• Who's Cooking?
    Retailers can thank Millennials for the popularity of prepared meals and kits. Brad Edmondson explains why young people aren't home cooking.

    Brad Edmondson
    Who's Cooking?
    October 2017
    More than 73 million Americans are between the ages of 18 and 34, and most of these young adults have not fixed their habits yet when it comes to food shopping.
    Thirty-four percent of young adults don't even buy their own groceries, because they still live with their parents. Another 25 percent might only buy food for themselves, because they live with roommates. Young adults have formed just 16 million family households. Someone might actually do some cooking in these households, but it isn't a sure thing.
    Young adults are unlikely to cook because most of them don't have domestic lives, at least not yet. They are still struggling to establish themselves. You can see this when you segment the group by age.
    Fifty-six percent of adults aged 18 to 24 live with their parents, and only 16 percent live independently.  Even among adults aged 25 to 34, 20 percent live with a parent and just 56 percent live independently.
  • Shopping Lidl
    Private label dominates the shelves inside the new U.S. stores operated by Lidl. Christopher Durham visits two stores and takes us on a tour of the aisles.

    Christopher Durham
    Shopping Lidl
    October 2017
    Now that Lidl has entered the US, attention is being focused on what the German retailer is doing and how much impact it will have. For the record, Lidl opened its first 10 stores in mid-July along the East Coast.
    The retailer is hoping to win over Americans with their discount prices, modern stores and carefully-curated private brands. Its first stores are going to be concentrated in the Southeast, but 90 more locations are planned for the coming year.
    I made the drive from my home outside of Charlotte, NC to Lidl’s new stores in Greenville and Spartanburg.
    These are well designed stores. The modern, European influence is evident in the décor and merchandising. The distinctive angular architecture creates a bright open and airy store that, when combined with the low shelving, is a very nice shopping experience.
    Private brand dominates the store, easily exceeding 90% penetration. It is so dominant that when national brands appear, they feel out of place and unnecessary.
  • Fresh Face at Fresh Market
    Larry Appel is named CEO at The Fresh Market as the chain realigns stores and expands private label to capture mainstream shoppers. David Merrefield reports.

    David Merrefield
    Fresh Face at Fresh Market
    October 2017
    The Fresh Market has a new president and CEO. He is Larry Appel, a veteran of more than 30 years in various forms of retailing. His career has focused on retail, legal and strategic planning.  
    And, as we’ll see, he plans to infuse Fresh Market with a suite of strategies intended to give new direction to the specialty food retailer which, in recent years, has been trimming its far-flung store network toward its home base of North Carolina. 
    But first, let’s take a look at Appel’s background: A lawyer by training, his resume includes several years at Winn-Dixie in a variety of high-level positions, including chief operations officer. After leaving Winn-Dixie five years ago, he became CEO of Skeeter Snacks, a producer of natural snacks. He has also held high-level executive positions at Home Depot.
    It seems that Appel might be just the executive Fresh Market needs to give it new direction.
  • Antibiotic Resistance
    Some antimicrobial chemicals in cleaning products are now banned by the FDA. Dr. Kanthe Shelke discusses ways manufacturers are searching for alternatives.

    Dr. Kanthe Shelke
    Antibiotic Resistance
    October 2017
    The overuse of antibiotics has been a growing concern for a number of years. This is true not only for the general population, but in the scientific and regulatory communities as well.
    Antibiotics play an important role in the food and non-food industries. This family of drugs is known to protect consumers against infection… but lately, it seems their application in household products like soaps and detergents – as well as in animal feed – has come with a cost. The more we rely on such drugs, the more likely bacteria are to develop resistance to them.
    In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration restricted the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. This strategy was designed to bring the use of such drugs under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health.
    And finally, this past September, FDA tackled the other part of the problem, and banned triclosan and tricocarban… and 17 other chemicals commonly used in over-the-counter, household topical antiseptic products.
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A Lidl Help for Save-A-Lot

Two former Lidl executives now head up discounter Save-A-Lot, as the chain looks to its future in the U.S. David Merrefield explains.

Helping Disabled Shoppers

Some 56 million Americans are disabled, but they still have to shop. How are retailers accommodating their needs? Brad Edmondson profiles some solutions.

Deflation’s Impact

The past 18 months have been tough on all retailers due to deflation, which lowered prices and depressed margins. Is the end in sight? Roy White analyzes the situation.

IKEA’s Food Sales

Home goods chain IKEA might be famous for its furniture, but it sells more than 150 private-label food products. Christopher Durham has the details.

Big Changes Ahead

Bahige El-Rayes of A.T. Kearney foresees significant shifts in the way retailers and manufacturers work together. Store brands will play an important role as retailers look to differentiate themselves.

Inside the Amazon Merger

Is Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods a game changer or more of the same? PLMA Live goes inside the takeover and analyzes its real impact on national and regional chains and direct-to-consumer services. What are the numbers? Will private label get a huge push forward? Is this the wave of the future? Join news anchor Jodi Daley and PLMA president Brian Sharoff as they dissect the deal of the year.

In The Stores, On The Shelves - July

In this month's edition, Walgreens updates its Nice! brand; Supervalu expands Culinary Circle; Trader Joe's can’t keep its new canned wines in stock; and other timely updates from Target, Family Dollar and Stew Leonard’s. Click here for video

Time To Get Serious Again

Summer is almost over. Time to check PLMA’s autumn programs. PLMA’s Washington Conference October 2-3. For details of upcoming events and a preview of this year’s Chicago trade show.

Private Label, European Style

European retailers are having a big impact in the U.S. Euromonitor International's Alexander Kottke, explains how they use private label to build consumer loyalty.

What’s 5 Below?

As a chain of more than 500 stores in the Eastern U.S., 5 Below is a hit with young people for its eclectic, fast-changing selection of goods, most costing under $5. Roy White reports.

Health as Status Symbol

Healthy living is developing into a “status” culture and food is  a big part of the trend. Dr. Kantha Shelke analyzes the trend.

Is There A Trump Consumer?

Everyone now knows that there are Trump voters. But are there Trump consumers? Brad Edmondson analyzes the link between the voting booth and the supermarket.