People, Planet, & Profit – Retailing’s Triple Bottom Line – Featuring Gina Acosta – Editor-in-Chief at Progressive Grocer


Join Suzy Monford for People, Planet, & Profit, a series dedicated to the premise that all modern retail can create a triple-bottom-line economic engine that advances purposeful jobs, a healthier planet, and communities that thrive.

Each conversation explores the people, businesses, and innovations that are catalyzing change and influencing global retail today.

Suzy’s guest for this conversation is Gina Acosta, Editor-in-Chief at Progressive Grocer.


About Gina Acosta
Gina Acosta is the Editor-in-Chief for Progressive Grocer. She is obsessed with grocery stores, food retailers, international travel and her favorite place in the world is the 6th Arrondissement of Paris. Gina 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 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 Science 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.


About Suzy Monford
Suzy Monford is the Founder & CEO of Food Sport, an international consultancy that works with leading global retailers and technology providers to innovate and architect modern, lifestyle retail across supermarkets, food, fitness, and apparel companies.

She is the former Group Vice President of Fresh, and of eCommerce for Kroger, as well as banner President of QFC Grocery in Seattle.

Suzy has served in multiple senior executive leadership roles in the U.S. and Australia including CEO of PCC Community Markets, CEO of Andronico’s Markets, CEO of Cheers Inc., Head of Innovation Woolworths Supermarkets, Head of Innovation Coles Group Supermarkets, Chief Strategy and Marketplace Officer of Focal Systems, Director Foodservice H-E-B and H-E-B Central Market.


Series Sponsors
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