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TRANSNATIONAL FOODS NAMED VENDOR OF THE YEAR

(Miami, Fla.)Transnational Foods Inc., was named 2014 Vendor of the Year by Valu Merchandisers Co.  a subsidiary of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan., that offers general merchandising programs to retailers. VMC recognized Transnational Foods for its excellent customer service, expertise in marketing, and breadth of product assortment. We are honored to receive the Vendor of the Year Award from Valu Merchandisers. The team here at Transnational Foods is particularly pleased we were recognized for our critical role in launching a tremendously successful program that has boosted sales while maintaining a 99% service level with more than 150 fast turning items, said Marcelo Young, Chief Operating Officer, Transnational Foods.


ROSINA FOOD PRODUCTS DEBUTS GLUTEN FREE ITEMS

(Buffalo, N.Y.)Rosina Food Products is introducing two gluten free products. The gluten free ravioli is offered in a 13 oz. package and stuffed with ricotta cheese and gluten free flour imported directly from Italy.  Rosinas gluten free meatballs are offered in a 22 oz. package and include imported Pecorino Romano cheese and spices. To make the choice easier on individuals who continue to look for different food options that do not contain gluten, said Russell Corigliano, President and CEO of Rosina Food Products, we are pleased to offer our gluten free ravioli and our gluten free meatballs.


GOLDEN BEACH LAUNCHES ASIAN SNACKS

(Torrance, Calif.)Golden Beach Inc. has launched a line of Asian-inspired snacks in stand-up 3.5 oz. bags.  The range includes dry roasted edamame, dry roasted wasabi edamame, dry roasted chickpeas, wasabi chickpeas, dry roasted peas and wasabi peas. The company also is developing other innovative products, including vacuum-fried veggie chips, which incorporate the crisp texture of traditional fried chips, but with less fat being absorbed into the chips.


RANIR ACQUIRES FRENCH SUPPLIER

(Grand Rapids, Mich.)Ranir is growing its European footprint with the acquisition of Frances largest supplier of toothbrushes, Oralys Dental. The acquired company specializes in category management, quality and product design in the private label oral and personal care industry.  The acquisition gives Ranir direct access to well-known international retailers, which will expand its current market in northern and western Europe into southern Europe, including France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The addition of Oralys Dental is another significant step in our international strategy aimed at partnering with key retailers to grow both geographically and in our product assortment, said Ranir CEO Christine Henisee.


QUALITY PASTA OPENS PACKAGING FACILITY

(Charleroi, Pa.) Quality Pasta Company has opened a food packaging facility in Charleroi, Pa. The company has refurbished an existing building and installed new state-of-the-art equipment, said Paul A. DeStefano, President. The facility makes packaging for retail and food service side dishes. The facility will package side dishes and convenience foods, easy-to-make items that can be prepared in three to 10 minutes with microwave cups. The food products will come from different locations. We are taking the packaging and the product and making them a finished product for retail sales, he said.


PROLAMINA EXPANDS POUCHING CAPACITY

(Neenah, Wis.)Prolamina Corp., a leading North American packaging company that serves the food, medical and specialty markets, took delivery of its newest piece of manufacturing equipment, a custom-built Totani  BH80. Housed in Prolaminas facility here, this is Prolaminas second facility to be tooled with Totanis. Matt Conlin, Vice President of Sales at Prolamina, states, We capitalized on our experience with our existing Totani machines and partnered with Totanis engineers to design a machine with high speed and versatility that will support our growth initiatives in the pouching market.




Store brands savings could be boon for new parents.

Bringing up baby can be 25%-35% less costly, says store brands price study

NEW YORK - Four million babies are born every year in the U.S., adding a new segment of products to the shopping list and a new set of expenses for the household. To unburden the family budget, a new pricing survey of items commonly purchased in babys first year of life shows store brands can offer significant savings for the new moms and dads.

The research, conducted by the Private Label Manufacturers Association, assembled a market basket focused entirely on the essential goods that parents will use day-to-day as well as in caring for babys health. Such products enumerated by several parenting publications range from common supplies like diapers, lotions, soap and shampoos, to health care items like cold medicine and thermometers. Food alone can add close to $2,000 to the grocery bill during babys first year, according to the USDA.

