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Dan Ochwat

Executive Editor


August 2020

To celebrate the return of baseball, Store Brands in the Wild heads to the virtual ballpark with Kroger’s social program centered around its own brands

July 2020

Displays touted the transformational change of the new store brand in two New Jersey stores
A pair of Lidl-branded sneakers became a hit overseas, selling for more than 10 times the price on ebay and third-party sites, Store Brands editor Dan Ochwat ponders if retailers could be sitting on a trend
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August 2020

Bart Adlam has joined the company as co-CEO, bringing 30 years of experience in consumer goods with Post Cereal, Chef’s Cut Jerky and more

“Future of Private Brands” report includes survey results that say 89% of U.S. consumers trust private brands as much as national brands, half of shoppers pick a store based on store brand assortment

The travel stop stores launched a mostly candy-based Love’s Travel Snacks line last year and will add new flavors to it while adding a new water option

For the second quarter, Ahold reported same-store sales up 20.6% in the U.S., and that all banners stateside were up double digits in comparable store sales

Through the recycling platform, consumers can recycle more than 300 Simple Truth packages that are not recyclable the traditional way

Bill Simon, former president and CEO of Walmart, will speak on retail and the economy at the virtual conference set for Oct. 6-7

Helping spas and salons that are closed during the pandemic, the home kits can keep those locations connected with their customers

The two states are collaborating with the Federal Trade Commission in an investigation of Amazon’s private label practices

The unique e-commerce platform reopened in June but is now carrying a range of unbranded products, prepping line extensions for the year ahead

Canadian banner is popular for its private brand offerings

The acquisition puts 7-Eleven at 14,000 locations in the United States and a chance to significantly grow its own brands

The acquisition of Simply Natural Foods enhances its nutritional bar and better-for-you chocolates in store brands and more

July 2020

Net sales for the company are up to $88.9 billion, online grocery helped drive sales

Store Brands reveals this year's Editors’ Picks winners in various categories spanning food, beverages and nonfoods. See which companies won.

Store brand packages to include on-pack Bioengineered Food labels, private brand suppliers must comply to animal welfare policy

Producer of condiments, specialty sauces, dressings and ingredients needed a new facility to handle the growth of its store brand and co-packing business

Annual program is being enhanced digitally for the pandemic, featuring more loungewear, activewear per customer demand, too

This year, Store Brands editors culled through hundreds of product entries, and read through recent product news coverage over a qualifying 15-month period. The following products are the Beverage and Food items that stood out in various cat

Company aims to engage supplier partners to increase assortment of low-carbon products and reduce emissions by 15% by 2030

Walgreens is hosting another promotional day, giving teachers 20% store brand and national brand items they buy on Aug. 1

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testified before congress along with other giants of the tech industry, addressing Amazon’s policy around third-party sellers and private label

Heini is leaving for personal reasons, retailer will continue to expand in the United States, per its statement

Second quarter reporting from Sprouts Farmers Market revealed a big online presence that helped increase overall sales by 16%

The agency has a list of banned hand sanitizers and is helping manufacturers and retailers recall potentially harmful product

Kroger, Walmart and Albertsons are retailers with bottling plants for milk that is having a negative impact on national brands in the category, per a Wall Street Journal article

Regional chain will replace foam trays used in 70% of its produce with eco-fiber containers that are compostable, recyclable

The Texas retailer is asking shoppers to buy a minimum of one H-E-B store brand item and a portion of proceeds from the entire shopping basket will be donated to local food banks

S4RB case study of a U.K. grocer found a 10% dip in productivity across private brand teams equals a loss of more than $5 million annually

The contactless, curbside service is for online orders of around 1,000 household essentials like some grocery, cleaning supplies, OTC products and more

Sales of O Organics and Open Nature grew faster than the company’s overall business and the retailer has eyes on expanding its own brands penetration in the years ahead

The retailer launched the Tovess own brand of gin last year in Europe and has just added a Tovess vodka

Steve Light joins the private brand manufacturer after time with Cardinal Health and overseeing private brands at Meijer

Investor group says majority of retailers are building up dedicated teams around plant-based proteins, extending praise to Tesco, Kroger and others

Company behind plant-based private label products and the Tattoed Chef brand sees first quarter sales grow by nearly 100% compared to last year

The animal welfare organization gave the grocer a certificate naming it their Top Grocer

Associates will battle all summer long for the best produce and floral arrangements in stores, many showcasing the retailer’s private brands

The Q2 report saw same-store sales up more than 30%, year over year, while net sales are up 35%

The parent of Sobeys, Farm Boy, FreshCo and other food businesses outlined a three-year plan to generate $500 million in earnings, leaning on more private brand products, more Farm Boy stores

Store Brands in the Wild feature spots eye-catching displays that shared branded and store brand merchandise

