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In Grocery Stores, the Perimeters Take Center Stage

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August 10, 2012

The New York Times

Shopping and eating patterns are changing, and those changes have threatening implications for the food companies whose shelf-stable products have long filled the center store.

“There’s been some stagnation in center-of-the-store sales,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chief executive of Hormel Foods. “Frankly, I think those of us who sell products there have been a little slow to innovate, and in the meantime, sales around the store perimeter have been strong.”