While all these items are available as national brands, the PLMA study found store brand alternatives can save shoppers on average more than 25% and up to 35% for some products. For example, according to the survey, the national brand temple-scan thermometer cost $55.99 while the store brand offering was only $35.99. Parents can save over 25% on essential products like diapers, formula and baby oil. While saving $20 on one product is helpful in the short term, the routine purchases can add far more to expenses over time, and the savings with store brand products help considerably.

For every category in the study, a leading national brand product was compared to a similar store brand product and prices were adjusted to account for all known discounts, coupons and promotions available for each of the four shopping visits in the study.

(Click here to download the complete chart of market basket products and prices)

The Private Label Manufacturers Association is the industry trade association devoted exclusively to store brands. Founded in 1979, PLMA today represents 3,300 companies who are involved in the manufacture and distribution of store brand products. The products supplied by PLMA members include food, beverages, snacks, health and beauty aids, over-the-counter drugs, household cleaners and chemicals, outdoor and leisure products, auto aftercare and general merchandise.

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For additional information or to schedule an interview with PLMA President Brian Sharoff, contact PLMAs press representative at (212) 972-3131, or email dtwining@plma.com


Store brands widen growth gap vs. national brands

PLMA's publishes 2015 Private Label Yearbook online; reports record sales in all outlets

NEW YORK - As national brands continue to struggle with lower growth year to year in supermarkets, drug chains and mass merchandisers, store brands sales in all the major retail channels continue their upwards trend, setting new records across the board for annual revenue.

When 2014 came to a close, store brands had accounted for nearly three billion dollars in incremental sales overall, an increase of +2.5% over the previous year and more than twice the percentage gain that was recorded by national brands.

Total sales of private label in the U.S. were $115.3 billion according to the 2015 Private Label Yearbook published by the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA).

As a result, store brand dollar share moved up across all outlets combined consisting of supermarkets, drug chains, mass merchandisers, and the club and dollar store channels.

Over a three-year period, store brands sales across the combined retail outlets have increased by $5.5 billion, moving store brand dollar market share from 17.3% to 17.7%. The run-ups are much the same in the individual channels. Over that period, the annual sales volumes for store brands have risen by $2.5 billion in supermarkets and risen by $200 million in drug chains.

The PLMA Yearbook utilizes data provided by The Nielsen Company for the 52 weeks ending December 27, 2014. The annual compilation has become the benchmarking standard for retailers and suppliers, where Nielsen sales and market shares statistics are reported for more than 700 product categories.

The yearbook is published exclusively online, and access is free to PLMA member manufacturers, brokers and suppliers. Retailers and wholesalers can gain free access to the data and analysis, including new updates every quarter, by logging in at www.askplma.com and following the prompts for Private Label Yearbook. PLMA members can access the online yearbook via PLMA's member services website at www.plma.org.

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For additional information on the growth of store brands or to schedule an interview with PLMA President Brian Sharoff, contact PLMAs press representative at (212) 972-3131, or email dtwining@plma.com


Report: Shoppers show loyalty to their favorite stores

New PLMA consumer study describes "The Rise of Loyal Shoppers"

NEW YORK - A new nationwide study of consumers in the all-important 25 to 45 age group indicates that these shoppers are increasingly demonstrating loyalty to the stores they use for household grocery purchases.

The new PLMA study, entitled The Rise of Loyal Shoppers, focused on 1,059 men and women ages 25-45, a segment which makes up more than one-third of the U.S. adult population. The 81 million Americans in this key age group are of critical importance to retailers: Their spending on household grocery products is considered to be the highest among all age groups as they engage in family formation and career building.

The study challenges conventional wisdom that consumers regularly shop at anywhere from 3 to 5 stores, chasing after promotions and the lowest prices.

This latest study indicates that many long-held assumptions shaped by years of market dominance by the Baby Boom generation are no longer true, says Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA. Buffeted by a severe recession, a revolution in communications, media and advertising, and a retail landscape that bears little resemblance to what existed less than a decade ago, todays consumer is not the same shopper we used to know.

According to the PLMA study:

These consumers shop often, but a majority does their regular grocery shopping at only two stores. The rate of shopping trips is high: more than eight in ten of consumers ages 25-45 shop at least weekly. But patronizing just two stores for their regular household grocery needs is by far their most popular shopping regimen and it has been increasing as a habit overall during the past decade. This runs counter to the conventional wisdom that consumers are increasingly shopping across a growing number of stores for different products. In a 2006 PLMA study, a third of all consumers said they shop in two stores, but in the new study the figure has risen to 48%.

