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ON OUR RADAR
The National Grocers Association (NGA) released topline results from
its consumer trends study, which for the first time segments independent supermarket shoppers from national chain shoppers. The
survey was conducted on behalf of the National Grocers Association
Nielsen conducted the study from December 7, 2015 to December 22,
2015 and surveyed shoppers adults ages 18 and older who shop at
national, regional or independent grocery stores.
The results revealed high consumer satisfaction among independent
supermarkets. Eighty percent of respondents who primarily shop at
an independent supermarket reported being very/extremely satisfied compared to 65 percent of respondents who reported being very/
extremely satisfied with a national chain.
"As community stewards with their finger on the pulse of local
demand, independent supermarket operators understand the value
of fresh as a differentiator to the large national chains," said NGA
President and CEO Peter J. Larkin.
As part of its ongoing dedication to animal welfare and customer
needs, Gemperle Family Farms, known as an industry leader in
specialty eggs, announced its ongoing commitment to an organic and
cage-free egg production future.
"At Gemperle Farms, we understand the role we have in raising
chickens and providing affordable, sustainable eggs to the local
food chain," Gemperle Family Farms president Steve Gemperle said.
"Today's announcement reaffirms our ongoing commitment to animal
welfare and providing the fresh local eggs our customers want to buy."
For more than two decades, Gemperle Farms has proudly featured
cage-free and organic eggs. The decision to focus on a future of cagefree and organic eggs arose from Gemperle Farms' long-standing
commitment to high animal welfare standards and customer buying
"We have always appreciated consumers that support
the cage-free and organic movements through
their purchasing choices both at grocery stores
and in restaurants," Gemperle said. "The trend
we now see is that there are more grocers,
restaurants and food
manufacturers who are
catching on to these
This shift will
allow us to
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move towards a one hundred percent organic and cage-free future for
Gemperle Family Farms."
Good Foods, makers of tableside guacamole, announced that its new
line of Grab & Go snack cups are now available nationwide in four
varieties - Guacamole, Salsa, Avocado Tomatillo Salsa and Artichoke
Jalapeno dip, each with tortilla chips.
"Health conscious consumers are searching for convenient, great
tasting snacks that offer positive nutritional benefits," said Mandy
Bottomlee, Marketing Director for the Good Foods brand. "We're
thrilled that we can offer the experience of handmade restaurant
quality dips that are not only gluten free, but contain no artificial
preservatives, no artificial colors and no added sugar."
Good Foods Grab & Go snack
cups are conveniently packaged
in 3.38 oz. single-serve, ergonomically friendly cups. Each pack
contains between 140 and 250
calories. Currently available in
the refrigerated produce department at Sprouts Farmers Markets,
Hy-Vee, Walgreens and select
Publix Super Markets. Suggested
retail price is $2.49.
Seaweed is the new kale; hemp
milk is replacing almond milk;
non-GMO products are in; glutenfree is yesterday and matcha is
the new "it" product, according
to the trendspotters at Swanson
"We are able to identify trends
in customer purchasing from
various sources within our company," said Swanson CEO Ken
Harris. "Swanson carries almost 30,000 products and is able to track
purchasing habits on all of them. We not only offer 600 teas-we can
tell you what's trending in tea and how our customers are buying it."
Additional trendspotting reveals more new snacks made with ancient
grains; herbs being used to handle stress; extra-virgin coconut oil is the
new extra-virgin olive oil; lactose-friendly, vitamin-rich ghee is starting
to replace butter; vegetarian products are on the rise, while the sale of
vegan products has slowed slightly. And speaking of butter... organic
nut butters are on the rise.
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Editor's Note - SNACKING: Have a second?
Table of Contents
News - On our radar
Spotlight - By the Numbers: Donuts
Cover story - Snacking evolved
Commissary Insider - Insight Insider: Good to go fresh aims to please
Food Safety - Pathogen Detection
Equipment Weighing the options
Product Category Spotlight: Ethnic, easy and healthy
Packaging: Peace of mind with tamper-evident technology
Operations and Logistics: Traceability in the supply chain
Product Knowledge - Need to Know: Specialty cheese
Merchandising - On Display: Independence Day
Speciality Insights - Consider Gluten-free Bakery
Equipment & Packaging - Latest Innovation: Rapid-cook ovens
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