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.

Peapod Announces CSA Program 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

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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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ALDI to Open First California Stores

ALDI announced it will launch its first stores in Southern California in March 2016, expecting to open approximately 25 stores before July 2016. Additionally, … Continue reading

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Kraft Foods to Improve Access to Nutritious Food for Children and Families

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Kraft Foods Group Foundation are partnering to launch Kraft Great Futures Kitchen, a comprehensive program expanding … Continue reading

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Food Lion Feeds Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Food Lion Feeds is celebrating its one year anniversary by donating more than 1 million meals through local ‘Summers Without Hunger’ donations and the … Continue reading

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Grocery Shopper Trends Cites New Approaches to Mealtime

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) introduced its 41st annual U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study, which focuses on a deep shift in shopping and mealtime distinctions, ultimately demonstrating … Continue reading

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Produce For Kids Club Concept Launches

Produce for Kids will introduce the new Produce for Kids Club concept, a transactional loyalty program designed to encourage healthy eating for families while … Continue reading

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Millennial Shoppers Need Couponing Experience to be Seamless, Easy-to-Use in Order to Shift to Digital

According to a new commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Linkable Networks, CPG retailers and brands must adopt digital coupon redemption … Continue reading

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FMI Launches Inaugural Power of Produce Study

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) released its inaugural report at FMI Connect, The Power of Produce 2015, which explores changes in shoppers’ produce purchasing trends … Continue reading

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NGA Congratulates 2015 Executive Leadership Development Program Graduates

The National Grocers Association (NGA) congratulated 41 grocery executives on their completion of the 2015 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). The 2015 ELDP course … Continue reading

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Consumers Like Their Snacks With a “Healthy” Twist

Whether salty, savory, or sweet; high, low, or no calories, consumers are looking for snacks that have a perceived health benefit, reports The NPD … Continue reading

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