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Dan Ochwat

Executive Editor


January 2021

A look at some corrugated displays promotingHarris Teeter store brand items at the end of the aisles

December 2020

Store Brands in the Wild spots a Kirkland Signature-logoed sweatshirt in a holiday email blast
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January 2021

The manual joins an updated Nutrition Facts Label, My Plate interactive tool to help consumers make healthier food choices

The new exclusive meals will be in the prepared foods section, rotating bi-monthly under different themes

Sister publication Progressive Grocer, along with dunnhumby, are hosting a free webinar on retailers further building private brand gains

Pet retailer carries around 70% of its assortment in private label and set its initial public offering above expectations at $18 per share

NPD Group study finds American consumers have added 25 between-meal snacking occasions per capita last year

Retailer added two new leaders to oversee brand innovation and marketing

The Hartman Group analyzed store brand power, finding more than half of the consumers who tried private label during the pandemic plan to keep buying it

The salty snack shake up will now have Utz as the primary producer of the Vitner’s brand of snacks as opposed to private brand leader Snak King

DS Smith’s Brrr Box cooler is an alternative to Styrofoam coolers sold by retailers

The retailer said it has launched 1,000 new private brand items already, well ahead of its stated goal of 800

More than 100 items under its rebranded look hit shelves and are available online

Canadian retailer built an online and in-store program that classifies thousands of products by lifestyle and wellness traits

Due to its speed and digital prowess, the retailer passed grocers H-E-B and Trader Joe’s to earn the top spot in the consumer preference index

The Xersion label is getting a performance fabric upgrade and a new look since its launch three years ago

Net sales declined but the resurging retailer reported its first consecutive quarters of comparable store growth in four years, doing particularly well in its top five markets

Global packaging supplier’s leadership will continue to lead after two groups acquire majority stake

Lowe’s study finds consumers expecting to continue working on their homes in the new year

Retailer now offers its largest range of vegan items across breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert

Mobile platform AdAdapted shared exclusive insights with Store Brands on activity around store brands and third-party mobile shopping lists

Private label and contract manufacturer of nutraceutical products added the CFO as the company eyes an IPO

A Jewel-Osco in Chicago is currently testing an automated kiosk that enables shoppers to pickup an online order

Nata Dvir will step into the position of chief merchandising officer of the Macy’s brand in February, overseeing all merchandising categories and private brands

The organization alleges Walmart’s private label plastics are unqualified to be deemed recyclable and wants labels removed; Walmart said it’s following state and federal regulations

Co-manufacturing agreement with Real Vision could produce $25 million worth of Modern Meat branded product in the United States; Real Vision has provided more than 250 SKUs of store brand and branded products in its history

Aldi UK CEO Giles Hurley said the retailer had a record Christmas with sales up more than 10% during the period

Platinum Equity has acquired a controlling stake of the private brand apparel and accessories company

The retailer rolled out a ready-to-drink old fashioned, whiskey sour

December 2020

The services company of Ahold Delhaize is giving $100,000 to the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Business Consortium Fund

Regional discounter saw double-digit gains in net sales and comparable store sales

The Omnichannel Shopping Fundamentals survey said half of consumer goods purchased between September 2019 and September 2020 were done online

Retailer spotlighted Jonathan Stiers, creative director of Member’s Mark packaging, about his role and team

A new feature, each print issue of Store Brands will highlight a category performing very well; the December issue started with seasonings, a center store staple that has more than 70 million consumers buying private brands

Olam Americas acquires CPB, the chile pepper business of Mizkan Americas, a popular private label, foodservice producer of New Mexico green chiles

Store Brands spoke with Brittni Furrow, vice president of health and sustainability at Ahold Delhaize USA, about the company’s new food goals and its impact on private brands

PLMA presented numbers from its first virtual presentation, the World of Private Label event, and said the proprietary platform used to connect suppliers and retailers is still open to use and network

The sporting goods chain will use Instacart in more than 150 stores on the East Coast, particularly as e-commerce shopping around the holidays ramps up

Numerator has acquired Information Machine, a software company specializing in consumer purchasing behavior

The mold inhibition calculator can help suppliers identify performance issues like mold and texture issues in certain formulations of tortillas

The organization Score released a consumer survey and found 83% of consumers intend to continue to use private brand products, creating an opportunity for the small businesses it mentors

For the first time the retailer is hosting a one-hour holiday variety show over the app where users will be able to buy store brand apparel in the app as shown off by popular TikTok creators

Amazon’s Made for You brand is starting with T-shirts and enables shoppers to customize a shirt by fit, style, color and more — leveraging a virtual body double to do so

The Humane League said the retailer is the first U.S. retailer to fully adopt the Better Chicken Commitment standards to its chicken production, including the removal of live-shackle slaughter

Purchases of select products under the retailer’s store brands can earn more rewards for shoppers enrolled in its education program

Pretzels Inc.’s new facility will open in 2021 in Kansas, expanding its production capacity of store brand pretzels and snacks

Several store brand items are included in its annual Holly Deals 13-day promotion, which offers deeper savings this year and a one-stop-shop strategy

Convenience stores are making dramatic strides in the private label space — with no plans to slow down

Report includes update on sustainable goals from four years ago, finding reduced carbon dioxide emissions and a higher rate of landfill diversion

A new website and mobile experience improves the way shoppers buy online and a DoorDash partnership provides its first-ever same-day delivery service

As the COVID-19 pandemic has worn on, there continues to be an increase in supply of such pandemic-related products as hand sanitizer, disinfectants, OTC medicines and personal protective equipment like face masks

Marjorie Murphy has been named vice president of client service, global strategy director for the leader in private brand packaging design

The three-story facility is in the Netherlands near Europe’s growing demand for plant-based foods

The PLMA Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference is scheduled to run virtually March 18, 2021, featuring sessions on strengthening private label partnerships

Albertsons’ Own Brands team touts ongoing success and promise of its private brands portfolio to investors as it heads into 2021

Global Data said Aldi UK could grow online sales by 13.1% in 2021, nearly doubling that of gains made in 2019

Meijer launched digital programs around gifting and cooking with the social tool

Brick Meets Click, Mercatus Grocery rolling study showed online grocery sales reach peak levels again, following a slower August

Q3 call also previewed a new outdoor store concept to come called Public Lands, private brands driving considerable growth

Wonder Natural Foods was recently acquired by Wickapogue Management, which updated the imaging of its branded peanut butter products

New gifting sets and products under its Lacura line have launched as holiday gift ideas

The private brand push helped drive double-digit sales growth for Private Selection, Simple Truth; overall the retailer saw Our Brands sales increase 8.6%

Limited time 7-Select gummy candies, gingerbread-flavored donuts, sandwich cookies and more join a new Candy Cane cocoa

The products, Unbreakable Performance Fueled by GNC, are named after Glazer’s gym for training athletes and celebrities

The global producer of wet wipes is expanding in Indiana with a 1.2 million-square-foot facility looking to open next year

The countdown to Christmas surprises consumers each day with a new coupon for branded or store brand products

Trader Joe’s launched three new, limited-time baking mixes for the holiday season

The tomato products company has more than 3,200 labels to manage across its private brand and Red Gold brand products

The company donated $100,000 to the organization that provides scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members

Private label cleaning products company and packager gains flexibility in manufacturing with new warehouse space in Charlotte area

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