Progressive Grocer

MAR 2017

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March 2017 | | 61 I n common with many other departments through- out the supermarket, the trends of nutritious eating and cleaner ingredients are having an impact on the seafood section, creating plenty of potential. Indeed, Schaumburg, Ill.-based market researcher Nielsen Perishables Group asserts, "Growing consum- er concern for health and wellness gives the seafood department an opportunity to reposition itself for growth." is is especially true given that, despite its currently fashionable healthy halo, Americans' consumption of seafood remains well below the recommended amount of at least 8 ounces weekly for an average 2,000-calorie- per-day diet, according to the USDA Economic Re- search Service last October. Overall, grocers seem optimistic about future profits in the seafood section. According to Progressive Grocer's 2017 Retail Seafood Review, a substantial 55.8 percent of respondents expect seafood sales to increase this year, while just 3.8 percent anticipate a downturn. Some 40.4 percent of the supermarket seafood executives surveyed by PG for its annual state-of-the-category report believe that sales will remain the same. Although these results convey a continu- ing confidence in seafood's ability to deliver the goods, they sound a note of uncertainty unheard in last year's poll, when not a single respondent predicted that sales would drop. Swimming Upstream The category's healthy profile, sustainability moves could buoy sales, but pricing may sink them. Analysis by Bridget Goldschmidt Research by Debra Chanil 2017 Retail Seafood Review

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