Public Health Nutritionist and Program Consultant for the Creating Healthy Communities Program in Ohio, Sarah Ginnetti shares her plans for getting more healthy foods in front of consumers at the checkout. As a former retail dietitian she knows just how vulnerable this moment in time really is.
Retailers, responding to competitive pressures, have used perimeter departments to enhance the shopping experience and to differentiate their banner in a crowded marketplace. While the perimeter was useful for branding and driving store traffic, it was seldom profitable once all related costs were properly allocated.
Last Thursday, at the close of our panel discussion at The Washington Post’s America Answers, I was asked for one wish to help our consumers when it comes to our food supply. My answer was simple: have the USDA fund an RD in every supermarket in the country.
Millions of U.S. households continue to be squeezed by the slow recovery of the U.S. economy. Meat price hikes also intensify pressure on budgets. This tandem led consumers to redeem 2.9 percent more packaged goods coupons in 2014 than in 2013.
The Los Angeles-based non-member warehouse chain Smart & Final is planning to roll out 1,000 natural and organic center store items — encompassing cereal, sauces, condiments, canned vegetables, frozen fruit and other merchandise to more than 50 stores. The pilot was met with huge success.