Our Five Most Popular Stories About the Grocery Sector in 2017

The Year in Retail

December 28, 2017

The grocery sector was shaken by Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods in 2017, but that bold takeover was just one of many pre- and after-shocks of sector in transition. Here are five of our most-read articles about the grocery business from 2017.

1. What’s Changed a Month After Amazon’s Whole Foods Buy

Amazon’s $13.7 billion Whole Foods buy put the grocery industry on its toes, igniting fears of a heated price war in the $800 billion industry. A month after their Aug. 28 tie-up, we took a look at the data and found that there were changes, but not cataclysmic ones. (Published 9/29/2017)

2. How Millennials Are Rewriting the Food Industry Playbook

The 18-to-34-year-old demographic, in the midst of disrupting a variety of industries, is rewriting the script in the grocery sector. Food giants are increasingly buying smaller, startup food labels in large part to provide credibility—and authenticity—among these younger consumers. (2/23/2017)

3. Online Grocery Shopping Is No Longer Just a Millennial Story

Millennials have gotten a lot of credit for disrupting literally every sector of the retail market, including online grocery shopping. However, food retailers and CPG brands could be making a big mistake by ignoring older shoppers online. (7/7/2017)

4. Whole Foods Finds First-Mover Advantage Only Lasts So Long

Whole Foods Market pioneered the organic and natural food category, but markets catch up to first movers at some point, and that is what is has happened in the natural food space.  (3/27/2017)

5. Top Six Things Customers Want from Online Grocery Stores

It starts with fully stocked shelves on every channel. Here’s what else will keep customers coming back. (3/23/2017)