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Category review: The paper chase

By Anne-Marie Kennedy
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Sales of paper products - a staple in the majority of U.S. households that includes everything from paper towels, to facial tissue, to toilet paper - proved to be nearly recession-proof from 2008 to 2010.
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PLBuyer's 2011 Design Excellence Award winners

By Lynn Celmer
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PLBuyer recently announced that winners have been selected in 14 individual product categories for its first Design Excellence Awards. A Best of Show winner, Sam’s Club, also was named.Winners were
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Retailer of the Year: Picture perfect

By John N. Frank
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Pop Quiz for anyone who’s been watching the world of food marketing: who made it into the Guinness Book of World records in 2011 for the world’s longest picnic table? The answer is Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway, North America’s third largest private label retailer on PLBuyer’s list of top 35 PL retailers.

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Trend watch: Creating an oasis

By Lynn Celmer
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The band America had it right with its song A Horse With No Name that, in singing about the desert, says: “there were plants and birds and rocks and things, there was sand and hills and rings.”
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A Near-Purr-fect PL Market

By Anne-Marie Kennedy
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Private label pet care is leading the way and fetching big consumer dollars.
 
The furry, feathered and four-legged family members of U.S. households are still as pampered as ever with high-end items ranging from gourmet treats to digitized collars, designer shampoo and spa treatments.  Despite some slow growth due to the recession in 2010, the pet products category overall is poised for expansion as owners continue to demand quality, healthy products for their companion animals, category watchers agree.


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A Healthy Pour

By Molly V. Strzelecki
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Private label oils, vinegars and salad dressings are rolling out new, healthier offerings to attract diet conscious consumers.
 
Say what you will about the popular NBC program The Biggest Loser, you have to admit the show not only gets results but also has helped spark a health and fitness trend across America. While most consumers wouldn’t want buff trainers incessantly yelling over their shoulders as they trot down a grocery aisle, there’s a good chance that the echoes of Loser healthy eating advice are following them in and out of the food retailers as well.


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Chumming the Waters

By Ed Finkel
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Environmental disasters aside, seafood sales are a rising tide, lifting PL boats along with others. Only canned PL tuna sales are floundering.
 
Although buffeted somewhat by the BP Gulf Coast oil spill in 2010 and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami earlier this year, the fish and seafood market continues to grow, hitting a new record total U.S. sales of $15.8 billion in 2010.


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Walk Down the Aisle: Frozen Foods

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Private label innovation is largely lacking in frozen foods, experts say. And PLBuyer’s secret shoppers found little price difference between PL and national brands, a potential turn-off to buying private label items here.
 
Retailers are pricing private label frozen foods closer to their national brand equivalents than has been seen in other stores aisles visited this year, report PLBuyer’s secret shoppers. Of the four stores surveyed by our shoppers, only one store showed a price gap of more than a dollar between a frozen food item and a national brand.

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Special Report: Technology

By John N. Frank
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Techie types have been hyping the changes that mobile phones would bring to retailing for at least the past decade. Now, thanks to the growing ubiquity of smart phones with Web capabilities, that hype is becoming reality.

Indeed, the Deloitte 2011 Consumer Food and Products Insights study, released in July, found that 40 percent of U.S. consumers are using shopping lists and recipe management tools on their mobile phones today.

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Family Dollar Goes Gourmet

By Lynn Celmer
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By using warm, vibrant colors on its private label packaging and investing in an extensive marketing campaign, Family Dollar has managed to post big private label sales gains and provide lessons others can use.
 
In the ultra competitive, ever-changing retail landscape, Matthews, N.C.-based discount retailer Family Dollar has zigged while others have zagged.


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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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