Retailer of the Year

The flagship award handed out by PLBuyer annually to the top retail company within the private label industry.


Retailer of the Year: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods, the 2014 PLBuyer Retailer of the Year, continues to make unprecedented moves in its private labels and overall branding, fueling growth.
March 1, 2014

Whole Foods Market might only currently sit at No. 30 on the PLBuyer Top 35 Private Label Retailers list, but this landmark retailer continues to make moves that will add significant momentum to its business—most notably in the areas of private label and overall retailer branding.

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Retailer of the Year

On Top Of Their Game

January 17, 2013

The second-largest private label retailer in North America is the 2013 PLBuyer Retailer of the Year, the second time in eight years that Kroger has won the award.

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Retailer of the Year: Picture perfect

March 27, 2012
Pop Quiz for anyone who’s been watching the world of food marketing: who made it into the Guinness Book of World records in 2011 for the world’s longest picnic table? The answer is Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway, North America’s third largest private label retailer on PLBuyer’s list of top 35 PL retailers.

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January 12, 2011
It used to be that if your friends or family came to visit and you bought store brand products, it would be embarrassing and you’d try to hide them; just as you’d try to keep your crazy old Uncle Louie out of sight somewhere in the back of the house while you entertained in the living room.

But Publix, one of the first supermarket chains in the Southeast, is changing the way people feel about private label goods. In fact, it’s been said that some Floridians have even been spotted shopping at Walmart with their reusable Publix shopping bags because they want to be known as Publix shoppers - it’s considered a status symbol of sorts.

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King of Convenience

April 16, 2010
7-Eleven, PL Buyer's 2010 Retailer of the Year, is adapting quite well to the many recent changes in the convenience store channel. Alongside the national brands, the retailer offers a wide variety of private label choices that appeal to more value-conscious - but still quality-hungry - consumers. 
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A Frugal Force

April 13, 2009
ALDI Inc., PL Buyer’s 2009 Retailer of the Year, has been very, very busy building U.S. stores and sales, thanks to a growing range of high-quality private label products.

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Not Your Grandma's Private Label

April 1, 2008
Not Your Grandma's Private Label BY KATHIE CANNING A huge rebranding effort - based on consumer and household insight - is re-energizing Safeway's private label program. It wasn’t too
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White Noise

April 1, 2007
White Noise By Lori Sichtermann The redesign of the Publix-brand line of products has caused much excitement for the retailer, serving as the subtle keystone as the company continues
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Connecting With Consumers

April 1, 2006
Connecting With Consumers By JILL RIVKIN Kroger’s market share rises despite intense competition, thanks in big part to its company-wide, customer-centric approach. Currently serving customers in 44 major markets,
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Hitting its Stride

April 1, 2005
Hitting its Stride By Jill Bruss Reporting a banner year, CVS brings Eckerd into the mix, doesn’t skip a beat and earns PL Buyer’s Retailer of the Year Award.
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July 2014 New Food Products

This month’s new food products include coffee, energy bars, healthy pizza for kids, specialty sauces, Greek yogurt dip, gelato, puffed grain snacks, snack seasonings, and much more.


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 July 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes articles on changing retail dynamics as well as category insights on store brand cosmetics and paper products. Check it out today!

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