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

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

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

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

 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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Special Report: Relationship Building 101

Private label manufacturers can do much to enhance the retail-supplier relationship -- and increase the odds for a win-win scenario.

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Special Report: 2008 Category Colonel Awards

For 2008, PL Buyer is pleased to honor 84 private label manufacturers with well-deserved Category Colonel Awards. The winners come from diverse categories -- ranging from air fresheners to frozen pizza to vitamins and nutritional supplements.

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Trend Watch: Organic Outlook

Slow Growth Ahead?

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Category Review: Pizza Products - Rollin' in the Dough

Pizza is an extremely flexible meal option - what other food item can be served hot or cold for dinner, lunch and breakfast? And the category performance numbers are a telling sign of pizza's popularity.   

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Category Review: Fruit and Nut Snacks - Going Nuts

The upswing in the dried fruit and nut snacks categories can be attributed, at least in part, to increased consumer interest in healthful, convenient products.

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Special Report: Beyond National Brand Equivalent

Retailers are capitalizing on their carefully built brand equity and customer loyalty to make their private label offerings the first choice for consumers.

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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.


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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