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PROFITING FROM BETTER-FOR-YOU Volumes may be low — for now — but healthy foods and beverages are earning their place on the shelf in a myriad of other ways.

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

OUT DENISE’S WAY Small, upscale formats heavy on prepared foods are popping up with greater frequency. Why isn’t frozen playing a bigger role?

CHECK IT OUT! Focusing on innovation that differentiates, Dollar General ups the ante in frozen and refrigerated, preparing for pushback on ‘no nitrates or nitrites added,’ and can’t-miss trade events and shows.

COOL INSIGHTS Creating store sets and merchandising that satisfy diverse income groups can be tricky indeed! Todd Hale offers a primer.

BEYOND CHINESE Millennials just as apt to want Korean or Thai as traditional Chinese are triggering an influx of new Pan-Asian offerings — and a 10% increase in frozen Asian meal sales.

SOUPER STAR Improved merchandising and promotion combined with more clean-label, plant-based and ethnic offerings drive the category’s 27.8% gain — highest in the refrigerated department.

NEW ITEMS REEL ‘EM IN Thanks to a tidal wave of healthy, innovative new products — many in on-trend ethnic flavors — frozen seafood sales climb 3.8%.

PIZZA JUMPS 4.9% Premium, plant-based and new flavors lead the charge, as the category gains in dollars, units and volume.

MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES Already popular with dieters and restaurant patrons, Mediterranean food is also gaining a foothold at retail where it could be the next big thing in ethnic cuisine.

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

LOGISTICS A comparison of three driver-assist systems that are making the job safer and easier for drivers today.

THE ENDCAP Data from here, there and everywhere!

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