During the 60 minute Natural Channel Webinar, we discussed these topics and how to best position your business in this environment. We provided an overview of the current state of the natural channel and real-time performance insights on key retailers such as Whole Foods and Sprouts, with best practices and action items suppliers can take back to their teams. We also provided forward looking forecasts and a longer term outlook on how suppliers can win in the natural channel in 2018 and beyond.
We reviewed the following agenda, concluding the hour with Q&A:
- Key Themes Impacting Natural Channel in 2018
- Real-time Updates on Key Channel Retailers & Distributors
- Whole Foods (including Amazon strategies)
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Independent Natural Retailers
- UNFI & Other
- Competitive Impact From Conventional Food Retailers
- CRC Conclusions/Forecasts & Action Items
About the CRC Traditional Retail Team
Jackie Lewis, Director, Traditional Retail Council
Jackie Lewis joined Cleveland Research Company in 2010 on the equity side of the business covering the food retail and foodservice industries. She has since moved to market research where she currently serves as Director of the Traditional Retail Council, dedicated to writing research and hosting events for supplier and manufacturers selling into the mass, club, grocery, dollar, drug, and specialty retail channels.
Previously, Jackie worked as Data and Media Manager for a full-service B2B marketing agency in Chicago, overseeing all media and data-related purchases internally and for the firm’s clients. Jackie lives in Chicago with her husband and border collie mix, Scout. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Rusty Wilson, Director, Traditional Retail Council
Rusty Wilson is the Director of Traditional Retail Council at Cleveland Research covering broadline and food retail including the grocery, mass/value, club, and natural/specialty channels. Rusty joined Cleveland Research in 2013. Prior to Cleveland Research, Rusty started his career at Saks Fifth Avenue as an Executive Trainee and an associate in retail planning and financial forecasting. Rusty graduated from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2012. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder.