Articles by Chris Freeman

Henningsen Turns 90

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Henningsen Cold Storage is celebrating its 90thanniversary this month, the company announced, recalling its founding on May 17, 1923 as the Northwestern Ice & Cold Storage company.


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Giovanni CEO, Manager Honored

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Giovanni Food Co. CEO Louis DeMent and plant manager Timothy Budd were honored recently, the company announced.


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Reset Brings New Private Label Items To PetSmart

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After posting higher sales in the first quarter of 2013, PetSmart officials discussed the company’s largest reset in its history, a move that will include almost 1,000 new items, many of them PetSmart exclusive brands.


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Family Dollar Private Label Consumables Sales Climb

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Family Dollar Chief Financial Officer Mary Winston this week told an audience at the Barclay’s Americas Select Franchise Conference that private label and global sourcing were being used to drive gross margin at the dollar store chain.


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Food Lion Makes Promotional Splash

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On the heels of revamping 178 stores in its chain, Food Lion doubled its private label promotions last week from a year earlier, according to a report exclusively for PLBuyer’s eReport by Chicago-based market research firm Market Track.


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Sovena Names New Director

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Sovena USA announced that Mark Gonda had been named director business development – retail sales, and will be responsible for increasing distribution and managing customer development in the retail sector.


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New CEO Promises Return Of Private Labels To JC Penney

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In his first conference call with analysts since re-taking the CEO position at JCPenney, Mike Ullman said the struggling retailer would restore private labels as part of its rebound strategy.


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Kohl’s Continues Private Label Growth

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Even as business slowed in the first quarter of 2013, private and exclusive brands at Kohl’s continued to sell well, the company announced.


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Mission Micro Molding Relocating

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Mission Micro Molding, a micro and small part injection molder, announced that it has bought a new facility and relocated to Irvine, Calif.


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Bellisio To Buy Overhill Farms

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Bellisio Foods, the third-largest producer of frozen entrees in the U.S., announced Wednesday that it would buy Overhill Farms for about $80.9 million in cash.


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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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