Articles by Chris Freeman

Fred’s Adding More Private Label SKUs

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After a sluggish first quarter of fiscal 2013, Fred’s discount retailer announced that it was committed to its private label, with new items headed to stores in the second quarter.


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Costco CFO Says Private Label Share Increasing

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In announcing earnings for the company’s fiscal third quarter, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti was asked about the potential future growth of the company’s Kirkland Signature private label line.


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Big Lots Says Food Test Is Positive

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Announcing quarterly earnings this week, discount retailer Big Lots said that its first tests with coolers and freezers in stores has “been encouraging.”


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Private Label Coffee Company Wins Keurig Patent Suit

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The Rogers Family Company, which makes private label single-serve coffee for Safeway among other business, announced Wednesday that it had won a patent lawsuit filed by Keurig over Rogers’ OneCup product.


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Dollar Tree Talks Front End Changes

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After reporting another record first quarter, Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser discussed the changes the retailer has implemented in its front end and impulse sections after Easter.


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Memorial Day Brings Out Private Label Promotions

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Retailers ramped up private label promotions last week, according to an exclusive report forPLBuyer’s eReport by Chicago-based market research firm Market Track.


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Rabobank Report Says Mid-Market Products In Danger

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A new report from Rabobank says changing consumer preferences are leading to a polarization between premium and value tiers in food sales, a shift which will leave mid-tier items in danger of becoming extinct.


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Destination XL Talks Private Label And Margins

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In reporting first quarter earnings for 2013, Destination XL talked about the improved performance of its DXL stores, driven in large part by private label sales.


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Foot Locker CEO Says Private Label Filling Gaps

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As Foot Locker reported record first quarter earnings, the first question from analysts to its CEO on the earnings call was about private label.


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Domtar Buys AHP for $272 Million

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Associated Hygienic Products, the largest manufacturer of private label infant diapers in the U.S., has been sold to Domtar Corporation, a Montreal-based maker of personal care and paper products.


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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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