Articles by Chris Freeman

Sandridge Food Buys RMH

Sandridge Food Corporation announced that it bought a majority interest in RMH Foods, which will become a Sandridge Family Company.


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Sobeys Buys Safeway’s Canadian Stores

Sobeys will buy Safeway’s Canadian operations for about $5.8 billion Canadian dollars in cash, Safeway announced this week.


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Kroger Leads Way In Promotions

Kroger was among six major retailers watched by Chicago-based market research firm Market Track that posted more private label promotions this year than a year ago.


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Stability The Hallmark of Category Colonels

When the beginning of the year rolls around, and voting opens for the next installment of PLBuyer’s Category Colonels awards, there are a few things you know you can count on.


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Target Rolling Out Organic Brand

Target is planning a new organic and natural store brand as it works to rev up its grocery business, the AP reports. The retailer says the new brand, called Simply Balanced, will start with drinks and snacks like corn chips.


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Dollar General To Alter Private Label SKU Count

Dollar General reported record sales for the first quarter of 2013, with same-store sales growing 2.6 percent and total sales up 8.5 percent to $4.2 billion. But CEO Rick Dreiling said a conscious shift by the dollar store chain to add national brand items in the end of 2012 and early in 2013 had an impact on margins. And it’s a trend that Dollar General will look to reverse the rest of the year.


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Retailers Take Breather On Private Label Promotions

A week after ramping up private label promotions for Memorial Day, a majority of retailers watched by Chicago-based market research firm Market Track trimmed their promotions, according to an exclusive report for PLBuyer’s eReport.


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Category Insights: General Merchandise - Household

Channel Growth Helping Private Label Expand In GM

Household goods showing strength from small segments to large ones.

From batteries to cleaning tools and soap dishes, private label household products continue to make inroads in the general merchandise sections of retailers across the country.


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Exclusives Retailer Roundtable

Private Label In Comfort Zone With Value Products

Buyers say in health, beauty and OTC categories, winning at value first is the priority, then finding subtle ways to bring value-added features home.

Over the course of a surprisingly rainy and overcast day in Henderson, Nev., a small group of retail buyers gathered in a room during the ECRM Private Brand Health and Beauty Care trade show to talk about their business.


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Safeway Talks Recovery In Private Brands

Speaking before the 2013 Citi Global Consumer Conference this week, Safeway Senior Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations Melissa Plaisance talked candidly about the progress the retailer had made in its private brands in recent years.


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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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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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