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Category Review: Frozen Meals -- Time for a Change

By Kathie Canning
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A value proposition in line with current trends could be just the ticket to success.

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Category Review: Foot Care -- Increased Foot Traffic

By Lori Seidler
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Observers see somewhat of a “stampede” in the foot care aisle toward private label products.

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Category Review: Drink Mixes -- Sugar Shake-Off

By Kathie Canning
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Breakfast is out and kiddie refreshment is in.

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A Good Start

By Lynn Petrak
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As store brands go head to head with corporate brands in the baby aisle, it could be the mother of all competitions.

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Transport's Brave New World

By Kathie Canning
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With fuel costs skyrocketing and inflation rearing its ugly head, companies need to rethink business as usual.


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Category Review: Cleaning Aids -- Clean Sweep

By Kathie Canning
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Although recent store brand performance varies among the different cleaning aids categories, the right strategy here can strengthen growth opportunities going forward. And retailers would be wise to include green initiatives within such a strategy -- especially for cleaning wipes, paper towels and other cleaning aids that add to the nation’s trash-load.


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Category Review: Cookies, Crackers & Bars -- Ready for a Comeback

By Kathie Canning
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Data from Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. show recent unit sale declines for the total cookie and crackers categories. But some industry insiders predict better days for these categories -- specifically for their private label product residents.

 


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Category Review: Pasta & Rice -- A Comforting Commodity

By Lori Seidler
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As their budgets continue to be squeezed tighter, folks are spending less on restaurants and takeout and more on ingredients for making meals at home. And consumers have come to rely on the pasta and rice categories for their healthfulness, abundance, variety and value.


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A "Winn-ing" Strategy

By Lori Seidler
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Winn-Dixie is redesigning stores and its private label program to reclaim the title as one of the nation’s leading grocery retailers.


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Category Review: Dips, Spreads & More -- Spread the Word

By Kathie Canning
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 In recent years, dip and spread offerings have evolved way beyond the traditional onion dip and port-wine cheese spread to encompass a wide range of interesting flavors and textures.


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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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August 2014

The August 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes articles on non-food grocery items, as well as category insights on store brand spreads, healthcare, and personal care. Check it out today!

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