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

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HIGH HURDLES Sales-based hurdle rates remain one of the best tools for determining which products deserve a spot on the shelves. But sometimes lowering them is the right move.

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

OUT WARREN’S WAY When I was a pup, I made mistakes that I still see being made in our industry today.

COOL INSIGHTS Pasta prospers! Well, mostly anyway. But you need to be aware of subtle shifts going on across departments.

CHECK IT OUT! Fancy Food Show set for Jan. 13-15; retailer thoughts on deflation, private label and online shopping; notes from around the industry; and insights on online perishables.

MILLENNIALS DRIVE ASIAN INVASION Authentic pan-Asian recipes, ramen bowls and new snacks are bringing younger buyers to the frozen Asian segment.

INDULGENT TRUMPS HEALTHY Last year’s hot seller, Halo Top, stumbled big time in the past 12 weeks, dragging the rest of the ice cream category down with it. But super-premium pints remain hot.

BEST PRACTICES
Frozen Fruit
Fresh Soup
Eggs

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

LOGISTICS Lineage & Dreisbach open Cool Port Oakland and dexFreight completes blockchain shipment using smart contracts. Plus, Logistics Ledger

THE ENDCAP For our poetry lovers: six limericks and two haiku.

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