Private Label Buyer

The Ticker

July 1, 2007

The Ticker

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., Quincy, Mass., has purchased Green-e certified renewable energy from Sterling Planet, Norcross, Ga., to match 100 percent of its electricity use at its new store in Kennebunk, Maine. With this purchase, Stop & Shop will avoid nearly 4,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution in the next year. 
Adding to her magazine, book club, Broadway musical, satellite radio channel and film and TV production company, Oprah Winfrey plans to open her first Oprah-branded retail store located across the street from her Harpo Studios in Chicago. While construction on the 4,500-square-foot commercial space is in the earliest stages, sources say the store will contain signature Oprah products.
Publix Super Markets Inc., Lakeland, Fla., now offers Fort Myers, Fla., residents deli curbside carry out. The program works similar to a restaurant curbside service, in which submarine sandwiches, salads and fried chicken are delivered to customers waiting in their cars. While still in its trial phase, Publix does not intend to expand its curbside offerings to other locations.
CVS Pharmacy recently reported that it will offer a new skin care line developed in collaboration with director/producer and former “Happy Days” cast member Anson Williams and JoAnna Connell, a make-up artist and Hollywood beauty product developer. The line will carry three proprietary lines to include Micropearl Resurfacing, Hollywood Hands and Pearl Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Mist.percent of its electricity use at its new store in Kennebunk, Maine. With this purchase, Stop & Shop will avoid nearly 4,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution in the next year.  
Adding to her magazine, book club, Broadway musical, satellite radio channel and film and TV production company, Oprah Winfrey plans to open her first Oprah-branded retail store located across the street from her Harpo Studios in Chicago. While construction on the 4,500-square-foot commercial space is in the earliest stages, sources say the store will contain signature Oprah products.
Publix Super Markets Inc., Lakeland, Fla., now offers Fort Myers, Fla., residents deli curbside carry out. The program works similar to a restaurant curbside service, in which submarine sandwiches, salads and fried chicken are delivered to customers waiting in their cars. While still in its trial phase, Publix does not intend to expand its curbside offerings to other locations.
CVS Pharmacy recently reported that it will offer a new skin care line developed in collaboration with director/producer and former “Happy Days” cast member Anson Williams and JoAnna Connell, a make-up artist and Hollywood beauty product developer. The line will carry three proprietary lines to include Micropearl Resurfacing, Hollywood Hands and Pearl Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Mist.
On the supplier side:
The E. D. Smith Income Fund of Winona, Ontario, recently announced its plans to sell all of its assets to TreeHouse Foods, based in Westchester, Ill., in a deal valued at about $203 million. TreeHouse Foods also will assume E. D. Smith’s existing debt and the transaction costs.
Warner Candy Co. and Blueberry Hill Foods are joining forces to create a candy powerhouse. The merged business will be named Simply Goodies. Warner Candy, a repackager of candy and snack products, is a portfolio company of Chicago-based Mars Equities and is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Blueberry Hill, based in El Paso, Texas, is one of the largest suppliers of general line private label candy in North America. The merger gives the Warner side of the business a consistent source of product and new product lines and the Blueberry Hill side will benefit from transaction enhancements to its capital and management structure.
Federated Group Inc. of Arlington Heights, Ill., has added East Coast retailer Earth Fare Inc., located in Fletcher, N.C., to its list of customers. Federated Group will support Earth Fare with the further development and launch of its Earth Fare, Fare Winds and Flying Tomato private label programs.