Bits and Pieces

January 27, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

  • To help consumers keep tabs on what they’re eating, West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee Inc. and Schenectady, N.Y.-based Price Chopper Supermarkets rolled out the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System (from NuVal LLC, a joint venture formed in 2008 by Skokie, Ill.-based Topco Associates LLC and Griffin Hospital). The system, pilot tested last year at Hy-Vee’s locations in Iowa, is designed to help consumers understand the nutritional value of the foods they buy. Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens said the aims are big picture and broad-scale. “When we’re in a position to make a difference in people’s lives, we should,” he said. “This program has the potential to improve the health of our nation.”
  • Hannaford Bros. Co., Scarborough, Maine, announced last week on its Web site that it is introducing an exclusive line of wines from Chile. The Mar del Sur wines include a Cabernet, Chardonney and Merlot.
  • In a marketing move geared to help it compete with club stores, Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets is encouraging customers to try its own club-sized products. The chain pledged to match or beat club store prices and pointed out that it does not charge membership fees. Wegmans also is providing recipe tips on its Web site to help people “start cooking with Club Pack.”
  • Fortune magazine is out with its annual list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for,” published earlier this month. Among the supermarket retailers making the list are Wegmans Food Markets (#5), Whole Foods Market (#22) and Publix (#88). Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix is one of only 13 companies to be included on the list every year since the list was launched 11 years ago, according to a Publix press release.
  • As Target Corp. redoubles its efforts to promote value and the quality of its house brands, the Minneapolis-based retailer announced last week that it is set to unveil a home décor collection called Orla Kiely for Target. The exclusive, limited-time line features the bold and colorful deigns of Kiely and includes pieces ranging from $2.49 for a small tumbler to $21.99 for a tablecloth.
  • In another sign of shifting advertising tactics, Deerfield, Ill.-headquartered Walgreen Co. created one-minute online video ads targeted to its prescription customers. The videos are posted on One Minute Media’s online “platform,” called In remarks published in the January 22 edition of Brandweek magazine, Christine Kubisztal, Walgreens’ manager of media strategy and services, noted that consumers are being more selective about how and when they view information. “We need to make information on our products and services available to consumers so it’s there when they are ready to retrieve it,” she stated.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Private Label Buyer.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

September 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products include cane sugars, barbeque sauce, condiments in squeeze bottles, cinnamon snack seasoning, and jalapeno tzatziki, ice cream, herb toasts, corn puffs, instant coffee, coconut water, and a water enhancer.


Coming with a clear, comprehensive plan was the key to success for Longo Brothers Fruit Markets when the grocer decided to roll out a two-tier private label strategy, Jenny Longo and Robert Koss tell PLBuyer editor Chris Freeman in this podcast.

More Podcasts

Private Label Buyer Magazine

PLB September 2014 cover

September 2014

The September 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes a convenience channel update, as well as category insights on frozen store brand trends and health and beauty items. Check it out today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Private Label Segments

Which segment of private label will see the biggest growth over the next year?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

PLB Marketplace


facebook_40px twitter_40px  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40pxgoogle+ icon 40px