Of the many issues SN covered in 1997, several left distinctive terms in retailers' vocabulary: functional foods, Deskfast, Integrated Pest Management and solution selling.
All are terms that, while not necessarily new, became more recognizable. Among the trends that SN analyzed was the growing interest in grab-and-go foods, particularly for breakfast, hence the moniker "Deskfast."
Functional foods, or nutraceuticals, also became more prevalent. Spurring their growth this year