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Warren Thayer

Editor & Managing Partner
Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer

Depends greatly on how big the problem was, and how the retailer resolved it. Generally, one big goof is OK, if resolved well. Two big goofs, and you lose me for a very long time, perhaps forever. A series of little goofs? Probably depends on my mood or blood...

All the drugstore chains are doing this now, and syndicated data providers (IRI and Nielsen) have been tracking grocery/refrigerated/frozen sales in that channel for some time. It will continue, and grow, because it's convenient. They're not getting into the grocery business as a real competitor to Kroger or whoever,...

Yeah, and I'd like to be a rock star.

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They've done a decent job providing the market with what it'll purchase. Anecdotally, I see single-serve products fail more frequently than club packs. (Any data mavens out there with data on this?) In other words, single-serve is a trend but you should be careful not to go overboard. One...

A branding campaign focusing on differentiators besides price is a good idea. Whole Foods is not going to win in a price battle; long-term, it would harm them unless they lower the bar on their product criteria, which, IMHO, would be a mistake. Mainstream supers like Kroger have done...

Only one thing perplexes me here. Say what you will about frozen foods, and some criticism is certainly valid. But this applies to canned, frozen and ambient foods in whatever kind of packaging: they all have to play by a set of labeling rules, and the perimeter doesn't. For...

From my January column, "OUR 'NATURAL' DISASTER"...

NEW DEFINITIONS

Natural: Made on this planet, without any intervention by humankind. This opens up the possibility of food processing by space aliens, but so what?

Unnatural: Not a product of the earth. Made and processed on the moon, another planet, or in outer space.

Supernatural:...

They've pretty much reached the saturation point for Supercenters, and the smaller stores have performed well. Walmart is also experimenting with using Supercenters as DCs for the smaller stores, so shoppers can order from a small store by a certain time and get it delivered to that store from...

Everybody understands corking fees, and I don't think any of us would bring in a bottle to a restaurant with wine on the menu. We also know not to bring a tuna sandwich from home and expect to sit down in a restaurant and eat it. This was a...

A sneaky move by Facebook at a time when, from past sneakiness, they should be trying very hard for transparency. As for rules or restrictions that should guide them, they might test out the idea of "common sense." Otherwise, the attorneys will ultimately guide them.

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