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Dan Ochwat

Executive Editor


March 2020

Store Brands in the WIld spots very prudent signage, as well as empty and stocked shelves
For grocers, new consumers are testing out curbside pickup; for stores like GameStop, it’s the only option
Canceled travel and events are forcing companies to connect virtually
Giant Food uncorks Artie inside retail locations with vibrant, clever merchandising
Ulta is temporarily closing stores, social distancing, no sampling, no in-store beauty care services, the retailer experience takes a hit during the coronavirus pandemic
Large coverage for Redford Naturals dog food inside Pet Supplies Plus, Publix stops traffic in the aisle
Store Brands in the Wild feature notices merchandising for Walmart’s private brand hardware products

February 2020

Store Brands in the Wild feature sees 7-Eleven launch gummies targeting the Hispanic market, follows Retail Leader’s Mike Troy into Amazon Go Grocery
Store Brands in the Wild feature plays Monopoly, looks at clean dump bin units for Signature Care nonfood products
Store Brands in the Wild travels to the Lone Star State and H-E-B, seeing displays touting its Quest for Texas contest, ChefStyle cookware and the Super Bowl
In this week’s Store Brands in the Wild feature, Target begins ramping up athletic gear line
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March 2020

Leading store brand beverage company reported annual sales up more than 5% in 2019

Brick Meets Click, ShopperKit study found a third of respondents buying groceries online, nearly 40% buying online for the first time

The company shared steps it's taking at its facilities and is seeing no delays, shortages of raw materials

Webinar enlists thought leaders to discuss how retailers and brands need to adjust programming in today’s high anxiety climate

Vol. 4: A toilet tissue producer in the face of hoarding, pet products supplier steps up to assist local beef shortages

Updating Store Brands’ retailer roundup, Lidl and Stop & Shop add staff, Tops Friendly Markets ups safety in stores

March cover story looks at state of the private label industry and finds private brands are wielding power as “lifestyle brands”

Retailer did say it is seeing unusually high sales in March, such as a 50% bump in food and beverage, compared to a year ago

Retailers differentiate their cheese selections with a growing pool of quality product

Erin Shulman of the better-for-you e-tailer discusses what she looks for in a private brand supplier, how RangeMe helps make connections

Appreciation pay, increased hiring, social distancing in stores, every retailer is doing its part during the coronavirus pandemic; here’s a bulleted list of who’s doing what so far

The retailer has teamed up with 17 companies in industries like hospitality to offer part-time positions to those who have seen hours get cut or work furloughed

With travel and on-site visits on hold during COVID-19, the producer of store brand packaging developed a high-end virtual press check capability

Nearly a third of shoppers are buying what’s priced lowest, while about the same number actually shop different stores to find brands they prefer

Private brand leader committed to keeping production lines running, employees safe

Vol. 3: Overseas suppliers share their challenges with Store Brands

The retailer has added a new chief merchandising officer, promoted a lifer to chief customer officer

Vol. 2: More manufacturers share how they're keeping supplies moving, packaging company discusses the squeeze at U.S. facilities

Ocean Bio-Chem has bought more equipment, increased shifts, personnel

Value chains Sav A Lot and Dollar Tree Inc. become latest retailers looking to bolster store and distribution center staff; Dollar Tree aims for 25,000+ additions

Vol. 1: Retailers and manufacturers are hard at work, keeping stores stocked and supplies moving, they shared their experiences with Store Brands

A producer of private label organic product, CBD 100% Relief moves from Denver to Dallas

Walmart is spreading $25 million to various groups fighting the spread of the coronavirus, feeding those in need

Store Brands interviews Michael Law, chief commercial officer, Eagle Labs, about what retailers should look for in the right private brand CBD partner

Five industry champions were named to the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s hall of honors, including an educator, consultant, journalist, retailer and supplier

Supplier of private brand chicken outlined changes at the facility, reassures an active supply chain

Store Brands wants readers to share how the coronavirus is impacting your business to share in a company-wide survey

As of last month, 75% of private brands under Amazon are in clothing

To continue to serve the public, retailers look for more people to help clean and stock

New website offers a tour of its manufacturing facilities, capabilities

A report from Raymond James & Associates showed shoppers can save by 30% with a store brand loaded basket against a national brand basket at Walmart

Private brand snack and candy maker acquires businesses from ARRO Corp. that will be rebranded as a subsidiary called Element Food Solutions

Executives from Walmart, Target, Walgreens and more spoke at a national press conference with the president last week

After seeing its highest sales in store brands in six years, the retailer is doubling down with an expansion in certain private brands and a refresh of its Clover Valley line

New numbers from Nielsen show even higher sales numbers on virus-related items

KP Tissue also sees potential in its private label

As private brand suppliers of CBD continue to flood the market, feature article looks at CBD industry, what it means and who’s exercising caution

Flavors from The Gracious Gourmet include chile mango lime, blueberry lemon thyme and more

The event, which includes the Hall of Fame ceremony, will run in conjunction with October’s Washington, D.C., conference

The retailer saw Q4 and annual earnings rise a percent, attributing gains to its private brand value program

Once Again offers a hemp, Keto-friendly and alternative nut butter to meet recent health trends

The brand previously had an exclusive partnership with Target but will now be sold exclusively in the Amazon Fashion store

Retailer introduces Club Publix, digitally focused loyalty program that provides personalized content, deals and more

New webinar from the private brand organization will educate attendees on how to manage workers from Gen Z and beyond

Virtual meet-ups for private brand suppliers replace trade shows, retailers limit sales of virus-related products

90% of sales in Q4 driven by private brand business, U.S. Auto Parts Network reports

New test stores are said to be customized to neighborhoods with exclusive products and tech features

