of the many challenges facing refrigeration end-users seeking utility incentives for upgrades and new installations. As utilities, manufacturers and end-users work together to make newer,...

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Ease of Installation Simplifies the Path to Small-Format CO2 Refrigeration

Ease of Installation Simplifies the Path to Small-Format CO2 Refrigeration

By Derryl Wright, P.E. Hillphoenix Product Manager  For small-format retailers interested in making the switch to natural CO2 refrigeration, their options just got considerably more appealing. AdvansorFlex, the latest addition to Hillphoenix’s evolving Advansor CO2 platform, is engineered to ensure straightforward installation and smooth operation from day one. Whether...

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Convenience and Drug Stores: Future-Proof Your Business with Natural Refrigeration

Keilly Witman Refrigerant Management Specialist

By Keilly Witman KW Refrigerant Management Strategy LLC Convenience stores and drugstores have long had the luxury of being blissfully unaware of refrigerant environmental regulations. Historically, most retailers in this sector were able to meet their refrigeration needs with self-contained refrigeration equipment that uses less than 50 pounds of...

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Small-Format Strategies: Merchandising tips that make every square foot count

Small-format stores capitalize on “fresh” opportunities to boost sales

By Margie Proctor Hillphoenix Marketing & Design Specialist In small-format stores, every square foot counts. That’s why it’s important for convenience, discount and drug stores to save space, while also maximizing merchandising opportunities. So, what can small-format stores do to make the most of their space and ensure that...

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Hillphoenix AdvansorFlex CO2 Brings Sustainable Refrigeration to Retailers of All Sizes

Hillphoenix AdvansorFlex CO2 Brings Sustainable Refrigeration to Retailers of All Sizes

Hillphoenix, a pioneer in designing environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems, now brings HFC-free refrigeration to small and medium-sized retailers. The company’s new AdvansorFlex CO2 refrigeration system delivers all the benefits of natural CO2 refrigeration in a compact and scalable format that is perfect for stores of every size. As part...

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No-Heat Freezer Doors? No Sweat!

No-Heat Freezer Doors

By Jonathan Tan, VP Energy Services The AMS Group Food stores are complex. What it takes to merchandise effectively, on one hand, and operate efficiently, on the other, can be at odds with each other. Heated cooler and freezer doors are a perfect example. Preventing condensation, or sweating, on...

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Evaporator Fan Retrofits Do More Than Save Energy

Evaporator Fan Retrofits Do More Than Save Energy

By Jonathan Tan, VP Energy Services The AMS Group, Hillphoenix Electronically commutated (EC) motors have been an alternative to induction (shaded pole and permanent split capacitor) motors in evaporator fans for the past decade. Although EC motors can reduce energy consumption by as much as 65 percent compared with...

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Video: Coolgenix versus other conduction cooling cases

Only Coolgenix deck pans use pulse flow control technology to maintain natural moisture levels and preserve the integrity of meat and seafood. Other conduction cooling cases claim to work like Coolgenix, but they don’t. Protect the integrity of your meat and seafood with the only conduction cooling case that...

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Energy efficient solutions from a shopper’s point of view

By Jonathan Tan, VP Energy Services The AMS Group, Hillphoenix Our relationship with food is changing. Cooking shows, celebrity chefs, open kitchen designs. Instagram photos. Grocers bringing alternatives into the mainstream. The resurgence of the farmers market. The list goes on and on. For a mix of health, social,...

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Recommissioning cuts energy, improves store environment

Recommissioning cuts energy, improves store environment

By Jonathan Tan, VP Energy Services The AMS Group, Hillphoenix The food store environment is complex, with the various building systems essentially working against each other to maintain optimal conditions. General illumination competes with lighting used to enhance merchandising. Refrigeration competes with maintaining comfortable aisle temperatures for customers. Seasonal...

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Hillphoenix earns fifth EPA GreenChill Award

Hillphoenix earns fifth EPA GreenChill Award

Hillphoenix congratulates all the 2015 GreenChill Environmental Achievement Award recipients who, along with Hillphoenix, were recognized by EPA Greenchill at the GreenChill Partnership’s annual Achievement Awards on September 29. Hillphoenix, a pioneer in designing environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems, received a 2014-2015 Achievement Award – Store Certification Excellence from the U.S....

