Private Brand more than just “FOOD”


The investment blog Motley Fool takes an interesting look at Private Brand, with nods to Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods.

Private Labels Are No Laughing Matter

In the cult classic flick Repo Man, all products were generic, with labels that read “BEER” or “FOOD.” Funny, yeah, but when the movie came out in 1984, the ugly recession of the early ’80s was fresh in people’s minds, and stores really did carry cheap products with plain white labels and self-explanatory names. Since then, store-brand goods have increased in quality, removing much of their old stigma. Once viewed with derision, these low-priced, “private label” wares are now making a comeback on many grocers’ shelves.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.