Procurement

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 […]

Merchandising Review

Building a Bundle

Peanut butter next to jelly on the grocery shelf is a no-brainer sales opportunity. After all, it’s the rare person who buys one without the other, so putting both side by side is two sales […]

Feature

Rise of Mediterranean Foods

Mediterranean-style foods continue to be some of the fastest growing items in the deli department, and much of this growth is rooted in trends that extend outside the grocery store, such as is in quick-serve […]

Feature

Starting at the Beginning

Small bites served to whet the appetite before a meal have been a menu favorite for a couple of millennia. The ancient Romans, for example, began their banquets with tasty tidbits like seasoned eggs, cheese […]

Procurement

Standing Out From the Competition

There once was a time, as recent as a decade or two ago, when private label products were synonymous with bargain-basement commodities. Not anymore. Shoppers’ belief that store brands are cheap because of second rate […]

Merchandising Review

Spreading the Wealth

The popularity of sandwiches during the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the few bright spots for supermarket delis in 2020, and that gave rise to a growing number of new condiment flavors. Tom Orlando, national sales […]

Cheese Corner

Capitalizing on Crackers

Specialty crackers sold out of the supermarket deli department offer consumers a whole lot that they simply won’t find inside a box in the grocery aisle. And for savvy supermarket retailers, that means opportunity. The […]

Prepared Foods

A Piece of the Pie

For supermarket delis that focus on quality and trends, the ever-evolving pizza segment can be quite a lucrative venture.  Total revenue in the U.S. pizza industry is upwards of $47 billion, with annual growth on […]

Cover Story

Profiting From Deli Prepared Foods

Deli prepared foods was once synonymous with sandwiches; or, more historically accurate circa the late 19th century in the U.S., pastrami on rye with a side of coleslaw. Today, selections are staggering. From choices behind […]