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    Nine Top Retail DELI Trends For 2022

    The supermarket deli fared well last year compared to many segments. Specifically, 53% of supermarket deli operators said they saw an increase in sales, while about a third reported that sales stayed the same and only 8% saw a decrease, according to Datassential, a Chicago-based [...]
  • Cover Story

    The Grab-and-Go Phenomenon

    The grab-and-go segment has evolved over the years. As a result, supermarket delis are more diverse and have become more competitive with today’s restaurants. Its higher-end offerings providing convenient and fast pick up include everything from charcuterie platters to prepared food and everything in between [...]
  • Awards

    2021 People’s Awards

    Deli Business’ annual People’s Awards honors those individuals in the industry who are standouts in their fields. These retailers, distributors, academics, importers and marketing professionals’ personal and professional contributions in the deli and food industries are worthy of this annual recognition. Honorees are nominated by [...]
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    The State of Sandwiches

    To say the last year has been challenging for supermarket deli prepared food programs may be an understatement. And there is no doubt prepared sandwich programs were caught in the crosshairs due to the pandemic. Yet, there is good news in recent months with what [...]
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    The Prepared Food Pivot

    Prepared food has been a juggernaut for supermarket delis in recent years. In 2019, prepared meals were a top selling category, generating close to $15 billion, according to New York-based Statistica. During the 52 weeks ending Aug. 9, 2020, chicken had a 41.4% category share [...]

A Changing Category

Hummus—that wonderful spread made of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and salt—is so versatile that retailers successfully market it as a dip, spread and cooking ingredient. Twenty six percent of U.S. households purchase hummus, according to Statista, [...]

A Lunchtime Education

Packing lunches for back-to-school is nothing new. In fact, school lunch menus and tips for preparing these kid-friendly mobile meals first appeared in American cookbooks at the end of the 19th century, according to an [...]
Cheese Corner

Creating Inspired Cheeseboards

Say the words ‘cheese and crackers’ and fond memories often come to mind. Maybe it’s of one of Grandma’s wooden plates set with bite-sized squares of tooth-picked cheddar, or a baseball size pecan-crusted pimento cheese […]

Cheese Corner

Gouda and Beyond

Holland is a sort of heaven for cheesemaking. The country’s year-round rainfall, relatively temperate climate and lush green grass provides an ideal environment for dairy cows to thrive. In fact, most of the milk goes […]

Cheese Corner

A Cheese for the Ages

It happened in a flash—in January this year, MacKenzie Smith, the blogger behind Grilled Cheese Social, posted a video to her TikTok of creamy feta pasta. Finnish blogger Jenni Hayrinen is credited with making the […]

Soup’s Solid Sales

Prepared Foods
Soup has long been associated with comfort, so when the COVID-19 numbers started getting out of control last year and people were eating at home, fearful of what was happening, it’s no surprise that soup [...]

Event Staple Makes A Return

Prepared Foods
As the United States emerges from the worst of COVID-19, entertaining is taking on a fresh new glow. Food offerings that target social occasions are again assuming a prominent place in the minds of consumers [...]

Imported Meat Continues its Surge

Unlike bologna or domestic ham, imported meats from Prosciutto di Parma to Jamon Serrano to chorizo are enjoying new cache in the deli department and beyond. With the serious popularity of charcuterie boards, cured European [...]

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    From the Editor
    The deli that lived off the traffic of grocery buyers must now be the draw that drives consumers into the store. August/September 2021 – As the United States moves from the COVID pandemic, there are, [...]

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