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Maternal Instincts

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It's been the mother of all recessions for many Americans, and all indications are that Mother's Day sales will be impacted by the economic pinch.
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Bits and Pieces

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Prognosis: Positive

By Randy Hofbauer
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The results are in: The private label home health care category is doing very well. It is staying on top of the game by offering quality that's the same or superior to that of national brands while helping shoppers save money at the checkout counter.
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Private Label's Looking Peachy

By Kathie Canning
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Thanks to wider availability of fresh and frozen varieties, canned fruit and vegetables have been on a downward spiral for some years now. According to a September 2008 report to Congress from the USDA’s Economic Research Service, canned vegetables’ share of total vegetables fell from 30 percent to 25 percent between 1970 and 2005, while canned fruit’s share of total fruit decreased from 11 percent to 6 percent.
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The Curd's the Word

By Randy Hofbauer
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Private label’s recent strong gains in cheese prove that the term “cheesehead” isn’t limited to Wisconsinites. And that’s no surprise - whether it’s sprinkled over pasta, melted into a pretzel or chip dip, or even cubed and paired with a fine wine or craft beer, cheese is a major part of many cultural dishes and several American comfort foods.
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Back to Basics

By Kathie Canning
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An old saying contends: “If your house is dirty, your life is a mess as well.” Well, if recent dollar and unit sales declines for household cleaning products are any indication (and if that particular proverb can be trusted), then a heck of a lot of us are living our lives in chaos.
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A Frugal Force

By Kathie Canning
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ALDI Inc., PL Buyer’s 2009 Retailer of the Year, has been very, very busy building U.S. stores and sales, thanks to a growing range of high-quality private label products.

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Good News, Bad News

By Denise Leathers
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According to PL Buyer's Hot List: Non-Foods, 2008 is perhaps best described in Dickensian terms: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”


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Something Special

By Kathie Canning
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Whether it’s a chocolate truffle made with imported premium cocoa, a trio of pepper jellies dressed up in fancy ribbons and bows, or an award-winning artisan cheese, a gourmet or specialty food typically is fancy enough to stand out among its category’s crowd. It also, of course, tends to flaunt a higher price tag than its average-Joe cousins.


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Opportunity Knocks

By Denise Leathers
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The past year was not a good one for retail. Unit sales were down across the board, but price increases helped retailers eke out a modest 3 percent dollar sales gain. In the general merchandise department, however, there was no good news to report. In fact, a review by the Chicago-based market research company Information Resources Inc. (IRI) revealed that dollar sales of general merchandise in U.S. food, drug and mass merchandise outlets (including Wal-Mart) tumbled 6.9 percent over the 52 weeks ending Nov. 30, 2008.


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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.

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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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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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