Progressive Grocer

DEC 2015

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December 2015 | progressivegrocer.com | 49 C onsumers are increasingly turning to grocery deli de- partments for convenience and fresh prepared foods. Delivering against these needs is a tremendous op- portunity for retailers, but there are some key elements that will ensure success, including a dedicated, motivated and knowledgeable staf, and a pleasant, memorable shopping experience. Not coincidentally, people and community are two of the six infuencers defned by the Interna- tional Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) as impacting the direction of the deli in 2016. (Te other four are food safety, consolidation, technology and competition.) Te end game for both is creating value for shoppers, according to Mike Eardley, pres- ident and CEO of Madison, Wis.-based IDDBA. Editor's Note: T his is the first of a three-part series focused on developments in supermarke t deli pr o grams. Empowering People, Inspiring Shoppers IDDBA platforms support talent and industry unification for an enhanced deli experience. By Joan Driggs Continued on page 52

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