For more than 25 years, Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as The Supermarket Guru® Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends, and empowers them to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions.
As one of America’s leading consumer trend-watchers and analysts, Phil Lempert is recognized on television, radio and in print. For twenty plus years Phil has served as food trends editor and correspondent for NBC News’ Today show, reporting on consumer trends and showcasing new products, as well as regular appearances on ABC’s The View, FOX Business, Dr. Oz, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, FOX, as well as on local television morning and news programs throughout the country. For almost two decades, he hosted the syndicated show Shopping Smart on the WOR Radio Network and now hosts the weekly podcasts Lost in the Supermarket and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Farm, Food, Facts available on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Spotify, Goole Podcasts and Alexa.
Phil Lempert was one of the pioneers of the new information media, founding SupermarketGuru.com in 1994. The website is now one of the leading food and health resources on the Internet, visited by more than 9 million people each year. SupermarketGuru.com offers original video content on food and retail trends, food and beverage product ratings, analysis of trends in food marketing and retail, and features health advice, nutrition news, allergy alerts and many other resources to empower both the food industry and consumers.
Phil is the founder and editor of The Lempert Report and SupermarketGuru.com and the founder and CEO of the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance. He has been profiled and interviewed by scores of publications including USA Today, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek and Ad Age, and is interviewed by hundreds of publications each year. He is also a columnist for Forbes.com.
He has served on the Executive Committee of Michelle Obama's Chefs Move to School program. He is the founder and CEO of the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance; and has developed and manages Foodservice@Retail: The Great Grocerant educational program for the National Restaurant Association, developed and hosts SFA News LIVE for the Fancy Food Shows, developed the Most Innovative Product Awards for the National Confectioners Association, developed the Supermarket Chef Showdown for the Food Marketing Institute, created and manages the Spud Nation Throwdown Competition and Innovation Hub for the National Potato Council and hosts and developed the New Product Awards for the California Food Expo as well as serving as chair of its Retail Advisory Board. He also serves on numerous other boards including: U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Honor the Harvest, Sial Innovation Jury, Seminis, Ingenuity and Betterer Foods Advisory Boards.
Lempert is the author of Being the Shopper and Healthy, Wealthy & Wise. His previous books include: Phil Lempert’s Supermarket Shopping & Value Guide, Top Ten Trends for Baby Boomers and Crisis Management: A Workbook for Survival. He is currently working on his next book which will be published by John Wiley & Son this fall: Disrupting the Food Business: Silicon Valley Culture and the Food Business.
Phil Lempert graduated from Drexel University with degrees in Marketing and Retail Management and did his Post-Graduate studies at Pratt Institute. He worked at McDonald’s and Howard Johnson’s before joining his family’s food brokerage firm. Lempert went on to create Lempert Advertising, a full-service, award-winning advertising agency that specialized in food and retail branding, marketing and public relations.
A resident of California, Lempert’s roots are in the Belleville, New Jersey dairy farm started by his grandfather. The family food tradition carried on through his father’s work as a food manufacturer, distributor and broker and then to Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru®.
Philip Lempert has gained wide acclaim for his marketing savvy and broad experience. A distinguished speaker, he has addressed over 600,000 people over the past ten years, and is a respected analyst with an uncanny ability to identify and explain trends to both industry and consumers in a thought provoking and entertaining manner.
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SupermarketGuru Daily Insights and RDBA Weekly Managing Editor and co-host of the Lost in the Supermarket podcast.
Sally Eckels came to Consumer Insight with a diverse background from music and television to teaching. After moving to Los Angeles from Georgia and working as a media specialist for elementary and middle school students, Sally met Phil and is now working as managing editor of Coffee Chat News, Food Nutrition and Science and Facts, Figures and the Future newsletters. With a business degree from Belmont University and two years at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Sally also currently plays guitar, writes songs, and sings and was a regular character on the CBS television series “Christy.” Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director Of New Media & Executive Producer
Tony Kucenski began his career with an early interest in audio recording and postproduction and soon learned all aspects of audio and video editing, graphics, and production. He's worked as a picture editor and sound editor on more than a hundred film and video productions. With many years experience as a key member of multiple post-production facilities Tony's knowledge is extensive and in recent years he has concentrated on producing. Now he is playing a key role in The Lempert Report, New Product Hits and Misses, and all the expanding media areas of SupermarketGuru and The Lempert Report. Contact him at email@example.com.
Television and Radio Producer
Kathy started checking those supermarket shelves and attending food trade shows with Phil back in 1983. A working Mom with 3 daughters and an always hungry husband, Kathy makes sure that our visitors, readers, listeners and viewers are on top of the latest trends on radio and television.
Checking out the latest products sounds like a fun job and it is, most of the time. There have been some of those "misses" like Bing Crosby's Ice Cream, Dennis Rodman's Lolly Pops and Billy Beer that she wishes she never heard of!
If you see or hear of a new product [a hit or a miss] let Kathy know! You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website Manager & Developer
Kevin is responsible for all of our websites and IT development. He has created and developed OnScore® which is our proprietary online scoring tool which our clients including Potato Expo, Fresno Food Expo, Sweets & Snacks Expo and FMI have used to maximize efficiencies and get real-time ratings. Kevin's background includes over 22 years of industry experience with a wide range of expertise in front-end and back-end development, design, online marketing, eCommerce and system/network administration. Contact him at email@example.com
Media Content Writer & Producer
Yoli Ramazzina has been writing since she was a child, and she enjoys writing about a vast array of topics. She is a poet, as well as a writer of short fiction—and she also enjoys blogging about food and music. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a writing emphasis, and she’s also a certified yoga instructor. She’s delighted to be a contributing media content writer for the Supermarket Guru team. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Director, Editorial and Strategic Communications
For more than 10 years Amy has been a member of the SupermarketGuru team doing a little bit of this and a lot of that including writing, research, new business opportunities and sometimes just managing Phil. Her favorite role is attending the various food shows and scouring the aisles for new products and emerging trends. She loves the entrepreneurship, creativity, and ingenuity of the food industry. Amy started her career as a morning news anchor for KUHL radio (ABC) and then as a reporter for KCOY-TV (CBS). She was the west coast correspondent for Today’s Country News (TNN) and eventually used her media skills to work in public relations. That’s where she found the food industry and life has never quite been the same. Amy graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science. She’s the mom of two hungry children who often help in sampling new products. Contact Amy at email@example.com.
Retail and health care journalist and touch-football quarterback, Al is the co-author of books Consumer-Centric Category Management (Nielsen/Wiley) and The Passive Solar-Dome Greenhouse (Garden Way), Al has written numerous industry reports and other books, and has earned awards for his editing of food, drug and mass channel magazines. His dad turned a small knish shop into a NYC landmark, and exposed Al to food operations early. Al has coached youth basketball and baseball; donates to blood services and disease charities; and has parasailed in Mexico and helicoptered over live Hawaiian volcanoes. He has an MBA degree in Marketing from Fordham University. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.