Articles by Kathie Canning

Category Review: Cookies, Crackers & Bars -- Ready for a Comeback

Data from Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. show recent unit sale declines for the total cookie and crackers categories. But some industry insiders predict better days for these categories -- specifically for their private label product residents.


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Category Review: Dips, Spreads & More -- Spread the Word

 In recent years, dip and spread offerings have evolved way beyond the traditional onion dip and port-wine cheese spread to encompass a wide range of interesting flavors and textures.

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Special Report: Relationship Building 101

Private label manufacturers can do much to enhance the retail-supplier relationship -- and increase the odds for a win-win scenario.

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Special Report: 2008 Category Colonel Awards

For 2008, PL Buyer is pleased to honor 84 private label manufacturers with well-deserved Category Colonel Awards. The winners come from diverse categories -- ranging from air fresheners to frozen pizza to vitamins and nutritional supplements.

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Editor's Insight

Get With the Program  As smart brand owners already know, one of the best ways to spur trial and boost product sales is to create promotional programs around them that
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Trend Watch: Organic Outlook

Slow Growth Ahead?

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Category Review: Fruit and Nut Snacks - Going Nuts

The upswing in the dried fruit and nut snacks categories can be attributed, at least in part, to increased consumer interest in healthful, convenient products.

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Category Review: Feminine Care Products - Protection Perfected

Private label manufacturers are coming up with some impressive-looking items that are convincing former disbelievers to give the store brand a try.

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Top 25 Retailers 2008

PL Buyer’s annual look at the leaders in grocery, drug and mass merchandise retailing, based on 2007 dollar sales. Also included is the latest private label news from these retailers.

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Editor's Insight

Adventures in Shopping  For me, grocery shopping typically is a routine task. Occasionally, however, I’ll run into a situation that merits a mention in this space. That was the case
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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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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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