Unhealthy Food Promotion to Children in Supermarkets

A study published in the most recent Indiana Health Law Review entitled "Extending the Fantasty in the Supermarket: Where Unhealhty Food Promotions Meet Children and How the Government Can Intervene" looks at the effect on children of in-store packaging, promotions, and displays by food and beverage companies. These companies spend approximately $195 million annually on such promotions to children and adolescents.

Weis Markets Launches Your Neighbors, Our Farmers Local Produce Campaign

Weis Markets have been purchasing and selling local produce for 99 years and counting!  In 2011 Weis Markets will purchase + 24 million pounds of produce from an estimated 150 farmers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.  The centerpiece of their campaign includes photos of each farmer and supplier.  Click on the following link to view their campaign.



PolicyLink provides resources such as webinars, case-studies, and toolkits on food access issues, including those specifically in communities of color, and includes resources that focus on the links between obesity and the environment, and healthy food retail models. 



Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)

PHLP’s document library covers a range of topics related to food access; including healthy planning, farmers markets, healthy retail, childhood obesity, economic development, joint use agreements, mobile vending and produce carts, legislation, menu labeling and redevelopment.


The Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College

The Center for Food and Justice at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute publications page covers topics including farm to school and other farm to institution programs, and food access case studies from across the Los Angeles area.


The Reinvestment Fund

The Reinvestment Fund looks at financing and research initiatives that aim to increase access to healthy food in low-income communities. Their resources section includes reports on supermarket access, corner store financing and research and funding opportunities, including the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, and a new map tracking food access data across the US.


Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago

The Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group released this report which measures the distance from every Chicago city block to the nearest grocery store and fast-food restaurant and compares food access and residents’ available food choices with health outcomes, while looking at race, income and education. This website link also has reports on Birmingham, Alabama; Savannah, Georgia; Boston Massachusetts; and Detroit, Michigan.


Regulating Food Retail for Obesity Prevention: How Far Can Cities Go?

This article, found in the Spring 2011 issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics and written by Paul A. Diller and Samantha Graff, explores the legal authority of cities and counties to enact food-related retail policies and provides examples of laws and policies throughout the country of business operations restricting unhealthy food options or promoting healthy options.


Harnessing the Power of Supermarkets to Help Reverse Childhood Obesity

'Harnessing the Power of Supermarkets to Help Reverse Childhood Obesity,' a report collaboratively written by the Food Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the result of a conference which included than 60 public health experts, food retailers, food manufacturers and consumer product designers who met in June 2010, to explore grocery store marketing practices to promote lower-calorie foods.


Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report

This report from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services is the fourth in a series of CDC reports that looks at the environmental and policy indicators used to improve nutrition, physical activity and reduce obesity in children.


Consumer Agency and Food Retailer Choice in an American Urban Neighborhood

This paper from the Journal of Social Inclusion analyzes data from a survey sent to food insecure and secure households in Lansing, Michigan, to understand retailer perceptions and shopping behaviors.

Guide To Marketing Channel Selection

This guide on “How to Sell through Wholesale and Direct Marketing Channels” comes from Cornell University’s Tomkins County Cooperative Extension and provides information on successful marketing to small to medium sized fruit and vegetable growers. Topics covered include marketing channel combinations, wholesale buyer expectations, post-harvest handling and tips for building successful relationships with grocery stores and food retailers.