Progressive Grocer

DEC 2015

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72 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | December 2015 Industry Events Grocerant Summit 2016 Recap From left: Retail Chefs Jacki Novotny, Heinen's; Deanna Stephens, Southeastern Grocers; and Charlie Baggs, Charlie Baggs Culinary Innovation, along with moderator Jeremy Johnson, education director, IDDBA, agreed that professionally trained chefs bring a high level of culinary integrity to grocery banners. Blount Fine Foods' John Canale explained that taste isn't sacrificed with the company's commitment to clean and simple ingredients. Eric Le Blanc, VP of marketing, Tyson Foods, shared "The Consequences of Failure" when retailers don't meet consumers' expectectations for deli shopping. Customers often punish retailers by not shopping the store for a period of time. Fresh Inspiration T he expert presentations and sense-flling experiences of Progressive Grocer's frst Grocerant Summit helped retailer attendees defne their respective culinary paths, increasing their chances of being considered when the question "What's for dinner?" is asked by their customers.

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