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Retailers Ramp Up Promotions

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A majority of the retailers followed by Chicago-based market research firm Market Track showed increases in private label promotions from a year ago, the company said in a report done exclusively for PLBuyer’s eReport.


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Metro Posts Flat Sales, Wary Of Competition

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Metro Inc., the third-largest grocer in Canada, announced Wednesday that quarterly sales dipped slightly from a year earlier, with same-store sales flat.


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RadioShack To Streamline Private Brands

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RadioShack CEO Joe Magnacca told analysts this week that the company would enhance its focus on the Radio Shack brand, in part by streamlining its other private brands.


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New Chairman Highlights Patient Outcomes

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Following in the footsteps of former NACDS Chairman Greg Wasson, Bob Narveson took to the podium Tuesday for the first time as NACDS chairman to highlight the role community pharmacy would need to play in highlighting patient outcomes.


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NACDS Installs New Officers

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Monday elected new officers for the 2013-14 campaign, with Bob Narveson of Thrify White Pharmacy elected as the chairman of the board.


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Westin Foods Acquires Dominex

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Private label food manufacturer Westin Foods announced this month that it acquired a majority interest in Florida-based Dominex LC.


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Mercadona At Forefront In Europe

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Private label adoption in Europe has outpaced the United States for decades. And some of the biggest players in its business are familiar names across the pond, such as Tesco, Carrefour, and Marks and Spencer.


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Technomic Tells Big Retailers To Keep It Simple In Delis

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Turning a retailer’s deli department into a destination has become an art form for some stores. In fact, the May cover story of PLBuyer will discuss the influence of private label in fresh prepared foods for retailers today.


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Kroger To Source All Palm Oil From Sustainable Sources

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Kroger announced Monday that it would move to sustainable palm oil in all its products by the end of 2015.


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Rite Aid Shows Sales Growth, Private Label Boost In 2013

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After posting its first full-year profit in nearly six years, according to published reports, Rite Aid announced that it also grew its private label share of goods in fiscal 2013.


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