KIDS AT THE CORNER STORE and other thoughts from Refresh, the blog of SN Whole Health

Corner Store Memories Al's Market was small, outdated and old-fashioned, but Al sure knew how to merchandise to his primary customer: No category management best practices or planograms here. RECOLLECTING THE IDEALLY POSITIONED CANDY COUNTER INSIDE OF TINY AL'S MARKET, A DAILY AFTER-SCHOOL STOP FOR THE WRITER AND HIS CLASSMATES GETTING CONSUMERS TO ACCEPT THE IDEA OF PAYING MORE SOMETIMES SIGNIFICANTLY

Corner Store Memories

Al's Market was small, outdated and old-fashioned, but Al sure knew how to merchandise to his primary customer: No category management best practices or planograms here.
— RECOLLECTING THE IDEALLY POSITIONED CANDY COUNTER INSIDE OF TINY AL'S MARKET, A DAILY AFTER-SCHOOL STOP FOR THE WRITER AND HIS CLASSMATES

“GETTING CONSUMERS TO ACCEPT THE IDEA OF PAYING MORE — SOMETIMES SIGNIFICANTLY MORE — FOR FOOD WILL TAKE TIME AND CLEAR COMMUNICATION OF THE TRUE VALUE OF ORGANICS.”
Response to a post promoting organic food as the future of eating

“I HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR YEARS AFTER MY VISIT TO ITALY — SUPERMARKET PRODUCE AREAS COME SUPPLIED WITH PLASTIC GLOVES FOR THE CONSUMER TO PUT ON WHILE SELECTING FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND GREENS.”
A reader suggestion for U.S. produce departments. For now, she slips plastic produce bags over her hands

Watch Out, Labels

Anytime an officer of the U.S. government names names, you know that's the target.
— AN OBSERVATION ON FDA COMMISSIONER MARGARET HAMBURG'S SPECIFIC MENTION OF THE SMART CHOICES PROGRAM IN ANNOUNCING A CRACKDOWN ON NUTRITION LABELING

“THE MYTH THAT HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IS SOMEHOW A GREATER CONTRIBUTOR TO OBESITY THAN CANE SUGAR, BEET SUGAR OR HONEY HAS BEEN SOUNDLY DEBUNKED BY NUTRITIONAL EXPERTS, BUT HFCS IS STILL WIDELY MISUNDERSTOOD BY THE PUBLIC.”
Sarah Longwell, spokeswoman the Center for Consumer Freedom, defending high fructose corn syrup as a scapegoat in the obesity blame game

Sweet Stevia

There's been plenty of skepticism surrounding stevia in the past, but the all-natural, no-calorie sweetener cleared all its regulatory hurdles and has enjoyed a promising early run in the marketplace. And its potential going forward is huge. Market research firm Mintel calls it the “holy grail” of sweeteners in its latest report — capable of becoming a $2-billion-a-year industry by 2011 (sales currently sit at just under $100 million).
— A GENEROUS ASSESSMENT OF A SOUTH AMERICAN SHRUB THAT PROMOTERS SAY WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE ALTERNATIVE SWEETENER MARKET

“I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY THAT THE DAIRY AND GRAIN INDUSTRIES WOULD LIKE YOU TO BELIEVE THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO SURVIVE WITHOUT THEM. NONSENSE.”

Criticism of a report, sponsored by the dairy industry, that shows rates of lactose intolerance are greatly exaggerated

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