Articles by John N. Frank

Private label industry people to watch in 2012

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PLBuyer editors believe these 10 people will face major challenges and/or have major impacts in the private label world during the coming year.
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What a year it's been

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As you read this, 2011 will be drawing to a close. It’s a year that likely won’t get much written about it in the history books, at least not as far as the U.S. economy is concerned.
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Retailer of the Year: Picture perfect

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Pop Quiz for anyone who’s been watching the world of food marketing: who made it into the Guinness Book of World records in 2011 for the world’s longest picnic table? The answer is Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway, North America’s third largest private label retailer on PLBuyer’s list of top 35 PL retailers.

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Plan now to attend PLBuyer's new PL conference

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A belated Happy New Year to all of our readers; hopefully your holidays were joyous and you celebrated with lots of private label products.
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Read What's New, Then Come to Our Private Label Conference, June 5-7

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Welcome to the 2012 PLBuyer Supplier Sourcebook. Did you like the cover?
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Special Report: Technology

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Techie types have been hyping the changes that mobile phones would bring to retailing for at least the past decade. Now, thanks to the growing ubiquity of smart phones with Web capabilities, that hype is becoming reality.

Indeed, the Deloitte 2011 Consumer Food and Products Insights study, released in July, found that 40 percent of U.S. consumers are using shopping lists and recipe management tools on their mobile phones today.

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Frankly Speaking

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Back in 1993, I was going through a very painful and very costly divorce. Money was extremely tight, what with paying attorneys, counselors for the children, rent on a new place and a mortgage on the old. Anyone who’s been there knows what the picture looks like.

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Frankly Speaking

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I’ve been fixating on two TV shows this summer that I don’t normally watch. I’ve latched onto them because I think they so embody the zeit geist of our Great Recession ravaged age.

One is Extreme Couponing on TLC. If you’re involved in food retailing and you haven’t watched this show, make time to. It features people who have taken couponing to the point where they’re routinely buying hundreds of dollars of groceries for pennies, literally.

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Frankly Speaking

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I’ve been fixating on two TV shows this summer that I don’t normally watch. I’ve latched onto them because I think they so embody the zeit geist of our Great Recession ravaged age.

One is Extreme Couponing on TLC. If you’re involved in food retailing and you haven’t watched this show, make time to. It features people who have taken couponing to the point where they’re routinely buying hundreds of dollars of groceries for pennies, literally. Everyone featured starts out with a variation of the same comment, “Friends think I’m a hoarder but I love my stockpile.”

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Frankly Speaking

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By the time you read this, two momentous events will have taken place, one on the business side of my life, one on the personal side.

PLBuyer will have launched a new Web site, the PLBuyer Superstore, in May and by now you’re already using it; just prior to that launch, though, I will have attended my 40th high school reunion in New York.
The Web site is obviously the future for how private label retailers will link with suppliers. The reunion is obviously about my past; yet the two are linked in the journalistic life I have led.

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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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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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