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.

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 culinary 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

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

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

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

One fish, two fish, old fish, new fish

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

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

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

Baby… and beyond

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

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, 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

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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

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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