While they shop around, they are in fact very loyal to their favorite stores. The study refutes another piece of conventional wisdom: the image of the fickle American grocery shopper. Some observers contend that every time a new or revamped retail format debuts, consumers forsake their favorite store and rush to the new shop on the block. The survey casts doubt on that scenario. Rather, it reveals that these younger consumers have been loyal to their favorite stores for years. Six in ten have regularly shopped at their grocery store as well as their mass merchandiser for more than five years. Half have shopped at their drug store for that long.

They are buying store brands more often than shoppers in previous studies. About half of the respondents ages 25-45 buy store brands always/almost always/frequently in their supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandisers. This is a dramatic increase in the top rates of purchase when compared to PLMA studies over the past decade. In 2002, the corresponding figures for all consumers were: 36% in supermarkets, 22% in drug stores and 28% in large discount chains/mass merchandisers. In 1991, the figure in supermarkets was only 12%.

Store brands may be the retailers best friend. Consumers 25-45, in increasing numbers, are trying store brands for the first time in product categories where they had previously only bought a national brand. Moreover, in overwhelming numbers they report the trial produced a satisfactory experience. In one of the most significant findings in the survey, more than 49% of respondents recently choose a store brand for the first time instead of a favorite national brand in a particular category. When later asked how they compare the store brand with their previous choice of a national brand, 28% reported very favorably and another 62% said favorably. A trend widely observed during the recession, such store brand trial is increasing: In the 2009 survey, 35% of all consumers said they engaged in the practice and a year later the figure had grown to 43%; the post- purchase satisfaction rates expressed by consumers were as high in both earlier studies as it is in the new one.

The baton has passed to a new generation of consumers, adds PLMAs Sharoff: There has been a major shift of purchasing power in the marketplace. After decades of dominance by boomers, a new generation of Americans those ages 25-45 has taken over as the heaviest purchasers of consumables. Whats more, they behave differently from other generations when they shop.

To request a free copy of PLMAs new consumer research study, The Rise of Loyal Shoppers, email research@plma.com.

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Pricing Study: Store brands save up to 40% off health care costs

Shoppers can keep over-the-counter medicines and health supplies affordable by choosing the store brand

NEW YORK - Over-the-counter healthcare costs can be a burden on the average American consumer. However, a new survey of store brand over-the-counter products aimed at treating various ailments from the common cold to diabetes, can offer significant savings for those consumers.

The research, conducted by the Private Label Manufacturers Association, assembled a market basket which focused on over-the-counter healthcare products, including those essential for treatment of pre-diabetes and diabetes. These products according to the American Diabetes Association include blood glucose testers, pulse oximeter, and circulatory socks.

All are available as a national brand, but the store brand alternative can save shoppers more than 40%. For example, according to the survey, the national brand blood glucose test cost $19.99 while the store brand offering was only $9.99. The store brand alternative doesnt just offer great savings but, in some cases, products like latex gloves, finger protectors, and needle dispensers are solely provided by a store brand.

According to a 2013 study by the American Diabetes Association, individual costs to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes can add up to hundreds of dollars a year. With 30 million Americans living with diabetes and another 86 million diagnosed as pre-diabetic according to the Center for Disease Control the savings with store brands can multiply.

(Click here to download the complete chart of market basket products and prices)

In addition to diabetic supplies, the study also examined other products consumers need to maintain and improve their health, such as nicotine gum for smokers trying to quit which shows a store brand savings of 20%; store brand blood pressure monitors can save consumers 22%; even acne treatments can save consumers 27% if they switch to the store brand offering.

For every category in the study, a leading national brand product was compared to a similar store brand product and prices were adjusted to account for all known discounts, coupons and promotions available for each of the four shopping visits in the study.

The Private Label Manufacturers Association is the industry trade association devoted exclusively to store brands. Founded in 1979, PLMA today represents 3,300 companies who are involved in the manufacture and distribution of store brand products. The products supplied by PLMA members include food, beverages, snacks, health and beauty aids, over-the-counter drugs, household cleaners and chemicals, outdoor and leisure products, auto aftercare and general merchandise.

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For additional information or to schedule an interview with PLMA President Brian Sharoff, contact PLMAs press representative at (212) 972-3131, or email dtwining@plma.com


 

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