Organic and convenience foods might be the hardest-hit food categories as consumers are changing what they buy in response to the economy, analysts say. Companies such as Kraft, J.M. Smucker and General Mills could benefit.
The marketing supervisor at Whole Foods in Chandler, Ariz., says events such as themed three-course, sit-down meals are aimed to set the store apart from others in town. This could prompt other stores in the chain to follow suit.