Articles by Kathie Canning

Editor's Insight

Less is Better -- And Other Lies

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Category Review: First Aid - No Pain ... Impressive Gains

Although most consumers wouldn't describe it as a glamorous or wildly creative category, the first-aid products segment certainly is generating excitement on the sales side of retail.

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Category Review: Salty Snacks - Crunch Time

 You’d think that our current preoccupation with health and wellness would be wreaking havoc on the salty snacks sector, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

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Healthy Ride for Juices

As our increasingly health-conscious nation looks to the juice category for “preventive care,” store brands have a major growth opportunity.

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Snack Attack

Private label can grab a bigger bite of the frozen snacks and appetizers category by responding to consumer demand for healthier, more adventurous eating experiences.

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Category Review: Cheese - Just Say Cheese

Few other foods are as ubiquitous as cheese. The 5,000-year-old dairy favorite tops pizzas and sandwiches, enjoys main attraction status on party trays, and serves as the starting point for creamy sauces and dips.
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Category Review: Canned Fruit and Vegetables - Thinking Inside the Can

A quiet revolution has been taking place in the fruit and vegetable category during the past few years. Fresh and frozen alternatives underwent a makeover - complete with ultra-convenient packaging
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Trend Watch - China Exports: Risky Business

U.S. retailers and manufacturers need to weigh the pros and cons carefully before doing business with China.

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Editor's Insight: In Search of ‘Good Value'

I just read about a new report informing trend-watchers that “taste, convenience and health” continue to be the principal drivers behind today’s consumer food choices. That “revelation” made me chuckle
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Not Your Grandma's Private Label

Safeway recently consolidated its private label offerings, paring more than 70 brands down to 10 “power brands” - complete with new packaging. Moreover, the company's exciting O Organics and Eating Right lineups are in tune with today's concerns centering on health and wellness. PL Buyer takes a look at what makes Safeway's private label program such a standout - and what steps the company is taking to ensure it stays that way.

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October 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products are seasonings, Greek yogurt dip, seaweed snack, mushrooms, candy, shredded cheese, chocolate, broth, ice cream bars, salad topper, and wine.


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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October 2014

The October 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes new perspectives on produce, as well as category insights on pasta, rice, and potatoes. Check it out today!

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