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Something Special

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

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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Feeling the Squeeze

At first glance, the juice category appears to possess a less-than-fruitful outlook. While many private label categories have been posting impressive gains during the ongoing economic downturn, this sector actually has been losing ground.
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Home Brews Hit the Grounds Running

Though the average coffee or tea connoisseur seems to live or work only 10 paces from a Starbucks, economic troubles are causing these consumers to cut back on their lattes to-go and stick to home brews. According to a September 2008 report from Mintel International Group Ltd., Chicago, coffeehouses helped shift coffee consumption out of the home, but as the economy softens, the home coffee market will benefit as consumers look for ways to save money.
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Relish the Ride

Consumers might be feeling the economic squeeze, but they’re still not willing to settle for bland and boring at the lunch or dinner table. That’s why many of these penny-pinchers are turning to private label ketchup and pickles to flavor up their burgers, or to store brand mustard and peppers to spice up their sandwiches.
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Consumer, Heal Thyself!

The economic meltdown is giving consumers aches and pains - both physically and financially - and while Americans may not have figured out how to soothe this sore economy, they are looking to private label over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics to soothe the body and the pocketbook.

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Extreme Makeover: Health & Wellness Edition

In recent years, health and wellness issues have taken center stage in consumers’ lives. Shoppers increasingly are turning to food and beverages - as well as vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) remedies - to help treat or prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and numerous other health conditions that could preclude them from living full, active lives.

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Bite-Sized and Beyond

Category Review: Memorable finger foods are a plus for retailers and consumers.
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What's Simmering?

Category Review: Private label sauces help consumers recreate the restaurant experience at home.
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Paper Product Possibilities

Category Review: Eco-friendly and premium-quality paper products are poised for growth.
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November 2014 New Non-Food Products

This month's new non-food product are bottles and hair care.


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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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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