We look a little different today...

Our new design has been a long time coming, and I want to thank all of our readers for your suggestions and helpful ideas. Since we first launched almost 15 years ago, we have written almost 40,000 pages - which is one of the major reasons for our new design. Easier navigation! Check out the "cash register receipt" over to the left of the screen - our top 5 stories of the day will always appear there; followed by a simple one click navigation that brings you to our most popular columns and features. This area, after today, is reserved for the most important story of the day, the "food news you can use" to save money, eat healthier or to just celebrate. Under this area are listed the headlines for the latest postings in all of our categories - these stories are now just one click away, and you won't have to scroll down. Under that...our New Products Hits & Misses - now both in print and video formats. Take a look at our recipe card on the right. Recipes are easier to find and now placed in these categories: Dieting, Steal This Recipe, $10 Dinners, Allergy Friendly and Coffee Chat. We will be adding new features and transitioning over all our archives, so you may click and see our old design for the next couple of weeks as we move it all over.

Oct 10, 2008 Read More

Welcome to SG|B2B

My objective when I first started writing The Lempert Report was simple: to build a knowledge bridge between consumers and the food industry; and that objective continues with the launch of our new B2B portal on This area is protected and limited to only those in the food industry. You may be asked to re-register if you have not visited us recently, but that will only take a minute - and the benefits are valuable. Each day (Monday thru Friday) we will post a lede story in this area that I promise, will make a difference in the way you see the food world and shoppers. Immediately below are links to what we feel are the top 5 stories of the day. In the area below that are our regular columns: Monday - Health & Wellness, Tuesday - Food Sense (Sustainability), Wednesday - Xtreme Retail (Technology), Thursday - Consumer Panel Reporting and Friday - Economy & Spending. We will also offer you features that are not available elsewhere - including a weekly look at how our climate is affecting our food supply. SG|B2B will be a companion to the daily food news reports you currently read...bringing more consumer insights to the headlines. The Lempert Report videocast on marketing analysis, issues & trends will be uploaded on this page in the top right, and our weekly New Products Hits & Misses are located in the same column on the bottom. My hope is that our commentaries and columns will offer you keen and valuable insights that you can use to improve your business -whether you be a retailer or CPG brand.

Oct 10, 2008 Read More

Introducing Diet Recipes from the World Famous Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa

Dive right in! Enjoy a long and delicious life with these slimming, heart-healthy lunches and dinners, compliments of the award-winning chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa® in Aventura, Florida.

Oct 10, 2008 Read More

Is this the $10 Christmas?

Since America’s consumers got a fat lump of coal as an early holiday gift from Wall Street, they’ll be figuring ways to surround the bottom of their Christmas trees with festive wrapped packages that don’t put them further in debt. More price-sensitive and cash-poor than any Christmas in recent memory, shoppers won’t disappoint their kids even if they can’t afford much. Low-cost presents will rein. The Walmart 2008 Holiday Shopping Intentions Survey found that one-third of Americans buy gifts for their children before spouses, friends, anyone. The current twist in a dismal economy: 39% plan to buy less expensive items, 35% will start shopping earlier, and 35% will scratch people off of their gift lists. Therefore, Walmart dropped prices on 10 popular toys to $10 for the holiday season. Among them: Barbie, Play-Doh, Hot Wheels, Tonka and Clue branded items. Rival Target also promised “popular toys for $10 or less” and “the best prices on the most-wanted items.” Once consumers recover from the shock of Dow Jones gyrations, and start to focus on the holiday, advertising from these big media spenders could begin to register and imprint 2008 as the Year of the $10 Christmas.

Oct 10, 2008 Read More

Why Wegmans’ Self-Scan Test Matters

One could understand the reluctance of Wegmans to test self-scanners until now. Impulse purchases by women drop by 32%, and by men 16%, in self-checkout lanes, according to the latest North American Self-Checkout Systems Market Study by IHL Consulting Group. But 72% of U.S. consumers already hold a positive view of self-checkout, said IHL, so even a service-leading chain like Wegmans risks little on this count by introducing the front-end technology. It’s mainstream, after all: think pay-at-the-pump fuel, bank ATMs—and the $137 billion in self-checkout rings in 2006.

Oct 10, 2008 Read More

Coffee and Cigarettes: One May Help Curb Alcohol Addiction

The ubiquitous image of attendees at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings grasping a mug of coffee may turn out to be a revealing portrait of behavior that can actually contribute to longer lasting recovery, according to a report featured in the October issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER).

Oct 06, 2008 Read More

Myrna's Skinny Crisps and Pancake Mix

Last week Phil reviewed a great new products in his 5 New Products in 5 Minutes weekly video - Skinny Crisps Gourmet Crackers Seeded Flavor (they got 97 out of 100, in case you're wondering).

Oct 03, 2008 Read More

Paul Newman, R.I.P.

The food world lost a one-of-a-kind food visionary this week. Paul Newman, who in 1982, along with author A.E. Hotchner, started Newman's Own with a single product, Italian salad dressing, died this past week. Newman changed the food world in many ways. He did not follow the tried and true path...

Sep 30, 2008 Read More

The Right to COOL

The once lively and heated discussions about Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) are hushed these days, with the law finally taking effect on September 30th after 6 years of fighting. Many groups are still touting their projections that this new regulation will cost the industry (and subsequently the consumer) $2.5 billion in just the first year of implementation; and questioning just what is the point. The point came clear this past weekend with the announcement that over 50,000 children in China have become sick from tainted infant formula. Four children have already died. Unlike many of the food safety problems that we read about, this one was caused not by a bacterium or disease – but just from greed. Dairies in China had reportedly watered down milk and then added melamine to boost the protein levels, and their profits. Melamine, you may recall made headlines in 2007 when it was discovered that the compound was added to pet foods for the same purpose, and with similar results.

Sep 28, 2008 Read More

A Coupon is Now Worth ~ $1

Industry experts estimate a whopping 400 billion coupons will be distributed this year ... and this comes just in time! As more of us struggle to keep up with the rising food prices, using coupons is a quick and easy way to save big bucks. Since January of this year, more than $173 billion in coupons have been delivered just in those newspaper supplements and mailings alone. With the average face value of food coupons now at 91 cents each and non-food coupons worth an average $1.61 the savings can add up quickly. Tom Lemke, a talk-show guest on "Oprah", explained years ago how he bought more than $400 of groceries for less than $100 using coupons. And, while Lemke's level of success is rare, coupons can easily shave 15-20 percent from every grocery bill. That's an annual savings of over a $1,000 for a family of four.

Sep 26, 2008 Read More

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