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This month’s online edition of Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer.

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COVER STORY: UNDER ATTACK!
From Amazon to Walmart, everyone’s looking to take a bite out of traditional supermarket sales. How does frozen fit into the mix? We asked the experts what to expect in 2018.

THE DATABANK
Sales data from IRI, courtesy of Peter Penguin, Bessie Bovine and Delano Deli.

OUT DENISE’S WAY
Two very different approaches to selling frozen and refrigerated food.

COOL INSIGHTS
At the 2017 NFRA National Convention this month, Todd Hale will present excerpts from an extensive State of the Industry Report.

CHECK IT OUT!
Best practices to reduce unsaleables; millennials want exciting food; club sales approach $20 billion; consumers don’t trust refrigerated delivery; and surviving Amazon & Whole Foods.

FROZEN FRUIT BLOSSOMS
After record-low fresh fruit prices took a bite out of frozen sales, the category is on the rise once again.

VEGGIES GET A MAKEOVER
From tots to spirals, new forms and formats give the frozen vegetable category a new look.

A SNACK ATTACK!
Paced by private label, snack sales jump 3.9%. New entries promise continued growth.

BETTER-FOR-YOU TAKES OVER ENTREES
While clean label is practically table stakes, many manufacturers are offering higher-level attributes as well.

EVERYONE LOVES INDIAN
But meals are difficult to prepare from scratch, making frozen and refrigerated options a popular alternative.

BREAD/DOUGH RISES BY 1.9%
Units and volume also climb, as manufacturers push convenience and health.

DIPS & SPREADS CLEAN UP
Refrigerated dip sales shot up 12.9%, but flavored spreads stumbled. Manufacturers say clean labels could spark a turnaround.

CHANGES COMING TO YOGURT
Full-fat is coming on strong, but the overall category is in decline. The bright spot? Drinkable yogurts.

LOGISTICS
It’s not always rocket science. Here are specific energy-saving ideas that produce substantial, quick payback. Plus, news from around the industry.

NEW PRODUCTS
Our roundup of the latest and greatest frozen and refrigerated fare.

THE ENDCAP:
Dear Whole Foods, you needed a shot in the arm, but you just got a shot in the foot. Courtesy of Amazon, I suspect.

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