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COVER STORY: WALMART PUSHES AHEAD
Unwilling to cede its leadership position to Amazon or anyone else, the world’s largest retailer pursues an aggressive omni-channel strategy heavy on e-commerce.

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

OUT WARREN’S WAY
Good retailer trading partners are willing to put through justified price increases by their vendors.

COOL INSIGHTS
Baby Boomers started turning 70 in January 2016, and the number of septuagenarians is expected to grow rapidly in the next decade. How will
the generational shift impact frozen and refrigerated sales?

JOHNNY’S COLUMN
Low on selection, prices and national brands. Will it be a winning combo for Lidl?

WARREN’S WANDERINGS
Frozen-only meat stores; General Mills talks 2018; Ben & Jerry’s online; meal kits always were fake news; and being David vs. Goliath.

CHECK IT OUT!
Kantner, Akins are ‘win-win’ buyers; and supermarket shoppers on Yelp.com.

‘SWEET SNACKING’ TAKES OFF
Total frozen dessert sales are down, but bite-size products that can be enjoyed any time of day continue to gain momentum.

PREMIUM EGGS RULE THE ROOST
An oversupply of commodity eggs is keeping total dollars down. But sales of premium products continue to expand rapidly.

HANDHELDS & BOWLS RULE MEXICAN
A culinary revolution bodes well for the Mexican foods category. New flavors, authenticity and clean labels are key to continued growth.

BRUISED FRUIT
Crazy low fresh prices combined with consumers’ growing appetite for new smoothie ingredients have squeezed frozen fruit sales.

HOLY MACKEREL
Frozen seafood sales jump 4.7%; refrigerated, 5.8%. But there’s still plenty of room for growth.

LOGISTICS
Carrier Transicold will offer R-452A; cow manure as truck fuel; Dick Cold Storage to open new facility. Plus, Logistics Ledger.

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

THE ENDCAP:
Small specialty brands gain still more share. Plus, top dogs at Supervalu, Kroger and Smart & Final share some thoughts.

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