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At Save-A-Lot, Eric Iserman strives to
develop the highest-value food products
at the best price possible for its unique
private label brands

products, 60% of which are our very own
private label," he said. "Save-A-Lot operates about 1,300 stores in 35 states and the
District of Columbia, posts annual sales of
approximately $5 billion - and each week
serves more than 5 million customers." The
grocery chain also sells such national brand
items as soft drinks and American cheese
singles to draw traffic and ensure customers
shop there more often, he added.
Mr. Iserman joined Save-A-Lot after receiving his bachelor's degree in Culinology in 2014
at Southwest Minnesota State University. He
has also served as the grocery chain's associate research chef and product developer.
His current position as senior quality analyst includes product development, but most
of that initiative involves product emulation

instead of new product development. That
said, he has developed a number of items
that were new to Save-A-Lot's product portfolio. Those include a battered restaurantstyle French fry for the grocery chain's
Deliano's label; a chunky clam chowder for
its Kaskey's brand; and an array of authentic,
multicultural products under the Tío Santi line.
He is currently working on a reformulation of
the grocery chain's low-fat yogurts.

Value that tastes great
At Save-A-Lot, one of Mr. Iserman's main
priorities involves creating private label products that taste as good as the national brand
equivalent. "I will sample the national brand
and then try to replicate it - our goal we
have in place today is to get as close to that
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Culinology - June 2018

Culinology - June 2018
TABLE of contents
PRESIDENT’S letter - on the move
EMERGING trends - Rising restaurant trends
EMERGING trends - Beyond beef jerky
Flavor Trends - Balancing authenticity & innovation
INGREDIENT trends - Fermentation driving culinary experimentation
INGREDIENT trends - Branching out with olives
MEMBER profile - The real deal
INDUSTRY news - Innovation at every corner at RCA Conference
INDUSTRY news - Recognizing industry leaders
INDUSTRY news - RCA announces new officers
INDUSTRY news - Culinology Education Foundation scholarship recipients
INDUSTRY news - upcoming events
PETITS fours - ReGrained turning trash into treasure
PETITS fours - Companies placing bets on personalized nutrition
PETITS fours - New cheese snacks feature the crunch carb-avoiders crave
PETITS fours - Chobani stretching the yogurt category
NEWS bites
Ad Index
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Culinology - June 2018 - TABLE of contents
Culinology - June 2018 - PRESIDENT’S letter - on the move
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Culinology - June 2018 - EMERGING trends - Rising restaurant trends
Culinology - June 2018 - 7
Culinology - June 2018 - EMERGING trends - Beyond beef jerky
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Culinology - June 2018 - 10
Culinology - June 2018 - Flavor Trends - Balancing authenticity & innovation
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Culinology - June 2018 - INGREDIENT trends - Fermentation driving culinary experimentation
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Culinology - June 2018 - INGREDIENT trends - Branching out with olives
Culinology - June 2018 - 27
Culinology - June 2018 - MEMBER profile - The real deal
Culinology - June 2018 - 29
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Culinology - June 2018 - INDUSTRY news - Innovation at every corner at RCA Conference
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Culinology - June 2018 - 37
Culinology - June 2018 - INDUSTRY news - Recognizing industry leaders
Culinology - June 2018 - 39
Culinology - June 2018 - INDUSTRY news - RCA announces new officers
Culinology - June 2018 - INDUSTRY news - Culinology Education Foundation scholarship recipients
Culinology - June 2018 - INDUSTRY news - upcoming events
Culinology - June 2018 - 43
Culinology - June 2018 - PETITS fours - ReGrained turning trash into treasure
Culinology - June 2018 - PETITS fours - Companies placing bets on personalized nutrition
Culinology - June 2018 - PETITS fours - Chobani stretching the yogurt category
Culinology - June 2018 - 47
Culinology - June 2018 - NEWS bites
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Culinology - June 2018 - Ad Index
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