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.

Retailers Struggle to Meet Consumer Expectations Around Mobile and In-Store Experience

U.S. retailers must move quickly to improve their operational capabilities in order to deliver a “seamless retail” experience to customers who say their expectations … Continue reading

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Kraft, Heinz to Form Kraft Heinz Company

H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming … Continue reading

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Annual Study Reveals Most Trusted Brands

Market research firm BrandSpark International announced the 2015 BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards winners (in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens) for Consumer Packaged Goods … Continue reading

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Consumers on the Hunt for Candy and More This Easter

Hoping the temperatures will meld with their desire to celebrate, 80 percent of Americans this Easter are eagerly looking forward to a fun, family-filled … Continue reading

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Pet Supplements Market to Soar—Packaged Facts

The U.S. pet supplements market is on the precipice of a revival. Between 2010-2014, the market fell from the double digit growth rates enjoyed … Continue reading

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United Fresh Announces Fresh Tech and Fresh Marketplace Learning Center Session Topics

The United Fresh 2015 Convention education line-up will feature 18 issue specific Learning Center sessions on the United Fresh 2015 expo floor June 9-10 … Continue reading

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Eckrich Surprises Military Family with One Year of Free Groceries

Joining the armed forces isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, and veteran Marine Corps Corporal Chloe Mondesir certainly understood her commitment to her country and … Continue reading

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Tire shopping at Wegmans

A few weeks ago my wife caught a nasty cold. She had a sore throat, aches and pains all over and laryngitis (it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Arctic Apples and Innate Potatoes Safe for Consumption—FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its evaluation for two varieties of apples genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., and for six … Continue reading

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Consumers Concerned About Negative Health Effects of GMOs and Pesticides

Healthline.com, a source of timely health information, news and resources, released findings from a new survey examining consumer attitudes towards the various foods they … Continue reading

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Stop & Shop Donates $29 Million In 2014

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company announced its charitable donations made in 2014 totaled more than $29 million in combined cash and product contributions … Continue reading

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Feds to Crack Down on Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing

The United States federal government announced its final plans to crack down on seafood fraud and illegal fishing at Seafood Expo North America in … Continue reading

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Cargill Beef Plant Named 2015 State Water Conservation Winner

Texas Water Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing water use throughout the state, will convey its annual Blue Legacy Award for manufacturing … Continue reading

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Ice River Springs Water

Ice River Springs  has a passion for good health and preservation of the earth.  As one of the leaders in environmental stewardship, they have … Continue reading

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Del Monte Foods Purchases Sager Creek

Del Monte Foods, producer of branded and private label canned fruit, vegetable, and tomato products, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the … Continue reading

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Food Retailers Identified as Wellness Destination

For the third year, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) surveyed food retailers on how they are meeting the needs of shoppers who are seeking healthier … Continue reading

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Consumers Want More Personalized Retail Experience

U.S. consumers want a more personalized retail experience but are divided on retailers’ tactics and the types of personal information they feel comfortable disclosing, … Continue reading

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United Fresh Announces Five Super Session Topics

The United Fresh 2015 Convention education line-up will feature five issue specific super session topics being offered on Wednesday, June 10 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. … Continue reading

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United Fresh Launches 2015 Compensation Survey

The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2015 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. The data collected will be published in an … Continue reading

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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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