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In & Out of the Box

Yesterday Salt Was a Drug, Today Sugar Is the New Tobacco

By Tom Stephens
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Times are certainly changing. Many of us have been spending a lot of time reducing sodium levels in products. If we weren’t, we certainly should have been.


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PLBuyer Index: Private Label and Looming Food Price Increases

Retailers are poised to make higher price increases than national brands, but will inflation hamper or help?
By Nikki Baird
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In the last week of March, the USDA revised its forecast of consumer prices related to food, anticipating that the relatively low levels of price inflation seen in 2013 would end, and 2014 would see inflation return to more “historical“ levels (as longs as there are no unusual weather events during the major growing season).


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Private Label Products Hot List - Food

Snacks, meal replacements, sugar-free, coffee and convenience all factored into the top dollar sales gains for private label in 2013.
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Nearly 100 private label product subcategories spanning dozens of IRI categories made the cut for the 2013 iteration of the PLBuyer Hot List of foods, comprised of subcategories that saw 10 percent or more dollar sales growth over the course of the year across supermarkets, drugstores, mass market retailers, military commissaries and select club and dollar retail chains the 52 weeks ending December 29, 2013. 


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Origin Food Group Offers Private Label Dairy

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 Origin Food Group, based in Statesville, N.C., manufactures value-added dairy products for private-label and contract manufacturing accounts, as well as own branded cultured dairy foods and beverages.


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Private Eye, Sauces: Store vs. National Brands

Our secret shoppers head to their local retailers to discover merchandising tactics related to private label sauces.
By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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It seems private label sauce categories have plenty of room to grow. Meat sauce/marinade/glaze was up almost 15 percent to $41 million with only a 4 percent share, according to IRI data for the latest 52 weeks ending January 26, 2014.


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Category Insight: Store Brand Household Products

Private label trash bags and food storage bags see increased sales and a strong set of desired features.
By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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While private label foil and plastic wrap have suffered sales losses as of late, food and trash bags have all seen respectable gains.


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Category Insight: Store Brand Candy Cravings

Private label candy and gum sales are up, offering opportunities for store branding in the checkout aisle.
By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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Whether Easter excites you professionally over a spike in candy sales or you personally crave bunny-shaped sweets, April should be a good month for candy.


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2014's Private Label Early Winners and Losers

Private label and national brands raised prices, with private label showing a greater relative increase - and share of units did not fall.
By Nikki Baird
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As we settle into 2014, we turn the corner on the first complete year of the PLBuyer Index; our first reported period ended back in February 24, 2013.  

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Following The Buzz

Store Brand Promotions for Easter

By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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With Easter approaching, egg sales are likely on many retailers’ minds.
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In & Out of the Box: Time to Freshen Up Your Passport

By Tom Stephens
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While Stephens has long said that thinking “inside the box” is often appropriate, since answers to 90 percent of retail problems can be found inside the four walls of the store, the new title for his regular column includes that remaining 10 percent. In today’s retail world, we all live “In & Out of the Box.” —DJP


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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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