Progressive Grocer - January 2011 - (Page 67)

Grocery A Matter of Taste Upscale private label and branded offerings alike tempt consumers’ palates. By Bridget Goldschmidt W hen it comes to adding flavor to life, grocers and manufacturers are betting that shoppers will still gravitate toward gourmet items as part of the “affordable luxury” mindset that took hold when the Great Recession hit, and is still in force among many as the economy continues to dig itself out of a deep hole. This mindset, often applied to such products as fine chocolates and high-end steaks, could also apply to condiments, grocers and manufacturers reason, especially with the documented increase in at-home dining and, consequently, more home-cooked meals. To that end, in the first week of November 2010, the Montvale, N.J.-based Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. introduced a line of global gourmet foodstuffs under The Food Emporium Trading Co. brand. Although named for A&P’s gourmet food chain, the private label line, which senior director public relations & corporate social responsibility Lauren La Bruno describes as an “expansive collection of international specialties, including culinary garnishes, snacks and sauces,” is carried in the company’s A&P, Waldbaum’s and SuperFresh stores as well. Among the condiments the product line offers are ketchup, mustard, olive oil, maple syrup and salsa. “We really searched for the best gourmet food around the world, to bring it right to our customers’ tables,” notes The Food Emporium general manager Hans Heer. “These products are not only authentic, A&P has but also provide recently bowed an exceptional a collection of value!” La Bruno gourmet foods, points out, “Pricincluding many condiments, ing varies based under The Food on the products Emporium … however, this Trading Co. brand is very brand. A H E A D O F W H AT ’ S N E X T Progressive Grocer • January 2011 • 67

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Progressive Grocer - January 2011

Progressive Grocer - January 2011
Table of Contents
Nielsen’s Shelf Stoppers/ Spotlight: Medications and Remedies/antacids
Mintel Global New Products: Salty Snacks, Meat Snacks and Popcorn, Q2-Q3 2010
Best Practices: Are We There Yet?
Store of the Month Special Edition: My H-E-B
Marketing: Circular Paradox
Gma President’s Note: United We Stand
Pg Special Events: Pg Honors 2010 Top Women, Green Grocers at Gala Event
Retailer Spotlight: Winn-Dixie’s Awakening
Category Management: Mutual Benefi Ts
Special Section: Progressive Grocer Independent: For Retailers, by Retailers
Condiments: A Matter of Taste
Butter/margarine: Promise for the Future
Desserts: Sweet Solutions
Energy Drinks/shots: Energy Drinks Get a Jolt
Winter Produce: Season of Plenty
Meat Merchandising Study: Meat to Meals
Candles/Air Fresheners: Beyond Common Scents
Front End: The Front End Checkout: A Microeconomic Model of the Store
Cough and Cold: A Tissue Please?
Whole Health: Feeling Good in 2011
Futuretech: It’s a Mad, Mobile World
Progressive Voices: Retailers’ Value Equation = Customer-Benefit Costing
Ovens and Rotisseries: Heating Up
What’s Next: Editors’ Picks for Innovative Products

Progressive Grocer - January 2011