• Is There A Trump Consumer?
    Everyone now knows that there are Trump voters. But are there Trump consumers? Brad Edmondson analyzes the link between the voting booth and the supermarket.

    Brad Edmondson
    Is There A Trump Consumer?
    February 2017
    Donald Trump was elected President by winning in Rustbelt states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  The pundits say that voters in these states were angry. They turned out in big numbers, and that gave him their electoral votes.  
    The 63 million Americans who voted for Trump were likely to be white and over the age of 50, but that was not a surprise.  Republican candidates always do well there.  Trump won because of unusually strong support from two other groups: men, and people who do not have a college education.
  • Dollar Store Renaissance
    Smaller stores, better locations and a focus on Millennials are all bringing the dollar channel into new underserved markets. Roy White reports on the latest developments.

    Roy White
    Dollar Store Renaissance
    February 2017
    Dollar stores are marginal no longer. They have morphed into well managed, accessible Main Street USA retailers with all the necessities of life at affordable prices, far cleaner and better stocked than the bodega down the street. With a blistering expansion pace, they are filling a major retail role that has not been adequately addressed for decades and in doing are changing the retail landscape.
    Store opening rates of the top two dollar chains have moved into high gear. Last year, Dollar General launched 900, Dollar Tree/Family Dollar over 600. Dollar General plans another 1,000 this year plus 900 relocations or remodels.
  • Don't Ignore Seniors
    Aging seniors require attentive retailers and marketers. Len Lewis examines the store layouts, convenient locations, products and packaging that win them over.

    Len Lewis
    Don't Ignore Seniors
    February 2017
    Everyone talks about Millennials,  but one segment that’s been pushed to the back burner in the demographic hierarchy or ignored completely—is the urban elderly.
    A large number of them—defined as 65 or older—are either “Aging in place” in the neighborhoods they’ve lived in for many years or choosing to live in metropolitan areas rather than age-restricted suburban communities.
    This diverse group of active, educated, and healthy consumers − even those on fixed incomes − is a big opportunity for retailers and marketers who can abandon old stereotypes.
  • The State of Stater Bros.
    The passing of iconic CEO Jack Brown of Stater Bros. opens up a whole new chapter for this independent popular California chain. David Merrefield highlights the new leadership.

    David Merrefield
    The State of Stater Bros.
    February 2017
    The death late last year of Jack Brown, Stater Bros. Markets’ CEO of more than 35 years, leaves a big hole at the supermarket chain. Brown’s tenure as CEO is the longest of any at a food retailer’s in recent memory. Brown was 78. 
    The necessary transition of leadership now under way raises two big issues: How will Brown’s successor govern the company, and what does it mean for Stater Bros. as an independent company? 
    Stepping into Brown’s big shoes is Peter Van Helden, himself a seasoned supermarket executive who started as a supermarket box boy nearly 40 years ago.
  • Category Profiles: Beauty Care
    Retailers are redefining beauty care and using their store brands to do so. How are retailers marketing their beauty lines? What role can manufacturers play in driving sales?

    Bob Vosburgh
    Category Profiles: Beauty Care
    January 2017

    Hi, I’m Bob Vosburgh and welcome to PLMA Live’s category coverage.  In this program, we’re looking at a category that seems certain to keep growing for as long as people are concerned about their appearance—beauty care. 
    Beauty care is a large, profitable category. Annual sales of beauty and personal care products in the U.S. are estimated at around 80-Billion dollars, and growth has been consistent over the years. Even during recessions, it seems, people are willing to spend on products that they think make them look good.
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Store Brands for the Military?

Atten-tion! Military commissaries may finally get private label for their shoppers. Len Lewis has the details.

Southeastern Charm

Southeastern Grocers tries to project strength from a varied portfolio of regional banners including BI-LO and Winn-Dixie. Christopher Durham reports.

Natural Science

Science and technology are serving up foods the way consumers want to eat today: as close to nature, and as fresh as possible. Dr. Kantha Shelke explains.

Euro Trends

Sugar reduction, air pollution and geo-location technology are all top-of-mind as Europeans shop their favorite stores. Will the trends come here? Judith Kolenburg offers analysis.

Beverages Bubbling Upwards

While colas fight it out, store brands beverages have turned to energy and sports, flavored waters and juices and other innovative drinks to drive store brands sales forward. What are the trends for the future?

How Albertsons Builds its Brands

Nancy Cota, Vice President of Own Brands Product Management for Albertsons, believes that store brands play a crucial role in building shopper loyalty for mainstream supermarkets.

Coughing And Sneezing The Store Brands Way

The common cold is no fun but store brands are making the best of it as private label market share grows. What are retailers doing? How are manufacturers helping to drive sales?

Bless You, Buy This

Allergies are a top reason consumers buy OTC medications. Brad Edmondson examines the various maladies affecting 19 million Americans, and the ways store brands lead the cure.

The Power of Superfoods

Kale, turmeric and coconut are but a few of the many ingredients making headlines as "Superfoods." Dr. Kantha Shelke discusses the creative ways manufacturers are including them in everyday products.

The New Executive Suite

New titles devoted to online listening and digital innovation are altering the layout of the retail and manufacturer executive suite. David Merrefield explains.

Amazon in Growth Mode

Internet retailer Amazon has firmly established a footprint in the food sector. Christopher Durham takes a look at what led to Amazon's success, and what it means for everyone else.

What’s new in packaging?

David Luttenberger of Mintel sees an important trend emerging in consumer goods packaging. Brands are using consumer insights to create packages that offer experiences going beyond their traditional role of protecting the product.