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January 6, 2021

New Year’s Resolution: Health Food

A reset in 2021 is just what everyone needs. As we bring in the New Year, we also make resolutions to ourselves that we hope to keep. Many of which include dieting and healthier eating habits. With dieting and related eating programs about to peak, now is the time for grocery retailers to prepare for the influx of customers looking for healthier food options. Grocers need to think about how their store appearance will keep customers coming back long after the New Year's excitement fades.

A new year typically brings with it the hope of new beginnings and fresh starts—and after the year we had, a reset is just what everyone needs. Now is the time when New Year’s resolutions are in full swing, many of which may include diets or healthier eating habits from those who may have been less active while spending more time at home in 2020. Isolation also led to the consumption of more snack foods than before, according to research.

While every new year kicks offs with new dieting and weight loss trends, 2021 and the post-pandemic era will be different. Dietitians note a few new trends you can expect to see consumers following to reach their New Year’s resolution goals.

The Mediterranean diet ranks as the best overall diet on U.S. News & World Report’s new list emphasizing on consuming fruits, fish and olive oil. This diet also has heart benefits, according to Johns Hopkins cardiology fellow Dr. Haitham Ahmed.

“What you don’t eat is also important,” Ahmed notes. “Large amounts of refined carbohydrates [such as sweets and white bread] can cause blood sugar spikes, which prompt the body to store fat in a different way and can lead to obesity and diabetes.”

Low-carb diets have been around for a while, but the most popular way to drop weight fast has become the Keto diet. This diet involves consuming calories from fat and drastically reducing carbs. Common foods that are a part of this diet include seafood, low-carb vegetables, cheese, meat & poultry, nuts and seeds.

With dieting and their related programs about to peak, now is the time for grocery retailers to prepare for an influx of consumers looking for healthier food choices. Post-quarantine lifestyle changes, including the Mediterranean and Keto diets, involve eating more fruits and vegetables. Keeping produce shelves attractive will keep customers coming back long after the initial New Year’s resolution excitement and motivation fades. The SpaceGrid® II pusher display systems from Retail Space Solutions keep your pre-packaged produce section looking fresh and attractive all day long. The patented pusher mechanism is designed to automatically condition and front-face shelves, eliminating false out-of-stocks.

Programs like the Keto diet encourage followers to choose meat and cheese over carbohydrates like bread and sweets. The SpaceGrid II solution is also ideal for packaged meat and cheese. In addition to maintaining a store-open look all day long, the pull-out trays in SpaceGrid II make it fast and easy to rotate and stock shelves.  Ultimately, SpaceGrid II helps keep displays of packaged meats and cheeses organized and attractive to drive quick-buying decisions and boost profits.

For more information on SpaceGrid II or other pusher display systems available from Retail Space Solutions, visit www.retailspacesolutions.com or call 800-279-5291.