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.”

Better safe than sorry

Grape tomatoes. They are juicy, sweet and the perfect addition to salads and numerous recipes. Oh, and for a week in late April/early May … Continue reading

Posted in Cover Stories

Breakout products from SIAL

Watch your back, olive oil. You have some serious competition from Three Farmers Camelina oil. It is making its way South of the Border … Continue reading

A major headache

    Early yesterday evening I made a trek to my local CVS, lured in by the big sale that was advertised in Sunday’s … Continue reading

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Jumpin’ Joe

Coffee sales continue to percolate, thanks to new products that deliver coffee shop quality at a fraction of the price. By Richard Turcsik Long … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Somewhat off Target

  About a month ago I picked up the Sunday Target circular and saw a lof of hot deals, including OptiFree Express contact lense … Continue reading

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Take This Review and Shovel It!

    A few weeks before Christmas while shopping in Sears I had the foresight to purchase a new snow shovel. It was the … Continue reading

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The Supermarket Diet

    I’ve noticed a disturbing trend when conducting price checks for my Retail Spotlights and while doing my own personal shopping — there … Continue reading

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Tootles to Pathmark

  Amid a 90%-off sale, and little other fanfare, the Union, N.J., Pathmark closed its doors for the last time last week.The store, located … Continue reading

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Dimwatted idea

  How many politicians does it take to screw up a light bulb? Apparently just a simple majority of Congress. A couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Better Circulation

    Hy-Vee has found a new way to deliver its weekly circulars in Kansas City. Instead of placing them in the weekly food … Continue reading

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Good to the Last Drop

Last weekend I was washing my car windows and reached for a bottle of Windex. There was a good quarter-inch of it left in … Continue reading

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The World Next Door

I had the pleasure of attending the SIAL Canada convention in Montreal last week. As a first time visitor to Montreal I must confess … Continue reading

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By Land and By Sea

For the first time the International Boston Seafood Show and Seafood Processing America joined forces — sort of — with the New England Food … Continue reading

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Butt Out!

I don’t know if this is airing in other areas of the country, but here in New York there is an ongoing ad campaign … Continue reading

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The Name Game

Ahold purchased Richmond’s hometown Ukrop’s Super Markets chain last week and said it is placing it under the umbrella of its Giant Carlisle chain, … Continue reading

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Management Material

Supermarket professionals do a great job of selling milk, macaroni & cheese mix and rotisserie chickens. But when it comes to touting their own … Continue reading

Posted in Cover Stories

Bagging the Green Movement

    New Jersey’s supermarkets have been touting reusable bags as one of the best ways to reduce the carbon footprint and help the … Continue reading

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Can-do attitude

Supermarket front-ends are be­ing bombarded with Spam. But fear not, as this is no cyber attack. It is just proof that shoppers are seeking … Continue reading

Posted in Center Store

Crème de la crème

A popular World War I-era song is entitled “How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?” When it comes to Oregon Dairy—a thriving … Continue reading

High on the HOG

Forget that same-old chicken and chop meat. When it comes to answering the question “What’s for dinner?” an increasing number of consumers are finding … Continue reading

Posted in Focus on Fresh

Fruit of the vine

The dramatic drop in res­taurant and on-premise consumption has been tempered by an in­crease in supermarket sales, wi­neries say. Sales of “popular price” brands, … Continue reading

Posted in Center Store

May I have the American-made envelope, please!

I always assumed that envelopes, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf paper and Elmer’s Glue-All were quintessential American-made items. Reality struck me a couple of weeks ago … Continue reading

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Fancy that!

Wine importer Bill Binczak had a prob­lem at the 2009 55th Summer Fancy Food Show, one that many trade show operators can only dream … Continue reading

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Trade talk

Good morning, BaltimoreForest Hill, Md.-based Klein’s Family Markets is joining Wakefern Food Corporation, transitioning its seven stores to Wakefern’s ShopRite banner in the process. … Continue reading

Fresh talk

Say “mini cheese!”Holland’s famous Beemster Premium Gourmet Dutch Cheese, which maintains U.S. headquarters in Jersey City, N.J., has made its first foray into exact-weight … Continue reading

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