Meal Solutions Rule Retail

Food retailers of all kinds are finding ways to ramp up their retailer meal solutions (RMS) programs, which have emerged as a critical strategic initiative for not only most supermarket chains and supercenters but also for convenience stores, dollar stores, and drug stores, says food consultancy Technomic. Shifting consumer dynamics are one reason RMS continues…

Craft Beer Goes Bigger

Craft brewers have had their eyes on expansion in recent years, gobbling up shelf space and capturing a bigger slice of the beer market. But now, breweries are turning to a different way to expand their business: larger container sizes, the New York Times reports. For example, Dogfish Head Brewery will soon switch one of…

The Debate over E-Cigarettes

USA Today highlighted the debate over e-cigarettes last week, balancing the concerns of researchers who warn of addiction with the industry’s claim they do more good than harm. The look is timely, as more people are turning e-cigarettes to quit smoking or comply with smoke-free laws. According to a recent University of Minnesota study, young…

Whole Foods Plans Aggressive Expansion

Whole Foods plans to triple its store count to 1,000 while opening locations in so-called food deserts—including midtown Detroit—and smaller markets, the Chicago Tribune reports. Food industry consultant Jack Horst suggested that the move is odd for a chain that’s known for selling higher-priced organic foods. “How successful are you going to be when you’re…