June/July 2016

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June/July 2016

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about June/July 2016.

Photography by Kelly Mooney Over a decade ago, John and Mirna Attar launched a large specialty grocery store in Oregon with little more than good food sense.

With the rise of social media, many retailers are turning to this platform as a viable way to connect with consumers. "It's a perfect channel for gourmet retailers because they already have the advantage of exclusivity.

Photo courtesy of Murray's Cheese. Affinage is the French term applied to the process of aging cheese to improve its flavor.

Artichoke uses in-store events and personalized service to drive cookware sales. While chain stores and discounters ring up the lion's share of cookware sets in dollars and units, specialty stores are making the sale one open stock pan at a time. According to

In many ways Kate Weiler, co-founder of Drinkmaple, St. Albans, Vt., is a typical ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages consumer. The 33-year-old prefers healthy foods, runs, bikes, swims, practices yoga regularly, and never casually reaches for a soda to quench her thirst.

Every year we search high and low for the outstanding independent kitchenware retailer of the year. The Gourmet Retailer is now accepting nominations through July 11 for gia 2016-2017, the prestigious award honoring housewares merchandising excellence at t

Fueling young minds can sometimes be a struggle. Parents want food that actually gets eaten, provides plenty of energy and yet fits into a hectic school schedule. New products abound to help solve these everyday challenges and excite children and teens about eating healthier.

Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

Pepper Mills

Trade shows play a vital role in keeping a retail store's product mix fresh. They provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see what's new and connect with existing vendors — all under one roof.

TGR: How are shoppers today more educated about coffee? JW: Education has grown in the public eye through various media outlets particularly the continued rapid growth (at least in the Pacific Northwest) of coffee shops, in particular craft coffee houses.