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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.

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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Harris Teeter Donates to Together in Education Schools

Harris Teeter announced it is donating $767,913 to schools this month through Together in Education (TIE), Harris Teeter’s fundraising program for schools in its … Continue reading

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FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Voluntary Qualified Importer Program

On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance regarding its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), a voluntary … Continue reading

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FNV Launches in Fresno and Hampton Roads

This past week, Hampton Roads, Virginia, and Fresno, California, were center stage for the launch of FNV, a new, iconic brand that promotes fruit … Continue reading

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Consumers Want to Know What’s On Their Plates

To determine what’s important to consumers when ordering or selecting food, a recent survey of 1,000 men and women across the U.S. was conducted … Continue reading

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Mondelez International Launches ‘Shopper Futures’

Mondelez International announced a breakthrough mobile marketing initiative, Shopper Futures, which brings together ambitious entrepreneurs and retailers to help transform the consumer retail experience. … Continue reading

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Five Ways Food Brands Get ‘FIT’ for the Future

The food industry will eclipse $2 trillion in annual sales by 2025, but restaurants, retailers and manufacturers will be locked into an intense competition … Continue reading

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Foodservice Visits Flat as Consumers Eat More Meals at Home

Foodservice spending, which was up 3 percent in the year ending April 2015, did not equate to foodservice visits, which were flat in the … Continue reading

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Costco and PepsiCo Fight Hunger

Father John Adams, president of So Others Might Eat (SOME), announced Costco and PepsiCo have made one of the largest-ever donations of food to … Continue reading

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Dollar Tree to Sell 330 Family Dollar Stores

Dollar Tree, Inc. and Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm specializing in consumer and retail investments, announced that they have entered into a definitive … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Pete Bakala

Pete Bakala, director of branches for Gold Medal Products Co., says flavored popcorn is driving consumer demand. What is Gold Medal Products offering this … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Xavier Equihua

Xavier Equihua, president and CEO, Peruvian Avocado Commission, says avocados are one of the flagship products from Peru. Tell us about the Peruvian Avocado … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Bluzette Carline

Bluzette Carline, director of marketing at Beaver Street Fisheries, says the company’s new products appeal to consumers’ needs. Tell us about Beaver Street Fisheries. … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Total(ly) Expo(sed)

The NACDS Total Store Expo offers grocery items and drug store products under one roof. By Randy Edeker Whether you are a supermarket retailer … Continue reading

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Beefing Up the Backyard Barbeque

Retailers offering a wide variety of items covering all price points will be best equipped to meet consumers’ grilling needs. Continue reading

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Primax Bankcard Leadership Webinar Series Continues

Primax, a premier provider of credit and debit card issuing and merchant acquiring programs, is holding its second webinar in its 2015 Bankcard Leadership … Continue reading

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Ralphs Grocery Company Invites Customers to Support Our Troops

Ralphs invites customers to join in supporting the men and women of the armed forces and their families during its annual Honoring Our Heroes … Continue reading

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Weis Markets Increases Starting Hourly Rate

Weis Markets will increase its starting hourly rate for newly hired Weis Markets’ associates to $9 an hour on August 2. On this date, … Continue reading

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Meijer Acquires Aureus Health Services

Meijer has signed an agreement to acquire Aureus Health Services, a national specialty pharmacy and health services company based in Pittsburgh, Pa. and a … Continue reading

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Beech-Nut to Reveal Exact Ingredient Amounts

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company announced that it has listed the percentage of each ingredient for all of its jars and pouches on its web site. … Continue reading

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Hannaford’s and Publix Earn Top Effort Scores in New Temkin Ratings

Based on a study of 10,000 U.S consumers, Hannaford’s and Publix took the top spots in the 2015 Temkin Effort Ratings, which rates how … Continue reading

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Top Natural and Organic Food Trends Meeting Consumer Needs

Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) has identified the top nine natural and organic food trends that illustrate growing consumer desires in the natural channel. The brand-building … Continue reading

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A Wegmans Grows in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation announced redevelopment plans for Admirals Row that will bring a long-anticipated supermarket, new manufacturing space and a brand … Continue reading

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