Articles by Kathie Canning

Meal Makers

By Kathie Canning
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The skeptics among us who question the accuracy of recent headlines pointing to a resurgence in home cooking might want to think again. If half-empty restaurants are not adequate proof, then recent dollar and unit sales gains in cooking oil and salad dressing - two meal-preparation staples - should be.
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Got Nutrition?

By Kathie Canning
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The growing availability of quick and easy breakfast alternatives - including protein-packed microwavable hot breakfast options - is giving the cereal category some stiff competition. But private label cereals are faring very well.

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Saving Face

By Kathie Canning
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Although budgetary concerns might force consumers to give up monthly facials at the local salon, these folks still aim to put their best face forward.

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Private Label's Unsung Heroes

By Kathie Canning
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Much of today’s private label innovation actually is taking place outside the traditional product development and procurement realms.

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Ingredients for Success

By Kathie Canning
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Few other foods are as versatile as pasta and rice. They serve as key ingredients in numerous main-dish offerings, from spaghetti and meatballs to chicken fried rice. They are the centerpiece of macaroni salad, confetti rice salad and other savory picnic fare. They even rival the powerful potato as flavorful and filling side dishes that complement center-of-the-plate favorites.
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Easy Does It

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Although convenience has taken a back seat to value in recent months, thanks to the lousy economy, it is still a critical element in the food purchase decisions of many busy consumers. And few other foodstuffs can dance the convenience quickstep better than frozen meals.
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The Art of Transformation

By Kathie Canning
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Walmart’s betting on a revamped Great Value lineup - and many other strategic changes - to keep the momentum going post-recession.

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Trend Watch: Packaging Trends -- Viva La Difference!

By Kathie Canning
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Packaging that helps differentiate a product from the rest of the pack is becoming increasingly critical to the purveyors of store brand items.

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Highest Honors

By Kathie Canning and Randy Hofbauer
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PL Buyer honors the 2009 Category Colonels, the outstanding suppliers our retailer-readers selected for having the sophistication and determination it takes to help build successful private label programs.

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Top 25 Retailers 2009

By Kathie Canning and Randy Hofbauer
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PL Buyer takes its annual look at the top 25 supermarket, mass merchandise and drugstore retailers in the United States and Canada.

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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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