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May / June 2014

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about May / June 2014.

We wish it was as easy when introducing a new product in the retail industry. Even the best of products, based on the traditional attribute of quality, generally stand only a 25 percent chance of succeeding.

The concept of SKU proliferation is nothing new. As consumers, we've watched as stores have gotten bigger and the number of choices in any given category has multiplied exponentially.

When My Grandma's of New England creates a new coffee cake, Bruce Mills knows some retailers will have it on shelves within weeks and others will drag the process out for months.

A Letter from the President and CEO
Leslie G. Sarasin

The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) continues to strive to be the leaders in food safety along the supply chain. Recent changes to our program include a mandatory, unannounced audit protocol, the addition of a broker module and clarification to code elements and terms used in the SQF Code.

Members of Congress are inundated with information – written pieces, conference calls and "one-on-one" or "group-on-one" constituent meetings.

FMI Connect is designed to directly address challenges in the retail food business, such as growing basket size, increasing customer trips, improving margins, expanding market share and developing leadership among staff.

Every retailer knows that if a product is not there, the consumer can't buy it, which makes reducing out-of-stocks and improving on-shelf availability a business imperative for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers.

Conventional grocers face one more new threat with the arrival of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, which unveiled its first store in April and is led by the former CEO of Sunflower Farmers Markets. CEO Ch

Say the words "Oscar Mayer" and chances are that someone nearby will start humming the familiar, "My bologna has a first name...

Despite the economic challenges of 2013, consumer confidence rose dramatically in first quarter 2014, according to IRI's latest MarketPulse survey.

Trade promotions are like families: You can't do without them, but sometimes you don't know what to do with them. Formulating and scheduling trade promotions for maximum impact is one of the toughest challenges in retailing.

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