Progressive Grocer

JUN 2016

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172 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Nonfoods Learning Curve Food retailers test new concepts to tackle diabetes. By Christina Veiders T he diabetes landscape — where millions of lives and billions of health care dollars are at stake — is quickly changing. Shifts in diabetes care are driven by: Patient-focused consumerism, where the onus for health is on the individual. Increased access to health care services through community-based, patient-directed models, including retail pharmacy and health clinics. Innovative digital health technologies that broaden access and empower diabetics to take control. New insulin drugs, formulations and combina- tion therapies for better glucose control, with advances in delivery and monitoring devices. All require the need for better education. Supermarkets, where food is center stage and a critical component to diabetes health, have come to recognize the importance of the diabetic cus- tomer both from an economic and a community health perspective. Food retailers have tackled the disease to various degrees over the past decade. Yet to stay ahead of the diabetes trajectory, they're testing new concepts, including integrating the total store, and employing new technologies while focusing on lowering costs and providing easy access for patients. "At retail, [where] you've got food and grocery, if you have other assets where you can build compre- hensive solutions for the patient and really center those solutions around the patient, it just opens a phenomenal opportunity for innovation and hope- Wellness Solutions

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