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The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014

The specialty food industry has been rapidly growing over the past several years. Between 2011 and 2013, sales increased by 18.4%. The Specialty Food Association has teamed up with Mintel International and SPINS to track sales of specialty foods though supermarkets, specialty food stores and natural food retailers. Highlights of the study: -Total sales for […]

Gordon Food Service Acquires Broadline Distributor Perkins

Gordon Food Service has acquired Perkins, a leading broadline foodservice distributor based in Taunton MA. Jim Gordon, chief executive officer of Gordon Food Service, said, “Perkins is a great company with a strong family heritage. Their dedication to high-quality service is an ideal fit with Gordon Food Service’s culture and commitment to exceptional customer service.” […]

Spartan Wins Chief Supply Deal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here on Tuesday said it has entered a distribution agreement with Chief Super Market, a 12-store independent based in Defiance, Ohio. Chief operates 12 stores under the Chief Supermarkets and Rays banners in Northwest and West Central Ohio. Spartan said it will assume distribution to all of Chief’s banners for grocery, […]

Midwest retailer Meijer names new president

WALKER, MI — J.K. Symancyk will take over the role of president of Meijer Inc. from Mark Murray next month, the Midwest retailer said Tuesday, Jan. 15 as the announcement was made to more than 60,000 Meijer employees across five states. Murray, 58, will remain with the company as co-chief executive officer, a position he’ll […]

State of the Specialty Food Industry

Did you know… 66% of US consumers purchase specialty food, up from 59% in 2011 ** Specialty foods represent 13.7% of all food sales at retail * Chocolate remains the most purchased specialty food category. Cheese and yogurt/kefir recorded strong increases in the percentage of consumers purchasing. * State of the Specialty Food Industry 2012 […]

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