Articles by Kathie Canning

Back to Basics

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An old saying contends: “If your house is dirty, your life is a mess as well.” Well, if recent dollar and unit sales declines for household cleaning products are any indication (and if that particular proverb can be trusted), then a heck of a lot of us are living our lives in chaos.
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A Frugal Force

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ALDI Inc., PL Buyer’s 2009 Retailer of the Year, has been very, very busy building U.S. stores and sales, thanks to a growing range of high-quality private label products.

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Editor's Insight

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If you’ve visited California or Nevada lately, or live in the area, perhaps you’ve heard some local folks humming a catchy jingle - or caught them primping in front of a mirror. If so, you’ve likely stumbled across eager shoppers competing for a lucrative grand prize - one that's tied to a retailer's private label program. 

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Something Special

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Whether it’s a chocolate truffle made with imported premium cocoa, a trio of pepper jellies dressed up in fancy ribbons and bows, or an award-winning artisan cheese, a gourmet or specialty food typically is fancy enough to stand out among its category’s crowd. It also, of course, tends to flaunt a higher price tag than its average-Joe cousins.


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Trend Watch: BPA: A Threat - or Just Misunderstood?

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When it comes to stirring up controversy, few other substances can beat bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical building block, primarily used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, is an endocrine disruptor* that’s been linked to ills ranging from obesity to cancer.

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Feeling the Squeeze

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At first glance, the juice category appears to possess a less-than-fruitful outlook. While many private label categories have been posting impressive gains during the ongoing economic downturn, this sector actually has been losing ground.
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Relish the Ride

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Consumers might be feeling the economic squeeze, but they’re still not willing to settle for bland and boring at the lunch or dinner table. That’s why many of these penny-pinchers are turning to private label ketchup and pickles to flavor up their burgers, or to store brand mustard and peppers to spice up their sandwiches.
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Extreme Makeover: Health & Wellness Edition

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In recent years, health and wellness issues have taken center stage in consumers’ lives. Shoppers increasingly are turning to food and beverages - as well as vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) remedies - to help treat or prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and numerous other health conditions that could preclude them from living full, active lives.

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Editor's Insight

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Do Your People Speak Your Brands?Attendees to the PLMA’s Private Label Trade Show this past November likely found it nearly impossible not to get caught up in all the excitement
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What's Simmering?

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Category Review: Private label sauces help consumers recreate the restaurant experience at home.
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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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