You’ve likely read ad nauseum how the recession has changed consumer buying habits, but one area where consumers around the globe largely seem unwilling to do without has been in the health and wellness category.
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Not since the post-war baby boom had birth rates been as high as they were in 2007. But more recently, it’s been a different story altogether as the economy tanked and disposable incomes decreased dramatically. Not only are birth rates down, but consumers have less to spend on the children they do have, and thus overall sales of baby care products have stumbled.

”While the U.S. economy was strong, parents eagerly overspent on their young children leading to historic value growth far ahead of live-birth growth,” reports Euromonitor International, Chicago, a market-research firm. “As the U.S. economy cooled, it forced parents to reconsider their spending.” 


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Corner Office Perspective

A Discussion with Keith Winters, Supervalu’s Sourcing Manager of Own Brands
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Sweet Endings

When times are tough, consumers are forced to make tough decisions. But in the case of their dessert choices, that decision is simpler than most. Apple or cherry? Chocolate or vanilla? Sherbet or slow-churned ice cream?
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Packaging Trends -- Metal and Glass: Critical Components

In recent years, the packaging industry has seen increasingly specific demands from consumers, even on the glass and metal sides. Today’s consumers want packaging to be recyclable, convenient and unique.“As
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Corner Office Perspective

A Discussion with Doug Palmer, A&P's Vice President of Own BrandsThe Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company’s (A&P) first private label product - baking powder - made its retail debut
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Skintimate Decisions

While bar soap sales are slipping right down the drain, other categories of the bath and body care segment recently have reported growing consumer interest and increased sales.

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Trend Watch: Packaging that Pays

Delivering effective and innovative packaging is by all means a tall order, especially given today’s fluctuating material costs and ever-changing consumer demands.
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2007 Retail Executives of the Year: Affecting Change

The 2007 Retail Executives of the Year have been announced and published in the June issue of PL Buyer. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the manufacturer/supplier community for helping us honor the industry's leading private label executives!
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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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