Blog Contributors

Joe Kefauver

Joe Kefauver is managing partner of Parquet Public Affairs, a national issue management, communications, government relations and reputation assurance firm that specializes in service-sector industries. Parquet's clients include Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations, regional...

in Industry Voices Jun 18, 2013

New ‘Fair Share’ Bills Aim Beyond Big Box Stores

Employers must get better at illustrating how food prices are calculated, and defending the jobs they create....More

Ruth Kinzey

Ruth Kinzey, MA, is founder and president of The Kinzey Company ( For the past 30 years, Ruth has helped organizations protect and enhance their reputations through communication strategy development...

in Industry Voices Aug 26, 2014

Always prepare for the worst

Given that crises take a toll on stakeholder relationships, financial success and reputations, what can you do to help minimize the negative impact?....More

Peter Larkin

Peter Larkin is the President and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry.  

in Industry Voices Jun 28, 2013

Grocers Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Independent grocers are willing to be part of the solution as long as employers are provided with appropriate safe harbors to ensure their ability to comply without fear of criminal or civil reprisals....More

Phil Lempert

For more than 25 years, Phil Lempert has been an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape. He’s identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as The Supermarket...

Aug 26, 2015

Supermarkets must help shoppers understand climate change

Most shoppers do not make the connection between weather conditions and the prices (or availability) of the foods they have on their shopping list....More

Daniel Lohman CPSA

Dan Lohman is an expert in the organic and natural CPG industry. With more than 20 years experience and knowledge, he is certified at the highest level of category management proficiency: Certified Professional Strategic Advisor (CPSA).  

Responsible for growing sales and...

in Refresh Jan 25, 2013

Four Ways to Fuel Organic Growth

Traditional CPG companies should not have the largest voice in marketing and merchandising natural and organic products....More

Sean McBride

Sean McBride, founder of DSM Strategic Communications, LLC, is former EVP of communications and member services at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

in Viewpoints Aug 28, 2015

A rising tide lifts all boats: Successful approach for winning the clean label challenge

If the clean label trend is here to stay, consumers, brands and private label can all come out winners if manufacturers and retailers develop a long-term blueprint for success....More

Chris Micheletti

Chris Micheletti is a partner in the San Francisco office of Zelle Hofmann, a national litigation firm with extensive experience in handling antitrust and competition matters, class actions, intellectual property matters, and false advertising claims and consumer claims under California law....

in Refresh Feb 05, 2013

False Advertising: Skinnygirl Wriggles Free, while Pom and Arizona Beverages Fizzle

The Golden State will continue to be the forum of choice for litigious, health-conscious consumers and their counsel....More

Susan Molin

Susan Molin is the Retail Manager for the Children’s Art Project at MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

in Industry Voices Apr 12, 2013

Grocery Retailers Help Make Life Better for Children With Cancer

A supermarket’s influence can extend well beyond its aisles of cereal or displays of fresh produce....More

David Orgel

David Orgel is executive director, content & user engagement, of Supermarket News (SN) and its website, Orgel delivers his opinions on industry trends through a bi-weekly column in Supermarket News. He has previously held...

Sep 28, 2015

Why ‘middle’ is no longer a dirty word for supermarkets

The worst thing about conventional wisdom is it’s often mistaken for absolute truth. Case in point is the assumption that supermarkets are stuck in the middle — between value and upscale retailers — and dying as a result....More

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson, founder of iiAmm, is an entrepreneurial executive with 25-plus years of experience providing strategic leadership for high-growth companies that service the large retailer organizations and the CPG marketplaces. Since the mid-1990s, he has focused on the Internet and is founder...

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