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On the Road: Grocery Outlet, San Diego, CA

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The "treasure hunt" style deep discounter operates 428 stores in the U.S., more than 50% of which are in California. The company announced plans to expand in new markets, and plans to open 10 new stores in the Mid Atlantic this year, and grow by about 10% each year.

Newsweek ranks supermarkets, discounters, club stores in America’s Best Retailers

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Supermarket rankings typically go a little like this: 1. Wegmans; 2. Publix… followed by other regional favorites.

Get hands-on with California avocados

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VALLEY CENTER, CA -- Those of us in the business are very familiar with a field tour: load up in the bus, see some fields and a packing shed, and probably have a good meal.

Back to the office means back to store checks

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Has anyone noticed the pandemic cut down on my photos from H-E-B’s Central Market? There’s a …

CPMA Retail Tour Stop 4: IGA Desjardins, Montréal

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This store doesn't really fit with my narrative of urban dwellers with small kitchens shopping often. Here's why.

CPMA Retail Tour Stop 3: Provigo

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This Provigo is one of the signature Loblaws orange floor concepts, with fresh-cut done in view of shoppers, lots of organics, and a wide assortment of the company's "imperfect" brand.

CPMA retail tour stop 2: Marché Adonis

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This is stop 2 for my walking retail tour in downtown Montreal. Adonis is Metro banner, purchased in 2011.

CPMA retail tour stop 1: IGA

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There's no official bus tour for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention this year, but organizers were kind enough to give walking directions to a quartet of stores within range of the event, so accepted the step challenge. 

Produce brands have a little fun with April Fool’s

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April Fool’s Day gives us all a chance to have a lighthearted laugh in the produce industry.

Americans are spoiled — in a good way — when it comes to apples

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I often encounter people turning up their nose at our lack of seasonality in some categories, saying maybe we shouldn’t have some fresh produce items on shelves 52 weeks a year and should learn to appreciate produce that is at its peak and turn to other foods in the off-season.   I respectfully disagree in some cases, and especially with apples.