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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, 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!

September is Family Meals Month!

September is National Family Meals Month™, an industry-wide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals. Help bring families back to the table to share one more meal at home per week. Download the retailer toolkit here!

Ideas to promote family meals month in your store:

  • Family Meals Scavenger Hunt: Encourage families who are shopping together to shop for a recipe the family can cook up together. Here are some recipe ideas:
  • Have a competition with neighboring retailers for employees to #RaiseTheirMitt to commit to more family meals. 
    • Create a bulletin board in the break room or by the time clock to share the photos and share employee testimonials about what one more family meal per week means to them.
  • Suggest budget-friendly meals. Utilize the weekly circular and adapt a recipe to what is on sale that week. 

Back to School

Back to school means back to busy schedules and routines. But, it’s also a great time of year to help families get back into the swing of things of preparing family meals, packing lunch boxes, and prep healthy snacks.

  • Help families spruce up school lunches:
  • Research the schools in your area
    • Find out what your local school’s meal guidelines are. Is it a nut-free facility? Round up peanut-free and nut-free alternatives. Turn it into a fun store demo by doing a tasting. 
    • Have a kids’ class coming up? Do a blind taste test and having them fill out a sensory analysis of what they enjoyed from each one. 
  • Share your ideas!
    • Show us how your customers and employees are Powering Your Lunchbox. Show us using #PowerYourLunchbox on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.

Cross-merchandising ideas:

  • Line up apple slicers next to the apples. Create a sign or suggest tips on how to prevent sliced apples from browning.
  • Place your favorite healthy marinade to the fresh-cut veggies with a sign for cooking tips. Most likely everyone is shopping around with their phone, so add a note at the bottom to take a picture of the tip. Grab this free printable or use as inspiration for your own! 
  • Feature your favorite whole grain bread in the deli department to encourage building a better sandwich.

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