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.

Stop & Shop Donates $29 Million In 2014

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company announced its charitable donations made in 2014 totaled more than $29 million in combined cash and product contributions … Continue reading

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Feds to Crack Down on Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing

The United States federal government announced its final plans to crack down on seafood fraud and illegal fishing at Seafood Expo North America in … Continue reading

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Cargill Beef Plant Named 2015 State Water Conservation Winner

Texas Water Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing water use throughout the state, will convey its annual Blue Legacy Award for manufacturing … Continue reading

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Ice River Springs Water

Ice River Springs  has a passion for good health and preservation of the earth.  As one of the leaders in environmental stewardship, they have … Continue reading

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Del Monte Foods Purchases Sager Creek

Del Monte Foods, producer of branded and private label canned fruit, vegetable, and tomato products, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the … Continue reading

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Food Retailers Identified as Wellness Destination

For the third year, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) surveyed food retailers on how they are meeting the needs of shoppers who are seeking healthier … Continue reading

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Consumers Want More Personalized Retail Experience

U.S. consumers want a more personalized retail experience but are divided on retailers’ tactics and the types of personal information they feel comfortable disclosing, … Continue reading

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United Fresh Announces Five Super Session Topics

The United Fresh 2015 Convention education line-up will feature five issue specific super session topics being offered on Wednesday, June 10 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. … Continue reading

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United Fresh Launches 2015 Compensation Survey

The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2015 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. The data collected will be published in an … Continue reading

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Publix, Aldi, and H-E-B Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings

Temkin Group announces the publication of the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings, the fifth year that the company has published its benchmark of customer experience … Continue reading

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Kellogg’s Teams With Jimmy Butler & Quvenzhane Wallis to Fight Childhood Hunger

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, but nearly one-in-five kids nationwide struggles with hunger and may go without it every … Continue reading

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Firing up flavor

The spices and seasonings aisle has become a destination shop for consumers looking for healthy culinary adventures. “BAM!” That one small word spoken years … Continue reading

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Unified Grocers Takes Over Raley’s GM and HBW Operations

Unified Grocers has reached an agreement with Sacramento-based grocery chain Raley’s to take over its General Merchandise/Health, Beauty and Wellness (GM and HBW) operations. … Continue reading

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Half of Consumers Admit They Spend More When Retailers Personalize the Shopping Experience

A MyBuys study finds that 48 percent of consumers recognize that they purchase more from retailers that leverage shopper interests and buying behavior to … Continue reading

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Brain Food

Food for thought. Apparently that expression is pretty accurate. Let me explain. A colleague of mine recently introduced me to the world of podcasts. … Continue reading

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Supermarket Customer Satisfaction Erodes

Customer satisfaction with retail is down for the first time in four years, according to a report released today by the American Customer Satisfaction … Continue reading

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Hershey Begins Move to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

The Hershey Company announced it is beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly … Continue reading

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Nestlé to Remove Artificial Flavors and FDA-Certified Colors from All Chocolate

Nestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy … Continue reading

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General Mills Marks 10 Years Of Health Improvements

General Mills has improved the health profile of 76 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005, when it first established its “Health … Continue reading

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Nearly Half of Millennials Find Store Brand Food Products More Innovative Than Name Brands—Mintel

Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – … Continue reading

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Do Americans Prefer Name Brands or Store Brands?

Everyone has their favorite brands for at least some of the things purchased for daily consumption, including both food and other household items. Whether … Continue reading

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Product Of The Year USA Reveals Winners

Product of the Year, the consumer-voted award for product innovation, has announced its 2015 winners. Product of the Year winners are backed by the … Continue reading

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Newport Avenue Market Wins Ben Schwartz Retail Grocery Visionary Award

Newport Avenue Market, known to many as the food hub of Central Oregon offering shoppers both mainstream and specialty grocery options, was recently awarded … Continue reading

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The Growing Influence of the Male Shopper

How and where Americans shop for food is changing dramatically, according to a new study, Food Shopping in America 2014. The study unveils the … Continue reading

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Companies May Be ‘Leaving Money on the Table’ in Health & Wellness—AlixPartners

The booming health & wellness trend in the food & beverage industry continues to surge and present new opportunities for companies in the sector. … Continue reading

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