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What Grows In Vegas Stays In Vegas

NPR’s The Salt reports on a new Las Vegas enterprise that doesn’t have glimmering lights, showgirls or gambling – all it has is food.

It’s called Urban Seed and it is a farm – a modern day farm which is made up of high-tech greenhouses, the goal is to have six 6,500 sq foot greenhouses, located on a small plot of land smack in the center of Las Vegas. They…

February 24, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

5 Reasons to Choose Lard as Your Cooking Oil

Today lard is seen as a dangerous fat… but is it? Find out the facts here.

Used in kitchens for centuries, lard (rendered from pork fat) has a unique mix of different types of fats. In the past, it was what cooks used when they needed to make pastries; when dinner needed cooking; and even as a quick breakfast… eaten spread on a piece of bread! Today lard is seen…

February 24, 2017 Read More


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What Crop Best Reflects Your Country?

Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin had exactly that in mind when they created their “food map” series.

The Food Maps are a collection of country and continent maps that are made using ingredients to show those areas staple crops as reported in the National Geographic magazine. 

The United States is made of corn, Italy tomatoes, India rendered in spices, New Zealand in kiwifruit, South America…

February 23, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Can Oats Boost Heart Health?

This month in honor of American Heart Month, we’re calling out the top foods for your heart! Today it’s oats!

Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a special type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Study after study has demonstrated the beneficial effects of beta-glucan on cholesterol levels. According to WHfoods, studies show that individuals with high cholesterol, consuming just three grams of soluble…

February 23, 2017 Read More


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Innovation Labs Are Not New, But Marriott's Could Be Great

Their Pop-Up Innovation Lab, launching here in Los Angeles, is showcasing Communal Living Rooms which may remind you of your college days.

Element Hotels will soon be piloting communal rooms located at the center of four guest rooms. Guests will sleep in their own rooms but will share a kitchen, dining room, and lounge area so they can stay connected. Which we have already seen very effective in workplace settings – and may also be the…

February 22, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

5 Protein Rich Breakfasts To Satisfy Your Shoppers All Week

What should your shoppers be eating for breakfast to stay satisfied throughout the day, and maybe even drop a few pounds?

The benefits of breakfast are hard to dispute; study after study show that breakfast really might be the most important meal of the day.

Heither Leidy, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, School of Medicine at the University…

February 22, 2017 Read More


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A New Take on Sustainability is Coming From Celebrities

In this era where who and how you say it is becoming even more important – these folks may well create the awareness and change we need to save the planet.

Jason Brown: a former NFL star has a 1000 acre farm to help feed North Carolina’s hungriest. First Fruits Farm, donates its first fruits of the harvest to local food pantries and in 2014 donated more than 46,000…

February 21, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

The App Review: mySugr

Each week we review a food related app. This week it’s mySugr: Easy to use daily diabetes logbook – find out what the Lempert Report thought.

What it says it does: The mySugr app is your loyal diabetes tracker for your iPhone. From now on, stay in control of your health and say goodbye to manual logging. On a daily basis, mySugr helps you control your blood sugar levels, monitor your carbs, track your insulin…

February 21, 2017 Read More


Product Reviews

Phil's Food Reviews for February 20th, 2017

This week Phil reviews: Coconut Cloud Coconut Milk Creamer Original, Community Coffee Company Mardi Gras King Cake, Tolerant Foods Balanced Blend Chickpea Pasta, Campbell's Chunky Soup Spicy BBQ Seasoned Chicken with Beans Soup, Jar Goods Classic Spicy Tomato Sauce

Individual Review links with nutrition information and product breakdown are listed below: 

February 20, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Help Shoppers Eat Their Way to Stronger Bones

What we eat can help build our bones and health in general. Find out some of the top bone building foods and nutrients to share with shoppers.

You may not have realized, but many of the items stocked in your market can help your shoppers maintain and improve bone health - at any age! 

Before we get into specific foods here are some basics you need to know:
Bone, like other tissue, is in…

February 20, 2017 Read More


Articles

3 Big Reasons the Food Industry Needs Immigrants

How does a "Day Without Immigrants" play out for our food system?

Yesterday, in response to the new administration’s moves to control entry to the USA and follow through with deportation plans as well as construction of a border wall, the nationwide strike “A Day Without Immigrants” inspired many to close restaurants, not go to work, keep children home…

February 17, 2017 Read More


The Lempert Report ®

Joe & the Juice Might Be the Next Starbucks

They might even be the Grocerant solution in your supermarket.