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Are energy upgrades worth it to grocers?

By Jonathan Tan, VP Energy Services The AMS Group, Hillphoenix Download Infographic Food retailers inherently know reducing energy consumption reduces operational expenses and boosts the bottom line. Few, though, have a clear picture of the industry’s energy profile and the magnitude of savings to be realized by strategic energy...

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Show-and-sell strategy leads to hot foods program success

Show-and-sell strategy leads to hot foods program success

By Kim Camp, Learning Center Programs Manager and Justin Webster, Hillphoenix Design Center Specialist Grocery shoppers love the convenience and variety of ready-to-eat meals. In response, about 75% of food retailers plan to set up self-service bars by early next year, according to a Supermarket News survey published in...

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Goodbye, gourmet: Artisan is the new buzz word

Goodbye, gourmet: Artisan is the new buzz word

By Hannah Thompson Educator & Trainer for ANCO Fine Cheese Looks like the word “artisan” has been hijacked! Subway sandwich shops now offer artisan sandwiches, and Domino’s offers artisan pizza. What does “artisan” really mean? It’s meant to refer to foods that are hand-crafted in smaller batches and made...

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Restaurant trends create opportunities for supermarkets

Restaurant trends create opportunities for supermarkets

By Mark DiDomenico Datassential, Inc. Today’s consumer is much more engaged with the foods and beverages they consume. Subsequently, they are driving faster adoption of trends. Nowhere is this more evident than in the restaurant channel, where operators are challenged with developing new and enticing menu options for their...

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The right lights turn closed cases into ‘food galleries’

The right lights turn closed cases into ‘food galleries’

By Jack Sjogren Hillphoenix Design Center Specialist Using proper lighting inside and around closed-door refrigerated cases turns glass-fronted coolers into gallery-worthy display spaces. That increases the value of your investment in high-visibility cases, such as the Clarity line from Hillphoenix. And it ensures your closed cases not only offer...

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Clarity line adapts to supermarket sizes and styles

Clarity line adapts to supermarket sizes and styles

By Kelly Sayko Hillphoenix Case Division Product Manager One-size-fits-all refrigeration equipment won’t work in today’s supermarkets, which come in all shapes and styles. What’s more, the growing popularity of store-within-a-store destination areas means a one-size refrigeration strategy may not even work across a single store. These days, grocers need...

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Your customers should understand sustainable refrigeration just enough to care

By Keilly Witman KW Refrigerant Management Strategy LLC The difference between mediocre communication and compelling communication lies in your message’s credibility, appeal, relevance, and distinctiveness. However, just like in refrigeration, when you fail to look at the whole picture, you wind up changing certain elements only to bring others...

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Food Retailers Discuss the Future of Sustainable Refrigeration at Hillphoenix Tech Symposium

Food Retailers Discuss the Future of Sustainable Refrigeration at Hillphoenix Tech Symposium

Nearly 30 ATMOsphere America attendees took a road trip from Atlanta to Hillphoenix’s Conyers, Georgia, headquarters for a day of delving into refrigeration technologies and trends — and a firsthand look at the latest cooling technology for food retailers. Hillphoenix’s June 24 Technology Symposium, managed by Supermarket Sense, was...

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Merchandising Tip:

Merchandising Tip

Moist and even cooling – the kind that actually extends the life of meat and seafood – are hallmarks of the conduction approach to refrigerated display case design. Conduction is heat transfer through the direct physical contact of two objects (or surfaces) at different temperatures. When two objects are...

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Does your meat department need a makeover?

Does your meat department need a makeover?

Want to attract more customers to your high-margin meat and seafood departments? Start by standing where they do — in front of your refrigerated display cases. Then ask yourself a few questions: Is your attention stolen by crowded signs, melting ice, visible cleaning equipment or other distractions? Does lighting...

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Retailers can future-proof their business now by assessing alternative refrigerants…

Retailers can future-proof their business now by assessing alternative refrigerants before they hit the market Now’s the time for supermarkets and convenience stores to assess whether soon-to-be-released sustainable refrigerants will be a good fit for their businesses — and Hillphoenix experts can help. Major manufacturers plan to release refrigerants with...

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