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.

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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Anthony Opens New Production Facility

Anthony announces the opening of its newest manufacturing plant in Conyers, Georgia. The Conyers’ facility will add 130,000 square feet of production capacity and … Continue reading

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Infographic Details the Nutrition, Safety and Value of Processed Meat

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) released a new infographic detailing the nutrition, safety and value of processed meat and poultry products. According to … Continue reading

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NGA, Balance Innovations Release Independent Grocer Payments Research

The National Grocers Association (NGA) and Balance Innovations released the results of their joint 2015 Grocery Retailing Payments Study – designed to understand industry payment … Continue reading

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Wegmans Unseats Amazon To Claim Top Corporate Reputation Ranking

Wegmans Food Markets, the Rochester, NY-based grocer with just 85 stores and one-tenth of Amazon’s revenues, edged past the online retailer to reach the … Continue reading

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Breyers Now Only Sourcing Milk, Cream From Cows Not Treated With Artificial Growth Hormones

Breyers announced its next step toward meeting the quality preferences of today’s moms. The company revealed it’s now the largest packaged U.S. ice cream … Continue reading

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NGA Collaborates with Industry Leaders to Deliver Online Retail Intelligence Platform

National Grocers Association (NGA) announced today an alliance with The Coca-Cola Company and RetailNet Group (RNG) to provide a customized retail marketplace intelligence platform … Continue reading

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Target Announces Store Growth Plans for 2015

Target Corp. will open 15 stores in 2015, including three distinct store formats: eight TargetExpress locations, one CityTarget and six general merchandise stores. Target’s … Continue reading

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Giant Food Celebrates Black History Month

Giant Food celebrates Black History Month this February with the release of its annual Profiles in Excellence brochure. Profiles in Excellence celebrates the significant … Continue reading

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In the cards

The emotional connection created by greeting cards continues to keep the category on top.  “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Those … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Time to act on women’s leadership

Progress for women in executive positions has stalled, and that may be costing retailers money. By Joan Toth Not long ago, someone questioned me … Continue reading

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Food Forum: Casing the meat department

Expect chicken prices to decrease while beef and pork prices should remain similar to last year. By Brian Diffenderfer Meat will more frequently be … Continue reading

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Talking Shop with… Jim Sterbenz

Jim Sterbenz, vice president, U.S. retail sales at Campbell Soup Co. , says the new Campbell’s Organic soup line is bringing organic credentials to … Continue reading

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The Hershey Company to Acquire KRAVE Jerky

The Hershey Company has entered into an agreement to acquire KRAVE Pure Foods, Inc., manufacturer of KRAVE jerky, a leading all-natural snack brand of … Continue reading

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Food and Drink Trends for 2015

Mintel, a leading market research agency, released the five key trends set to impact the US food and drink market in 2015. Utilizing research, data … Continue reading

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Key Trends Shaping the U.S. Pet Industry

With sales reaching $73 billion in 2014, the U.S. pet products and services market is continuing its upward trajectory on the strength of several … Continue reading

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Sales of Local Foods Reaches $12 Billion—Packaged Facts

Like organic products before them, locally produced foods are stepping out of the shadow of their once “quirky niche” designation to claim a much … Continue reading

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JICC Urges Retailers to Prepare for Retirement of Coupon Barcodes

 The Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC) urged retailers to prepare for the retirement of UPC Prefix 5 coupon barcodes from manufacturer coupons.  These symbols … Continue reading

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Albertsons and Safeway Receive U.S. FTC Clearance for Proposed Merger

AB Acquisition LLC and Safeway Inc. announced that they have received clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the companies’ proposed merger … Continue reading

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Produce for Better Health Foundation Announces Retail Honorees

In support of its mission to increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables, Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) announces the 20 Fruits & … Continue reading

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PMA Foundation announces 2014 Tip Murphy Scholarship recipients

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Foundation for Industry Talent has announced the fourth annual Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence recipients for 2014. Steven … Continue reading

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GMDC Announces Changes to Its Board of Directors

The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has announced changes made to its Board of Directors, to include the appointment of Dewayne Rabon, Bi-Lo Holdings … Continue reading

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FMI Foundation Proclaims September 2015 National Family Meals Month

 The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation announced a September marketing initiative with the nation’s grocers aimed at highlighting food retailers’ unique family meal programs … Continue reading

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IRI Report Finds National and Private Brands Searching for Firm Footing and Consistent Growth

There is no question that private label products became more popular as consumers looked for new ways to save on everyday purchases during the … Continue reading

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