Fresh Connections Retail

Fresh Connections Retail

Fresh Connections: Retail is your opportunity to forge new strategic partnerships and understand the consumer trends shaping your business. For 2016, we’ve designed a program that offers a combination of experiences you won’t find at any other industry event.

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FC Retail Panel

Retail Consumers Speak

A diverse consumer panel, composed of generations ranging from millennials to boomers, provided retailers an opportunity to discuss how to best reach and connect with consumers like them.

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Opportunity in Chilean Retail

Chile is the most developed retail industry in Latin America with sales reaching US$29.4 billion per year in 2014.

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Flavor Trends Overview

Flavor is the No. 1 driver for all food purchases, according to Technomic’s 2015 Flavor report. While classic flavors certainly still appeal, many of today’s consumers are increasingly driven to try new flavors, and saying new flavors can influence them to visit a restaurant. New, unique flavors drive traffic because consumers like to experiment with foods and beverages, and flavor plays a large role in experimentation.

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Fresh Produce and Nutrition Assistance

PMA recently went on record supporting a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about selling healthy foods. USDA proposes that stores that are eligible to sell foods under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) should offer a certain amount of healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables. PMA agrees.

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Can Full Service Increase Your Floral Sales?

Can increasing service in supermarket floral departments increase sales? Flowers produce a small percentage of the total sales in supermarkets, so the payroll available for the floral department is often limited.

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Social class will Predict Produce Purchases

Using demographics to market fruits and vegetables isn’t as passé as you think. In the ere of persona marketing, diet quality is still influenced not only by age and sex, but also by occupation, education, and income levels. Higher-quality diets are most often consumed by those with a greater economic affluence, while nutrient-poor diets are consumed by persons of lower limited economic means. To market to low socioeconomic status populations, we must solve for appropriate messaging, accessibility to produce, shelf-life and pricing.

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The Rise of Small Store Formats in the U.S.

Small grocery store formats are becoming increasingly significant in the U.S. supermarket industry, with the advantage of a lower breakeven point and the ability to fit in dense urban areas.

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Growth of Organics in the U.S.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the top selling category of organically grown food in the U.S. according to the Nutrition Business Journal. Organic fruits and vegetables accounted for 7% of all produce sold in the U.S. in 2014. According to Nielsen there was a 19% increase in the number of organic produce items carried in stores during 2014.

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How is Private Equity Funding Changing the Produce Supply Chain?

Private equity investments are disrupting how the produce supply chain is traditionally managed. They have affected the cost of land, induced a more short-term planning mind set and created clear expectations for quick returns.

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