Articles by Douglas J. Peckenpaugh

The Retailer as Manufacturer

Retailers gain more control as they get more involved in the private label manufacturing process.

Retailers know a thing or two about control. While every product has a long and storied path from concept to creation, it all boils down to that “final moment of truth,” sitting on a retail shelf eagerly awaiting purchase.


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Category Insights: Pizza

Private Label Pizza Trends

According to the June 2014 “Pizza—U.S.” report from Mintel, the overall retail pizza market is expected to experience flat sales between 2014 and 2019 due to an anticipated resurgence of visits to pizzerias, as well as carry-out and delivery, in the wake of the slowly recovering U.S. economy.


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The Editors' Table: October 2014

When I decided to go vegetarian in the mid-1990s, options were still pretty limited, and store brand meat and dairy substitutes were pretty much unheard of.


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U.S. Private Label Excellence

The annually anticipated Top 35 Private Label Retailers list epitomizes U.S. private label strength through innovation and brand-building.

While private label business within the United States continues to moderate, with growth continuing in several key categories, we perennially see a selection of retailers who take private label to the next level.


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Doug's Drift

Opportunities for Store Brand Produce

Safeway went on record back in 2013 stating that over the ensuing decade they would transform into a wellness company that happens to sell food (and one with significantly more reach in the wake of the merger with Albertsons under the corporate umbrella of Cerberus Capital Management).


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Private Label Coffee Insight for C-Stores

Coffee can often prove a crucial product offering in getting shoppers away from the gas pump and into the store.


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Store Brand Wine, Beer and Spirits

While retailers have dabbled in private label alcoholic beverages over the last several years, this branch of the Beverages category still remains highly underdeveloped (particularly when you look at the over 50 percent share private label wine alone holds in the United Kingdom…).


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The Editors' Table: September 2014

I am not a soda drinker—unless, of course, I’m out of the country.


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Private Eye: Freshly Baked Private Brands

Our secret shoppers seek to find if their local retailers' private label bakery products are a great value - or half-baked ideas.

Each month, we send our secret shoppers out to investigate the prices and promotions of several U.S. retailers and report how each store’s private label brands hold up. This month, PLBuyer sent three of its secret shoppers to check out trends in Bakery/Baked Goods.


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Convenience Channel Update

According to NACS (the National Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing), the U.S. convenience store industry currently consists of over 150,000 stores that account for nearly $700 billion in sales.

Apart from 7-Eleven—which maintains a strong national (and international) presence—the C-store channel today is highly regionalized.


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November 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products are Flours, crepes, lollipops, several candy items, pancakes, dip, fish, raisins, pizza, almond milk, peanut butter, and a breakfast bowl.

Podcasts

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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Private Label Buyer Magazine

PLB November 2014 cover

November 2014

The November 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer - its last issue - includes articles about the retailer as manufacturer and OTC/healthcare items, as well as category insights on pizza and household goods. Check it out today!

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