08 Editor’s Note
The Future’s So Bright...
12 Q/A with Ken Vlazny
VP of brand sales at Meiji USA
92 To Tag a Thief
Video, anti-theft devices and software
can help grocery retailers reduce shrink
and manage inventory.
95 Cool Operators
Much goes into the behind the scenes
of keeping today’s complex refrigeration
systems running smoothly.
38 Sparks of Greatness
BrandSpark’s Best and Most Trusted
Products of 2017
50 Making Room for Beer
As brew SKUs expand, retailers must
keep up without going overboard.
54 Rise and Shine
New products and innovation are
ensuring that the most important
meal of the day stays just that.
FOCUS ON FRESH
62 Soup, There It Is!
Sales are heating up as the category
shifts toward clean label, grab-and-go
and ethnic flavor profiles.
65 Falling for Produce
Festive displays, cross-merchandising
and in-store promotions can help
retailers increase sales of seasonal
fruits and vegetables.
70 Sales Review: Pears
77 Nonfoods, Naturally
Rising demand for clean-label,
eco-friendly products can help
spike nonfoods sales.
NONFOODS FOR PROFIT
88 The Face of a Movement
Rahim Budhwani has had a whirlwind
year as NACS’ 2016-2017 chairman.
Here are some of this thoughts as his
term comes to a close.
A Winsight Publication | Volume 83 Number 10 | OCTOBER/17
CON TEN TS
| G H Q | October
ON THE COVER
Weis Markets’ new flagship store
in suburban Harrisburg, Pa., is
elevating the retailer’s brand to
new heights as a test lab for the
rest of the chain.
Johnathon Weis, CEO of Weis Markets, and Andrew Campbell, store manager, at the grand opening in Enola, Pa.