Author Archives: Elizabeth Louise Hatt

About Elizabeth Louise Hatt

Eliz­a­beth joined the GHQ team in Octo­ber 2010 to indulge her pas­sion for writ­ing, ask­ing ques­tions, eat­ing exor­bi­tant amounts of food and meet­ing indus­try celebri­ties, such as the Dough­boy. When ELH isn’t bring­ing you the lat­est news from the fresh cat­e­gories, she likes to bake cup­cakes, ram­ble on her blog, smother her cat with affec­tion, snow­board trails too advanced for her skills and run long dis­tances. Oh, and eat! She eats a lot, mostly cheese!

The season for spuds

Nutritional messaging and Potato Lovers Month are just a couple of merchandising campaigns that retailers should employ to keep potatoes in season. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Budweiser Makes Me Ribbit

I have a hard time drinking a Bud without reciting the famous 1995 “Bud” “Weis” “er” Frog commercial in my best frog voice. Considering … Continue reading

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View from the summit

If the PMA’s Fresh Summit Expo floor was any indication, the produce industry is turning over a new leaf. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

How Blogging, Peanut Butter and a Marathon Go Together… kind of!

Have you met our new blogger, Kimberley Coughlin? Her daily blog is, as she cleverly states, “your express lane to what’s happening with groceries … Continue reading

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Passport to produce

Consumers are spicing and sweetening up their meals year-round, thanks to produce grown abroad. Thanksgiving is one of the only U.S. holidays in which … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Budget brands no longer

Consumers are putting their trust in store brand nonfoods products; retailers who are dedicated to their brand will come out ahead. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

PMA Passion

Whoa! The past ten days have been a whirl. After a three days in Atlanta for the NACS show and a couple days in … Continue reading

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Make Room for Pecan

A few weeks ago, Molly Zimnoch celebrated the return of the pumpkin. Pumpkin coffee and other warm beverages have been spotted on the streets … Continue reading

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Scaling the summit

Produce insiders are packing their Mardi Gras masks and heading to The Big Easy for the industry’s “big show”—the annual PMA Fresh Summit. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A Wegmans Letdown

I grew up outside of Wegmans’ marketplace, so it was not until college that I first walked into the Holy Grail of supermarkets (at … Continue reading

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Tears of joy

The desire for ethnic cuisines and bold flavors have inspired consumers to experiment with new varieties and uses for onions and garlic. Onions and … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Organic grows up

Consumers want to know where and how their produce is grown. The expanding organic segment is increasingly quelling their concerns—and boosting store sales. Everyday … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Clicking on all cylinders

By focusing on fresh offerings, online grocers are setting the stage for the future of the industry. It is up to brick-and-mortar retailers to keep pace. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Honing in on healthy snacks

With innovations in flavor, packaging and brand appeal, produce companies are winning over the snacking category. It seems almost weekly a new snack item … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A fresh delivery experience

As you know from my last blog entry, for the past month I have been engrossed in learning about the e-commerce segment of the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Online Shopping

It is not that often that my job invokes nostalgia. But the past couple weeks as I was researching the August cover story on … Continue reading

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“Disease or not a disease…”

… that is the question currently being debated in response to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) decision to classify obesity as a disease. Yes, … Continue reading

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Full of pep(pers)

The diversity of peppers is driving sales in the supermarket aisle and innovation in the field. Some like them hot. Some like them sweet. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

For safe keeping

Research shows food safety is a top concern for consumers. Is the industry doing enough? Consumers ask themselves a lot of questions when considering … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Upfront

A sweet time in the sunshine state

Flavor, nutrition and sustainability were just a few of the trends underlying the innovations at the 2013 IDDBA Seminar and Expo. Orlando may be … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

My Confession

Dear Grocery Retailers, Please forgive me, I have been unfaithful. For years, I have always turned to your supermarkets for my produce. I selected … Continue reading

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Join the club

More consumers are choosing a retail outlet based on the quality and value of fresh foods and club stores are making a strong statement. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Optimizing organics

Organics have won over consumer dedication; now it is time for retailers to follow suit. For the past nine years the Environmental Working Group … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Snackin’ in the sun

As days grow longer consumers begin to look for convenient, fresh snack ideas. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fresh, fun and in the sun

United Fresh 2013 is gearing up for an event full of education and networking. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh