October 2011

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October 2011

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about October 2011.

One key to driving success in any kind of economy is innovation. Sure, your company may have innovation as part of its overall strategy.

Last month, the Grocery Manufacturers Association had the pleasure of announcing the establishment of the GMA Industry Collaboration Leadership Award.

Grocers and packaged goods manufacturers have barely dipped their toes into the fast-growing world of Groupon-style marketing – and for good reason, say some experts. The razor-thin profit margins mean that offering discounts of 50 percent and then sharing the remaining revenue with a daily d

ConAgra's hostile offer for Ralcorp Holdings this year could be a sign of deals to come. After a slow period during the recession, mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs are on the rebound in the food industry.

In a fiercely competitive environment, retailers can win market share by better addressing shoppers' and consumers' evolving needs.

China's consumers appear ripe for American food products and retail chains, and the U.S.

As shopper marketing techniques have come into their own during the past decade, food retailers increasingly are becoming enhanced marketing channels. "Eighty percent of a brand's volume is controlled by a very few retailers."

So much for the sacred salary increase.

From left: Clorox Co.

The American family has been perhaps the single most important institution in our society.

Two-thirds of executives surveyed believe commodity prices will be the primary driver of food price inflation in 2012, according to new research conducted exclusively for Retail Leader. Overall, more than half expect to see price increases of more than 3 percent at their stores in the coming year.

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