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 Forum: Time to act on women’s leadership

Progress for women in executive positions has stalled, and that may be costing retailers money. By Joan Toth Not long ago, someone questioned me … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Casing the meat department

Expect chicken prices to decrease while beef and pork prices should remain similar to last year. By Brian Diffenderfer Meat will more frequently be … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jim Sterbenz

Jim Sterbenz, vice president, U.S. retail sales at Campbell Soup Co. , says the new Campbell’s Organic soup line is bringing organic credentials to … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

The Hershey Company to Acquire KRAVE Jerky

The Hershey Company has entered into an agreement to acquire KRAVE Pure Foods, Inc., manufacturer of KRAVE jerky, a leading all-natural snack brand of … Continue reading

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Food and Drink Trends for 2015

Mintel, a leading market research agency, released the five key trends set to impact the US food and drink market in 2015. Utilizing research, data … Continue reading

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Key Trends Shaping the U.S. Pet Industry

With sales reaching $73 billion in 2014, the U.S. pet products and services market is continuing its upward trajectory on the strength of several … Continue reading

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Sales of Local Foods Reaches $12 Billion—Packaged Facts

Like organic products before them, locally produced foods are stepping out of the shadow of their once “quirky niche” designation to claim a much … Continue reading

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JICC Urges Retailers to Prepare for Retirement of Coupon Barcodes

 The Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC) urged retailers to prepare for the retirement of UPC Prefix 5 coupon barcodes from manufacturer coupons.  These symbols … Continue reading

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Albertsons and Safeway Receive U.S. FTC Clearance for Proposed Merger

AB Acquisition LLC and Safeway Inc. announced that they have received clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the companies’ proposed merger … Continue reading

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Produce for Better Health Foundation Announces Retail Honorees

In support of its mission to increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables, Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) announces the 20 Fruits & … Continue reading

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PMA Foundation announces 2014 Tip Murphy Scholarship recipients

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Foundation for Industry Talent has announced the fourth annual Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence recipients for 2014. Steven … Continue reading

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GMDC Announces Changes to Its Board of Directors

The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has announced changes made to its Board of Directors, to include the appointment of Dewayne Rabon, Bi-Lo Holdings … Continue reading

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FMI Foundation Proclaims September 2015 National Family Meals Month

 The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation announced a September marketing initiative with the nation’s grocers aimed at highlighting food retailers’ unique family meal programs … Continue reading

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IRI Report Finds National and Private Brands Searching for Firm Footing and Consistent Growth

There is no question that private label products became more popular as consumers looked for new ways to save on everyday purchases during the … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Food Retail Market Continues to Grow

The gluten-free market is cementing its staying power as more than a mere dietary fad and continues to make national headlines, including a recent … Continue reading

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Price Chopper Supermarkets Launches Specialty Pharmacy Program

Price Chopper Supermarkets announces the launch of its new specialty pharmacy program, which expands pharmacy services in an effort to provide more convenient and … Continue reading

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Marsh Supermarkets Partners with inMarket for World’s First Apple Watch iBeacon Experience

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket announced the deployment of a closed-loop iBeacon platform enabling shoppers with Smartphones and Apple Watch to have their favorite apps come … Continue reading

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Trend Toward Natural, Organic Products Strengthening Frozen Food Market—Packaged Facts

With “fresh” and “healthy” emerging as food industry buzz words, it’s easy to wonder if frozen foods—which almost inherently fail conjure connotations associated with … Continue reading

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Kroger Stores Receive ENERGY STAR Certification

Forty-one Michigan Kroger stores received ENERGY STAR certification during 2014, verifying the division’s commitment to reduce energy consumption and related costs. Kroger’s Ypsilanti store, … Continue reading

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“Dos Equis Marks The Spot” Program

Dos Equis, one of the fastest growing premium Mexican beer brands in the U.S., introduces Dos Equis Marks the Spot, a fully-integrated digital retail … Continue reading

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Big Y Donates Food to Local Communities

In a chain-wide effort to help the hungry within their local communities, Big Y’s 5th annual Sack Hunger/Care To Share Program brought 19,238 bags … Continue reading

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Three Stop & Shop Stores Receive LEED Silver Certifications

The Stop and Shop Supermarket Co. and its parent company Ahold USA recently achieved another milestone in their commitment to building greener sustainable stores. … Continue reading

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Daymon Worldwide Consumer Survey Upends Conventional Wisdom About Private Brands

With consumers reaping the unexpected windfall of collapsing gas prices, a new survey from Daymon Worldwide reveals that sizable percentages of shoppers will use … Continue reading

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Stop & Shop’s A+ School Rewards Program Kicks-Off 2015 With Fighting Hunger Challenge

To help provide hunger relief to those in need, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is kicking-off the New Year with the launch of … Continue reading

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Post Foods’ Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Cereals

Post Foods announces the addition of two varieties to the Honey Bunches of Oats family, Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey Crunch and … Continue reading

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