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.

Marc Perrone Elected President of UFCW

Marc Perrone, a labor leader who has committed four decades to fighting for hard working families, was elected International President of the 1.3 million … Continue reading

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Multicultural Consumers Lead Growth in U.S. Pet Ownership

More than 200 million pets of all types live in American households, and nowhere is pet ownership on the rise faster than in the … Continue reading

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McCormick Reveals Flavor Trends for 2015

McCormick & Company released its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2015, highlighting eight enticing flavor trends. Now in its 15th year, the much-anticipated report drives flavor … Continue reading

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Younger Generations Driving Fresh Food Sales

The age-old parental advice to “eat your fruits and vegetables” has taken hold.. From 2003 and 2013, consumption of fresh foods — fruits, vegetables, … Continue reading

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SC Johnson to Receive Award for Sustainable Development Achievements

The World Environment Center (WEC) has announced that its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to … Continue reading

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Food Traceability Tops North American Summit Agenda

The North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit, www.sustainablefoodssummit.com, will hone in on food traceability. As the battle for labeling of Genetically Modified … Continue reading

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Top 10 Specialty Food Trends Predicted for 2015

Consumers will seek more from their specialty food in 2015, whether stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners, or snacks made with everything from plant-based meat to … Continue reading

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Tops Markets Converts Distribution Fleet to Natural Gas

Tops Friendly Markets announced a partnership with Ryder to replace its existing 55 tractors with ones that are compatible with compressed natural gas (CNG). … Continue reading

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IDDBA Seeks Decorators for Cake Decorating Challenge

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) 20th annual Cake Decorating Challenge will be a featured event at the annual Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo, to be … Continue reading

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Duff Goldman to Emcee NGA Best Bagger Championship

Food Network star, Duff Goldman will emcee the 2015 National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by PepsiCo, and held at The NGA … Continue reading

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Brookshire’s, Kellogg Donate Milk to Food Banks

Brookshire’s and Kellogg recently teamed up to donate $10,000 worth of milk to Feeding America member food banks that serve communities in Texas, Louisiana … Continue reading

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Food Lion Feeds Launches “Holidays Without Hunger” Campaign

This holiday season, Food Lion is partnering with customers in its more than 1,100 stores, Nov. 19 – Dec. 23, to help solve hunger … Continue reading

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FMI and SJU Peck Fellow Study Scans Perceptions among Grocery App Users

A new study has found that the more active a shopper is with social media, the less likely it is that shopper will use … Continue reading

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Gluten-free Foods Surge

It seems these days, grocery shelves are exploding with gluten-free choices, due in large part to greater awareness of a gluten-free diet as a … Continue reading

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Whole Foods Market Receives Market Maker of the Year Award

Whole Foods Market received the 2014 Market Maker of the Year Award during the Third Annual Start Something Champions Gala hosted by Jersey City … Continue reading

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The Golub Corp. Unveils Market 32 Banner

The Golub Corporation unveiled  a  new  banner  for  its  stores—Market  32—and promised the new brand would change food shopping for  its customers by modernizing … Continue reading

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FMI and Alchemy Release New SafeMark Food Safety Manager Course

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Alchemy Systems have collaborated with retail food safety directors to create an online, interactive training course, SafeMark Food Safety … Continue reading

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Delhaize Group to Sell Bottom Dollar Food Store Locations to Aldi

Delhaize Group has signed an agreement to sell its Bottom Dollar Food store locations. Delhaize Group announced that it has signed an agreement to … Continue reading

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Patrick Spear Named President of GMDC

Patrick Spear has been named President of GMDC, the 44 year-old trade association, effective November 1, 2014. Commenting on the addition of Spear to … Continue reading

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GMA Honors Michael Rosen with Excellence in Government Affairs Award

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced that Michael E. Rosen, president and CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State (FIA), is … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Backup power players

Having backup power during an outage can pay off in the short-term and the long-term. By Amber Hegemann When we talk with grocery retailers … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Trout catches “better” customers

Sustainable rainbow trout farming helps meet today’s trends in sustainability and healthy choices. By Larry Cope Consumers are inundated with catchphrases such as “eco-friendly,” … Continue reading

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Food Forum: If You Build It, They Will Come

Personalized Shopping Experience For A Social Marketplace. By Taryn Fixel Planning brunch for a few friends used to be simple: you’d whip up a … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Joel Warady

Joel Warady, chief sales and marketing officer for Enjoy Life Foods, says retailers have more opportunity than ever before to grow their better-for-you sales. … Continue reading

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Organic Support

Talks of an organic checkoff are heating up as the industry recognizes an increasing need for research and education. Continue reading

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