08 Sep '11, 8pm

Grocers Embrace Local, Organic to Try to Drive Growth in Tough Times - GreenBiz.com

Grocers Embrace Local, Organic to Try to Drive Growth in Tough Times - GreenBiz.com

As the nation continues to list through the economic doldrums of an all-too-slow recovery, people still need to eat. What they're choosing to eat and which grocery retailers they're turning to is the subject of two annual reports from the Food Marketing Institute . Among the big trends at grocery retailers that affect sustainability are organic foods and "locally sourced" items; managing building energy use is another hot topic in the industry. Interest in organics remains strong in general, while a desire for "locally sourced" items is skyrocketing among retail grocery consumers. Retailers are acting on those trends, but are more concerned about energy costs than almost anything else. They continue to use green building techniques to help cut energy expenditures, but they aren't certifying them as such. Overall, the grocery industry is growing through the difficult econom...

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