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Specialty Grocery Branding

The specialty grocery channel grows increasingly competitive as sales skyrocket.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Specialty grocery stores operating in gourmet, natural and organic product areas—and typically a tactical combination of all three—continue to capture more retail market share.


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The Editors' Table

By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Years ago, the first time my wife offered me a peanut-butter-filled pretzel from Trader Joe’s, I initially hesitated… I love peanut butter, and I love pretzels, but together?


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In & Out of the Box

Yesterday Salt Was a Drug, Today Sugar Is the New Tobacco

By Tom Stephens
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Times are certainly changing. Many of us have been spending a lot of time reducing sodium levels in products. If we weren’t, we certainly should have been.


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Making Store Brands 'Special'

By Jim Wisner
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Why not have the best of both worlds?


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Private Eye

Store Brand Dairy Delights

Our secret shoppers head to their local retailers to discover new dairy details, pitting private label vs. national brands.
By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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Private label dairy products like whole milk and natural shredded cheese remain behemoths of the industry, with options easily found in almost any store.


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Category Insight: Private Label Bakery Rising

By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Baked goods are alive and well in retail, but distinct factors are driving individual segments.


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Category Insight: Store Brand Coffee & Tea - Caffeinated Convenience

Single-cup coffee, refrigerated RTD drinks and instant tea are the buzz in caffeinated beverages.
By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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If convenience is a primary theme of private label this year, coffee and tea could easily be main characters.


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Private Label Bakery and Deli Shine

We see a strong start for the first quarter of 2014 - particularly for Bakery and Deli.
By Nikki Baird
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The first quarter 2014 has come to a close, and the results are in for private label: a strong start to the year.


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Following The Buzz

Better Private Label Meal Planning

By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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By the time you read this, I’ll be on maternity leave, a prospect that has left me looking for ways to expedite my shopping habits.


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Doug's Drift

Strategic Investments in Private Label

By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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You’ve likely already noticed that we’ve been busy here at PLBuyer—as I’m sure you’ve also been busy, since the private label industry continues to mature and folks across the board are continually sharpening their private label tactical approaches.


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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.

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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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!

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