How companies disguise rising food prices

Jul 20, 2021
Manufacturers and retailers change packaging and use displays and discounts to distract from higher costs.
The cost of food has gone up, but grocers and manufacturers sometimes use tactics that make price jumps less noticeable.
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Grocers are stockpiling, but that probably won't ease the pain of rising prices

Jul 7, 2021
High labor costs and supply shortages could spell higher prices at the checkout lane.
As grocers stockpile food and dry goods, storage costs might be passed on to consumers.
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DoorDash and Albertsons bet heavily on online grocery shopping

Jun 25, 2021
Grocery delivery became an overnight necessity for many during the pandemic, and it may be a habit that will stick.
DoorDash will be partnering with Albertsons to expand its grocery delivery sources.
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Some consumers have had a soft spot for avocados during the pandemic

May 5, 2021
Demand for avocados rose about 7% last year. But some consumers found there were drawbacks to buying them via curbside delivery.
With consumers spending more time in grocery stores and restaurants, consumption of avocados is expected to continue to increase.
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Commercial landlords look to grocery stores to fill retail vacancies

Apr 16, 2021
Groceries are recession-proof, they sign long leases and bring foot traffic to strip malls. But there can be too many in one area.
Grocery store chains like Aldi, Food Lion and Lidl have major expansion plans.
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What does a return to restaurants mean for big-name packaged food brands?

Mar 24, 2021
Companies like General Mills may need to focus on their digital strategies, to keep consumers buying their brands.
A lot will depend on whether consumers continue to work from home, said Victor Martino with Third Wave Strategies.
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Kroger, offering antibody tests, may be well placed to distribute a vaccine

Dec 3, 2020
Vaccines present opportunity for big retailers in general and grocery chains in particular.
Coronavirus antibody tests are another way for Kroger to get people in the door, and health and wellness is already a major part of the chain’s business model.
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Risk of getting COVID at the grocery store is higher in low-income neighborhoods

Nov 30, 2020
In part because they're more crowded and people stay longer, researchers found.
A bodega worker restocks produce in Brooklyn earlier this year.
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Don’t forget the garlic (industry)

Nov 24, 2020
Demand for garlic is up during the COVID pandemic as more people cook at home.
An employee at Christopher Ranch works with boxes of fresh garlic in Gilroy, California. Ken Christopher, Executive Vice President of Christopher Ranch says there’s been a surge in demand for fresh garlic as more families cook at home.
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"Dark stores" fulfill online grocery orders — but for how long?

Sep 15, 2020
The pandemic led to more people shopping for groceries online. But that trend may not hold.
A Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C. Whole Foods is one company building a new type of grocery store during the pandemic.
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