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.

ShopRite Kicks-Off Famous Can Can Sale

ShopRite’s famous annual Can Can Sale, now in its 44th year, began Sunday, January 4th and will run through Saturday, January 24th. The Can … Continue reading

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Gaining steam

Once used by an eclectic few, electronic cigarettes and vaping products are now a $2 billion business. Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… George Prest, MHI

George Prest, CEO of MHI, says retailers that attend ProMat 2015 to learn about the best investment strategies to transform their supply chains will … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Getting ahead of the digital transformation

Retailers that learn to leverage accurate digital content put themselves on the winning side of this inevitable shift. By Sue Sentell Grocery retailing has … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Managing case space

It is important to monitor what, when and how products leave retailer shelves. By Bill Pizzico As manufacturers and retailers make more and more … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Dan Elrod, McLane Co.

Dan Elrod, vice president of sales, mass market, for McLane Co., says the company is well positioned to help mass retailers, including supermarkets, with … Continue reading

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Safeway Achieves Perfect Score in 2015 Corporate Equality Index

Safeway announced today that for the second year in a row, it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index … Continue reading

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Consumers’ Relationships With Their Kitchens Will Continue to Evolve in 2015 — NPD Group

Ever since the invention of the TV dinner, consumers have expressed a desire to get out of their kitchens in less time, but there … Continue reading

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Albertsons and Safeway Confirm Agreements to Sell 168 Stores

AB Acquisition (Albertsons) and Safeway announced that they have entered into agreements, subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to sell 168 … Continue reading

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Haggen to Expand from 18 Stores to 164 Stores

Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 146 stores as part of the divestment process brought … Continue reading

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Kroger Named Elite Member of ENERGY STAR’s Certification Nation

The Kroger Co. announced that the company has been accepted as an Elite Member of ENERGY STAR Certification Nation by the U.S. Environmental Protection … Continue reading

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Marc Perrone Elected President of UFCW

Marc Perrone, a labor leader who has committed four decades to fighting for hard working families, was elected International President of the 1.3 million … Continue reading

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Multicultural Consumers Lead Growth in U.S. Pet Ownership

More than 200 million pets of all types live in American households, and nowhere is pet ownership on the rise faster than in the … Continue reading

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McCormick Reveals Flavor Trends for 2015

McCormick & Company released its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2015, highlighting eight enticing flavor trends. Now in its 15th year, the much-anticipated report drives flavor … Continue reading

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Younger Generations Driving Fresh Food Sales

The age-old parental advice to “eat your fruits and vegetables” has taken hold.. From 2003 and 2013, consumption of fresh foods — fruits, vegetables, … Continue reading

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SC Johnson to Receive Award for Sustainable Development Achievements

The World Environment Center (WEC) has announced that its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to … Continue reading

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Food Traceability Tops North American Summit Agenda

The North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit, www.sustainablefoodssummit.com, will hone in on food traceability. As the battle for labeling of Genetically Modified … Continue reading

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Top 10 Specialty Food Trends Predicted for 2015

Consumers will seek more from their specialty food in 2015, whether stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners, or snacks made with everything from plant-based meat to … Continue reading

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Tops Markets Converts Distribution Fleet to Natural Gas

Tops Friendly Markets announced a partnership with Ryder to replace its existing 55 tractors with ones that are compatible with compressed natural gas (CNG). … Continue reading

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IDDBA Seeks Decorators for Cake Decorating Challenge

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) 20th annual Cake Decorating Challenge will be a featured event at the annual Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo, to be … Continue reading

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Duff Goldman to Emcee NGA Best Bagger Championship

Food Network star, Duff Goldman will emcee the 2015 National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by PepsiCo, and held at The NGA … Continue reading

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Brookshire’s, Kellogg Donate Milk to Food Banks

Brookshire’s and Kellogg recently teamed up to donate $10,000 worth of milk to Feeding America member food banks that serve communities in Texas, Louisiana … Continue reading

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Food Lion Feeds Launches “Holidays Without Hunger” Campaign

This holiday season, Food Lion is partnering with customers in its more than 1,100 stores, Nov. 19 – Dec. 23, to help solve hunger … Continue reading

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FMI and SJU Peck Fellow Study Scans Perceptions among Grocery App Users

A new study has found that the more active a shopper is with social media, the less likely it is that shopper will use … Continue reading

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Gluten-free Foods Surge

It seems these days, grocery shelves are exploding with gluten-free choices, due in large part to greater awareness of a gluten-free diet as a … Continue reading

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