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Category Review: Soup

Soup Sales Show Lukewarm Growth

Category expected to regain sales as U.S. economy improves.


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Category Review: Cosmetics

The outlook is definitely rosy for color cosmetics

Thanks in part to aggressive marketing and streamlined product lines from leading brands and retailers, consumers who curtailed their purchase cycles and refrained from testing new products during the recession are back and ready to spend.


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Cleaning up a dirty business

Consumers know germs are everywhere and they want antibacterial products to fight off the evil onslaught. But where they turn for such products, and specifically what they think about private label offerings, is becoming an open question.

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Brushing up

The color cosmetics category, after flat sales from 2007 through 2009, is inching its way to recovery, despite a slow economy and lingering recessionary attitudes among its key female consumers.

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Are PL condiments in a pickle?

Today’s eat-at-home trend, coupled with the popularity of food-based television and TV cooking shows, have translated into sales growth for the $5.6 billion in annual sales condiment category.

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Category review: The paper chase

Sales of paper products - a staple in the majority of U.S. households that includes everything from paper towels, to facial tissue, to toilet paper - proved to be nearly recession-proof from 2008 to 2010.
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A Near-Purr-fect PL Market

Private label pet care is leading the way and fetching big consumer dollars.
 
The furry, feathered and four-legged family members of U.S. households are still as pampered as ever with high-end items ranging from gourmet treats to digitized collars, designer shampoo and spa treatments.  Despite some slow growth due to the recession in 2010, the pet products category overall is poised for expansion as owners continue to demand quality, healthy products for their companion animals, category watchers agree.


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Prices are Perking Up

Coffee prices are rising but the good news is that consumers still seem willing to pay for their cup o’ Joe.
The good news for coffee is that despite a turbulent economy and fragile personal budgets, coffee consumption has remained steady in recent years. A report from Mintel International Group, Ltd., Chicago, Coffee – U.S. – September 2010 notes that the resiliency of the market and its ability to endure tough recessionary pressures has allowed many brands to drive sales growth with moderate price premiums. Mintel’s report forecasts the coffee market to grow steadily at a 4 to 4.5 percent pace over the next five years.

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Prices Are Perking Up

Coffee prices are rising but the good news is that consumers still seem willing to pay for their cup o’ Joe.
 
The good news for coffee is that despite a turbulent economy and fragile personal budgets, coffee consumption has remained steady in recent years. A report from Mintel, New York, “Coffee – U.S. – September 2010” notes that the resiliency of the market and its ability to endure tough recessionary pressures has allowed many brands to drive sales growth with moderate price premiums. Mintel’s report forecasts the coffee market to grow steadily at a 4 to 4.5 percent pace over the next five years.

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Don't Cry in Your Diapers

The good news or the bad first?

The bad news is that data from Chicago-based SymphonyIRI Group indicates a 2.8 percent drop in dollar sales and a 3 percent drop in units sold for the total diaper category (which includes disposable diapers and disposable training pants) for the 52 weeks ended Feb. 20, 2011. SymphonyIRI’s data include supermarkets, mass merchandiser outlets but exclude Wal-Mart.

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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.

Podcasts

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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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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