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September 2014

The September 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes a convenience channel update, as well as category insights on frozen store brand trends and health and beauty items. Check it out today!

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


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Category Insights: Frozen Store Brand Trend Synergies

Not keeping up with trends can lead to stagnation, and Frozen Foods segments like bread, dough and ice cream are facing their fair share of shifts.
By Barbara T. Nessinger
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A look at select subsets of private label Frozen Foods illustrates the ever-shifting dynamics of shopper preferences for specific types of generally the same foods.


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Category Insight: Healthful Quick Fixes

As health-and-wellness takes a foothold in beverages, the market shifts, spotlighting juice, smoothies and water.
By Jeanette Driscoll
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We’ve come a long way from plain juice and water. With the current focus on anytime, anywhere meals, more consumers are looking for a nutritious quick fix in liquid form.


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New Products: September 2014

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This month's new non-food product include wipes, lip gloss, and lip balm.


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PLBuyer Index: Cautious Moves and More Rollercoaster Rides

HBC posts some incremental progress while private label faces questions about consistency.
By Nikki Baird
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Our most-recent 4-week period closed on June 15, providing our first hints into the summer season and private label’s opportunities.


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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.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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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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Following The Buzz

Discount Merger a Bargain?

By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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The speculation is over. While talk of a takeover of discount retailer Family Dollar has been circulating for months, a merger has finally been revealed.


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The Editors' Table: September 2014

By Jamie Grill-Goodman and Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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I am not a soda drinker—unless, of course, I’m out of the country.


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In & Out of the Box

Can Your Customers 'Taste the Difference'?

By Tom Stephens
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I just spent a very enjoyable evening at a large barbecue at a friend’s house in the north of England.


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Focus on Digital: Connecting With Convenience

By Jim Wisner
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In comparison to other retailers, C-stores have a unique set of challenges. Although the channel has grown over the last few years, it faces pressure from the low prices of dollar stores and the wider assortments of drug chains.


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Doug's Drift

'Private Label' vs. 'Store Brand' - What's in a Name?

By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Private label. Store brands. Private brands. Retailer brands. Own brands. Own labels. Even (heaven forbid…) generic.


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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.

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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PLB September 2014 cover

September 2014

The September 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes a convenience channel update, as well as category insights on frozen store brand trends and health and beauty items. Check it out today!

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