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January 1, 2007
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The Ticker

The private Label Manufacturers association (plma) has Moved. the Association now is Located at 630 Third Avenue, 4th Floor, new York, N.y. 10017. While the Office has Relocated to a Nearby Location, the Organization’s Phone Number and Email Addresses Remain the Same.
Ensuring everyone is on the same page is a priority for The Kroger Co. The Cincinnati-based retailer announced plans to develop a chain-wide distance-learning network that will allow Kroger to provide on-demand, interactive employee training at all of its stores nationwide, including those operated by Kroger subsidiaries. The system is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2007.
The organic phenomenon sweeping through grocery retail has reached Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. The company recently added organic products including soy milk, frozen fruit, pizza and peanut butter to its line of private label offerings. According to sources at the company, adding private label organic products to Roundy’s repertoire is an offensive move to compete with other retailers. Last year, major retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., and Target Corp., Minneapolis, announced plans to grow their organic programs, while retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas, and Trader Joe’s, Monrovia, Calif., which already sell organic products, will continue to grow their programs.
Early this year, Price Chopper, Schenectady, N.Y., and Newman’s Own, Westport, Conn., joined together to offer customers two new cereals: Cranberry Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Pecan Cluster. The cereals are the first co-branded products between the two companies, and are being sold exclusively at Price Chopper. Furthermore, the grocery chain will contribute the proceeds of these cereals to the Double “H” Hole in the Woods Ranch in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Conn. Both camps were created for children with life-threatening illnesses.
On the supplier side:
Flexible packaging company, Curwood Inc., Oshkosh, Wis., has earned the No. 1 Award for performance excellence from Hormel Foods, Austin, Minn. The award, distributed every five years, is given to suppliers who meet the five points of criteria set by Hormel Foods, including earning the company’s annual Spirit of Excellence Award a minimum of four times in the last five years. Curwood Inc. is one of 22 suppliers to receive the No. 1 Award for the 2001-2005 period.
Tower Laboratories Ltd., a Centerbrook, Conn.-based manufacturer of effervescent products for the private label and contract manufacturing markets, has signed a purchase agreement for a 72,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Montague, Mich., that includes the equipment and intellectual property to produce private label effervescent cold and pain relief products. The facility previously was owned by Perrigo Co. of Allegan, Mich. Tower and Perrigo are collaborating on a transition plan whereby retail customers will be provided with a continuous supply of products; other terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Parkdale Mills Inc., a Gastonia, N.C.-based independent producer of cotton and cotton-blend yarns, has entered into a joint venture with Miami-based AMDX, a manufacturer of high-quality, cotton-based medical and personal care products. The venture has resulted in the creation of a new organization called  Parkdale Cotton Brands, Belmont, N.C.  
The newly formed company will marry Parkdale Mills’ manufacturing experience with the sales and distribution expertise of AMDX. The company plans to provide the private label industry with cosmetic cotton products, including cotton balls, cosmetic pads, cotton swabs and other cotton products all designed for personal use.

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