May 6, 2014

How Homemade Truffles Link To Fresh Produce Value Growth

A girlfriend of mine recently started a business making homemade truffles. These little chocolate treats are amazing – creamy, flavourful and very hard to stop at one. She decided to sell them at a local farmers market and we recently spent time discussing her pricing strategy. She currently sells her truffles for $1 each. So I asked her, how much does the competition sell truffles for? She advised they sell for $2 to $2.50 each. So I probed further about how she set her price and she advised she worked from the cost of production up to arrive at a  
July 8, 2013

Produce Positioning and the Impact on Packaging

Let’s talk about positioning produce. I don’t mean the physical interpretation of positioning, as in where to put it, but the marketing interpretation of positioning, as in what does a product own in the mind-set of the shopper. You see, I believe most fresh produce items have a unique ‘position’ in retail. Let me tell you what got me on to this thought process. I was in Australia a while back meeting with some avocado growers and we were doing store visits. Shepherd avocados were just in season. We visited two retail stores (within the same banner) and these stores  
June 27, 2013

What’s The Cost of a Bad Apple

A few years ago, I spoke at a national retail grocery conference. My presentation was titled, Revolutionising The Produce Shopping Experience – What Does a Bad Apple Cost Your Business?  It raised questions about how we measure and evaluate a produce department’s success. Given the fantastic audience feedback, I realised this topic hit a nerve. Do KPI’s Effectively Measure a Produce Department’s Success? Most produce department’s measure their success using key numeric criteria: percent of store share, gross profit, percent wage cost, percent waste, etc. It is uncommon to find anything other than numbers as success measurement tools. What if  
June 25, 2013

Would A Produce Department Survive A Reality Show Vote?

I am not a big watcher of reality television. But on the odd occasion, I do sit down and have a look. What I like is the black and whiteness of ‘the vote.’ Someone either stays…or they get voted off. There is no ambiguity; the audience has spoken! Translating this to fresh produce, I am curious to know if most fresh produce departments would survive the audience voting process if shoppers could vote in that way. Are Fresh Produce Departments Really Customer Focused? I am pondering all this based on a conversation with a produce marketer the other day. He