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.

Sounding Board: Inspiring and Aspiring

The demise of FAO Schwarz represents more than just a store closing; it is the death of a dream. Let’s talk about the death … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Joe Gordon

New product 100% Fruit for All, is on-trend, healthy, tastes great and creates new margins for the retailers, says Joe Gordon, vice president, sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Navigating the Food Safety Act

Some small, local farms are exempt from FSMA regulations, but not from litigious lawyers looking for a fresh lawsuit. By Rob Larose With the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Developing Safety Standards

Retailers and suppliers partner to standardize and streamline store brand safety and quality requirements. By Alan Perlman Retailers all strive for the same goals … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Counting Cards

Greeting card offerings are expanding to better service changing consumer demographics. Society is always changing and evolving. In what direction, can often be seen … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Staying On Schedule

When it comes to modern workforce management, grocers would be wise to adopt employee self-service and mobile technology. By Matt Zelek Work schedules have … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Summer Grilling and Food Safety

Following a few safety procedures can help prevent the spread of foodborne illness. By Brian Diffenderfer Grilling season is in full swing and with … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: A Cut Above

Advances in technology and cost are making razor blades a luxury category. Fifty dollars for razor blades? That is what Costco is charging for … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Consumers Increase Amount Of Online Grocery Shopping

Online grocery shoppers are upping the amount of grocery shopping they complete online, according to a new survey of 1,100 U.S. online grocery shoppers … Continue reading

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Peapod Announces CSA Program

Peapod.com is making it even easier to enjoy fresh and local seasonal produce by offering a new Peapod Local Farm Box. Throughout the summer, … Continue reading

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Millennials Most Open to Joining Fee-Based Loyalty Programs

A LoyaltyOne nationwide survey of 1,005 consumers in May 2015 reveals that millennials ages 18-35 scored significantly higher than any other population segment for … Continue reading

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A&P to Complete Multi-Year Technology Innovation

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) announced today it will complete the implementation of its computer-generated ordering (CGO) system in all … Continue reading

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New Soup Lines from Blount Fine Foods

Blount Fine Foods, has crafted a new line of soups, sides and meals with the Clean & Simple brand. This product line encompasses the … Continue reading

Posted in Grocery, Perishables, What's New

Wegmans to Support New Early Childhood Learning Space at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open “Wegmans Wonderplace” Dec. 9 as the first exhibition on the National Mall designed for the … Continue reading

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IGA Launches IGA Better Choices Health-and-Wellness Program

IGA announced the launch of IGA Better Choices, a new health-and-wellness program designed to provide IGA shoppers with information to make informed and balanced … Continue reading

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Kraft Foods Group Foundation Donates Emergency Response Vehicles to American Red Cross

The American Red Cross recognized Kraft Foods Group Foundation for its support of disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program and a … Continue reading

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McCormick to Acquire Stubb’s

McCormick & Company announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of One World Foods, Inc., seller of Stubb’s … Continue reading

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Snyder’s-Lance to Support Celiac Disease Foundation

Snyder’s of Hanover is raising awareness and funds to support Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF). For the second year, Snyder’s-Lance and its Snyder’s of Hanover … Continue reading

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United Fresh Q1 2015 Fresh Facts on Retail Report

Organic sales approaching the $1 billion mark and double digit growth in the value-added produce sector are two of the highlights of United Fresh … Continue reading

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Deloitte Survey: Shoppers Continue to Leave National Brands Behind

America’s national food, beverage and household brands struggle to regain favor in the hearts and minds of U.S. consumers for the fifth year in … Continue reading

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H-E-B, Publix and Trader Joe’s Earn Top Emotion Scores In Temkin Group Research

Based on a study of 10,000 U.S consumers, H-E-B, Publix, Chick-fil-A, and Trader Joe’s took the top four spots in the 2015 Temkin Emotion … Continue reading

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Anheuser-Busch To Invest More Than $1.5 Billion In U.S. Operations By 2018

Anheuser-Busch announced it will invest more than $1.5 billion in its U.S. brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018. These investments will support … Continue reading

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Getting Closure

This past weekend I learned that one of the local supermarkets in my area is closing. That in and of itself is not big … Continue reading

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PLMA to Salute Store Brands Deli, Dairy and Bakery Growth

As changes in American lifestyle are increasingly driving consumers to the supermarket perimeter, PLMA announced it will turn a spotlight on store brands in … Continue reading

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FDA to Remove Artificial Trans Fats in Processed Foods

Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the … Continue reading

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