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The Produce Reporter Week in Review – February 28, 2020

- General News
Pamela checks in from Southern Exposure in Tampa, FL, while Greg has returned from his trip to San Diego for the annual National Grocers Association expo. They discuss what they learned and hope to learn.

NGA: The pros of an in-house fresh-cut program

- General News
SAN DIEGO – A retailer’s decision to switch to an in-house fresh-cut produce program can be a tough one. While the investments in equipment, food safety systems and labor vary, the pay-off can be huge.

NGA: How to attract the millennial shopper

- General News
When retailers envision their organic customer, they should envision a millennial. That’s because millennial generation shoppers make up more than half of organic customers.

Dollar store competition in food is small but growing

- Retail
Grocery store closures were the highest in 20 years in 2019—but that wasn’t true for one segment of retail. In 2019, dollar store formats grew 5 percent.

NGA: New retail formats will focus on one of these three features

- Retail
Even with a strong economy and rising consumer spending, independent conventional grocery retailers face increasing challenges.

NGA: Bringing local to life

- Retail
SAN DIEGO – Independent retailers have more competition than ever, but one advantage they still have is their location.

NGA: Hy-Vee perishables manager wins Best Bagger

- General News
Dwayne Campbell, assistant manager of perishables for a Hy-Vee store in Des Moines, IA, is the winner of the 2019 Best Bagger contest held at the National Grocers Association Show on Feb. 25.

NGA: How to compete with dollar stores

- Retail
SAN DIEGO – Dollar stores present serious competition to independent retailers, increasingly in food, but there are a few key ways to differentiate with them.

NGA: How to compete with deep discounters

- Retail

SAN DIEGO – Deep discount retailers’ growth is on the rise, and independent grocers need to …

NGA: How to compete with online retailers

- Retail
SAN DIEGO – Independent retailers can fight against the competition of online grocery by being more of what they already are online and in stores.