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.”

Fields of flours

As the cold weather sets in the baking products aisle blossoms with a stunning array of ingredients, mixes and frostings. Let them eat cake—and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Sunny forecast

IBM has developed Deep Thunder, a weather-modeling service that, according to officials with the Armonk, N.Y.-based company, can help farmers dramatically reduce the amount … Continue reading

Posted in News

Leg of Lamb Layaway

A layaway policy could help consumers afford a sumptuous holiday dinner. Christmas layaway programs have been in the news lately with Walmart, Kmart, Sears … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Souped-up sales engine

Thanks to versatility, value and an array of new varieties, shelf-stable soup remains a powerful driver of center store sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Reigning cats and dogs

With consumers treating their pets like royalty, supermarkets have the opportunity to increase sales of pet foods and treats. A man’s home may be … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Supermarket Smorgasbord

With items made fresh, local produce and a 200-foot buffet, Shady Maple Farm Market is a feast for the senses. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Upfront

Failing grade

One New Jersey school district puts the kibosh on birthday cupcakes. Students returning to school across the country this week will learn that “A” … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Porgy and Bass

A well-stocked showstopper seafood department can create sweet music for the bottom line. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Raising the Bar

New developments in alcoholic spirits are bringing sales and excitement back to center store. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Center Store

New media opportunities

Retailers are taking their marketing messages to a host of advertising vehicles beyond print, including social media and digital signage. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Culinary Cathedral

With its outstanding made-from-scratch prepared foods; local produce, meats and specialty foods; plus traditional and gourmet groceries, Harmons City Creek has created a religious … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Franks

There really is something fishy about the latest hot dogs in the meat case. That’s because AquaCuisine’s Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Franks are made … Continue reading

Posted in Perishables, What's New

Got milk straws?

Retailers can increase their white milk sales by stocking Got Milk? milk flavoring straws from Magic Straws, LLC. Got Milk? straws are available in … Continue reading

Posted in Perishables, What's New

The Grand Centenarian

Chanatry’s Market marks 100 years of servicing the Utica, N.Y. market. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Happy Holidays

Seasonal offerings along with other new and unique items are bringing extra sweetness to the candy aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Eggnog on your face

Retailers should ensure clerks ask for frequent shopper cards. This past weekend I was shopping at a Kings supermarket in New Jersey when I … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores Opt Not to Sell Aerial Fireworks this July 4th

This July 4th is going to be a little less grand for shoppers at Utah’s Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, as the Kroger division … Continue reading

Posted in News

Tapping a gusher

In the heart of Oklahoma oil country, Uptown Grocery Co. hits it big! Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Sweet sixteen

The Sweets & Snacks Expo celebrated a key milestone with record-setting attendance. This year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Center Store

The Class of 1962

Walmart, Target and Kmart entered the retail scene 50 years ago and ultimately altered the way Americans shop for groceries. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Going for the gold

Thanks to CPG manufacturer support for U.S. Olympic Teams everyone—including retailers and consumers—is a winner. This summer, fans of the Olympics are going to … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Upfront

Retailing’s new spin

Makers of gourmet, regional and hard-to-find products are turning to the web to sell and market their products. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Upfront

Hooked on a feeling

Buyers high on believing in the power of seafood trawled the International Boston Seafood Show looking for the latest trends and ideas. Seafood lovers … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Upfront

Hitting the bull’s eye

Famous for trendy apparel and home goods, Target is now scoring a direct hit with its “guests” with its PFresh format. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Milking it

By paying attention to the latest trends and stocking the right products, retailers can increase sales and profitability in the dairy case. Change is … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh