Focusing on the areas that are driving sales in brick-and-mortar stores and the areas that retailers are investing in today.

ü Dollar growth in the perimeter is 2.1x greater than other areas of the store. -Source: IRI 2017 Top Trends in Fresh Foods ü 18% of consumers say they are purchasing more fresh perishable items than a year ago -Source: FMI U.S. Grocer Shopper Trends 2018 Report
ü The two most important attributes for consumers when selecting a primary store are high-quality fruits and vegetables and high-quality meats. -Source: FMI U.S. Grocer Shopper Trends 2018 Report ü Produce programs, Meat/Poultry programs and Deli/Prepared Foods programs were ranked #1, #2 and #4 respectively by retailers when asked what department or service they use to build a competitive advantage in the industry. -Source: FMI The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2017

 Pay Less expansion focuses on fresh, prepared foods – August 2016

"We're trying to be convenient and helpful and provide as many nutritious meals as possible." - Eric Halvorson, Manager Public Affairs of Kroger Central Division

 Aldi investing $1.6 billion in store remodels – February 2017

“We’re continuing to expand our fresh offerings, which means we need to provide more space for produce, meat, and bakery items.” - Jason Hart, ceo of Aldi

Food Lion completes $110 million remodels of 71 Richmond area stores including expanded assortment of produce and other fresh products.  – October 2017


Food Lion to undergo $168 million remodel of 105 Greater Norfolk, VA stores in 2018. Some to include walk-in garden coolers designed to keep produce fresher longer and expanded deli departments.  – May 2018

 "We look forward to making significant investments in our stores, our customers, our associates and our communities to offer a new grocery shopping experience. We want to ensure our customers can easily find fresh, quality products to nourish their families at affordable prices every day, delivered with caring, friendly service every time they shop." - Meg Ham, president of Food Lion

Ralph’s debuts new store design featuring Fresh Fare décor.  – December 2017

 "Our Portola Plaza supermarket now features an exciting Fresh Fare format that sets the standard for energy efficiency. We have been serving the residents of North Mission Viejo for more than 30 years, and this major renovation and the change to an upscale Fresh Fare design are just a few of the many ways we are thanking our customers for shopping with us."  - Valerie Jabbar, president of Ralph's

Bakery, fresh perimeter focus of new Schnucks store.  – May 2018

“The store will focus on an extensive selection of bakery, produce, seafood, and meat offerings, including in-store cut meat, all offered at competitive prices.”

 - Todd Schnuck, chairman and ceo of Schnucks

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