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Gina Acosta

Executive Editor

Gina is obsessed with grocery stores, food retailers, international travel and her favorite place in the world is the 6th Arrondissement of Paris. She has covered the retail and CPG industries for various business publications since 2014.

 

Previously she was a writer and editor for the Tampa Bay Times. She served on the editorial board of the Washington Post and as an assistant editor there for more than 13 years. She has also worked for the Hartford Courant, Tallahassee Democrat, and Miami Herald.

 

In 2010 she was awarded the Wharton Fellowship for Business Journalists, allowing her to study and earn business journalism certification from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In 2006 she was awarded the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard University, where she spent more than a year studying retail, agribusiness and teaching journalism.

 

She has received the Hispanic Media 100 Award, Women in Communications Leadership Award, Tallahassee Democrat Award for Newsroom Excellence, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Intern Award and Hearst Journalism Award. She has also been selected as a fellow by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Poynter Institute, the Maynard Media Academy and American Society of Newspaper Editors. 

 

A native of Miami, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Florida A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa.

 

When she is not geeking out about grocery and retail news, Gina loves hiking with her Border Collie, Riley, and planning her next trip to Paris. Gina speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian and is trying really hard to learn French.

ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR

September 2020

Retailer shuffles other key executive roles

Company's 3rd pandemic bonus will total about $5M

Same-store sales jump 13.6% in Q4

Uber Teams Up With Southeastern Grocers on Delivery

Will service Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Mas banners in select Florida cities

Giant Takes Flu Shots on Road With Airstream

Mobile clinics to deploy in D.C. region

Target Shines Spotlight on Latino Brands, Causes

Retailer has been ramping up diversity efforts

IRI Launches New CPG Demand Indicies

Track CPG channel shifts for seven geographies, plus e-commerce

Partnership is grocer's latest fashion play

How Wegmans Keeps Winning

The company’s southern expansion features a strategy designed to conquer the seismic shift in shopping habits

Pandemic Halloween Now on Instacart

Spirit Halloween to offer same-day delivery

Fresh banner offers pizza by the slice and smart carts

Contactless fill-ups to roll out nationwide by end of 2020

New Catalina research shows hottest categories

Jet Foods Accelerates Expansion Plans in Illinois

New grocery chain plans at least seven locations

Natural Grocers Breaks Fundraising Record

Donates $260,000 to local food banks

Agribusiness, grocery now best viewed of 25 U.S. business sectors

Supercharged Sales Growth at Kroger

Pandemic shoppers embracing physical and digital offerings

Will publish reports twice a year

Pledges to increase number of Black employees by 20%

Albertsons Launches At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Grocer partners with Phosphorus to offer saliva kits

Kroger Ups Its Flu Shot Game

New program includes touchless appointments and drive-thru vaccinations

Johnson talks about leadership during time of crisis facing food industry

Union says workers shouldn't be policing mask usage

Companies will share building space in California location

Grocer to offer shots for kids as young as 3

Service to deliver groceries from more than 7,000 7-Eleven stores

E-commerce sales also jump a staggering 101.6%

Grocer launches new promotions partnership

Grocer opens first permanent online-only store

Alex Lee, B&T Foods expanding footprints

Retailer launches Organic Harvest Month campaign

August 2020

E-grocer becomes exclusive retailer for brand's new products

Predicts key trends through rest of year

Company opens first food hall amid pandemic

Grocer debuts Black Angus beef assortment

Taking 'farmers' off the banner

Launching AI-enabled health service called Halo

Where high service and low prices meet the future

Grocer extends Simply Give campaign

Service launched from The Vitamin Shoppe

Retailer will host 1st-ever digital health conference

Grocer launches fundraiser for Red Cross efforts

Bennie the bagger gets a parade

Grocer teams up with Jupiter Medical Center

Ramping up same-day grocery delivery in Northeast

Grocer now offers testing by appointment across 9 states

Digital Sales Soar 300% at BJ's Wholesale

Second quarter comps jump 24.2%

More Eye-Popping Sales Growth for Target

Curbside pickup up by more than 700%

How Kings Food Markets Is Winning the Mask War

CEO tells customers 'Call me on my cell!'

Save Mart Puts Pricing Optimization First

Renews multi-year agreement with Revionics

Leveraging AI to reduce food waste, increase profits

Grocer offering tests that produce results in 24-48 hours

Stop & Shop Phasing Out Peapod App

Joins other Ahold Delhaize banners launching localized e-comm platform

Publix Named No. 1 in Giving to United Way

Donated $63.6 million in 2019

Discounter posts another strong fiscal quarter

Creates VP of policy and government affairs role

Costco Adding More Corporate Office Space

Company buys former Barnes & Noble building

Grocer wins tech company of the year award

A Blockbuster Anniversary for Natural Grocers

Profit and sales way up as chain marks 65 years

Shoppers Pack Costco in July

Same-store sales jump 15.7%

Profit Up 167% at Ingles Markets in Q3

Expenses also up during the time period

Online Sales Surge 127% at Ahold Delhaize

Pandemic profit up 78% in second quarter

Kroger Aims to Ease School Anxieties

Launches discount for pandemic-stressed parents, teachers

How Publix Is Going Hyper-Local

Installs hydroponic farm at GreenWise store

Target Makes Another Social Justice Move

Will finance Summit Academy expansion in Minneapolis

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