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Grocery Store Herb Gardens

The Albert Heijn Supermarket Features In-Store Farming

— December 5, 2016 — Eco
Albert Heijn is the first supermarket in the Netherlands to be influenced by the increased popularity of urban gardening, and now features in-store farming as a result.

Most grocery stores feature herb displays, and some may even offer small potted plants that grow various herbs. What most do not do is feature entire displays of herbal gardens. Albert Heijn's in-store farming display grows a variety of different herbs and allows consumers to simply cut or pull out however much of the product they need. This ensures that the herbs are as fresh as possible for consumers, while the store is able to capitalize on the popularity of urban planting.

This grocery store takes advantage of a practice that is emerging in modern homes in order to improve its customer experience.
Trend Themes
1. In-store Farming - Implementing in-store farming allows grocery stores to provide fresh, locally grown produce to customers.
2. Herb Gardens - Featuring herb gardens in grocery stores offers customers the opportunity to have access to fresh herbs at their convenience.
3. Urban Gardening - Integrating urban gardening practices in supermarkets allows customers to participate in sustainable and self-sufficient food production.
Industry Implications
1. Supermarkets - Supermarkets can take advantage of in-store herb gardens to offer customers a unique shopping experience and access to fresh produce.
2. Home and Garden Retail - Home and garden retail stores can capitalize on the popularity of in-home herb gardens by providing relevant products and information to customers.
3. Urban Agriculture - The urban agriculture industry can partner with supermarkets to promote and implement in-store farming practices, benefiting both parties.
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