Author Archives: Richard Turcsik

About Richard Turcsik

With more than 20 years of indus­try expe­ri­ence under his belt, includ­ing more than five with Gro­cery Head­quar­ters, Richard Turcsik is a walk­ing ency­clo­pe­dia of super­mar­ket knowl­edge. As exec­u­tive edi­tor he is respon­si­ble for much of the magazine’s con­tent, includ­ing the pop­u­lar Retail Spot­light fea­tures, cover sto­ries, news arti­cles, cen­ter store and per­ish­ables fea­tures, as well as the Trade Talk, In the Aisles and Pro­mo­tion Cor­ner sec­tions. If Richard didn’t write for GHQ he would be “work­ing undercover.”

Wet your appetite

Unique and healthy refreshments are heralding in a new age in the supermarket beverage aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Orchard Fresh

Since it sprouted on the Buffalo food scene in mid-April, Orchard Fresh has blossomed into THE place for western New York’s foodies. People have … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Photos, Retail Spotlights, Web-Exclusive Content

Something’s brewing

Effectively merchandising light beers and booming niche products can help attract new consumers to the beer category. Craft beers have been getting most of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Touch down!

Orchard Fresh scores big with farm-fresh produce, service meat and seafood, unique gourmet groceries and a bevy of 100% made-from-scratch prepared foods, all merchandised in an innovative environment. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Everything in life has a repurpose

Here at work I receive literally hundreds of unsolicited e-mails daily. To be honest, most of them go directly into the “Trash” folder, but … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Karns Quality Foods

Giant Food Carlisle and Weis Markets may operate bigger and far more numerous stores, but in Central Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg region Karns Quality Foods is … Continue reading

Posted in Photos, Web-Exclusive Content

Hot tomatoes

Pasta sauce sales are simmering as more manufacturers turn to niche and specialty products. Pasta sauce has come a long way from the days … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Center Store

World’s food fair

Consumers are broadening their palates and supermarkets are stocking more imported and domestically produced international foods. There are few places in America with as … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Upfront

Raising the steaks

Handmade pies, an extensive service seafood case, locally produced groceries and a top quality meat department place Karns Quality Foods newest store in a class above the rest. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Going, going, gone!

Last week Stop & Shop announced that it was pulling out of New Hampshire and closing its six stores in the Granite State. The … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Fancy this!

With more than 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions, the Summer Fancy Food Show offered something for every taste. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Upfront

Here’s the beef!

Jerky and meat snacks are on a growth tear with new products and line extensions making them more popular than ever. Here is something … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Super Fresh Seafood

Bumble Bee is buzzing into the freezer case with a line of entrees marketed under the Bumble Bee SuperFresh Premium Fresh Frozen brand name. … Continue reading

Posted in Grocery, What's New

A marketing scheme that is the pits!

I don’t like being snookered. Yet that is exactly what I feel happened to me when I visited an Acme Markets store a couple … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

The whole shebang

By following a unique, old-fashioned approach to business, Whole Foods continues to thrive in a challenging economic environment. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Sweet charity

Supporting charitable causes offers retailers and manufacturers a way to bond with their customer base and raise much needed funds. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Upfront

The sweet (savory and salty) life

Every kind of snack imaginable was on display at the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo. It ain’t just candy anymore! Visitors to the 2013 … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Center Store

2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo

Recording-setting crowds descended on Chicago’s McCormick Place May 21-23 to attend the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo sponsored by the National Confectioners Association. Continue reading

Posted in Photos, Web-Exclusive Content

It must be witch craft

With premium ingredients, nuanced styles, seasonal offerings and consumers’ desire to try things novel and different, craft beers are casting a spell on consumers. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Galloping gourmet

Consumers’ desire to try new and exotic things coupled with record-breaking gourmet product sales makes stocking an extensive gourmet selection a winning bet. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Garden of eating

With a large selection of local produce, a 48-foot salad bar and local artisan groceries, Fruit Center Marketplace is a foodie’s paradise on earth. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Don’t let the bed bugs bite

Sometimes there is truth to those Eastern European old wives tales. According to a recent study, the most effect way of dealing with bed … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

How sweet it is!

A well-merchandised candy selection can add fun and excitement to a shopping trip, plus sweet profits to the bottom line. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Turning up the juice

New flavors, blends, packaging and promotions are brightening up the outlook for the shelf-stable and frozen concentrate juice sets. Shelf-stable and frozen concentrate juices … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Food, glorious food!

I walk a half-mile from my house in suburban New Jersey to the train each morning and then three blocks from Penn Station to … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content