In Grocery Stores, the Perimeters Take Center Stage
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.”