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Laurel Grocery Company, Cornell's IGA Shelby, OH
Produce Department Department Size: 8' cut fruit section Store Specs: 45,000 SQ - FT
"At our store, we offer fruit that is cut fresh each day. Our customers love that the fruit is prepared here in-store and they specifically seek it out. In the past, we tried to save employee time by offering pre-cut fruit, but the customers could tell a definite difference and they made it known to us that they preferred fruit cut here. Limiting the time between cutting the fruit and placing it on the shelf keeps it fresher and preserves the texture. Today, we cut about 1,000 pounds of fruit per month and we price it based upon the market, earning us $2,700 in monthly sales."
1,000 lbs. of fruit cut each month
$2,700 in monthly sales
50-60% Profit Margin
Why it Works
For Our Shoppers
Convenience Items like melons and pineapples are messy and cumbersome to cut at home. Customers love that we have them prepped and ready to go.
Freshness The quality of fruit degrades quickly. Cutting the fruit fresh each day ensures that our shoppers get it at peak freshness.
Healthy Since the fruit is ready to eat, it is a simple way to increase the amount of fresh fruits our customers eat each day.
For Our Store
Good profit margins Our margins on cut fruit range from 50-60 percent and can even be higher.
Fulfills promise to our customers Healthy, fresh offerings reinforce our dedication to our customers' health and wellness.
Unique offering Daily cut fresh fruit is one more fresh and local touch to help us set ourselves apart from other stores in the area.
Choose the right fruits Fruit that is in season gives you the best final product.
Sanitation is key Make sure to thoroughly wash the fruits, boards, and knives.
Package and display the fruit properly Use well-visible containers, such as clear cups with clear lids. Then, display the fruit in a well-refrigerated case.
Add labels All produce in the cup must be added to the ingredients label, even if it is visible.
We currently price watermelon at $1.99/lb., cantaloupe at $2.29/lb., and mixed fruit at $4.29/lb., but our prices can change according to the market price.
Group like fruits Combining similar fruits, such as tropical fruits together in one batch and berries in another, creates better flavor profiles.
Prep according to color When combining different colors of fruits, place the darker colors on the bottom. If you were to place strawberries above pineapple, for example, the red color from the strawberries would bleed into the pineapple and make the display less visually appealing.
Take the shelf life of various fruits into consideration When mixing fruits, some will break down quicker than others and will reduce the shelf life of the whole cup.
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