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The Catalina Sea Ranch

Having joined forces with Verizon, CSR secured the first permit for offshore aquaculture in U.S. Federal waters

Phil Lempert According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s FishWatch program, the United States produces only 5 percent of it's own seafood supply. Thanks to an innovative business concept however, this statistic is about to change. Catalina Sea Ranch,…

August 21, 2014 Watch Video


Is your produce section about health or opportunistic sales?

Supermarkets are at a crossroads in merchandising fruits and vegetables with other products.

Are food retailers slowly killing the golden goose?

The produce department is so vital to winning store selection, generating trips, putting shoppers in a buying mood, and positioning a banner as a health and wellness destination.…

August 21, 2014 Read More


Steal This Recipe® Pollo Capri

From Chef Joanie Corneil of Bella's Italian Café, Tampa, Florida

'Stolen with permission' from Chef Joanie Corneil, co-owner and executive chef of Bella's Italian Café, in Tampa, Florida, this mushroom lovers' recipe will dazzle your guests - if you love mushrooms as much as we do then you'll love this simple recipe: sautéed chicken breasts topped with smoked mozzarella…

August 21, 2014 Read More


Get Creative: Eat More Produce

Can produce help people find meaning in their life? A New Zealand study thinks so. Find out the specifics here...

Can fresh produce help us feel more curious and creative, as well as more engaged, so we can live meaningful and purposeful lives?  Research published in the British Journal of Health and Psychology found…

August 20, 2014 Read More

Product Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for August 20th, 2014

This week's Hit of the Week scored 94!

  • Nonni's Biscotti Bites Almond Dark Chocolate
  • Golazo Hydration Replenishing Electrolyte Drink Mandarin Flavor
  • Cholula Green Pepper Hot Sauce 
  • Way Better Snacks Simply Tangy Mustard + Onion Tortilla Chips
  • Vermont Peanut Butter Beenut Butter

August 20, 2014 Watch Video


The supplier deck reshuffles

There’s some good and bad as companies and brands change hands.

Food industry mergers and brand acquisitions will likely place more upward price pressure on key categories, since food and nonfood prices are already rising today, says The Lempert Report. And supermarkets will have to decide whether to absorb them or pass them along.

August 20, 2014 Read More

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Back To School retail

The back to school shopping period for retailers is much like the holiday season, busy!

 From school supplies, dorm furniture and clothing there's a lot of shopping to be done to fill the needs of more than55 million K-12graders and about 22 million college and university students, as measured by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for…

August 19, 2014 Watch Video


In the Kitchen with Karen Graham, RD, CDE

From our In the Kitchen series on, Karen Graham talks about diabetes, and it's connection to local farmers, sustainability and more.

Karen Graham has worked as a diabetes educator for over 25 years in Manitoba, and has counseled more than 5,000 people to lose weight and live a healthy life with diabetes. Graham has also worked as a renal dietitian in British Columbia helping people better manage their kidney disease.…

August 19, 2014 Read More

Chefs Move to Schools Ready Set Eat Supermarket Chef Showdown
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