Articles by Chris Freeman

Post Moves Into Private Label Snacks After Hearthside Acquisition

Post Holdings announced Thursday that it would buy the private label and branded cereal, granola, and snacks businesses of Hearthside Food Solutions.

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Fresh And Easy Adds Lunch, Frozen Entrees

Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market added more than 45 new fresh lunch and frozen entrée products to its stores, the retailer announced.

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Aldi Rolls Out Summer Marketing Plan

Aldi announced this week that its Summer Seasonal catalog was now available at its website, with items that will be available exclusively during the summer at the discount retailer.

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Whole Foods Invests In Value

As Whole Foods Market reported same-store sales rising 6.3 percent in the fiscal second quarter from a year earlier, the company discussed investments it made in the period.

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Snyder’s Grows Profits On Lower Private Label Sales

Snyder’s-Lance reported net sales for the first quarter rose 6.5 percent from a year earlier, though its private label sales fell about 1.4 percent in the quarter from the previous year.

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Target Doubles Private Label Promotions

Pressing forward with its private label plans, Target doubled the amount of private label promotions it had last week from a year earlier, according to an exclusive report for PLBuyer’s eReport from Chicago-based market research firm Market Track.

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BestSweet Rebrands As BestCo

BestSweet announced Monday that it would change its name and brand to BestCo to reflect its growth since its founding 37 years ago.

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Ready Pac CEO Retires

Ready Pac Foods President and CEO Michael Solomon announced his retirement Friday after five years at the helm.

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Safeway Launches Lucerne Contest Voting

Safeway has opened voting for its eighth annual The Art of Dairy contest for its Lucerne dairy brand.

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Five Packaging Firms Form Global Plastics Company

Five leading packaging companies in North America and Europe announced they intend to combine to operate as one global leader under the banner of Exopack Holdings Sarl, a new Luxembourg company.

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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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