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.

Publix, Aldi, and H-E-B Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings

Temkin Group announces the publication of the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings, the fifth year that the company has published its benchmark of customer experience … Continue reading

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Kellogg’s Teams With Jimmy Butler & Quvenzhane Wallis to Fight Childhood Hunger

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, but nearly one-in-five kids nationwide struggles with hunger and may go without it every … Continue reading

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Firing up flavor

The spices and seasonings aisle has become a destination shop for consumers looking for healthy culinary adventures. “BAM!” That one small word spoken years … Continue reading

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Unified Grocers Takes Over Raley’s GM and HBW Operations

Unified Grocers has reached an agreement with Sacramento-based grocery chain Raley’s to take over its General Merchandise/Health, Beauty and Wellness (GM and HBW) operations. … Continue reading

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Half of Consumers Admit They Spend More When Retailers Personalize the Shopping Experience

A MyBuys study finds that 48 percent of consumers recognize that they purchase more from retailers that leverage shopper interests and buying behavior to … Continue reading

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Brain Food

Food for thought. Apparently that expression is pretty accurate. Let me explain. A colleague of mine recently introduced me to the world of podcasts. … Continue reading

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Supermarket Customer Satisfaction Erodes

Customer satisfaction with retail is down for the first time in four years, according to a report released today by the American Customer Satisfaction … Continue reading

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Hershey Begins Move to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

The Hershey Company announced it is beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly … Continue reading

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Nestlé to Remove Artificial Flavors and FDA-Certified Colors from All Chocolate

Nestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy … Continue reading

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General Mills Marks 10 Years Of Health Improvements

General Mills has improved the health profile of 76 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005, when it first established its “Health … Continue reading

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Nearly Half of Millennials Find Store Brand Food Products More Innovative Than Name Brands—Mintel

Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – … Continue reading

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Do Americans Prefer Name Brands or Store Brands?

Everyone has their favorite brands for at least some of the things purchased for daily consumption, including both food and other household items. Whether … Continue reading

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Product Of The Year USA Reveals Winners

Product of the Year, the consumer-voted award for product innovation, has announced its 2015 winners. Product of the Year winners are backed by the … Continue reading

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Newport Avenue Market Wins Ben Schwartz Retail Grocery Visionary Award

Newport Avenue Market, known to many as the food hub of Central Oregon offering shoppers both mainstream and specialty grocery options, was recently awarded … Continue reading

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The Growing Influence of the Male Shopper

How and where Americans shop for food is changing dramatically, according to a new study, Food Shopping in America 2014. The study unveils the … Continue reading

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Companies May Be ‘Leaving Money on the Table’ in Health & Wellness—AlixPartners

The booming health & wellness trend in the food & beverage industry continues to surge and present new opportunities for companies in the sector. … Continue reading

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Anthony Opens New Production Facility

Anthony announces the opening of its newest manufacturing plant in Conyers, Georgia. The Conyers’ facility will add 130,000 square feet of production capacity and … Continue reading

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Infographic Details the Nutrition, Safety and Value of Processed Meat

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) released a new infographic detailing the nutrition, safety and value of processed meat and poultry products. According to … Continue reading

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NGA, Balance Innovations Release Independent Grocer Payments Research

The National Grocers Association (NGA) and Balance Innovations released the results of their joint 2015 Grocery Retailing Payments Study – designed to understand industry payment … Continue reading

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Wegmans Unseats Amazon To Claim Top Corporate Reputation Ranking

Wegmans Food Markets, the Rochester, NY-based grocer with just 85 stores and one-tenth of Amazon’s revenues, edged past the online retailer to reach the … Continue reading

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Breyers Now Only Sourcing Milk, Cream From Cows Not Treated With Artificial Growth Hormones

Breyers announced its next step toward meeting the quality preferences of today’s moms. The company revealed it’s now the largest packaged U.S. ice cream … Continue reading

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NGA Collaborates with Industry Leaders to Deliver Online Retail Intelligence Platform

National Grocers Association (NGA) announced today an alliance with The Coca-Cola Company and RetailNet Group (RNG) to provide a customized retail marketplace intelligence platform … Continue reading

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Target Announces Store Growth Plans for 2015

Target Corp. will open 15 stores in 2015, including three distinct store formats: eight TargetExpress locations, one CityTarget and six general merchandise stores. Target’s … Continue reading

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Giant Food Celebrates Black History Month

Giant Food celebrates Black History Month this February with the release of its annual Profiles in Excellence brochure. Profiles in Excellence celebrates the significant … Continue reading

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In the cards

The emotional connection created by greeting cards continues to keep the category on top.  “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Those … Continue reading

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