Articles by Chris Freeman

Retailers Relax Private Label Promotions

A majority of large retailers trimmed their private label promotions last week from the same time a year ago, according to a report exclusively for PLBuyer’s eReport by Chicago-based market research firm Market Track.


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Belgian Retailer Launches New Private Label Line

ESM Magazine reported that Belgian retailer Colruyt will replace more than 50 existing private label lines with one new line called Boni Selection.


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Intermarche Eyes Poland Growth For Private Label

ESM magazine said local reports in Poland say Intermarche is hoping to boost the share of private label sales from its current 20 percent penetration to 30 percent.


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Report Shows 40 Percent Savings For Private Label Beauty Products

ShopSmart magazine, a production of Consumer Reports, reports in its June issue that shoppers can save 40 percent on beauty products with private label items rather than national brands.


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Post Set To Add Private Label Business

When Post Holdings conducted a call Monday to announce its quarterly earnings, it also was the company’s first public comment since announcing a deal to buy private label and branded businesses from Hearthside Food Solutions for $158 billion in cash.


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Perishables Strength Among Walmart Private Brand Insights Unveiled

A trio of private brands at Walmart are helping increase the credibility of the retailer’s fresh food offerings, according to new insights unveiled in Sightline, a new in-depth report from My Private Brand.


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Roundy’s Reaches Record Private Label Share

Roundy’s CEO Bob Mariano said this week that the retailer posted record high private label penetration in its first quarter.


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Category Insights: Cheese

Private Label Taking Sharp Approach To Cheese

Expanded flavor profiles and improved packaging helping drive private label share higher in the category.

Sometimes it might come off as a little cheesy. But there’s no joking around about the strength of private label sales in the cheese category today.


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Special Report: Retail Roundtable

Private Label Food World Moving Faster Than Ever

Retailers also reveal the ways suppliers can make an impact on them and their private label plans.

Grabbing chairs at the ECRM Private Brands Food conference in Napa, Calif., in March, a small group bantered around ideas about private label today.


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Catching Up With Chris

Best-Kept Secrets Are Worth The Wait

It’s the time in the weeks before Christmas, when your children are staring longingly through store windows, wondering if the thing they wanted so desperately on the Christmas list will be under the tree that year.

And you stand next to them, with a slight grin on your face, knowing that you’ve already gotten the present. Having to keep yourself from spilling the beans before it’s time.

 Because sometimes the best surprises are the ones that we have the most trouble keeping a secret. 


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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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