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Julie Harrington

Merchandising Tips with Julie Harrington, RD

Julie Harrington, RD, is a registered dietitian, chef, and author. She blogs at julieharringtonrd.com, committed to helping people gain confidence in the kitchen to create nourishing meals. She is the author of The Healing Soup Cookbook, hearty recipes to boost immunity and restore health. She also loves teaching kids culinary classes to encourage healthy eating habits at a young age. 

As a former retail dietitian, Julie will be sharing merchandising tips and more each month to help you encourage healthier habits in your shoppers!

 

Help Customers Get Ready for a Healthy New Year

When the clock strikes midnight w ring out the “old” year and begin a new one. For many, the transition is a symbolic new start, a time to improve health or make other changes.

Fun Fact

Black-eyed peas, ham, and cabbage are considered good luck if you eat them on New Year’s Eve or Day because it is believed they will bring you money.

2,000 pounds (907kg) of confetti is dropped on the crowd in Times Square at midnight.

Help everyone kick off the new year with different events

  • Healthy Habits Class: Offer a class on how to develop healthy and approachable nw year resolutions. Conduct in the store, or take this presentation on the road to the community
    • Encourage small realistic changes that everyone can slowly adapt and turn into everyday habits. For example: 
    • January: add a serving of fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack
    • February: switch half of your grains to whole grains
 By the end of the year, they will have developed 12 new healthy habits. Review how to make changes that last!
  • In store demo ideas or kid’s class idea
    • Crockpot craze: demonstrate some crockpot cooking tips and recipes using just a few simple ingredients. Bonus – use and cross merchandise the crockpot liners for easy cleanup
    • New foodie find: highlight new products that just hit the shelves at the store that you are passionate about
    • Citrus tasting: During this time of year, more variety of citrus is found in the produce aisle, but many customers may never have tried them. Offer a tasting demo for customers to sample and learn about different flavor profiles. For kids, do a tasting and have them rank on a scale if they think they are sweet or tart. Utilize this guid to citrus infographic.
  • Kids events
    • Help kids create healthy eating habits within the new year to. 
    • Incorporate “mystery foods” within each class where they need to use their senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing) to help them explore new foods. 
    • Create Reminder: encourage participants to not “yuck anyone else’s yum”
  • Community
    • Myth Busters: Create a presentation to bust all the different nutrition myths and fad diets that are popping up this time of year and help the community make healthful sustainable changes instead of trying another “quick fix”.

For Employees

  • Employees are customers too! Help them navigate the aisles to fill their grocery cart with nourishing items. Create an “in the aisles” guide of your store highlighting items and share nutrition key messages.

What’s In Season

Customers are going to be looking to make healthier choices within the new year. Encourage shoppers to purchase what is in season. Help bust the myth that eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive and help them save money by enjoying fruits and veggies at their peak!

Squash their confusion about squash!

Guide to Citrus infographic

  • Guide to Citrus Infographic
    • Hang this sign near the citrus
  • Encourage shoppers to cook with different greens like bok choy
    • Bok choy hearts have a sweet taste, and stalks and leaves maintain crispness after cooking. Bok choy is best used in stir-fries, braises, soups, and stews.
  • Can you eat the skin of kiwis?
    • Yes! The kiwifruit skin is completely edible and makes this nutrient-dense fruit even more nutritious! A recent study shows that eating the skin triples the fiber intake compared to merely eating the flesh. And by not peeling the skin, you preserve much of the vitamin C content as well.

Cross-merchandising ideas:

  • Move blenders out of the non-foods aisle into the produce department or on the top of freezer units. Highlight the Build Your Own Smoothie infographic to help with different smoothie flavor combinations.
  • If you have a pharmacy at your store, create a half sheet highlight the various nutrition services or your calendar of events for the pharmacist to staple on customer’s prescription bags.
  • Create a “candy-free” check out aisle, with instead highlighting nutritious grab and go snacks.

Looking for healthy, family-friendly recipes to share with shoppers? Our recipes are approved by a registered dietitian, taking the guesswork out of planning healthy and delicious meals!

Looking for past content? Download the PDF below!

Halloween + Diabetes Awareness Month (October)
Family Meals Month + Back to School (September)