A couple weeks ago while I was in NYC I was headed to one of my old standby restaurants – Santa Fe – on the upper West Side and came across the construction of a soon to open Joe + the Juice. This is a chain from Denmark that you should be watching. Their approach is a bit different – yes the food…

February 17, 2017 Watch Video


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MyPlate, MyWins... Are We Just Fooling Ourselves?

USDA’s Nutrition Policy and Promotion is trying hard to reach and empower kids with their “MyPlate, MyWins” video series that launched in May of last year.

The agency says that most kids inherently know how to eat without a parent pressuring them. They also know how to stop eating when they are full. They go on to say that actively persuading kids to eat confuses their natural self-regulation. It also complicates the parent-child dynamic, creating an…

February 16, 2017 Watch Video


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Amazon’s Food Stamp Program May Be Off Target

Lots of talk about how Amazon accepting food stamps will hurt Walmart and other retailers’ business – I don’t think so

Yes we need to watch just what happens this summer, that is unless the new administration decides to make changes in the SNAP program which last year provided more than $66 billion of help to 44.2 million Americans - in New York, New Jersey and Maryland. In addition to Amazon, FreshDirect, Safeway…

February 15, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Here's What the New Nutrition Facts Label Looks Like

The new label seeks to be more informative to shoppers and consumers.

RL Food Testing Laboratory, Inc, in collaboration with the FDA, announced yesterday the new mandatory changes to the nutrition facts label. Changes must be implemented by July 26, 2018 by all food manufacturers with more…

February 14, 2017 Read More


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Instacart’s Shaky Ground is Your Opportunity

It’s time for supermarkets to take advantage of this workforce.

I respect Instacart’s 3 tier model for retailers. Do it all, just do delivery or license the software and back end. The company is valued at over $2 billion and has raised more than $270 million from top Silicon Valley investors, but with the recent announcement that it is cutting the…

February 14, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Aphrodisiac Foods

With Valentine's Day just days away SupermarketGuru wanted to remind you of a few ways to spice up your day

Valentine's Day is just days away, and we have all heard of aphrodisiac foods so what are they and where did the notion come from? The word aphrodisiac actually comes from the name Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and although medical science has never substantiated claims that certain…

February 14, 2017 Read More


Product Reviews

Phil's Food Reviews for February 13th, 2017

This week Phil reviews: VitaThinQ Essential Mints Peppermint, Let's Do...Organic® Green Banana Flour, La Colombe Coffee Roasters Draft Latte Original, Big Slice Kettle Cooked Apples Berry Chia, Traditional Medicinals Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger

Individual Review links with nutrition information and product breakdown are listed below:    

February 13, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

6 Things You Need to Know About tofu and Tempeh

Check out these six things you need to know about these protein alternatives.

Thought you knew everything there is to know about soy foods, specifically tofu and tempeh? Here are six things about tofu and it’s fermented counterpart tempeh that you should know before you shop.

Tempeh is a traditional fermented soy product originating in Indonesia…

February 13, 2017 Read More


The Lempert Report ®

It’s All About the FOOD at the Potato Expo!

This is the kind of trade event that adds excitement to the industry and reminds us that it is all about the food!

Do you have a passion for potatoes? I do, and one of the highlights of my year is meeting the contestants and hosting the Spud Nation Throwdown at the Potato Expo. The 2017 Spud Nation Throwdown, held this year in San Francisco, was an exciting fusion of tastes, cultures and flavors as a diverse group…

February 10, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Bone Health 101

You’ve heard it before – but taking care of your bones is critical; and while we all know the bone strengthening benefits from consuming lots of dark leafy greens as well as other vegetables, fruits and dairy, there is a lot more you should know.

Bone, like other tissue, is in a constant state of turnover, or remodeling. Bones respond to exercise and a healthy diet by becoming stronger; and are one of the most important things in our bodies as they provide structure, support and protect our vital organs.

Bones act as storehouses for…

February 10, 2017 Read More


Articles

The App Review: chicken2me

Each week we review a food related app. This week it’s chicken2me – find out what the Lempert Report thought.

What it says it does: chicken2me is the world’s first chicken shop app! Whether fried, peri-peri, buffalo or flame grilled, chicken2me empowers chicken lovers to find their wings on the go or for delivery, whenever, wherever. It doesn’t stop there! We want you to get involved…

February 10, 2017 Read More


The Lempert Report ®

Facial Recognition is One of our 2017 Trends

It’s time for supermarkets to look at the innovations taking place in fast food, around the world, and bring them to every supermarket in the country.

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Panasonic Innovation Center and facial recognition was a key element of the center. To help marketers understand the demographics of who is looking at what products, how they shop a store’s department and for operators to understand traffic patterns. …

February 9, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Artificial Sweeteners 101

Need a quick reference guide when shopping in the supermarket?

Here is a quick SupermarketGuru guide to shopping for artificial sweeteners. From what they are, to how to store, we’ve got everything you need in this quick reference article. 

What is Artificial Sweetener? Man-made products created to add sweetness to baking, cooking,…

February 9, 2017 Read More


Articles

Despite Technology, Home Cooking is Still An Old-Fashioned Practice 

With apps and online videos, you would think cooking methods have changed dramatically over the years, but homestyle cooking still wins.

What’s cooking in 2017? Some say tacos, sea veggies, fermented foods, and even insects! And as food analysts make their predictions for what people will be eating this year, we wanted to find out how they are cooking.

No doubt we’ve seen an explosion of cooking…

February 9, 2017 Read More


Articles

Red Bell Pepper Will Lift Your Mood and 4 Other Valentines Foods You Need to Know

Here are five red fruits and vegetables that should grace your Valentine’s Day plate for their many health benefits and superb tastes

Here are five red fruits and vegetables that should grace your Valentine’s Day plate for their many health benefits and superb tastes. The red color in fruits and vegetables shouts phytonutrients, such as lycopene, ellagic acid, quercetin, and hesperidin, to name a few. These nutrients have…

February 8, 2017 Read More


The Lempert Report ®

What You Need To Know About Your In-Store Demos

Demos are easy, right? Outsource or do it yourself – the results are dramatic.

Increase sales, add excitement to the store and you are set. Easy. But a column by Peter Ubel on Forbes.com discusses how one’s will power effects how quickly we respond to the taste of food – which just may change, and make more effective, the current ways we sample in store. 

Ubel writes…

February 8, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

13 Items to Add to Your Shopping List to Save Money

Looking for another way to save money while also boosting the nutritional profile of your meals?

Looking for another way to save money while also boosting the nutritional profile of your meals? Choose legumes! Which include beans and peas, navy, black, pinto and kidney to the more gourmet fava and cranberry bean. In the pea family, discover split peas or lentils, chick peas (garbanzo…

February 8, 2017 Read More


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What Grocerants Can Learn From Google...

Google uses its "knowledge graph" to make search results far more useful than just a list of links

Everyone seems to use Google, obviously Yahoo & AOL know that all too well, and, according to Engadget, a primary reason is that Google uses its "knowledge graph" to make…

February 7, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Antioxidants: What You Need to Know

Here are just a few of the antioxidants you should be looking to add to your diet.

Lycopene is an extremely potent antioxidant found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots, pink grapefruit, blood oranges. The USDA estimates that 85 percent of American dietary intake of lycopene comes from tomatoes and tomato products. Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that is protective…

February 7, 2017 Read More


Articles

Shopping for Stroke Prevention

Find out how to support your shopper’s heart health with stroke prevention.

It’s becoming more and more apparent that we need to start taking care of ourselves at a younger age – a study published online in Neurology found that strokes are affecting a greater…

February 7, 2017 Read More


Product Reviews

Phil's Food Reviews for February 6th, 2017

This week Phil reviews: Arctic Zero Chunky Pint Banana Pudding, Post Cinnamon Pebbles, Good Karma Foods Dairy Free Yogurt Blueberry, Maple Hill Creamery Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Vanilla Bean, Saffron Road Chickbean Crisps White Cheddar

Individual Review links with nutrition information and product breakdown are listed below:   

February 6, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Joe & The Juice Might Well Be The Next Starbucks

Hiring the right people makes for a "unique culture and environment."

A few days ago I was headed to one of my old standby restaurants Santa Fe on the upper West Side in Manhattan and came across the construction of a soon to open Joe & the Juice around the corner. This is a chain from Denmark…

February 6, 2017 Read More


Articles

Fat, The 4 Things Your Shoppers Need to Know

Here's the reason we all need fat.

Dietary fats are more important than your shoppers may have previously thought. Of course we know they are essential for keeping inflammation at bay (omega-3s), but they are also deeply satisfying, providing a feeling of fullness, and add a flavor, texture, and consistency to foods that…

February 6, 2017 Read More


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You Should Know About the Unicode Consortium

Food and drinks account for just 82 of around 2,000 emojis approved by the Unicode Consortium.

