Progressive Grocer - May 2010 - (Page 56)

Fresh Food Gas! It’s prime time for grocers to refuel their game plans for smokin’ summertime meat department sales. By Meg Major What a he signs are everywhere. Temperatures are creeping higher. Daylight hours will soon be at their peak. Folks are spending more time outdoors. Impromptu gatherings with friends and family are on the rise. All are sure signs that summer grilling season is upon us. While year-round grilling continues to gain steam, a long, snowy winter in many parts of the country made it more difficult for many to embrace the all-season grates, making this year’s countdown to Memorial Day weekend — which traditionally marks the official start of grilling season — all the more compelling. “The summer grilling season is huge for us,” declares Scott Karns, president of Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based Karns Quality Foods. “We are going to do additional promotions for grill-ready products — kabob sticks, mari56 • Progressive Grocer • May 2010 T The beef industry has cooked up an array of smokin’ summer beef promotions to build upon the success of last year’s successful summer lineup. nated items, pre-seasoned products, chicken sausage and gourmet burgers. Last year was a big steak-selling summer, with New York strip A H E A D O F W H AT ’ S N E X T steaks at low prices. But with the beef market up this year, we know it’s going to be tough to match steak sales from 2009,” which will

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Progressive Grocer - May 2010

Progressive Grocer - May 2010
Nielsen’s Shelf Stoppers/ Spotlight: Candy/Non-ChocolateCandy
Super 50: Steadfast Leaders
The Lempert Report: ConAgra, Celebs Battle Child Hunger
Best Practices: Starting at the Top
Wake-up Call: Coupons Make a Comeback
Store of the Month: Roots and Wings
Harold Lloyd on … Making a Difference: Why Work as a Clerk?
Experience at Large: Put Your Best Customers to Work
Confection: Sweetening the Pot
Tea: Brewing up Sales
Non-alcoholic Beverages: Summer Quenchers
Summer Grilling Special: What a Gas!
Produce: Local and Lovin’ it
IDDBA Show Preview: Recipe for Success
Trends: The Summertime Freeze
Meats & Cheeses: Brown-bagging Sales
Food Industry Insights: Leadership for the Future
Tech Toolbox: A Look at the Latest Solutions
Out of the Box: The Latest Tools of the Trade
Roundtable: The Executioners
Foodservice: Green Machines
What’s Next: Editors’ Picks for Innovative Products

Progressive Grocer - May 2010