Retailer Insight

Helpful articles about what’s going on in the natural and organic food world.

Over the last few decades, football’s championship game, the Super Bowl, has eclipsed the...

Most of us in produce feel like we know how to receive and store our product - get it off the...

It seems fair to claim that when most of us are shopping, the analytical portion of our brain is...

Thursday is the big day, and the food will certainly be flowing. Most of us working in the...

Servicing your customers is ALWAYS the most important thing you will do on any given day....

As we move into the month of October, most produce departments around the country breathe a sigh...

The weeks leading into Thanksgiving are about as crazy as it gets in the world of retailing food...

We tend to think that most shoppers know exactly what they want for their Thanksgiving feast,...

Thanksgiving may just be the biggest retail food event of the year. In this article the focus...

If you’re overseeing and managing a produce department, you understand that your product...

Do you truly provide your customers with the shopping experience that they are looking for? And...

Although the Winter squash season extends from August through March; they are at their best...

As the title suggests, cross merchandising truly is an art form, and involves far more than a...

Apples seem to sell well during most any season, and of course, this is particularly true as we...

Pricing your product is one of the most critical aspects in the job of any produce or department...

Prepping your product is vital not only for the beautiful appearance that it lends to the items...

Every now and then it’s good to rearrange your department and just shake things up a bit....

Creative, beautiful, dynamic and effective display-making is imperative for a successful organic...

Let your customers know what you are excited about. Take some chances, spread out a bit on a few...

Just about every survey that you will encounter will have cleanliness as one of the top three (...

Fundamental to the core success of any produce department is making sure that you have the right...

When you are out of town, do you check out the stores in the area you are visiting? Field trips...

Rotating all of the product in your department is one of the most important and critical tasks...

Happy Earth Day! We’ve come a long way since Earth Day began in 1970, but we still have quite...

Tuesday, April 22nd is Earth Day, and many consider the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 to...

On April 22nd, people from countries all across the world will unite in the celebration of Earth...

Earth Day is always on April 22nd, and most people probably aren’t aware that the reason this...

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and while most of us in our industry are focused on how we...

We’re 6 1/2 weeks away from the celebration of Earth Day. On April 22nd people from all over the...

If you have ever wondered, or perhaps questioned, just how important prepping and hydrating your...

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in the thick of the political season. What I found most...

While being a math wizard is not necessarily a criterion for being a good produce manager,...

Chances are if your company makes widgets, and you really excel at making widgets, then at some...

During the months of November through February citrus fruit takes center stage in most produce...

As we get closer to the February 7th Super Bowl match-up, avocados take center stage about as...

In a typical produce department the manager has a pretty large job. They are responsible for...

It's possible that some of you will not make it past the title of this piece, after all, the...

As we move into the new year, most all of the apples and pears being shipped will come out of...

Can you believe it? The New Year is already upon us. Now that the pressures of the holiday...

It's not uncommon to see a nice upward spike in retail produce sales during January and February...

Most artists check out what other artists are up to. The same is true with writers, designers -...

Perhaps the question that we all hear most often in the Organic Industry is "why do organic...

Handling: Optimal storage temperature is 36 degrees. Make sure and store your leaf lettuces (...

Most important in any produce department – going beyond pricing, operations, scheduling, all the...

Typically, early in the week you will receive your department sales numbers from the previous...

A frequent question we get at Albert’s (and from what I understand a pretty frequent...

We need genius in our workplace. This doesn’t mean we need to begin administering IQ tests...

A question I was frequently asked last week at the Natural Products Expo in Baltimore was,...

Leadership can be described as a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals...

As we enter into the season of new crop pears, it becomes very easy to let the classic pear...

As we move into September, look for the new season of pears to really kick in, a true sign that...

Apple season is officially here with the arrival of California Galas and early golds (very light...

One of the great treats of summer eating are fresh figs. There is really nothing like the flavor...

For those of us in the Natural Foods and Organic industry, no holiday is bigger than celebrating...

The key to successfully retailing fresh organic food is understanding the art of salesmanship....

I often think of blueberries as the “underdog berry”. It’s tough going up against the gorgeous...

July and August are peak months for California grapes. Red, green and black grapes are now in...

When done well, few items generate as much excitement and added sales as watermelons. Here are a...

Typically, it is the lush summer fruits that we tend to focus on when presenting our dynamic...

Pluots might be one of the best tasting fruits that you will ever eat. They have one of the...

We put so much energy into creating the “perfect” department for our customers - a clean and...

Companies on average lose 50 percent of their customers every five years. Sixty-six percent of...

It’s easy to talk about the importance of customer service. Most of us say that we understand...

A question that I am frequently asked is “how can we be sure that organic food grown in Mexico...

Tomatoes are certainly one of the most popular year-round produce items on the market. One of...

Something that I have noticed as I travel about visiting various organic food retailers is the...

Peaches, Plums and Nectarines

Summer soft fruit is here and perhaps no...

Finding a perfectly ripe melon and feeling confident that you are taking home a ready-to-eat...

Strawberries are the most popular berry fruit in the world and the United States is the largest...

Today is Cinco de Mayo. In the world of produce, it is one of the biggest days for avocado sales...

For the past several decades the Baby Boomer generation has dominated as the target marketing...

An Underrated Warm Weather Treat

Over the next several months,...

Recently, I entered a Men’s Wearhouse to shop for a sports coat, which I have actually...

Every year at the middle to end of March most lettuce and leafy green growers, who have been...

This past weekend a planned march against agricultural giant Monsanto took place around the...

From what I saw (and it seemed pretty apparent to most people I spoke with as well) the hottest...

Typically, early in the week you will receive your department sales numbers from the previous...

Now, you can connect your customers instantly to more information about how to select the best...

It’s important to understand the difference between traditional breeding and genetic...

I’m just returning from our new east coast facility in NJ after a four day visit. Lots of events...

T.S. Eliot wrote, “It is obvious that we can no more explain passion to a person who has never...

Whether we are being trained, or training another, a pretty standard practice to employ is...

As buying locally produced food becomes an increasingly more popular option, the small family...

The West Coast and particularly areas of California have been hit hard by cold and freezing...

Companies on average lose 50 percent of their customers every five years. Sixty-six percent of...

Stanford scientists recently finished up and published an extensive examination of four decades...

It’s been a tough road for cantaloupes this season. There was the Listeria outbreak that was...

The devastating drought that we’ve seen this summer (particularly in the Midwest) has certainly...