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Blurred lines? Where retail meets foodservice

Supermarket insights from the 2014 NRA Show

Blurred lines? Where retail meets foodservice

By Maggie Hennessy

Just because you sell your products at retail doesn’t mean you aren’t also competing with the restaurant industry. 

Enjoy Life's Joel Warady: “We want to capture the consumer when they’re doing research online before going to the store, making sure our communication is there when they’re researching a product and its nutritional facts—ensuring they can find all that on their mobile device. Mobile is everything.

Enjoy Life: With marketing, mobile is everything

By Maggie Hennessy

Gluten-free and allergy-friendly packaged foods manufacturer Enjoy Life Foods understands the particular importance of word of mouth when it comes to its customers, and the firm has embraced the next generation of this through its investments in social...

Left to right: Colin Pierce, Pierce Organic Farm, with One Degree Organics co-founder Danny Houghton. Houghton: “We only want to tell stories about ingredients we’re proud to tell stories about.” (Photo by Sondra Houghton.)

Special edition: Organic & non-GMO

One Degree Organic: like CPGs from the farmers’ market

By Maggie Hennessy

The founders of Canadian bakery products manufacturer One Degree Organic Foods think the current packaged food landscape has distanced consumers far too much from Mother Nature. They’re looking to narrow the gap between food producers and the end consumer...

Dannon's Art D'Elia: “While the phenomenon of Greek yogurt continues to drive growth in the refrigerated yogurt section, our ambition is to accelerate growth for retailers in the frozen aisle based on the broad and expandable appeal of Greek yogurt.

Pulling back the lid on the Greek yogurt trend

Dannon: There's almost nowhere Greek yogurt can't go

By Maggie Hennessy

Greek yogurt has long been edging its way beyond the refrigerated aisles and into everything from coated snacks to bars, to baking chips and frozen yogurt. With that, the competitive landscape has grown increasingly crowded, with big names including Chobani,...

Unilever sells Bertolli, Ragu for $2.15bn

Unilever sells Bertolli, Ragu for $2.15bn

By Maggie Hennessy

Condiment manufacturer Mizkan Group will acquire Unilever’s Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce brands for $2.15 billion in an all-cash deal.

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

By Hank Schultz

Recent acquisitions in the natural space—Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organic—were among the bright spots in a disappointing quarterly earnings report for Campbell Soup Company.  The development points to changing sales patterns within the United States overall.

CEO Sarah Pike: “From a frozen industry perspective, retailers all know what’s been happening there. They’re losing customers. We think we can capture a new audience. We’re creating something new and exciting that doesn’t exist.”

Big Interview: Sarah Pike, CEO & founder of Buen Sabor

Buen Sabor making consumers into 'freezer believers'

By Maggie Hennessy

The daughter of parents who owned one of the first certified organic farms in Maine, Sarah Pike grew up in a big family for whom the freezer was the preservation tool of choice for home-cooked food. 

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