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May 2019 FR Buyer magazine - Retailer of the Year

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RETAILER OF THE YEAR: HARRIS TEETER The chain never lost faith in the frozen food segment. Now that it’s part of the Kroger family, the foresight is paying off.

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

OUT WARREN’S WAY Wondering what to do when ‘X’s big sales run has expired’? Here are three factors to consider in waning categories.

COOL INSIGHTS Meal kit sales continue to grow, but is it sustainable and will in-store offerings continue their climb? Plus, a look at two new offerings in the segment.

CHECK IT OUT! CBD is a big ‘hit’ with consumers, F&R Buyer earns six ASBPE awards for editorial excellence, and Weis Markets is shifting space to ‘the customer side of the glass.’

EGG VOLUME EDGES UP  Although dollar sales were down due to changes in commodity pricing, per capita consumption is expected to hit an all-time high in 2019.

PROTEIN, ETHNIC FLAVORS DRIVE GROWTH Snacks, apps and handhelds continue to outperform the frozen department as a whole as consumers seek out innovative new products that double as mini meals.

FROZEN BREAD: READY TO RISE? Vegan, artisan and other specialty products are drawing new consumers to the category.

SOUPER STAR One of the refrigerated department’s biggest gainers once again, the fresh soup category welcomes more ethnic and BFY options as well as new package formats.

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

LOGISTICS Here’s what you need to know about pallet sizes and types for use in evolving cold storage applications.

THE ENDCAPA look at fast-movers, ice cream ratings, that evil Brunchables video, robots, cherry pie and ‘fecal matter.’

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