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Veteran food industry journalist Meg Major has been promoted to editorial director of Progressive Grocer while senior editor Jim Dudlicek has been elevated to succeed her as editor-in-chief.
Serving as chief editor since 2010, Major has guided PG to become the leading grocery industry trade publication. In her new role, Major will play a key role in developing the brand’s enhanced digital and social media platforms, in addition to overseeing the signature components of the print product.
A member of the Progressive Grocer editorial team since 1999, Major brings a tremendous skill set to her new role, including “vast industry knowledge, respect by her fellow team members and industry peers, savvy journalism skills and, most important, a sound understanding of all aspects of Progressive Grocer, both print and digital,” said Jeff Friedman, VP/group publisher.
Prior to joining the national supermarket trade publication, Major served as chief editor of Food Trade News, a Philadelphia-based regional supermarket trade publication. She began her career as a member of the communications team at the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association.
Taking over many of the day-to-day duties of PG’s operations is Jim Dudlicek, who has been promoted to editor-in-chief. Since joining PG as senior editor in 2010, Dudlicek has handled a diverse slate of print and integrated media assignments ranging from PG’s signature Store of the Month features, monthly e-newsletters and moderating PG webcasts, among others. Dudlicek was previously editor of Dairy Field and Dairy Foods magazines, at which he covered dairy manufacturing and marketing for nearly eight years. Prior to his jump to trade journalism, Dudlicek was a reporter and editor for several suburban Chicago newspapers.
“I am excited to announce these positive changes to the Progressive Grocer editorial staff,” added Friedman. “In order to build upon the enormous success PG has achieved in the marketplace, we will be investing in personnel and technology to enhance our overall editorial content strategy and deliver the most forward-looking digital and social media content available to our readers.”
As the voice of the retail food industry for 90 years, Progressive Grocer serves the largest audience in the market, including top management at supermarket headquarters and top decision-makers at store level. From chain supermarkets to independent supermarkets, supercenters, wholesalers and food brokers, readers rely on PG for its authoritative, comprehensive, relevant and research-based editorial and news. Progressive Grocer is owned by Stagnito Media, based in Deerfield, Ill.