Editor’s Notes

Familiar Names Stock Store Shelves

From the August 2013 issue of Columbus CEO

If you’re the default grocery shopper in your household, or even if you just pop in periodically to pick up a needed item, you may have noticed a growing number of familiar names in the aisles.

Central Ohio restaurants and food makers are common sights in refrigerator and freezer cases and other areas of local stores. From the Anderson’s to Costo, Giant Eagle to Kroger and Sam’s Club to Whole Foods, it’s not hard to find some iconic name brands.

For this month’s cover story, reporter Kitty McConnell talked to a half-dozen homegrown companies about this new trend. For Kahiki Supper Club, White Castle Systems Inc., Donatos Pizzeria and Marzetti’s, the companies built on the success of these restaurants and ventured into retail food manufacturing. While you can’t put a smoking tiki drink or Chicken Rings in your cart, you can get General Tso’s chicken, Sliders, take-and-bake pizza and salad dressings.

In the case of Carfagna’s and Bob Evans Farms Inc., which started out as a grocery store and sausage maker, respectively, the family-rooted companies took their success and purveyed it into retail goods that shoppers now crave.

You’ll find the complete dish in “Restaurants Go Retail.” 

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I’m proud to report that Columbus CEO garnered three awards from the 2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland.

Art director Yogesh Chaudhary, who just started working on the publication with the November 2012 issue, received two design awards:

In the Visuals category for Single-page Magazine Design, Yogesh received second place for illustration that accompanied the December 2012 survey results story of our CEO of the Year package, “The Optimism Continues.”

In the Visuals category for Covers: Business Publications, he took second-place honors for the December 2012 cover featuring Stephen Steinour, the chairman, president and CEO of Huntington Bancshares Inc.—one of our CEO of the Year winners.

Also, freelance writer Dave Ghose won a second-place award in the Business Publications, Features: Personality Profile category for “Designing Dreams,” our August 2012 cover story on Curt Moody and the growth of his firm, Moody•Nolanthe largest African-American-owned architectural firm in the United States.

Dave also took third place in the Best in Ohio: Freelance Writer category for a package of stories that included his winning CEO piece.

Congratulations to the winners.