Channels

Focus on Digital: Connecting With Convenience

By Jim Wisner
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In comparison to other retailers, C-stores have a unique set of challenges. Although the channel has grown over the last few years, it faces pressure from the low prices of dollar stores and the wider assortments of drug chains.


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Private Eye: Freshly Baked Private Brands

Our secret shoppers seek to find if their local retailers' private label bakery products are a great value - or half-baked ideas.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Each month, we send our secret shoppers out to investigate the prices and promotions of several U.S. retailers and report how each store’s private label brands hold up. This month, PLBuyer sent three of its secret shoppers to check out trends in Bakery/Baked Goods.


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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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Following The Buzz

Discount Merger a Bargain?

By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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The speculation is over. While talk of a takeover of discount retailer Family Dollar has been circulating for months, a merger has finally been revealed.


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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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Private Eye: Frozen Store Brand Competition Heats Up

Our investigations into private label vs. national brand ice cream and novelties show strong price sensitivity, while frozen breads/dough has room to grow.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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In order to provide a real-world look inside vital and emerging private label categories, every month we deploy secret shoppers across the country to compare prices and investigate the real-world promotional and merchandising tactics retailers are employing to drive shopper interest and sales.


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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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DIY Empowerment Through Store Brands

By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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DIY (“do it yourself”) as an ethic and movement has a long and storied history, perhaps tracing roots back to ancient Greek-Italian cultures in southern Italy who constructed elaborate, high-end IKEA-like buildings complete with coded symbols on the end of the mass-produced, interconnecting parts illustrating assembly details—groundwork and inspiration for private label long before A&P began pivotal branding its own baking powder in the late 19th century.


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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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