True to their niche
Jay Jacobowitz of Retail Insights, left, with Chris Sherrell of Fresh Thyme and Jim Nielsen of Sprouts. “We can’t be all things to all people,” Nielsen said. “We have to stay within our segment and refine it.”
Supermarket News at Expo West: Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets attracted more than 100 attendees.
Partnerships add value
John Creed of Unified Grocers said a strong health and wellness offering “allows retailers to become a destination store — to create a signature category and add personality to the store.” Margaux Drake of D&W Fresh Market said retailers can target customers who have already made the decision to pursue health and wellness by partnering with related businesses.
Brian Cluster, Nielsen Co.; Edith Barajas and David Barajas, Mercado Santa Carmela, an organic market in Mexico, at a cocktail reception following the retailer panels.
Brian McKim and Ellen Murray, both of Meijer Inc., at a cocktail reception following the retailer panels.
Jerry Rymont, SN publisher, makes welcome remarks at the first-ever Supermarket News at Expo West: Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets.
Making a point
David Orgel, executive director of content and user engagement, SN, kicks off the first panel discussion at the conference.
Total store experience
Panelists David Orgel of SN; Raymond McCall of Ahold USA; Thomas Honer of Harvest Farms IGA; and Stephanie Steiner of the Market Centre Natural division of Unified Grocers. “It’s the relationship that develops among the pharmacist, the nutritionist, the HBA department and grocery that makes for a realistic approach” to health and wellness, said McCall.Gallery: Trends from the Expo West show floor