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51 Million Consumers Come Back to Specialty Food

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

According to “Today’s Specialty Food Consumer 2010,” the NASFT’s annual report on consumer purchasing habits and trends, sixty-three percent of consumers have purchased specialty foods this year, a 37 percent increase over 2009.

The increase to 63 percent of consumers purchasing specialty food in 2010 – up from 46 percent in 2009 — means 51 million consumers have come back to specialty food after cutting their spending during 2008 and 2009, said Ron Tanner, VP, communications and education at the New York-based NASFT. That’s a return to 2006’s specialty food consumption numbers, he noted.

What are they buying?

Among specialty food consumers, natural or organic products were the most purchased in the past 12 months. The top five specialty food purchases reported were coffee, chocolate, olive oil/other specialty oils, cheese and cold beverages.

Who is buying?

Consumers age 18 to 34, especially those in the 25-to-34 age bracket with $100,000-plus household incomes, are 35 percent more likely to buy specialty food. These consumers tend to be in the Northeast or the Western United States, college educated and Hispanic.

The research was conducted in July 2010 by Mintel International and Toluna USA.

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The CEO or Owner or Leader or PGA Tour Professional must know the details

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

PGA 006

Is this a Sand Trap, or Bunker?  Dustin Johnson thought, as virtually all the fans on the course and at home thought, it was a path, not a bunker.  But it is a bunker designed by Pete Dye, the course designer.  Dustin Johnson put his club on the ground behind the ball; in golf language he grounded the club.  A no no in a bunker.  So after finishing the hole, and tying the PGA Championship, on national television, he was penalized two strokes and dropped out of the playoff with two other players.  A real shame.  But…

Golf pros are their own CEO and the CEO is responsible for knowing the details when he or she is making a decision.  Routine situations, even ones disguised by trampling, are not routine when the CEO is involved.  So there is a lesson for all of us to learn.  Know the rules, know the details.  In this case the ball is resting on sand, and might have raised a question in Johnson’s mind, but it did not because the bunker was trampled.

At first I thought it was a path, but the rules chairman explained that “local rules” were clearly spelled out in handouts and signs, and the local rules made it clear that every sand area on the course was a bunker.

Tough.  Very tough.  But…  Johnson missed it.

So we must all stay current, read, research, learn, go to school, read the NY Times online (my bias), read books, stay technically current, know your accounting, know your pricing, know your costs, and know your customers.  There are no small decisions.  Know the details and pursue them relentlessly.

Dustin Johnson is a stand-up man who I think will be back to win other major golf championships.  Lets hope this bad decision doesn’t cripple him.  Another trait of the CEO must be resilience.  We make mistakes, we have to move on, correct the work, and get on with running a profitable business.

J.M. Smucker Raising Coffee Prices 9%

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reported today that J.M. Smucker Co. plans to increase prices on an array of products in its coffee lineup sold in the U.S., specifically a majority of those under the Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts and Millstone brands.

On average, price tags on the affected products will see a 9% increase, the company said.

The Orrville, Ohio, food marketer pointed to higher long-term costs related to green, or unroasted, coffee beans.  Since June 1, coffee futures have surged nearly 25% as harsh weather led to two seasons of disappointing harvests in key production areas such as Central American and Colombia.

In May, the company had announced a 4% increase across the same selection of products.

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