Articles by Kathie Canning

Boon for Business

Somewhere along the line, people have come to equate sustainability solely with environmental responsibility. But sustainability goes well beyond green initiatives.
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When the Chips Aren't Down

Today’s consumers refuse to allow a little thing like a down economy hinder their right to crunch. To satisfy their salty snack cravings and still stay within budget, hungry consumers increasingly are opting for store-bought salty snack fare to replace restaurant favorites such as chips and salsa. They also are choosing wallet-friendly store brands more often, according to data from Chicago-based SymphonyIRI Group Inc.
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They Make House Calls

The average life expectancy in the United States long has been on the upswing, increasing from 70.8 in 1970 to a projected 78.3 for 2010. And with that rise in life expectancy comes an increase in age-related chronic conditions. Factor in the high cost of medical office visits, and it’s easy to see why home health care products have become big business in the United States. 
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Beyond the Basics

Thanks to its ability to multi-task, as well as its availability in a mind-boggling array of tasty varieties and formats, cheese continues to be a food favorite among consumers.
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A Can-Do Attitude

Despite the good news of an economic recovery on the horizon, many consumers continue to hold back on spending when it comes to what they eat - and are cooking at home more often. Thankfully, canned foods offer the value and shelf-stability these consumers are looking for during these rough times.
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Nothing to Sneeze At

A name brand just doesn’t carry the clout it used to in the cough and cold remedies sector. Today’s economically trying times - in combination with consumers’ growing level of trust in the safety and effectiveness of retailer’s over-the-counter offerings - mean Susie Shopper increasingly is willing to soothe her sniffles with a private label remedy.
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Makings of a Maverick

A unique mix of store formats - and a massive consolidation, rebranding and redesign project on the private brand side - make Smart & Final Stores LLC a nonconformist when it comes to food retailing.

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Courting the Cup

The economic strife of the past two years forced coffee behemoth Starbucks to close hundreds of underperforming stores, as countless U.S. coffee connoisseurs opted to pinch pennies by honing their home brewing skills. But Starbucks’ misfortunes have spelled opportunity for retailers.
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A Wellness State of Mind

We all know that food and water are necessary to sustain life - but some foods and beverages can do much more than sustain life and prevent nutrient deficiencies. Dubbed “functional” foods and beverages, these products serve up ingredients that provide additional health benefits such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer.
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One of a Kind

Although you’ll still find a slew of national-brand-equivalent products on retailers’ shelves, today’s store brands are implementing a major reroute of their road to success. And that new route is leading retailers into an exciting new territory - private label programs that set them apart from the national brands and retail competitors, in areas ranging from strategy and product development to packaging and marketing.
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November 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products are Flours, crepes, lollipops, several candy items, pancakes, dip, fish, raisins, pizza, almond milk, peanut butter, and a breakfast bowl.


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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November 2014

The November 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer - its last issue - includes articles about the retailer as manufacturer and OTC/healthcare items, as well as category insights on pizza and household goods. Check it out today!

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