It is the official body that regulates what emojis are added and their appearance, ensuring they work on different devices. NPR reports that Food…

February 3, 2017 Watch Video


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Herbs and Spices 101

Want to increase the flavor of your food while adding nutrition and virtually no calories? Choose herbs and spices - here is your quick reference 101.

What are Herbs and Spices? Culinary seasonings to add flavor to fresh or cooked foods and beverages, made from seeds, plants, leaves, used in fresh or dried form. 

How to Buy: Fresh herbs should smell piquant and lively, not be wilted. Dried herbs should have lively color,…

February 3, 2017 Read More


Articles

Super Bowl Snacks You Wouldn’t Believe are Healthy

SupermarketGuru has some suggestions for healthy alternatives to our game day favorites.

Super Bowl LI is almost here! We all know that Super Bowl parties are fun even if you're not a football fan: the commercials, half time show, getting together with friends and the food! It is truly one day when everyone, no matter what age, can hang together - and enjoy the show.

February 3, 2017 Read More


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The True Cost of Food, On Every Label?

What would happen if a label on every product in the supermarket contained the information to show consumers just how much that food actually costs?

 

Mike Lee has a fascinating story in Food Tech Connect where he explores what would happen if a label on every product in the supermarket…

February 2, 2017 Watch Video


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Food Deflation: Why Should You Care?

Food deflation is having an economic impact on retailers that all RDs must understand.

It seems that the term food deflation is being used to explain lower retailer stock prices, layoffs and why you didn’t get a raise last year. 

It’s true that just about all supermarket chains from Kroger to Whole Foods have seen their bottom lines erode at the same time…

February 2, 2017 Read More


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The Food Justice Certified Label is Here, Are You Ready?

Do we really need another label? Yes we do!

National Geographic has highlighted the first organic unionized farm in America, Swanton Berry Farm that is among an increasing number of growers adopting a new label: Food Justice Certified. 

Do we really need another label? Yes we do! 

Bruce Goldstein, president of the Washington,…

February 1, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Share These Tips With Shoppers for a Healthy Heart

February is all about our heart! Find out SupermarketGuru's top healthy heart tips here.

February is all about our heart! Since 1963 Congress has required the president to proclaim February as “American Heart Month,” a time when we recognize that heart disease is our nation’s number one killer - and also a time when we recognize the contributing factors and try to eliminate…

February 1, 2017 Read More


Recipes

Show Your Shoppers How to Make These Wings for the Big Game!

Recipe for Grocerants: Spicy Ginger & Orange Glazed Chicken Wings

Wings are one of the top foods people choose to go with the Super Bowl! Here's a modern and creative twist on this popular dish that supermarkets and their grocerants can share with their shoppers. From SupermarketGuru contributor, Chef Jamie, here is a super simple and healthier baked instead of…

February 1, 2017 Read More


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Avoid Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are becoming a more common occurrence - find out some supermarket solutions for preventing stones to share with shoppers.

Diet and weight play strong roles in the development of kidney stones. Low fluid intake and high intakes of sodium as well as animal fat and proteins can contribute to kidney stones as well. Share the tips that follow with your shoppers to help them avoid this painful occurrence.

January 31, 2017 Read More


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Beans, They are Good For Your Heart!

This month in honor of American Heart Month, we’re calling out the top foods for your heart!

The song we’re all so familiar with as kids might very well be true, as eating beans regularly is good for your heart. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition

January 31, 2017 Read More


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What You Should Know About Open Agriculture Initiative

It’s part of the MIT Media Lab and has a goal to create more farmers and code the future of food production.

Caleb Harper and his colleagues have developed the Food Computer, an open source hardware and software platform for controlled-environment agriculture that uses robotic systems to control for variables like climate, energy and nutrients inside the chamber, realizing Harper’s vision of creating a climate…

January 31, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Sick of Kale? Try These Greens in Your Salad!

Thought there were only a few boring types of lettuce? Think again! Here is SupermarketGuru’s guide to adding flavor and zing to your salads with tasty greens.

Shoppers getting bored of kale salads? Have you forgotten that there are other greens you can promote to make a delicious and highly nutritious salad? A big salad of 2-3 cups is a great and easy way for your shoppers to veggies every day. Eating lettuce has many benefits; most greens…

January 30, 2017 Read More


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The App Review: ChefSteps

Each week we review a food related app. This week it’s ChefSteps – find out what the Lempert Report thought.

