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Dan Ochwat

Executive Editor


June 2020

Store Brands in the Wild spots summer merchandising in a Chicago location and private brand promos online

May 2020

Store Brands in the Wild feature finds own brands all over Target’s Instagram and tests out the instant checkout tool
Target and Kroger touted own brands during the events, CVS stacked water high
Large aisle violators detailed the in-store offer that offered shoppers savings on buying multiple Walgreens brand items, Kroger’s social hour this week camped at home
Retailers have focused on educating consumers and thanking staff, but perhaps things are changing
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June 2020

David Darragh, former CEO of Reily Foods and with three decades of experience with private label and contract manufacturers joins LongueVue Capital

Formerly vice president of association relations, Davies steps in following the death of longstanding president Brian Sharoff

Read about the women behind Black Girl’s in Trader Joe’s, a popular influencer duo sharing their love of the exclusive store brand retailer

C&S Wholesale Grocer is partnering with Instacart to bring the e-commerce and delivery service to more than 3,000 independent grocers

Almark Foods has named Rick Anderson its chief executive officer, overseeing the hard-boiled egg leader in new projects and facility expansion

New York-based Riviana Foods donated cases of product to firefighters in the Bronx as they assist during COVID-19

The autonomous vehicle will deliver essential products and prescriptions this month during a test in the Houston area

The liquid toppers enhance pet foods with nutrients and taste and can be customized by the retailer

Some analysts suggest Amazon may want to acquire JC Penney for its successful private brands, especially in apparel

Solutions for Retail Brands, Consumer Science develop a broader way to measure a retailer’s own brand, including against multiple categories and competing store brand; James Butcher talks with Store Brands about the new initiative

Anlit Ltd.’s three new chewables for private label include a probiotic, zinc-based chewable and elderberry dietary supplement

Including its own brands, the discount retailer said it will be adjusting square footage to offer more consumables to meet pandemic shopping needs

The line of baking mixes are low on sugar, containing up to 85% less sugar than current store brand mixes

New own brand collection under its Nordstrom Made private label aims to reflect what the LGBTQIA community looks for in fit, styling of a gender inclusive line

May 2020

Sales tapered toward end of the month but private label, hand sanitizer, meat alternatives and more still stand out in Nielsen reporting

Drop in comparable sales is more than 35% in first quarter, but stores are beginning to reopen and company is confident going forward

Family Dollar first-quarter same-store sales rose more than 15%, while Dollar Tree stores dipped nearly 1%

Barry Callebaut Group acquired GKC Foods, specializing in chocolates for private brand retailers in the Australia market as well as contract manufacturing

Viviano del Villar Jr. joined the company after years with Bonduelle Fresh and Kraft Heinz

Brick Meets Click, Mercatus research showed May e-commerce grocery sales surpassed April’s record-setting totals by 24%

The coronavirus pandemic boosted sales at the discounter, its repositioned private brands also made good for the quarter and are set to grow

Tom Buhler will be in the new role, upping the private label manufacturers involvement in the community, with nonprofits and government agencies

Good Planet Foods, producing for store brands the last two years, will leverage the funding to grow in the fast-pacing category

The Designer Dress Collection is the first time Target’s owned brands division collaborated on an exclusive all-dress line

Called Colordyne, the new division and website targets integration partners for its digital printing solutions

Retailer is first mass chain to let shoppers buy own brands and more directly through its Instagram channels

Private brand manufacturer of food, beverage and spirits is using its branded Recipe21 spirits line to make hand sanitizer for consumers and aiding nonprofits

Report suggests retailers and private brand partners jump into innovation, inspire shoppers and get stronger at digital to continue its success after the pandemic

Longtime, influential president of the Private Label Manufacturers Association, died Saturday after a short illness

Retailer Roundup: Walgreens taps Bebe Rexha, Schnucks and others celebrate graduating seniors; retailers extend bonuses

Creative spring flavors under the Publix Premium line — Boston Creme Donut! — come back and through August

ESI Nutrition unveiled a new production line for its infant formula and more, debuted two new bottle sizes

Retailer’s CEO said in Q1 earnings call that the own brand is driving food and beverage growth and the number of items will be expanded in Q2

Including purchases of qualifying private brands, consumers buying through loyalty program can win a trip to Iceland, free gas for a year and more

Annual ranking of retailers by sister publication Progressive Grocer has heavy hitters up top, but hard not to look at Aldi, TJ and dollar stores

Research consultancy Magid’s May survey found shoppers that lost out on their preferred brands were happy with their store brand options

Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) released a “save the date” for its November Private Label Trade Show, the 40th year of the show

The product available to private brands is timed to help dry skin from increased hand sanitizing and washing

The move could be another step for the retailer to shift away from retail and more toward services

Sbe will work with Goldsheep to design the high-end line to accompany its luxury hotels, businesses

Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi U.S., distributed a letter to its customers

The retailer wrote a letter in response to the House Judiciary Committee’s letter asking for CEO Jeff Bezos to testify regarding its use of third-party seller data and its private labels

Nearly every country in Europe sees private brand market share exceeding 30%, per Nielsen, PLMA, thanks in part to Aldi

Philadelphia Macaroni’s acquisition of Zerega is said to make it the largest privately owned supplier of pasta, reaching capacity to now make 700 million pounds annually

Three-fourths of the retailers private brands are apparel, latest partnership helps sell American fashion designers struggling during COVID-19

New equipment supports a superfood line, further development from its private label CBD products

Kroger ends its pay raise May 17, while hiring more; Publix operates regular hours; Meijer extends store hours

Retailer launches brands for camping, backpacking, outdoor equipment and apparel

Exclusive, ready-to-go meals are now available at locations or on 7NOW to take home and bake

The consultancy behind Wakefern's Paperbird, Bowl & Basket, as well as many Walmart store brand programs discusses store brand life after the pandemic

Study from InMarket finds during pandemic, shoppers earning $100,000 or more are buying more store brands, overall there’s a 12% increase in sales

Acquisition brings Blendtek into private brand production, functional ingredient blends and other categories

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that grocery prices were up 2.6% in April

Manufacturer pivoted to help fill demand of hand sanitizer and retain more than 150 jobs

CNN story discusses store brand potential, retail gains during COVID-19 shopping

Primrose Candy infuses latest platform from long-time partner ProcessPro

New plant bolsters private brand beverage business and new foray into store brand hand sanitizer

As consumers buy more online during the pandemic, the consumer goods powerhouse unveils new DTC sites, a decisive strategy against retailers and their private brands

Front-store sales were up 8.5% compared with a year ago due to purchase increases of coronavirus-related items

With shortages and need for hand sanitizer, China-based supplier says it has 5 million units of hand sanitizer ready for retailer store brands

The Canadian manufacturer is a leader in private brand shelf-stable juices in the United States, attributing a bulk of a more than 17% gain in Q1 sales to its store brand business

L’uva Bella Winery acquired by an investment group that includes winery RedHead Brands

As grilling season nears, retailer promoted the vegan, plant-based burgers that launched in January on its website

The flexible packaging options look to reduce the amount of material waste in packaging

Private brand maker of Mexican cuisine adds chief financial officer from a private brand nutritional bar and powder producer

Store Brands executive editor Dan Ochwat talks with FMI about its new online platform for supply chain management and supplier discovery

Decreased traffic from COVID-19 impacted Costco's sales, but it also helped generate an 87.7% increase in online sales for the four weeks ended May 3

While the supplier did report a loss in diluted share and operations, the company exceeded sales expectations for the quarter

Private brands, household products, supplements, grocery and bulk help build bigger baskets at the better-for-you retailer in the second quarter

Financial report shows a big March, total online growth powered the grocer in the first quarter

Nice-Pak, who makes disinfecting wipes for private brands, is testing the products in partnership Microbac, a contract testing lab

Subscription-based platform helps retailers fill holes, needs during COVID-19, but it could also act as a way for private brand suppliers to connect with retailers

Retailer announced it will close 16 stores permanently, continue a strong digital operation while a phased-out reopening plan will get underway

COVID-19 shopping habits helped fuel the increase, as the retailer with a strong private brand plan reported net sales of $1.6 billion

Maker of condiments and seasonings for private label, Sauer Brands has acquired the company behind the Kernel Season’s popcorn flavoring line

Beauty retailer had to temporarily close its 1,254 stores during the coronavirus pandemic

Report from Boston Consulting Group and IRI says private brands have increased its share of market on CPGs since 2014, but national brands continue to see gains

Retailer’s Essential Thanks campaign will give $1 to local food banks for every thank you note written on a microsite or on social media using the tag #EssentialThanks

The retailer has added an online feature that lets shoppers order from more than 100 essential items for pickup service in the drive-thru lane

Supported by its “Our Brands,” the retailer has launched online, weekly activity kits that consumers download and use to celebrate at home, as well as share over social media

Hand sanitizer is back on top, with a more than 420% increase in same-week sales

Congressional panel wants Amazon’s CEO to testify on allegations it is using third-party competitors' seller data to develop private brands

The retailer promoted its store brands through a fun taco bowl recipe and also launched an effort around Mother’s Day

The retailers efforts are in response to some national and private brand meat suppliers experiencing difficulties keeping up with demand and illnesses at plants

Strong quarterly and full-year results were accompanied by a 21% increase in same-store sales for April, on the heels of its huge 47% bump in March; Own Brands add to overall strong 2019

Express Delivery option was in pilot in April and will be available at 2,000 stores by mid-May

Retailer roundup update: Macy’s to open stores over the next two months, Amazon and DG open wallets

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