Simplified Lunch – Where Flavor and Convenience Collide to Appease the Family Divide

Let’s be perfectly honest, kids would much rather have the option to eat “kid-friendly” foods than what grown-ups are eating. That pre-packaged snack meal or peanut butter and jelly sandwich are much more appealing than a salad, hummus, and vegetables or yogurt with fruit. Eating a healthy meal is imperative...

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Promoting Healthy Meal Options in Fresh Prepared Departments

Unique food merchandising displays elevate a supermarket’s fresh prepared, deli and bakery departments. These displays help sell the delicious and savory products retailers pride themselves on creating, but also give shoppers a taste of something new and different that they may not normally eat or buy. The IDDBA 19...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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