Specialty Food Magazine


Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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F ood retailing in the U.S. is situated at the precipice of a new era. Online behemoth Amazon has significantly escalated its battle for a share of the grocery market with the acquisition of Whole Foods Market, discounter Aldi is expanding at an unprecedented pace, and its longtime European rival Lidl had stormed ashore in the Mid-Atlantic with plans for 100 limited- assortment stores by next summer. In addition, subscription meal kit services have proliferated as a new competitive front for grocery retailers, and Walmart is focusing with renewed vigor on winning at grocery and e-commerce. The ever-changing retail landscape brings uncertainty and potential opportunity for specialty foods. BY MARK HAMSTRA of Food Retailing EVOLUTION The 50 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE specialtyfood.com

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