Articles by Chris Freeman

Cereal Weakness Hurts Ralcorp Earnings

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St. Louis-based private label food maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that sales at its cereal products business fell 10 percent in the third quarter, leaving the company just shy of analysts’ expectations for the quarter.


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Ralcorp Announces Restructuring

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St. Louis-based Ralcorp Holdings Inc. on Wednesday announced that it has begun a strategic restructuring program that will create a single center-store private label food company, providing pretax savings of $26 million to $31 million in fiscal 2013.


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Hispanic, Immigrant Markets Untapped In PL

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A new white paper from Canadian branding and design firm Shikatani Lacroix says retailers who are refreshing their private label programs must bring products that cater to Hispanic and immigrant markets to capture the largest future growth in the industry.


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Sovena Names New CEO

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Brett Milligan has been named the new CEO at Rome, N.Y.-based olive oil maker Sovena USA, the company announced, and he will begin his first day on the job Wednesday.


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ConAgra to Buy Frozen Meals From Unilever

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Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra Foods said Monday that it would buy the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s frozen brands from Unilever for $265 million.


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Supervalu's Herkert out as CEO

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The move Monday by Minneapolis, Minn.-based retailer Supervalu to replace CEO Craig Herkert with board chairman Wayne Sales has been a long time coming, one analyst said.


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H-E-B Introduces Private Label Candy Today

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San Antonio, Texas-based grocer H-E-B today rolls out a line of private label candy bars, according to a report in the San Antonio Examiner newspaper.


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Safeway CEO Not Concerned With Supervalu Pricing

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On a conference call with analysts last week describing Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway’s second-quarter earnings, CEO Steven Burd said he was not worried by Supervalu’s announcement that it would accelerate its fair pricing plus strategy to level the playing field with competitors.


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Sainsbury CEO: PL Keeps Brands Honest

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In an interview this month with a BBC radio broadcast called The Bottom Line, Sainsbury CEO Justin King said private label grocery products help keep national brands honest by offering consumers a true choice on the shelves.


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Supervalu PL Still Has ‘Tremendous Opportunity’

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When Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu last week announced that it posted lower-than-expected earnings and that its board was undergoing a strategic review of the company, the grocer had other announcements to make.


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