Produce Prices, SKUs on the Rise

NEW ORLEANS — Produce prices are on the rise, and consumers are responding by purchasing less in many top categories. This was one of the themes of the session What Loyalty Card Data Tells Us about Consumer Habits, presented here at the United Fresh Produce Association's 2011 convention by Steve Lutz, executive vice president of The Perishables Group. Lutz began the presentation citing several key similarities

NEW ORLEANS — Produce prices are on the rise, and consumers are responding by purchasing less in many top categories. This was one of the themes of the session “What Loyalty Card Data Tells Us about Consumer Habits,” presented here at the United Fresh Produce Association's 2011 convention by Steve Lutz, executive vice president of The Perishables Group.

Lutz began the presentation citing several key similarities between 2008 and 2011. In 2008, gas prices rose sharply, and due t

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