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Dan Ochwat

Executive Editor

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January 2020

Looking at the U.K. and U.S. markets, retailers ‘got there first’ in the plant-based market; how will national brands retaliate?
“Store Brands in the Wild” features a rare billboard from Publix for its GreenWise brand, and Whole Foods calls out a private brand refresh
More store brands found out in stores
New weekly newsletter feature highlights private brand in-store merchandising, digital strategies spotted in stores and online

December 2019

Thoughts from 'Store Brands' on Walmart's latest addition to its autonomous car fleet
Should retailers leverage influencers more to promote their store brands?
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January 2020

Former Walmart private brand exec shares heartfelt message about the former Walmart CEO as others celebrate the man’s accomplishments

Trends in Canadian grocery includes a rise in store brands, CBD, mood food and more

Fresh off the news of the brand undergoing a refresh, AllRecipes’ editors pick the best products in the natural and organic private brand line

The acquisition of Thrushwood Farms expands the company’s production of store brand meat sticks

“Investors should take note: Store brands are giving CPGs a run for their money,” said Todd Maute of CBX at a recent investor conference

Case-ready facility in Georgia will distribute private label cuts of Angus beef to 500 Walmart stores in the southeast

Owner of the platform RangeMe that helps retailers source private brand manufacturers says new logo, look reflects its growth in technology

Health and wellness retailer runs Keto-inspired events, gives away free private brand chocolate bars

Company remains actively selling following FTC halt of cereal division to Post

Company begins re-marketing the group for sale

Presentations include executives from Albertsons, T Marzetti Co. and more

IFDF teams up with OSAS to supply the company with ERP software service

The new foodservice item continues the retailer’s strategy of on-the-go food and according to the company is one of the only breakfast pizzas out there foodservice

The activewear and sporting goods private brand was launched following insights from more than 15,000 Target consumers

Ranir acquires Steripod and will slowly integrate the company's products into its portfolio over time

Program includes new in-store messaging, a revamped mobile app and a call for influencers to be part of the #SallyCrew

Grocer debuts Simple Truth Emerge, a pea-based meat alternative that joins its Simple Truth Plant Based line, which also expects to add 50 more products this year

Tech company says artificial Intelligence can be leveraged to drive private label sales by customizing around consumer behavior patterns

The company’s Q3 report partly attributes overall revenue increases to private brand success, which exceeded 25% in sales penetration for first time

Nearly 60% of food retailers expect to increase shelf space for private brands in next two years

Companies will develop new products together, Feit manufacturers private label products and branded products

Leveraging IBM Blockchain, app enables private brands and national brands to bring the coffee farmer to the consumer; private label coffee producer Beyers Koffie leads the way

Erin Dall will oversee U.S. operations for the private-label and branded coffee producer

Article said private label product sales rose by 20% in the category, younger consumers are driving the trend

Execs from BevMo!, Hilton Worldwide to speak on how to build a private label wine

The move is in response to parents who say the images target kids who want the unhealthy cereals

The line includes 48 new products, including mushroom-based meat alternative items

Retailer has more than 100 fashion-focused private brands

Shelf sensor and computer vision technologies enable shoppers to walk in, pick up the chain’s fresh foods and simply leave

December 2019

Research says more than half of consumers willing to go meat-free for a meal as a New Year’s resolution

Ashley Buchanan will take over at Michaels in the new year

As more c-stores enhance foodservice options, exclusive research from EnsembleIQ looks at where they’re doing it well, need work

Holiday video celebrates the odd private brand, continues its recent ad campaign

Advance Auto Parts bought the private label for $200 million

Retailer features its private brands on a shopping list of Whole30-compliant goods to go along with in-store, Whole30 events

Survey questioned consumer goods executives on retailers with private label programs that posed the biggest threat

Company is promoting its new Mad Pony drink with a TikTok challenge

The commission claims Post’s acquisition of TreeHouse Foods would eliminate competition in private branded, low-cost cereals

E-commerce retailer talks with the platform on how they use it to find private label manufacturers

Eliminates plastic bags and styrofoam, producing cleaner own brand product

Company also divested its DTS snacks business

Coalition wants a voice in mobile offers like dollar coffees and cheap Slurpees

Article sees private branded wine to take over market share in the next five years

Kroger is measuring the engagement with the Plant Based Foods Association

Accenture survey also found most shoppers willing to pay more for a better shopper experience

The New England area c-store with a large private brands portfolio adds five new stores through its New England Farms acquisition

Researcher provides five watchouts for the years ahead including a price war between private brand CBD products and national versions

International research points to an opportunity for private brands to go all in on premium

Says Costco’s Kirkland brand is an example of this power

Jesse Higgins brings more than 17 experience to the post that includes oversight of a new 675,000 square-foot distribution center

Retailer saw increase activity on social and discovery platform around trends such as a pumpkin-flavored alcohol drink

Company hired a senior director of U.S. manufacturing and two more in marketing

December issue cover report looks at what the industry needs to do — and not do — to keep private brands flourishing in the years ahead

Curbside delivery and home delivery orders now accessible through the app, as well as product scanning features for coupons and adding to shopping lists

The organization’s University Outreach Program brings 62 college students to the show Private Label Trade Show

Popular chefs share their go-to jars of salsa that are available on store shelves

The space-themed and unicorn-centric toys were unveiled in a cute video featuring Walgreens' kids unboxing the toys

Social posts, digital videos, in-store displays

90% of the respondents representing a food retailer said they had an established health-and-wellness program, up 86% from two years ago

The two retailers will share private brand resources and buy from suppliers together

E-commerce, changing shopper behaviors and technology lead the list of concerns, all areas where private brands are looking to improve

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka star in a series of videos for the retailer’s #TrueHolidayStory campaign, which feature subtle nods to the store’s private label products

Known for its pizzas, prepared foods accounts for more than a third of gross profit

The 2019 Shanghai Private Label Fair opened with more than 1,000 companies exhibiting and an increase of total booths by nearly 60% vs. a year ago

Private label plays a key role for Farm Boy as it aims to double in size by 2023

Local newspaper documents how residents of Goodyear, Ariz. are campaigning for a TJ

The private label producer of supplements and powdered beverages has developed products to be sold at the fitness centers and in Hy-Vee stores

C-store introduces new 24/7 LIFE private brand for a range of electronic accessories, OTC meds, office supplies and other nonfood items; food and beverage will remain under 7-Select

Canadian retailer created a division around meal solutions as the meal kit market expects to see more than $400 million in sales in 2020

Retailer wins two awards from Loyalty360 for its customer rewards program that is innovative in how it helps shoppers save

Store brand spirits continue to be a trend worth watching, as the category expects to grow by another 3% globally

The average percentage of women board members within the index is 24% but trending upwards

The retailer has slowly rolled out a premium private brand of tools for the holidays with a full 340-item launch coming in February

The hand panned pizzas feature a premium crust, meats and cheeses all made in Canada

For every photo posted of a meal, Meijer donated a meal to those in need; store brands made an appearance in consumer posts

Six flavors debut in Germany under the Compass Road name

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