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.

Baby… and beyond

A diversified baby care aisle can win important and influential shoppers—moms. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, FEATURED Articles, Nonfoods for Profit

What the Shuck??

I was in Wegman’s this weekend buying food for a barbecue. The barbecue was a last minutes idea so naturally I was in a … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Feeding the flames

The summer grilling season presents opportunities for retailers to increase fresh meat sales.  Since the cavemen figured out how to create fire, people have … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Beating the Little Town Blues

I was in Atlanta years ago on a business and upon my hotel arrival the lovely lady at reception asked where I was from … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs

Counting on confections

Bite-sized and better-for-you candies and snacks continue to drive sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Racking up spice sales

Consumers are adding flavor to their daily cooking routines, opening the door for retailers to spice up sales. Cooking is cool and flavor is … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Southern style sizzle

The meat industry gathers in Atlanta for the 2014 Annual Meat Conference. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Hopped up on sweets

Retailers are using the elongated selling season to “spring”board Easter candy sales. Children across the country may be teary-eyed waiting a little longer for … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Talking Shop with… J.R. Rigley

J.R. Rigley, president and chief marketing officer for The J.R. Watkins Co., says new demands mean new opportunities for the spices/extract category. What are … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Talking Shop

Don’t Undervalue Customer Service

A few years back during a shopping trip to Wegmans with my wife, we stopped at the pharmacy desk to pick up a prescription. … Continue reading

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Season’s meatings

The rising cost of meat has made it hard on retailers, but the holiday season presents an opportunity to generate sales. It has been … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Winning the pet game

Grocers that focus on pet products are learning that it is not just an area of high volume, but high margins as well. Forget … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Fishing for dollars

Seafood sales are on the rise as consumers continually look for tasty and cost effective ways to eat healthy. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Making headway with housewares

Grocers that dedicate legitimate time and effort to the housewares category will likely reap the rewards. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Leaders of the Pac Northwest

The fresh foods produced and the companies producing them help the Pacific Northwest region thrive. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Nonfoods Talk: Standing out in the crowd

Grocery Headquarters’ GM and HBC Trailblazer Awards are designed to help retailers identify potential hot products.    My older son graduated from high school … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Heineken Voyage Program: Legendary Travelers Wanted

HEINEKEN USA announced the details of its legendary Voyage retail program that will hit retail outlets beginning August 1 and run through September 30. … Continue reading

Posted in Grocery, Promotions, What's New

Too much of a good thing?

Retailers across all channels are competing for consumer dollars. As the lines continue to blur, one of the biggest points of differentiation is customer … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

General (merchandise) rulers

Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Awards recognizes general merchandise companies that have soared above and beyond the competition. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Mouth guards

New flavors, blends, packaging and promotions are brightening up the outlook for the shelf-stable and frozen concentrate juice sets. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Olive oil is branching out

Taste as well as health benefits continue to draw consumers into the olive oil category. Over the last two months The New York Times … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Like a Virgin?

A few years ago when visiting Italy I went to a wine and olive oil tasting at castle in Tuscany. Now I am not … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Spice is nice

Retailers are racking up sales as today’s consumers are more willing to experiment with spices and seasonings.  There was a time, not too long … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Hangin’ with Heineken

I recently had the privilege of attending the HEINEKEN USA (HUSA) National Distributor Conference (NDC). I had been to the event last year, so … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Pets are people too

Consumers’ “humanization” of pets continues and manufacturers are developing products to meet the ongoing trend. A dog or cat does not know the difference … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit