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                           EARLY OCTOBER 2018 ISSUE                    Volume 14, No. 19                    Publishing Since 2005                  
Grocery Stories to Entertain & Inform is a light-
hearted and amusing collection
of news and views about the
world of grocery plus grocery
trivia, product reviews, videos,
tweets and more.

Click Here to read the latest grocery story, "Will Cashiers Fade Away?"

Books from the Shopper Technology Institute - All available in Paperback & Kindle Editions

Digital Disruption in CPG & Retail
Digital Disruption is the use of new technologies -- such as
virtual reality, augmented intelligence, and blockchains -- to improve traditional processes and procedures. Coming to
grips with digital disruption begins by understanding its impact and implications.

This book aims to be your guide, featuring essays by thought leaders and solution providers that outline the new processes and procedures so that merchants and marketers can chart a new path in today's rapidly-changing marketplace. Click here for more details or to order a copy.

The Essentials of Shopper Technology
Shopper Technology consists of tactics and applications that engage and motivate shoppers, analyze their behavior, and enable trading partners to improve their operations. Consider this book as a way to cut through the clutter as technology roars on, competition heats up, and shoppers become more demanding. Click here for more details or to order.

New Directions in Shopper Technology
This book builds on the foundation of The Essentials of Shopper Technology. Divided into five sections -- Shoppers, Loyalty, Engagement, Analyltics and Digital -- chapters outline the challenges facing merchants and marketers, and offer an analysis of the solutions and their implications. Order now.

The Little Book of Big Data
Big Data is important. It's big and getting bigger...and companies of all sizes need to leverage Big Data to engage consumers and monitor their behavior in stores, improve retail performance, and distance themselves from competing brand marketers. But how can this be done? Is there a roadmap for success? And how is succes measured? This book provides much needed guidance and a path forward. Order now.


Tuesday, October 16 in Philadelphia

The 2018 Saint Joseph's University Food Industry Summit brings together professionals and experts to discuss "The Future of the Food Industry."

The 13th annual Summit is a one-day event held in the Food Marketing Auditorium of Mandeville Hall on the campus of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA.

Speakers will include:
  • John Bennett, President, US Consumer Products Division of McCormick
  • Jeff B. Smith, Company Group Chairman, N.A. of Johnson & Johnson
  • Christopher Baldwin, President, CEO & Chairman of the Board of BJ's Wholesale Club
  • Donna Banks-Ficcio, Vice President, Center Store Sales and Merchandising with Weis Markets
  • Gerada Van Kirk, Managing Director Consulting Talent & Organization at Accenture.

For more information, visit or contact John Stanton at

October 21-25 at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte-France

Don’t miss SIAL Paris 2018!  The world's largest international marketplace for foodservice professionals seeking inspiration will take place October 21-25, in Paris, France.

Over 150,000 professional visitors and over 7,000 French and international exhibitors from 109 countries will display their foodstuffs at SIAL Paris, ranging from ingredients to processed products, including fresh produce. Discover products from all over the world, see the latest culinary trends, and attend culinary demonstrations.

To register for your visitor badge and save 15%, click here.

PLMA Annual Private Label Trade Show
November 11-13 at the Rosemont Convention Center (10 minutes from Chicago's O'Hare Airport)

Private label market share has reached nearly 25% of unit sales in the U.S. and is expanding faster than national brands. Retailers coast-to-coast have committed themselves to an aggressive store brands strategy while specialty chains are using their own brands to create shopper loyalty unheard of only a few years ago.

Buyers from every channel will be at the 2018 PLMA Annual Trade Show. For more than 30 years, PLMA’s annual trade show has been the industry event of the year, where retailers and wholesalers source for their private label programs. More than 1,500 companies from 40 countries will be exhibiting their products, including 25 international pavilions. Exhibitors range from small and medium-size companies to well-known national brand makers who also supply store brands.

No show offers participants a greater opportunity to meet. Click here to register, or call 212-972-3131 for more information on attending or exhibiting.

Complimentary Registration for CPGmatters'
Virtual LEAD Marketing Conference
Streaming Live Wednesday, November 14

CPGmatters' 14th LEAD Marketing Conference is a virtual event that features some of the industry's most knowledgeable experts speaking on topics in the Loyalty, Engagement, Analytics and Digital Applications areas; detailed agenda will be announced in mid-October.

Attend all day, or just log in for the sessions that interest you.

For your complimentary LEAD registration, click here.

(Even if you can't attend the live event, register and receive links to all session recordings and supplementary materials)

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Bread, Eggs, Cannabis
Cannabis-Infused Food and Drink
Move Closer to Mainstream Grocery

Between the spreading legalization of marijuana in
many states for recreational as well as medicinal
purposes, and the quenchless desire by CPG
companies to find new growth markets, the hunt rather suddenly is on for cannabis-based products that could make it to mainstream supermarkets. In what may be a sign of things to come, cans of CBD-laced Sprig sparkling soda are stocked in the refrigerator cases at Bristol Farms supermarkets in southern California.
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Food Makers Can Benefit from Consumer Demand
For Organic Products

Shifts in consumer-buying trends have created immense pressure for recipe-based food and beverage manufacturers. Their R&D teams must prioritize a growing list of dietary requirements and health trends.

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Deals Influence Grocery Shopping, In-Store and Online

A new survey reports that almost everyone wants coupons when shopping for groceries. In fact, they want them for online shopping and when buying meal kits in store.   
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How to Prepare for Trade Promotion Management

When you’ve decided to improve trade planning, there are many dynamics to consider. There are critical five tips for setting your organization up for success.
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Shoppers in UK and Ireland
Slow to Adopt eCommerce Technologies    

There is a growing demand around the world for e-commerce, but the UK and Ireland are the outliers. This is ironic considering more shopper demand there for convenience.
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What Would 3,000 AmazonGo Stores Do to the US Retail Landscape?   

Amazon has taken a slow and steady approach to rolling out its AmazonGo cashier-less stores since opening the first location in Seattle back in January. That may soon change.     
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Hershey Rolls Out Insights Center…..Shoppers Loyal to ‘Transparent’ Products…..
Winning Brands Focus on Customer Experience…..Consumers ‘Grossed Out’ by GMOs….. Enhanced Collaboration at GMDC MarketPlace 
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