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Walmart Thinks Small

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its perishables reach with the launch of its smaller-format Walmart Express outlets.
By Rich Mitchell - Perishables Buyer
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its perishables reach with the launch of its smaller-format Walmart Express outlets.
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A Fresh Approach

By Rich Mitchell - Perishables Buyer
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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is working to attract the growing base of shoppers who are seeking quick, healthy and affordable meals. Five years after its launch, the chain still is trying to establish an economic foothold.
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The Right Stuff

By Rich Mitchell - Perishables Buyer
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Deli operators can prosper by leveraging the products that sell. Pinpointing those items requires resolve.
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BOLD Promotions Drive Beverage Sales

By Ed Finkel
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Energy and sports drinks are seeing big gains while bottled water lags.
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A Standout Strategy

By Rich Mitchell - Perishables Buyer
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The merchandising of private label perishables can be an effective retail differentiator. But operators must have the right program strategies.
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Southern Hospitality

By Rich Mitchell - Perishables Buyer
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A heavy emphasis on customer service—and marketing pertinent products—is making Publix Super Markets Inc. a prime perishables destination.
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Veggie Fest 2011…And Beyond

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A national focus on healthy eating means rising fresh produce sales. But finding the right mix of branded, private label, local and national takes some care. Here’s why.
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Mariano’s Fresh Foray

Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. is emphasizing perishables with its new Mariano’s Fresh Market chain.
By Rich Mitchell - Perishables Buyer
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Fresh perishables are becoming an increasingly potent supermarket differentiator. Seeking to leverage growing shopper interest in health and wellness, taste and convenience—and to provide a distinct alternative to the traditional grocery and big box stores—more operators are giving greater merchandising emphasis to produce, prepared foods and proteins.
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Soup’s On

Newer flavors and wellness-oriented selections are helping to propel refrigerated soup revenues.
By Vanessa L. Facenda
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The market remains hot for refrigerated soups. The category—in which more than 90 percent of sales are generated by private-label products—had revenues of $120.8 million for the 52 weeks ending April 17, 2011, up 11.1 percent versus the year-earlier period, reports SymphonyIRI Group, a Chicago-based market research firm.
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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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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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