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!

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

Selling a Christmas Breakfast Tradition

I received a phone call from my mother yesterday to review our Christmas day menu. She had just returned from our local Stop & … Continue reading

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What about the boys?

Do we not give men enough credit for cooking? Maybe it’s just the type of guy I befriend, but most of my male friends … Continue reading

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Isabella’s Cookie Company

Isabella’s Cookie Company launched four new cookie flavors in honor of National Cookie Month (October). The gourmet cookie company introduced two Orange Cream Dream … Continue reading

Posted in Perishables, What's New

Hey Carrots, Say Cheese!

Two weeks ago I gave you a taste of my trip to Wisconsin to tour America’s Dairyland and its famous creameries with the Wisconsin … Continue reading

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A taste of Wisconsin’s pride

One of my favorite pastimes is eating. To be more specific, one of my favorite pastimes is eating cheese. Sharp cheddars, creamy French-styles, hard and soft Italians. Sliced on top of crackers, melted into omelets, baked with veggies. I’ll eat it anyway, anytime of day. Continue reading

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From far, far away

Produce imports continue to grow, providing retailers with colorful, fresh product to expand their departments. There was a time, long ago, when the fruits … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Running up sales

Last weekend I flew out to San Francisco to run my first half marathon. Having no idea what to expect, I followed my running … Continue reading

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A time for meat

Promotions and pricing, especially in the fresh meat department are akin to a good joke—timing is everything. As consumers continue to look for ways … Continue reading

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A show of fresh ideas

For retailers who attended the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) 2011 Seminar & Expo there were a few lessons to be learned from … Continue reading

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Sample Sales

Often when I am interviewing manufacturers and marketers about the most successful way to get new products noticed sampling comes up. Offering consumers a … Continue reading

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Going mobile

I am always on the go. As a result, the majority of my food shopping is done “on the way home” from work, errands, … Continue reading

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Light of the Irish

  Ireland: a country known for its beer, whiskey, potatoes and… retail display accent LED lighting??   It is so.   Two weeks ago … Continue reading

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A helping hand

This past weekend I baked brownies for my cousin’s birthday party – raspberry, cream cheese brownies made with Framboise to be specific. The most … Continue reading

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Scan It! Savings?

For the past year I have been a loyal Trader Joe’s customer. Although much smaller than its competitors, I am attracted to the store’s … Continue reading

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