Statistical Analyses: The data were analysed by using analysis of variance in General Linear Model of Minitab to compare forage groups of HQF and LQF for their compositions.
The HQF contained higher CP, EE, SS, TP and SP contents than that of LQF.
Amongst HQF, the highest amounts of CP, EE, TP, tannins and SP were in ryegrass but the highest amount of ash was present in rapeseed plant; however the difference of EE was not significant among the HQF.
This was a problem, particularly for a grocer like HQF, which keeps a perpetual inventory, and needs to have movement, cost and inventory information on hand when needed.
Fortunately, Softechnics, the Akron, Ohio-based vendor that handles HQF's data, including its receiving, and management of its perpetual inventory, pricing system and item management data, connected Morgan with Horseheads, N.Y.-based Salient Management Co., which develops visual data mining solutions for companies with dynamic data reporting needs like HQF.
Virtually everyone in HQF's management uses it, including corporate, store managers, all of the buyers, and accounting.
In addition, HQF's meat department teammates will also be "armed with recipes to go along with all the items we're running," to further encourage interaction across the counter.
Parrish says HQF has embellished the "really neat job" Sterling has done with on-pack POS materials and roast recipes, by designing its own three-foot-by-two-foot stand-up signs in-house, using Sterling Silver's artwork.
To buttress the Sterling Silver roast program, HQF also leveraged recent employee wine training, by encouraging employees to offer wine suggestions for the recipes, and creating its own employee contest.
With stores ranging in size from 12,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet, many of which are in recreational communities and near country clubs, HQF has had great success in developing a high-end position with its meat program, thanks largely to "a keen understanding and appreciation for what branded programs can do for us," Parish says.
Another key factor in HQF's strong meat program, Parrish says, is "working with companies with which we can build excellent branded partnerships." HQF's Prairie Fresh pork program hails from Shawnee Mission, Kan.-based Seaboard Farms, which, in addition to its food safety commitment, has been recognized for its aggressive research and proactive environmental standards, Parrish notes.
After resting the beef in all stores and receiving considerable positive feedback on the program, HQF made a full conversion to Sterling Silver and hasn't looked back since.