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 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

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, FEATURED Articles, Focus on Fresh

Packaged Facts: Online Grocery Sales Will Near $100 Billion by 2019

Online grocery shopping is currently one of the smallest segments for food and beverage sales, but this rapidly changing business is poised for tremendous … Continue reading

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FMI and Technomic Forge Alliance on Fresh Foods

Food Marketing Institute (FMI), a leader in fresh food insights representing the nation’s food retailers and Technomic, a research and consulting firm in the … Continue reading

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Specialty Food Association Launches Redesigned Website

The Specialty Food Association has unveiled a redesigned website, specialtyfood.com, with new features that will help food producers and buyers conduct business more easily … Continue reading

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Food Trends for 2015

Sterling-Rice Group has identified its top ten food trends that will stand out on restaurant menus, expand onto grocery shelves, and attract consumer attention … Continue reading

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Consumers Spending More on Premium and Healthy Pet Food Products

Driven by increased focus on pet health and the powerful role in pet owner lives of the human-animal bond, U.S. sales of pet food … Continue reading

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Kroger named Employer of the Year by Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities

The Kroger Co. was named Employer of the Year by the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities for significantly contributing to employment opportunities … Continue reading

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FDA to Help Ensure Proper Labeling of Seafood Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has developed an online learning module to help the seafood industry, retailers, and state regulators ensure the proper … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Getting more from the core

Calling out the strengths of different potato varieties in-store can renew consumer interest. By Ralph Schwartz Potatoes have been around for a long time … Continue reading

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Sweetening sales

Retailers need to entice shoppers into the bakery department with convenient and unique offerings that satisfy their sweet—and savory—tooth. Nothing brings out a smile … Continue reading

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One fish, two fish, old fish, new fish

Unique species and tastes are luring shoppers to the seafood case. Continue reading

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Grinding out meat sales

As prices increase, consumers are looking for added value when shopping the meat case. The meat case has always been a point of differentiation … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh