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Discount Merger a Bargain?

The speculation is over. While talk of a takeover of discount retailer Family Dollar has been circulating for months, a merger has finally been revealed.


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Doug's Drift

'Private Label' vs. 'Store Brand' - What's in a Name?

Private label. Store brands. Private brands. Retailer brands. Own brands. Own labels. Even (heaven forbid…) generic.


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Drug Channel Update

Pivotal private label moves by the top three chain drug stores charts pathways for future growth.

Last year’s Top 35 Private Label Retailers list included the top three drug store chains in the United States: CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. CVS took the highest position at No. 4, with estimated 2012 private label sales of $21.4 billion.


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The Editors' Table: August 2014

When it comes to Personal Care, once I find a product I like, I stick with it—for a long time. For as long as I can remember, I bought one kind of national brand razor and cartridges.


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Private Eye: Frozen Store Brand Competition Heats Up

Our investigations into private label vs. national brand ice cream and novelties show strong price sensitivity, while frozen breads/dough has room to grow.

In order to provide a real-world look inside vital and emerging private label categories, every month we deploy secret shoppers across the country to compare prices and investigate the real-world promotional and merchandising tactics retailers are employing to drive shopper interest and sales.


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Category Insight: Store Brand Spreads

Specialty products and attributes drive spreads sales.

The Spreads category has begun to see more diversity, with a nice selection of products beginning to appear at drug and dollar stores, as well as the usually solid grocery channels.


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Category Insight: Challenges and Champions of Store Brand Healthcare

Private label shows strong performances—and significant promise in several OTC/Healthcare segments.

The OTC/Healthcare category includes a tremendous range of products—and shoppers often have a strong preference for private label in these product areas.


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Category Insight: Private Label Personal Care

Analysis of private label Personal Care yields some noteworthy trends.

According to IRI, two areas show strong performance—and ongoing potential—for private label within the Personal Care category: male-specific Personal Care products like deodorant and hair color, as well as skin care products like lotions and liquid soaps/sanitizers.


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The Hot List: Non-Food

Forward-trending store brand products to watch

Over 80 segments made the cut for this year’s Hot List for non-food products, with some new items of interest surfacing, and others jockeying up and down through the ranks.


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PLBuyer Index: Big-Picture Private Label Strength

Bakery’s back, Edible and Frozen are slipping, but the big picture’s still rosy for private label.

The May 2014 4-week period closed on May 19, providing early insight into spring and a view into private label’s health as the school year began to come to a close.


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October 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products are seasonings, Greek yogurt dip, seaweed snack, mushrooms, candy, shredded cheese, chocolate, broth, ice cream bars, salad topper, and wine.

Podcasts

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.

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Private Label Buyer Magazine

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October 2014

The October 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes new perspectives on produce, as well as category insights on pasta, rice, and potatoes. Check it out today!

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