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.

Spice is nice

Retailers are racking up sales as today’s consumers are more willing to experiment with spices and seasonings.  There was a time, not too long … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Hangin’ with Heineken

I recently had the privilege of attending the HEINEKEN USA (HUSA) National Distributor Conference (NDC). I had been to the event last year, so … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Pets are people too

Consumers’ “humanization” of pets continues and manufacturers are developing products to meet the ongoing trend. A dog or cat does not know the difference … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Meating up in Music City

Stocked with innovative merchandising ideas, new products and samples galore, AMI’s Annual Meat Conference is around the corner. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A time and place for technology

Some of my colleagues have used this space to extol the virtues of technology and how consumers use it. They, as well as many … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

A vision for 2020

Food retailing continues to undergo major changes. Some of the industry’s top executives offer insights and opportunities. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Hooked on seafood

Increased costs for beef, chicken and pork have consumers trawling the seafood aisle in search of protein. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Shining a light on batteries

Grocers do not have to offer the lowest price on batteries if they promote them properly. Shoppers cannot buy what they cannot see, no … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Fearsome predator

Amazon.com is stressing price, convenience and selection; center store, nonfoods and even fresh items are at risk. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Private (label) practices

Trust and value have become cornerstones on which retailers can build store brand success. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Positive grains

More and more, consumers are interested in healthier options when shopping the supermarket cereal aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Promoting the printed page

Consumers continue to buy print magazines and supermarkets can put themselves in a strong position to sell them. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Road to Recovery

With strong promotion and a wide array of products, supermarkets can compete with drugstores in the cough/cold category. Most people try to steer clear … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Remodeling the Housewares Department

With the right mix and category focus, supermarkets can thrive in the many different housewares categories. Mass merchants continue to intrude on grocery’s bread … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Vitamin sales are poppin’

Grocers are increasing sales and gaining market share in the valuable vitamin category. Sometimes less is more. That certainly rings true when it comes … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Fired up for frozen foods

Frozen food sales continue to improve as both retailers and manufacturers look to expand eating occasions. The relationship between consumers and frozen foods has … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Bringing Up Baby

Baby product manufacturers are trying to spur retail sales with innovative products and marketing programs. For the majority of retailers, there is no customer … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Ice cream social

The summer months provide retailers with ample opportunity to promote and sell frozen treats. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Squeezing the juice

Manufacturers hope to invigorate the shelf-stable juice category with lower-calorie, healthful options. Getting people, especially kids, to eat the USDA daily-recommended allowance of fruits … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Beers’ fighting spirit(s)

Beer companies have ramped up their efforts with new products, increased promotion and creative packaging to help retailers lift beer sales. As if the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Reclaiming general merchandise

With dedicated focus, supermarkets can regain lost market share from the profitable general merchandise category. Evolve or perish. It is a basic business tenet. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Sending Meaningful Messages

Greeting card suppliers are finding new ways to keep consumers engaged in the category. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Sprucing Up HBC Assortments

There are dozens of HBC categories from which consumers can choose. To help increase sales, grocers would be wise to narrow the list a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Thrill of the Grill

The grilling season and consumers’ desire to eat healthier are driving protein sales. The signs of spring are unmistakeable. Love abounds, birds are chirping, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

The spices of life

The growing popularity of ethnic cuisine and the trend toward healthier eating has led to increased spice and seasoning sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Center Store