Author Archives: Craig Levitt

About Craig Levitt

When his dreams of play­ing pro­fes­sional hockey died due to lack of skill, Craig turned to writ­ing. After doing some time on the PR side, he began his jour­nal­ism career with Mac­fad­den in 1995 work­ing for Dis­count Mer­chan­diser and Super­mar­ket Busi­ness. He has been with Gro­cery Head­quar­ters since 2008. Despite dis­cussing the gro­cery indus­try five days a week, one of his favorite pas­times is going gro­cery shop­ping with his wife and daugh­ters. In addi­tion to walk­ing super­mar­ket aisles, Craig still plays mens league hockey and takes long week­end bike rides to stay in shape.

Men Assuming Greater Role as Primary Grocery Shoppers

Shifting household dynamics are changing the way Americans shop for groceries. Most notably is the diversification of the primary store shopper with moms no … Continue reading

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Tops Friendly Markets Invests in Store Renovations; Celebrates Re-openings

Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced a $3.4 million total investment in … Continue reading

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Packaged Facts: 57% of Consumers Regularly Buy Healthier Meat

Barbecue season is here, and the air most summer weekends is almost inevitably aromatic with all manner of charred meat. But the question is, … Continue reading

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Younger Adults are Main Drivers of Fresh Food Consumption—NPD Group

Turns out that Americans are eating their fruits and vegetables as well as other fresh foods and beverages, reports The NPD Group, a leading … Continue reading

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Willard Bishop Delivers Comprehensive Study of Online Grocery Shopping

Willard Bishop released its 2015 eCommerce SuperStudy, highlighting opportunities in online grocery shopping.  Key insights include a list of top tier CPG manufacturers that … Continue reading

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Grocery Apps Can Build Customer Loyalty

Consumers download smartphone apps developed by grocery retailers for two basic reasons: savings and convenience. Yet, these motivators are quickly matched by consumer enjoyment … Continue reading

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Kings Food Markets Tees Off for Hunger Relief

Kings Food Markets announces that its Fifth Annual Charity Golf Classic, which benefits its “Act Against Hunger” initiative, will be held Thursday, August 13, … Continue reading

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Farm Rich to Support 2015 VeloSano ‘Bike to Cure’

On Saturday July 18, the Farm Rich green colors will be seen racing through the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to support VeloSano “Bike to … Continue reading

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Food Lion Lowers Prices

Food Lion has announced significant investments in prices throughout its stores by lowering prices on thousands of items that are most important to customers … Continue reading

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National Pork Board Creates Innovation Team

Consistent with the National Pork Board’s five-year strategic plan to build consumer trust and grow consumer demand, the organization is updating its food chain … Continue reading

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Gender and Shopping Behavior

Interactions, a leader in innovative retail services and experiential marketing for retailers and brands, discovered that despite differences in shopping patterns between men and … Continue reading

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Harris Teeter Shoppers Donate to USO, WWP During Support Our Troops Campaign

Harris Teeter announced that it is donating over $759,000 to the USO and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), two organizations committed to supporting our troops … Continue reading

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Dollar Tree Completes Acquisition Of Family Dollar

Dollar Tree announced that it has completed the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores. “We are pleased to announce we have completed our acquisition of … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Inspiring and Aspiring

The demise of FAO Schwarz represents more than just a store closing; it is the death of a dream. Let’s talk about the death … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Joe Gordon

New product 100% Fruit for All, is on-trend, healthy, tastes great and creates new margins for the retailers, says Joe Gordon, vice president, sales … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Navigating the Food Safety Act

Some small, local farms are exempt from FSMA regulations, but not from litigious lawyers looking for a fresh lawsuit. By Rob Larose With the … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Developing Safety Standards

Retailers and suppliers partner to standardize and streamline store brand safety and quality requirements. By Alan Perlman Retailers all strive for the same goals … Continue reading

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Counting Cards

Greeting card offerings are expanding to better service changing consumer demographics. Society is always changing and evolving. In what direction, can often be seen … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Staying On Schedule

When it comes to modern workforce management, grocers would be wise to adopt employee self-service and mobile technology. By Matt Zelek Work schedules have … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Summer Grilling and Food Safety

Following a few safety procedures can help prevent the spread of foodborne illness. By Brian Diffenderfer Grilling season is in full swing and with … Continue reading

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Nonfoods Talk: A Cut Above

Advances in technology and cost are making razor blades a luxury category. Fifty dollars for razor blades? That is what Costco is charging for … Continue reading

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Consumers Increase Amount Of Online Grocery Shopping

Online grocery shoppers are upping the amount of grocery shopping they complete online, according to a new survey of 1,100 U.S. online grocery shoppers … Continue reading

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Peapod Announces CSA Program

Peapod.com is making it even easier to enjoy fresh and local seasonal produce by offering a new Peapod Local Farm Box. Throughout the summer, … Continue reading

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Millennials Most Open to Joining Fee-Based Loyalty Programs

A LoyaltyOne nationwide survey of 1,005 consumers in May 2015 reveals that millennials ages 18-35 scored significantly higher than any other population segment for … Continue reading

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A&P to Complete Multi-Year Technology Innovation

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) announced today it will complete the implementation of its computer-generated ordering (CGO) system in all … Continue reading

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