What it says it does: ChefSteps exists to inspire creativity and encourage expertise in the kitchen. Drawing on years of combined culinary experience, we create hands-on online classes and original recipes that are helpful, informative, and entertaining. We don’t tell you…

January 30, 2017 Read More


Product Reviews

Phil's Food Reviews for January 30th, 2017

This week Phil reviews: Bandar Foods Chili Sauce Mint Cilantro, Truvia Nectar Stevia Blend with Honey, Junkless Chewy Granola Bar 100% Real Strawberries, Blackberry Patch Blueberry Ice Cream Topping, Evolution Fresh Smooth Greens & Kale

Individual Review links with nutrition information and product breakdown are listed below:  

January 30, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

5 Items To Keep Out of the Refrigerator

Stop! Don't put that onion in the fridge!

When it comes to food storage, there are many conventions that some people swear by and certain things that you should always do. But are you unnecessarily refrigerating certain foods? Here are the top five items to make sure your shoppers keep out of the refrigerator.

Storing…

January 27, 2017 Read More


Recipes

Try This Before Avocados Get Too Expensive: Asparagus Guacamole

A creative spin on traditional guacamole that adds a seasonal vegetable.

President Trump’s latest suggestion to pay for his border wall by imposing a 20% tariff on products imported from Mexico had avocado lovers all across social media in a panic yesterday. And it’s no surprise since one of last year’s hottest food trends was avocado toast.

We…

January 27, 2017 Read More


The Lempert Report ®

Gassing Produce May be a Tool of the Past

The New York Times reports that Apeel Sciences of California’s goal is to make obsolete the gas, wax and other tricks growers use to keep fruits and vegetables fresh.

Apeel has developed a method for creating imperceptible, edible barriers that the company says can extend the life of produce like green beans and berries by as much as five times by using leaves, stems, banana peels and other fresh plant materials left behind after fruits and vegetables are picked…

January 27, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Moringa on Your Radar?

Have you heard of the exotic superfood, moringa? Find out all about it here.

Moringa Oleifera, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in northern India, is sure to be popping up in foods and beverages in your store. Moringa or drumstick tree is widely cultivated throughout Africa, Central and South America, and many parts of Asia, because of its many…

January 26, 2017 Read More


Articles

Super Snack Ideas for Super Bowl Parties

Help your shoppers host Super Bowl parties with healthier options that don't break the bank.

Super Bowl 51 is here! The Patriots will face the Falcons, and it should be a great game! But we all know that the parties are fun even if you're not a football fan. It’s truly one day when everyone, no matter what age, can hang together and enjoy the game and the highly anticipated commercials,…

January 26, 2017 Read More


The Lempert Report ®

Impress For Success, and Fill That Plate – Nope!

Fast Company has a terrific piece from Cornell's Food and Brand Lab that shows that if men they think people are watching when they eat they'll eat four times as much.

In social situations, men may eat more, just to make themselves look good. 

"Even if men aren't thinking about it, eating more than a friend tends to be understood as a demonstration of virility and strength," says co-author Kevin Kniffin, of Cornell University. 

The study consisted…

January 26, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Help Shoppers Beat Acid Reflux in Your Store

Help guide shoppers away from foods that cause acid reflux and towards foods that will help.

Dietary changes are one of the most important elements to help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux – from ditching the junk food to cutting back on alcohol there are a variety of things your shoppers can do. 

Acid reflux, also known as "reflux esophagitis", is an inflammation…

January 25, 2017 Read More


The Lempert Report ®

It’s Time to Watch Innerspace, Again

Engadget reports on FoodMarble's AIRE digestive tracker gives users the power to face exactly what’s going on inside their bodies.

You remember, the movie where Dennis Quaid and his space pod is miniaturized and embedded in Martin Short.  Well now, according to engadget, FoodMarble's AIRE digestive tracker, is available for pre-order and gives users the power to face exactly what’s going on inside their, well, you know….to determine…

January 25, 2017 Watch Video


Articles

Kosher Explained

Here's your 101 on what that Kosher symbol means.

What does that Kosher symbol mean on the product stocked in your store? Well, kosher or kashrut is a set of Jewish dietary laws, regarding which animals can be eaten, what foods can be combined and more. General exclusions are pork and shellfish. You may find that there is a growing perception,…

January 25, 2017 Read More


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