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!

A Quality Shopping Experience

On a recent trip with my family I had the pleasurable experience of checking out a QFC store in Seattle’s University District. It was … Continue reading

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In the spotlight

Grocery retailers will be out in full force tasting new cheeses and scouting the hottest bakery and deli items at IDDBA’s Deli-Dairy-Bake 2012. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

An after school’s [out] snack

As manufacturers continue to grow their small-size produce offerings, it is up to retailers to make the connection with parents and kids in store. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Pork, I’m inspired!

A couple weeks ago a friend invited me to attend the National Pork Board’s Pork Summit 2012. The two-day event at the Culinary Institute … Continue reading

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Hitting the jackpot

Nutritional benefits and an extended selling season have made cherries a hot item in the produce section. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Nutrition on ice

Frozen fruit and vegetables offer healthy sales opportunities for retailers. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Three ring food circus

With three of the largest grocery retail shows under one roof; retailers have ample opportunity to learn. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A helping hand for the elderly

This weekend my 93-year-old grandfather died. He got sick a few short months after his wife of 68 years passed away. Whatever the doctors … Continue reading

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Dinner from an ATM

I was super excited to hear about the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM that hit the streets of Beverly Hills last month. The vending machine can … Continue reading

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A Spring Showcase… continued

While April showers may bring us flowers, the rainy Spring month also brings the produce industry a couple of its favorite trade shows— the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A Spring Showcase

Retailers are looking north to see what is blooming for spring produce. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

The Top Tier

Fashion and mainstream style are influencing bakery designs. With manufacturers help, in-store bakeries should be able to keep up. Many argue it was Sex … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Advertising in need of some fuel

During a family discussion this weekend about saving money and racking up loyalty points at our various preferred supermarkets, I made a discovery. I … Continue reading

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Giving back is the new black

Retailers are finding that community support does more than make them feel warm and fuzzy inside. It is growing sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

What a girl wants

National brands are innovating the feminine hygiene category, and private label is not far behind. This in-demand category is experiencing a facelift and retailers … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

What happens in Vegas…

My favorite aspect of my job is attending trade shows. It is an opportunity to see friends from the industry, match faces to the … Continue reading

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The Superbowl’s Missing Message

Soooo, how about them Giants? Personally, I don’t follow football, but as a New Yorker, I know a lot of people whose moods for the … Continue reading

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Shining Bright in the Golden State

A smart and steady approach to growth not only kept Save Mart in the game through periods of economic turbulence, it helped earn it the title of Grocery Headquarters’ 2012 Independent Retailer of the Year. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Healthy side up

Following an all-natural or gluten-free diet used to require making a trip to a specialty health food store or searching out a small corner section of the supermarket. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Selling Wellness

Southern hospitality

The Southeast Produce Council’s (SPC) Southern Exposure trade show is a favorite for many produce growers. Its smaller size and intimate setting provides a breeding ground for developing new relationships. This year’s show promises to be no different. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A Millennial Perspective… on blogging

Last week I received an e-newsletter from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board announcing the launch of its 3rd annual “30 Days, 30 Ways with … Continue reading

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Healthy Promotions

This morning on my way to work I came across an NPR story about the controversy over an anti-obesity advertising campaign in Georgia. The … Continue reading

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Supporting the spud

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed limiting the amount of potatoes that could be served in federally financed school lunches this past fall, potato growers prepared for battle. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Store brands stay strong

It was clear by the crowds at the Private Label Manufacturing Association’s (PLMA) 2011 trade show in Chicago that private label manufacturers are having no trouble keeping up with retailers’ needs. In fact, they are capitalizing on this trend with innovative products that are not only competing with national brands technology but also leading the way. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Upfront

A produce resolution

Sharing nutritional information and reminding consumers of good eating habits can help shoppers stick to their New Year’s resolutions—and keep sales up. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh