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Category Insights: Frozen Store Brand Trend Synergies

Not keeping up with trends can lead to stagnation, and Frozen Foods segments like bread, dough and ice cream are facing their fair share of shifts.
By Barbara T. Nessinger
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A look at select subsets of private label Frozen Foods illustrates the ever-shifting dynamics of shopper preferences for specific types of generally the same foods.


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Category Insight: Healthful Quick Fixes

As health-and-wellness takes a foothold in beverages, the market shifts, spotlighting juice, smoothies and water.
By Jeanette Driscoll
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We’ve come a long way from plain juice and water. With the current focus on anytime, anywhere meals, more consumers are looking for a nutritious quick fix in liquid form.


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Convenience Channel Update

According to NACS (the National Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing), the U.S. convenience store industry currently consists of over 150,000 stores that account for nearly $700 billion in sales.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Apart from 7-Eleven—which maintains a strong national (and international) presence—the C-store channel today is highly regionalized.


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Drug Channel Update

Pivotal private label moves by the top three chain drug stores charts pathways for future growth.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Last year’s Top 35 Private Label Retailers list included the top three drug store chains in the United States: CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. CVS took the highest position at No. 4, with estimated 2012 private label sales of $21.4 billion.


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Category Insight: Store Brand Spreads

Specialty products and attributes drive spreads sales.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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The Spreads category has begun to see more diversity, with a nice selection of products beginning to appear at drug and dollar stores, as well as the usually solid grocery channels.


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Category Insight: Private Label Personal Care

Analysis of private label Personal Care yields some noteworthy trends.
By Barbara T. Nessinger
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According to IRI, two areas show strong performance—and ongoing potential—for private label within the Personal Care category: male-specific Personal Care products like deodorant and hair color, as well as skin care products like lotions and liquid soaps/sanitizers.


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The Hot List: Non-Food

Forward-trending store brand products to watch
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Over 80 segments made the cut for this year’s Hot List for non-food products, with some new items of interest surfacing, and others jockeying up and down through the ranks.


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Bright Spots in Store Brand Cosmetics

Points of struggle and strength avail themselves in cosmetics
By Jeanette Driscoll
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As private label struggles to gain traction in the cosmetics category, retailers are offering high-functioning and distinctive store brand products to remain competitive.


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Category Insights: Paper Products

Category Insight: Unique Private Label Paper

A focus on quality, innovative designs and national-brand-better performance helps private label paper products soar
By Barbara T. Nessinger
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Private label paper products have performed well over the past year, according to IRI, with dollar sales increases from last year in all categories but one—disposable cups—greater than the national brands.


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The Story Behind Coffee

By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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One of the tools retailers can use in their brand-building is by relating select details of the coffee product’s back story, aspects that make it unique and add value, helping quench shoppers’ thirst for farm-to-table product knowledge.


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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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