Articles by Kathie Canning

Fountain of Youth

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In a culture obsessed with youth and beauty, few of us want to look older than our years - or even want to look our true age. Most of us want to retain a youthful appearance for as long as possible. That reality is creating a mega-market for anti-aging skincare products.
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Nurture Those Nibbles

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It’s no secret that North American consumers love to snack, and often - on fare ranging from a pre-dinner nibble to a mini-meal between breakfast and lunch. And with the economy forcing many folks to skimp on restaurant visits, easy-to-prepare frozen snacks and appetizers only are growing in popularity.
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Paper Chase

By Kathie Canning
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As fans of “The Office” might recall, Michael Scott, the bumbling branch manager of the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper enterprise, once promised “limitless paper for a paperless world” in a commercial promoting his company. But here in the real world, you’ll still find the demand for paper strong - particularly outside the office environment in the consumer paper products space.
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Alternative Universe

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Take a walk though just about any supermarket today, and you’ll find an alternative universe devoted to single-serve beverage options that run the gamut from enhanced waters and sports drinks to ready-to-drink teas and protein drinks. Such beverages often promise energy- or health-boosting benefits - extras today’s consumers demand.

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Plain and Simple

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Over the past couple of decades, North American consumers have gained a reputation for overindulging their wee ones to one extent or another. But the economic downturn has encouraged a return to simplicity - creating an environment in which parents are beginning to rethink the whole child indulgence scenario. And “technology overload” is helping this trend along.
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Jam Session

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Despite the dismal economy, consumers still appear to be topping their toast with fruit spreads and adding the “J” to their PB&J sandwiches.

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Know Thy Customer

By Kathie Canning
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Food Lion’s focus is on “quality products at great prices,” as well as “neighborly service in clean, conveniently located stores.” But this Delhaize Group subsidiary probably also can attribute much of its recent success to knowing exactly who its shoppers are - and precisely what they need and want.

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Affordable Indulgence

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Much has been written about consumers’ collective avoidance of “non-essential” purchases during these economically challenging times. And although many kids (as well as adult chocoholics) might beg to differ, few food categories are less essential to daily survival than candy and chocolate.
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Eye On Prevention

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Consumers might be limiting their doctor visits during this economic crunch, but they’re not necessarily ignoring their health. If recent sales of vitamins and mineral supplements are any indication, many people are buying into the old “ounce of prevention” philosophy.
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Opportunities, Uncorked

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With much of today’s entertaining taking place inside the home - thanks to shrinking disposable incomes and other economic worries - the demand for fun-minded snack fare and beverages is up. And beer, wine and spirits are an important - and growing - part of that beverage mix.
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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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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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