Articles by Chris Freeman

Private Label No Stranger At Drug Show

By Chris Freeman

From small companies to major suppliers, private label products and companies were all around Denver last weekend for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Marketplace event at the Colorado Convention Center.


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Is Private Label’s Future NBE Or Different?

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Schawk Retail Marketing Vice President Carol Best told a webinar audience this week that retailers were trying to choose whether to provide private label products that matched national brands, or create products and categories that were different.


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Safeway Supplier Doesn't License Single-Cup Pod

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Safeway could be in the middle of an interesting battle with its private label single-cup coffee pods.


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Special Report - Focus On Packaging

Mass Appeal

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Consumers say private label products look better than name brand counterparts when it comes to the packaging.


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Private Eye

First Of Its Kind

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More than 20 speakers. A group of 100 attendees. Some of the biggest names in private label retailing, gathered in one place.


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Private Eye

Q&A- What They Are Saying

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We asked some of the top speakers at the first PLBuyer conference what they were looking forward to, and hoped to get out of, the experience in Chicago. Here’s what they had to say:


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Catching Up With Chris

Talking Your Way Through The Industry

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The conference that we host in June is the culmination of the work of plenty of people who came before me, and many who will be alongside me at the event.


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PLMA Yearbook Shows Private Label Sales Up in 2011

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The 2012 Private Label Manufacturers Association’s (PLMA) Private Label Yearbook shows that private label products gained 3.9 percent in dollar sales in 2011, even as unit sales for private label products fell by 1.5 percent.


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Ralcorp Restatement Adds $54 Million

By Chris Freeman

St. Louis-based Ralcorp Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it underestimated the cost of the spinoff of its Post cereal brands unit by $54 million.


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Safeway Exec: Strive For More Than NBE

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Safeway Senior Vice President of Consumer Brands Joe Ennen told a packed house Wednesday at the PLBuyer conference, Private Label: The Next Generation, at the Hilton Chicago that retailers needed to strive to create products that did more than national brand competitors.


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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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September 2014

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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