For store brands, 63% of American shoppers said they are permanently switching to private brands, according to a new study from Ketchum

New acquisition of Gel Spice sets up the manufacturer as a bi-coastal spice, seasonings producer, expanding production into pouches, extracts and single-serve seasonings

On the heels of Aldi’s announcement to add 70 new stores this year and surpassing 2,000 total in the United States, Store Brands asked the CEO what it means to the company and more

Davies founded the diversity and inclusion nonprofit group in 2012 and is stepping away as its board chair to focus on her new role as acting president of PLMA

Goals include that half of its Nordstrom Made products be sourced from sustainable raw materials made primarily of cotton, polyester or cellulosic fabrics

Jack Pestello comes from Walmart, doubling its private brand sales during his five years leading it, and served in roles at Daymon

The new Le Grec dips and dressings are the first launches under the company's new return to majority Canadian ownership

Ahead of National Ice Cream Day, big flavors like Signature Select Unicorn Cotton Candy Ice Cream and a range of Open Nature non-dairy frozen desserts hit stores

Effective July 27, Aldi will require shoppers to wear a cloth face covering, joining many retailers with the same policy

Three promoted to various executive positions including Bart Child named chief commercial officer

The juices will be distributed to 21 member food banks across 13 states this summer

Regional department store with store brand apparel gave 2% of sales during the sale to First Responders Children’s Foundation

Shopper survey named Aldi tops in value for 10th straight year, portfolio of store brands named “most preferred”

Retailer launched new own brand costumes but is also promoting its own brands for the back-to-school season and introduced Threshold Signature

PLT’s plant-sourced Earthlight Whole Food Vitamin D was a popular supplement but just received FDA approval as an ingredient for food and beverage

Part of the Walgreens photo department, shoppers can put photos, patterns, words, designs on customizable face coverings

After moving to the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will now be a virtual online networking and learning event

A look at the comprehensive control test from Kroger’s analytics arm 84.51°and the Plant Based Foods Association shows big sales gains when positioning plant-based lunchmeat, hot dogs, bacon items in the meat section

Retailer partners exclusively with Denver-based coffee roaster for small batch, roast-to-order offering for fresher, more personal coffee blends

The cart is synced to the shopper’s Amazon mobile app and is designed for small- to medium-sized, cashierless shopping trips

As the SHIFT20 expo went online, ingredients producers presented prototypes, innovations to food manufacturers

Baking since 1851, Jacksons Bakery will begin baking own brand bread for Co-op next Spring

Store brand suppliers and branded manufacturers are invited to sign up to pitch products to Walmart buyers as part of its Open Call program, which will be virtual for the first time

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin logo gets placed on cheese labels such as Whole Foods 365 to boost awareness of cheese made in the state

Survey from The Retail Feedback Group sees an uptick in online grocery shopping, with 40% of respondents buying online at Walmart, and while Amazon dropped in shoppers, it ranked highest in satisfaction

Plastic closures company broke ground at the plant, using the expansion to up business by more than 30%

Ingredients producer for natural rice production — used heavily in confections — is investing in its Belgium facility, increasing production capacity by 50%

CEO Giles Hurley and the retailer added a new target to remove more than 2 billion pieces of plastic to its larger sustainability goals

Retailer’s back-to-school season is marked with an exclusive, Colors of the World box of crayons and a pledge toward sustainability in paper products

The latest podcast from the retailer said a beer inspired by its cookie butter will launch in September, along with additional dessert flavors and the return of its Howling Gourd pumpkin beer

Retailer’s own brand of condensed milk is up 200% in sales, alcohol-free beer and spirits up around 50%

The retailer finished first in Food & Wine’s top 10 grocers in America

Better Juice is launching a pilot plant to test the process with global juice partners for both branded and private brand juice makers

Deerland’s integration of Bifodan, Denmark, sets it up for private label production in 40 countries, across several markets from food and beverage to pet

New subscription service for delivery of groceries, merchandise is reportedly launching later this month for about $20 less

Leader in private brand canned vegetables saw net sales increase by 17% in the quarter, as consumers stocked up for the pandemic

The e-tailer has joined the CanopyStyle initiative to protect endangered, ancient forests that are mined for apparel fabrics

Consultancy Brick Meets Click finds another record-breaking month in e-commerce grocery

Packaging of its Open Nature and waterfront Bistro private brands will now carry a logo that signifies that the products have been sourced responsibly

Magid shopper survey saw an increase in shoppers saying they will continue buying store brands after trying it for the first time, study also found snacks and ice cream lead impulse online buys

Since May, the private brand and branded rice producer has donated $725,000 worth of product to various food banks, first responders

The retailer’s latest store brand includes bedding, sheets, blankets as well as some bath items like towels, shower curtains

FDA grants Kroger Health “Emergency Use Authorization” for the retailer’s COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit that will be for associates first and then opened to other organizations

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