Jan. 2018 - Grocery

1/31/18 #AgBookClub Recap

Miss the last #AgBookClub chat? No worries, we’ve compiled a summary of the chat to prepare you for next week!

This week, we continued discussing our January selection, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman. Week 5 covered pages 261 through the end, where we learned what grocers thought about the future of grocery stores. But the future isn’t just brand new – it could also be adapting to our past, such as what Heinen’s did in an old bank building in downtown Cleveland.

Below are several responses that we thought summed up the Week 5 chat well, covered themes, or contained thought-provoking questions or comments.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section of this post or on Twitter (clicking the date at the bottom of each tweet will take you directly to that tweet on Twitter’s website). You can see the full conversation by searching “#AgBookClub” on Twitter.

Q1: What’s one thing that’s jumped out at you in this section? Any key takeaways you’d like to share?


Q2: What is the biggest mechanism of change in our food system? One of those listed (in our previous tweet)? Something else?


Q3: Is America’s food heritage that of sacrificing flavor for quick production, high volume and low cost?


Q4: What do you see in the future for grocery stores?


Q5: What would you recommend to grocery shoppers to help them move past confusion toward “thinking sensibly”?


Q6: What was your favorite quote from this book? Favorite section?


Miss the discussion on Grocery? Stay tuned for AgBookClub’s reading guide! Laura and Gracie will also share their thoughts in their next book review for AGDAILY.

Join us for Week 1 of our February read, The Food Police, on Wednesday, February 7th. We’ll be discussing pages 1 – 40. See the reading schedule here. If you’re never participated in AgBookClub before, please jump right in! We’d love to have you join us!

The #AgBookClub Twitter chat takes place Wednesdays at 8pm CST.

Check out what’s coming up on #AgBookClub in 2018. Have a book-lover friend? Invite them to join!

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