Articles by Chris Freeman

Hy-Vee Announces Seasonal Beer Bottling

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee Food Stores announced last week that its first seasonal private label brew, Bonfire Marzan Ale, was being bottled and was expected to be in stores soon.

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Kroger Extends Private Label To Single-Serve Coffee

In announcing the company’s second-quarter earnings Friday, Kroger President and Chief Operating Officer Rodney McMullen said the grocer would launch a line of Private Selection single-serve coffee pods beginning next week.

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Rexall Helping Dollar General Gain On Drug Chains

After another knockout quarterly earnings report, Dollar General CEO Rick Dreilling told analysts on a conference call that the company was taking share gains from drug channels first, grocery channels second, and mass merchandisers third.

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Secret To CPG Success? Retailer Collaboration

A new study from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, McKinsey & Co., and Nielsen says successful consumer packaged good companies are five times more likely to view retailer collaboration as a strategic priority than those than do not.

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NACS Opens Show Planning With Mobile App

To help participants prepare for the National Association of Convenience Stores’ annual show in Las Vegas next month, the organization released a mobile app for the show this week.

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Private Label Pharmaceutical Bought By Aphena

Classic Pharmaceuticals LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of private-label pharmaceuticals to more than 16,000 major drugstores nationwide, was recently bought by Aphena Pharma Solutions Inc., the companies announced earlier this month.

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Delhaize America Gets New CEO

Former Arby’s and Wendy’s CEO Roland Smith will take over the roles of president and CEO of Delhaize America as of Oct. 15, the company announced late Wednesday in a news release.

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Analyst: Dollar Channel Gains Expected In Back To School

Planet Retail Research Analyst Katie Mathis details in a new report that the dollar store channel has made inroads in the back-to-school season against larger traditional retailers, and that she expects those gains to continue in the future.

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NACDS Wraps By Honoring Doug Long

At the conclusion of its Pharmacy and Technology Conference on Tuesday in Denver, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores awarded its highest honor, the Harold W. Pratt Award, to Doug Long.

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Merchandising Report - Personal Care

Getting Personal With Your Care

PLBuyer brings you a different Merchandising Report, which will give you a snapshot of private label ads and key facts for a particular category or product segment. This issue looks at what is happening in personal care products.
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October 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products are seasonings, Greek yogurt dip, seaweed snack, mushrooms, candy, shredded cheese, chocolate, broth, ice cream bars, salad topper, and wine.


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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October 2014

The October 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes new perspectives on produce, as well as category insights on pasta, rice, and potatoes. Check it out today!

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