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.

Food Lion Associates Volunteer to Feed the Hungry

In celebration of Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month, Food Lion Feeds will donate more than 1,200 service hours and more than 1 million meals … Continue reading

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Meet the Modern Foodie

Sopexa, the global agency for food, beverage and lifestyle marketing, released its 2015 Foodie Study. They have profiled the preferences, behaviors and epicurean influence … Continue reading

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Kroger Encourages Shoppers to ‘Pour it Forward’

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign from Feeding America – the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country. In honor of Hunger … Continue reading

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Gigwalk and IRI Join Forces

Gigwalk, a leader in distributed workforce management, announced a new alliance with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), a global leader in innovative solutions and services … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Julia Kadison

Julia Kadison, CEO, Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), says by implementing The Great American Milk Drive in-store, retailers can drive incremental sales of milk. … Continue reading

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Food Forum: GMDC Celebrates its 45-Year Anniversary

The Global Market Development Center celebrates its 45-year anniversary with a retrospective look at the top retail innovations since the 1970s. We are proud … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Eliminating Inefficiency

Cost-effective technology can improve cash processing and mitigate risk. By John Bultema Managing currency can be the bane of a treasury’s existence. Processing cash … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers, vice president sales and marketing at Creekstone Farms, says it is important for retailers to set themselves apart as a trusted expert … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Bob Howard

Bob Howard, vice president of retail marketing, AdvancePierre Foods, parent company of Barber Foods, says retailers can reinvigorate their frozen food business by selecting … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Philip Andreae

Philip Andreae, vice president, fields technology, at Oberthur Technologies North America, says an October deadline on installing chip card reader payment systems places the … Continue reading

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Wegmans Ranks Highest Among Supermarket Pharmacies in J.D. Power Pharmacy Study

J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Pharmacy Study was released yesterday, with Wegmans Pharmacy ranking highest among supermarket pharmacies with an overall satisfaction score of 887. … Continue reading

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Kroger Ratifies Agreement with UFCW Local 1059

The Kroger Co. announced that associates working at stores in Kroger’s Columbus division have ratified a new labor agreement with UFCW Local 1059. “We … Continue reading

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Instacart Launches One-Hour Grocery Delivery Service in Indianapolis

Instacart (www.Instacart.com), the grocery delivery service whose personal shoppers hand pick and deliver items from trusted local stores, announced that it has expanded to Indianapolis, … Continue reading

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ALDI to Hire More than 2,500 People at Events Nationwide

ALDI will host hiring events throughout the United States during the month of August for more than 2,500 positions, a significant step toward achieving … Continue reading

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For the Love of Bread

I love bread. I love the way it smells. I love the feel of a hard crust and soft inside. And obviously I love … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Getting The Low Down on EVOO

Category managers at retail and distribution levels need a more in-depth education on olive oil. By David Neuman Tom Mueller, celebrated author of the … Continue reading

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Telling the Youth

Product size and packaging can be just as important as taste when marketing to kids in the produce section. Continue reading

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Food Forum: Milking a Good Thing

With The Great American Milk Drive, MilkPEP is helping retailers help their communities. By Victor Zaborsky In 2014, the dairy industry and Feeding America … Continue reading

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Specialty Food Association Honored for Anti-Hunger Work

The Specialty Food Association has been awarded a Power of A Gold Award from the American Society of Association Executives for its work to … Continue reading

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Ahold USA Joins the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program

Ahold USA became the first of America’s major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program, the widely-acclaimed partnership to … Continue reading

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No Gluten? No Problem Say Consumers

The majority of U.S. consumers take note of the nutritional content and/or ingredients in the groceries they buy, according to market research publisher Packaged … Continue reading

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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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