CLR Roasters added new coffee production facility, signed new supply agreement to expand production of green coffee

A new website promotes the “Just Walk Out” technology and they’ve reportedly already inked deals

Letter from the CEO went to suppliers requesting them to demonstrate how they will work with Aldi on reaching its sustainable packaging goals

Brandon Achen has been with the private label meat and poultry producer for 15 years

Hy-Vee earned top recognition for its 16th straight year in overall purchase volume

Retailer won for 18 of its products in BrandSpark’s 2020 Best New Product Awards

Retailer sets goals for the next five years on ways to ensure its Nordstrom Made private brand is produced responsibly, promotes human rights

Updated with more data from the full transcript, the retailer’s Our Brands earned more than $23 billion in sales in 2019

Bennet developed the brands to reflect its commitment to products made with animal welfare standards

The retailer aims to recycle 86,000 bottles into its line of eco-friendly nylons

Hello Bello and others were featured during an online sale last month, Hello Bello is also having a 1-year anniversary sweepstakes this month

Retailer added the newest additions to its Fresh Goods merchandise store

Developed for 7-Eleven and under its private brand portfolio, the retailer has introduced Skýra, a super-premium, naturally alkaline water

Report from FMI, meat foundation show the meat industry exceed $50 billion, up a percent

United Solutions appoints David Reilly to the position, bringing three decades of experience working with global consumer products companies

U.S. sales data reveals a more than 11% increase in plant-based foods, plant-based meats and milk shine in their individual categories

An interim date has been set for mid-April

Current CEO said Coulombe was a “brilliant thinker with a mesmerizing personality that simply galvanized all with whom he worked”

Recent acquisitions help bolster its private brand business, sales in the Americas division were up more than 15%

Fior Fiore, store brand pasta products at Italy’s COOP supermarket, are being featured in Walmart Canada stores

February 2020

Kroger Precision Marketing is the media arm of Kroger, the certification says the company runs digital marketing programs that fight against ad fraud, malware, Internet piracy and promote digital transparency

Producer of ground beef supplies for store brands Great Value, Sam’s Choice and Kroger

The four items will roll out as part of the retailer’s weekly limited release runs called Aldi Finds

Products come in classic flavors spanning Spicy Pork Chorizo to Fire-Roasted Veggie, three breakfast burrito flavors

The private brand supplier will focus on two divisions: Snacking & Beverages, Meal Preparation

Retailer will voluntarily post the traceability of its branded and private brand seafood items

Reported as the first U.K. retailer to offer a product like this

A consumer gets transported into a fun, Jim Henson-like puppet world of comfort in the TV, digital spot

Stir Foods acquires private label sauce and dressing company out of Toronto

Beginning in April, retailers and foodservice clients can leverage new plant-based patties and ground products from the global producer for their store brands portfolios

The American Customer Satisfaction Index had the three retailers tied at the top of the grocery segment, all three did well in dunnhumby’s recent study, too

The Walmart-owned e-commerce leader in India has been growing its private brand business the last two years

Q4 report shows increases in overall revenue, same-store sales for last two years

United Legwear & Apparel Co. enters agreement with Tall Order, a men’s sock company specializing in larger sizes for larger men

Store Brands connected with Virginia Lee of Brightfield Group to discuss the state of CBD and the opportunity it presents for private brands.

The nondairy beverage is available to be produced under a retailer’s store brand line and joins a growing nondairy segment

Counterpart to its Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning, a fan favorite, comes an elote blend

Companies want to work with specialty pet retailers looking to stand out with own brand items

Recently celebrating its 200th store in Florida, the c-store’s latest private brand beer will be the first in the state, honoring ‘snow birds’ who go south for the winter

In advance of the issue, Store Brands Feb cover story asks: Will 7-Select and 24/7 Life make the chain’s private brands a $1 billion business?

Expert says the retailer’s pledges around producing more recyclable, reusable private brand packaging and other initiatives are a key against Amazon

In an update from Walmart's Q4 report, retailer's CEO says private brand sales growing faster than overall sales

No private brands using the service yet but with increase in private label spirits and wine, potential is there

Overall sales decreased by 4.5% in fourth quarter but estimates a profitable 2020

See which small retailers were honored as part of Progressive Grocer’s annual look at small retailers doing big things

NFC-enabled mobile phones scan a package and get a digital reading of the freshness of the product based on a new method from scientists in London

Natural Grocers’ event brings awareness to hearth health around Daylight Saving Time, sweeps for a year’s worth of free store brand coffee

Sister publication Convenience Store News attended the retailer’s trade show and discussed the retailer’s growing private brands; 7-Eleven also talked its private label growth with Store Brands’ in the February issue cover story available Tuesday

Private label, direct-to-consumer healthy products company lasted just two years

The cashier-free pilot store opened at the retailer’s headquarters for employees to test

Verde Farms gets $15 million minority investment to help grow grass-fed, organic beef business

Pet Wants aims to make small batch cat and dog foods with fresh ingredients

New private brand luggage line of more than 40 pieces continues the retailer’s trend toward premium private label

Leading private label tomato producer changed packaging on its branded ketchup to honor the organization and is donating proceeds of sales

Along with custom merchandising including private label, the new Staples Connect store format offers consumers a coworking space, podcast studio and event room

Walmart ranked as the retailer most shopped for cat litter with 37% of consumers surveyed having purchased there in the last 12 months

A South Carolina family decked out their house to look like Aldi for daughter’s birthday

Announcement was made during The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation’s 2020 Here for Her Summit, a one-day New York event aimed at championing women in sports and fitness

Mobile app crashed after the ad appeared and Texans looked to enter the sweeps, contest is still open until Feb. 16

FMI awarded the retailers including Northgate Gonzalez market, Tops Friendly markets and more

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