Consumer priorities are shifting, and grocers around the world are changing their product offering to meet the demand. Shoppers want to know where their food comes from, how it was made or processed and by whom. They want the transparency that is required to know its source, which means fundamentally changing how big supermarkets do business.
As a result of that, the interest in purchasing and consuming locally grown food is surging. And it makes sense: buying fresh food raised nearby supports the local economy, is generally fresher, and because of shorter transportation routes, has less of an environmental impact.
Contributing to the new interest in locally supplied foods are the pandemic-related shutdowns that gave many people a renewed appreciation of their local community, especially the food providers that kept food on their plates. For many shoppers, eating local is a way to ensure their food is fresh, nutritious, food-safe, and pesticide-free. Others may seek out locally sourced food to reduce their impact on the earth by lowering their carbon footprint.
A carbon footprint is a measure of the total greenhouse gas emissions from an individual. It’s not just impacted by driving vehicles or using electricity but also by lifestyle choices, such as the clothes you wear and food you eat. Furthermore, switching to local, sustainably produced animal products like eggs, poultry, and dairy can slash your personal carbon footprint.
Buying locally lowers the dependence on food transported vast distances and may give grocers more access to fresh fruits and vegetables, which can help offset carbon emissions. Selling seasonal foods and supporting organic growers are additional ways to minimize your footprint. That’s because food produced out of season is typically imported or takes more energy to grow due to the need for heated greenhouses.
To meet the rising demand of buying local, buyers are diversifying where they source their produce beyond traditional channels. This could mean finding small local farmers in the area or taking over the supply chain by growing on-site right at the store.
In the end, the produce section will see a lot of changes as more consumers seek out local, sustainable foods. As grocers bring in more organic produce and begin restocking shelves with local foods, they should take another look at their current produce displays. The right shelving display should keep products front-facing for faster and easier product selection and have a fast and easy restocking process.
That’s where the SpaceGrid II from Retail Space Solutions comes in.
Not only does this pusher display solution keep the produce section looking attractive, but it also keeps food fresher, longer. Its unique tray is designed to direct cold air through the product display, ensuring proper temperature distribution. These perks from the SpaceGrid II pusher tray system will help customers looking for fresh, local produce find what they need quickly.
For more information on the SpaceGrid II or other solutions from Retail Space Solutions, visit www.retailspacesolutions.com or call 800-279-5291.