The slowing economy, and simultaneous inflation, can affect the grocery industry harder than other businesses because of food retailers' limited pricing power and customers' price sensitivity. The good news is that 69% of consumers say they are cooking more at home, according to FMI's 2007 U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends report.
Adults who regularly consume apples have less heart disease and metabolic risk than those who do not, according to a recently released study. The research also shows regular apple consumption helps cut down on abdominal fat.
Food retailers including Winn-Dixie, Publix and ShopRite are focusing more on kosher selections, a category that has seen a double-digit bump in sales over the past 15 years. Winn-Dixie has created a kosher store-within-a-store concept that it is rolling out to several locations.