Articles by Chris Freeman

Private Label Retailers Create Sense Of Theater

A new study from Nunwood shows that half of the PLBuyer Top 35 Private Label Retailers list are among the top 100 companies in the U.S. in providing customer experience excellence.


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Ralcorp Cereal Products President Leaving

St. Louis-based Ralcorp Holdings Inc. announced last week that Ralcorp Cereal Products President Ron Wilkinson would retire from the company at the end of September.


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H-E-B To Keep Customers’ Choice

After sponsoring a contest to allow customers to pick a new limited edition private label potato chip at H-E-B, the company announced last week on its Facebook page that the winning choice would become a regular item at the grocer.


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Walgreens Buys Regional Chain As Sales Slump

Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen Co. said Thursday that it would buy a regional drugstore chain from Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc. for $438 million.


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Grocers Dominate Top Retailers List

Increases in grocery sales in 2011 helped shape the Stores Top 100 Retailers report for 2012, the Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation announced this week.


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Family Dollar Sales Grow Again

Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar said the expansion of health and beauty products, food items, and tobacco in stores in its fiscal third quarter led to its 17thconsecutive quarter of double-digit growth in earnings per share.


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Family Dollar Gets New Private Brands Chief

Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar has hired former Delhaize America executive Tammy DeBoer as the company’s new vice president of private brands and merchandise initiatives.


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Tesco CEO: Fresh And Easy Could Close

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke told guests at the British grocer’s annual meeting Friday that the company would consider leaving the U.S. market – thereby shuttering its nearly 200 Fresh and Easy groceries in the West.


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PL Packaging Needs Careful Consideration, Analyst Says

As retailers expand to three-tier private label programs in North America, and increasing to four-tier and potentially five-tier programs in Europe, focusing on packaging at the value end of products is crucial for success, Aisling Balfe, custom research analyst with London-based retail consultancy Planet Retail told a webinar audience Wednesday morning.


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NACS Report: In-Store Convenience Sales Up Again

Rising fuel prices and strong tobacco sales helped push convenience stores to record sales in 2011, but strong growth of in-store sales provided a boost to the industry, as well.


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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.

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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 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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