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Dan Ochwat

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February 2020

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

January 2020

Store Brands in the Wild feature highlights strong merchandising from Walgreens’ No7, Soap and Glory brands
Store Brands in the Wild feature eyes merchandising from Walmart, CVS
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
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February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q4 report nods to e-commerce growth, grocery and private brand sales increases

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2020

General Sportwear, maker of branded and private branded apparel, relaunched a line of denim with sustainable, eco-friendly and transparent measures in place

Customers participated in the 11th annual awards to vote on their favorite products sold at the retailer

Brick Meets Click report identifies strategies they think Amazon will use to get ahead in grocery, including premium private label

Actress Eva Longoria stars in the regional spot that is linked to a mobile game to identify the H-E-B store brand products in the ad

Launch was inspired by a new mother on the owned brands team and she’s featured in a social video about the products

Publix is first retailer to sign on with Instacart for the new service

GS1 US wants to connect brands, private brands with suppliers that help standardize product coding, information and elements along the supply chain

Rusty Ames has been with Tops since 1994 and has been named assistant category business manager, seafood

Facility aims to ensure existing packaging and new designs withstand the e-commerce packaging journey

A push of the button on the lid vents the vacuum-sealed jar for a simpler twist-off process

Now offered on ships is Sephora’s private label collection of cosmetics

SNAC International with IRI said sales grew more than 10% last year during the week, generating $404 million in snack sales

Retailer also recommended private brand products to fit the trends and introduced a new podcast

The Integer Group’s shopper survey compared results over the past 10 years, looking at how respondents perceive ‘value’

Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine, which earned the name ‘Two-Buck Chuck,’ is back to its $2 price in the region

Jonathan Mayes spoke at an event at the Private Label Trade Show and hosts a similar webinar event next month

Pieces include items under its new activewear own brand All in Motion

Alice Chan has been hired as vice president of Own Brands sales and marketing

With an emphasis on supporting a more interconnected supply chain in food, the trade organization becomes FMI - The Food Industry Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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