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!

Hold the pesticides

Organic produce sales continue to climb. Their benefits may be up for dispute, but its clear consumers recognize organics exist. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

The Big Cheese of Service

Two weeks ago I found myself standing in the cheese section of the Mariano’s Fresh Food Market in Arlington Heights, Ill. We were in … Continue reading

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For the love of spuds

Potato sales tend to slow down at the beginning of the year. By keeping them front and center in the produce department, retailers can … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Culture Shock

Greek yogurt is slowly taking over the yogurt segment, and with consistent double-digit growth retailers should be making room. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Pinned with Love

Santa came early for me this year. Last week I purchased a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. The KitchenAid 5-Quart Tilt-Head Artisan Series in Buttercup Yellow, … Continue reading

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Produce with punch

With a new format and record attendance, the 2012 PMA Fresh Summit was one to remember. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Brands not included

The PLMA’s 2012 Private Label Trade Show once again pushed the boundaries of innovation. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Upfront

Why I love the produce industry… and a big THANKS!

Two weeks ago growers, manufacturers, buyers, sellers, marketers and associations converged on the Anaheim, California convention center to talk—and taste—produce. The new format of … Continue reading

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The new local

Produce companies are building up their import programs and retailers are ready for the challenge. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives

More Sprinkles, Please

Have I ever mentioned that I have a serious weakness for cupcakes? No? Well, I have a serious weakness for cupcakes. My borderline addiction … Continue reading

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Produce Powerhouse

PMA Fresh Summit is fast approaching. The industry is poised to put its best foot forward. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Celebrating the Spud

With strong potato sales and abundant supply in the ground, growers are celebrating the category. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fresh in the Northwest

Last week I visited Portland, Oregon, for the first time. Of all the city’s appealing characteristics that had been highlighted to me by every … Continue reading

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Back to the roots

Onion and garlic growers are inviting consumers to discover where their food is coming from, and retailers are reaping the results. Healthy. Local. Safe. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Shifting Shopper Behavior

Rising from the ashes of the recession, shoppers are hitting the stores with their smartphones and a new attitude. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Millennial Tendencies

I’m excited that Stop & Shop’s Scan It! program has taken off at my local store. But I get pretty frustrated when I walk … Continue reading

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A lunchbox full of fruits & veggies

Produce companies’ kid-friendly snack packs and seasonal fruit promotions are making parents’ back-to-school shopping as easy as A-B-C. One of the most exciting moments … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Far from the tree

As apple and pear season kicks off, retailers are boosting promotions and in-store displays to meet demand. An apple a day keeps the doctor … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

A clear view of food safety

As transparency becomes the norm, manufacturers and retailers are making adjustments to provide a farm-to-fork view of the food supply. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Cover Stories

The best from the Northwest

The distinctive climate of the Northwest makes for some of the most well-received produce and seafood in the country. The Northwest region of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

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