Food Reviews

Trends, sales growth, and data analysis of food categories within the private label industry.

ARTICLES

Private Eye, Sauces: Store vs. National Brands

Our secret shoppers head to their local retailers to discover merchandising tactics related to private label sauces.
April 1, 2014

It seems private label sauce categories have plenty of room to grow. Meat sauce/marinade/glaze was up almost 15 percent to $41 million with only a 4 percent share, according to IRI data for the latest 52 weeks ending January 26, 2014.


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Category Insight: Store Brand Candy Cravings

Private label candy and gum sales are up, offering opportunities for store branding in the checkout aisle.
April 1, 2014

Whether Easter excites you professionally over a spike in candy sales or you personally crave bunny-shaped sweets, April should be a good month for candy.


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Following The Buzz

Store Brand Promotions for Easter

April 1, 2014
With Easter approaching, egg sales are likely on many retailers’ minds.
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Private Eye - Beverages

Private Label Pick-me-ups

Our secret shoppers head to their local retailers to find out what’s happening with beverages in both ready-to-drink and ready-to-brew products.
January 2, 2014

Both ready-to-brew and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages are popular among consumers.


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Category Insights: Refrigerated

Hot Trends from the Cold Case

Prepared entrées, soups and sandwiches help retailers compete with restaurants, while refrigerated sides, sauces and more offer points of differentiation from their shelf-stable counterparts.
January 2, 2014

The prepared foods segment promises great things for retail in the coming years.


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Category Insights: Dairy

Daring Private Label Dairy

High shares and new trends make the case for private label expansion in the dairy case.
January 2, 2014

"In the private label world, dairy has always been the leader,” said Alan Hiebert, senior education coordinator for the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA).


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Private Eye

Merchandising Private Label Condiments

Merchandising Private Label Condiments
December 2, 2013

While many shoppers are looking for the old standards in the condiment aisles, there are some new items popping up, as well.


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Category Insights: Pizza

Private Brand Pizza Inspirations

Retailers will find pizza inspiration in today’s competitive foodservice market—as well as in the products foodservice companies bring to the freezer case.
December 2, 2013

Multiple retail food categories perpetually jockey for position with foodservice, striving to communicate the merits of providing a restaurant-style experience at home while saving money. Few products face this proposition as acutely as frozen pizza.


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Private Eye

Store Brand Dairy Deals

November 6, 2013

Private label dairy is big business, perennially posing strong competition to national brands, with milk alone garnering over $8 billion in sales each year.


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Category Insights: Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

Fancy Something Frozen?

Frozen private label fruits and vegetables offers shoppers nutrition and convenience.
November 6, 2013

Private Label frozen fruits and vegetables are some of the simplest products retailers can offer their shoppers, in a good way.


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April 2014 New Non-Food Products

This month's new non-food products include sunscreen bands, makeup remover, lip balm, jumbo cotton balls, healing ointment, and a shelf-management system for better merchandising.

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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THE MAGAZINE

Private Label Buyer Magazine

PLB April 2014 cover

April 2014

The April 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes articles on Omnichannel, store brand sauces, and more. Check it out today!

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