Trader Joe’s Recipe for Innovation

There's No Business Like Our Business

There's no business like the private label business and it was plain for everyone to see at PLMA's 2018 Trade Show in Chicago. Join news anchor Jodi Daley and PLMA president Brian Sharoff, along with PLMA's on-the-floor team for the trends and the products which highlighted this year's show. Michael Sansolo reviews some of the best food products. Bob Vosburgh analyzes home and health products and Carol Angrisani looks at the exhibit booths from a consumer's point of view. Then, Tim Simmons sums it all and offers a wrap-up commentary on PLMA's big event of 2018. Click here for video.

"Innovation is at the heart of our business," says Lori Latta, vice president of innovation for Trader Joe's and one of the new inductees in the Private Label Hall of Fame. Tim Simmons interviews her about the process of creating new products and relationships with suppliers.

Research and Technology:
Weighing the Impact of Food Waste

  • Weighing the Impact of Food Waste
    An estimated 160 billion pounds of food goes uneaten in the U.S. every year. Most waste occurs in the home, though all segments of the supply chain share responsibility. Veronica Carvalho explains potential remedies include standardized date labeling and better inventory management. Click here for video.
Cookies Are Still Today's Superstars

There is nothing like a delicious cookie to restore your faith in mankind and today's consumers, many of them millennials, are enjoying the taste while meeting their desires for nutrition, health and wellness, and innovation. Yes, the cookie: that quintessential icon of growing up has become the favorite of everyone from Gen Z to Baby Boomers and store brands are leading the way. Bob Vosburgh has all the facts in this month's category profile.

Beauty Care's New Face

Private label beauty sales are on the rise as stores add boutique-style merchandising, in-house expertise, and new products like fragrance libraries. Maureen Donoghue details how retailers are freshening up a category already worth $16 billion.

An Inside Look At Online Grocery

We all have opinions about the future of online grocery retailing, but not many of us have any real inside knowledge about how Amazon and the other online retailers really work. Sam Mayberry, former Amazon executive, does.