Articles by Kathie Canning

Affordable Indulgence

Faced with rising grocery prices - and job losses, temporary layoffs or salary reductions - many consumers have been forced to make tough decisions related to weekly food purchases. Not surprisingly, cookies and crackers, usually deemed “non-essentials,” have been dropped, at least temporarily, from scores of shopping lists.
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Riding a Pizza-Pie High

Perhaps you’ve seen shoppers bobbing and weaving down the refrigerated and frozen foods aisles in what appears to be a heightened state of caution. We’re betting they’re simply trying to avoid a direct hit from the private label pizzas that seem to be flying from the freezer cases and refrigerated displays.
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Value Proposition

To the many female consumers now faced with economic challenges or uncertainty, value is becoming more important than further product improvements in the feminine hygiene category.

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Operation Expansion

We could say that 2009 is shaping up to be a big year for the Montvale, N.J.-based Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. (A&P), but that would be a huge understatement. After all, the company celebrated the New Year by marking its 150th anniversary - a milestone no other grocery retailer has reached. What’s more, A&P is continuing its year-long party with a massive expansion of its “Own Brands” private label program.
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Cream of the Crop

Meet PL Buyer's 2009 Retail Executives of the Year.

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Trend Watch -- Food Trends: Time To Swap Sweeteners?

While the beverage giants test the stevia waters, it’s a good time for private label program managers to weigh the pros and cons of using this alternative sweetener.

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Unique Proposition

When it comes to hair care products, consumers face myriad choices. And those choices grow on a seemingly daily basis, as manufacturers try to meet every feasible hair care need.
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Web Exclusive Category Review: Chocolate and Candy

Affordable Indulgence

Private label confectionary is bucking today’s trend away from indulgence, with both the chocolate and non-chocolate candy sectors posting impressive sales gains.
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Editor's Insight

Somewhere along the long and winding recessionary road, frugal has become downright chic.

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Private Label's Looking Peachy

Thanks to wider availability of fresh and frozen varieties, canned fruit and vegetables have been on a downward spiral for some years now. According to a September 2008 report to Congress from the USDA’s Economic Research Service, canned vegetables’ share of total vegetables fell from 30 percent to 25 percent between 1970 and 2005, while canned fruit’s share of total fruit decreased from 11 percent to 6 percent.
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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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Private Label Buyer Magazine

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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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