Private Brand Grows Organically.

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The Wall Street Journal published an article this morning taking a look at organic foods and Private Brand focusing on the efforts of Supervalu with their Wild Harvest brand, Newflower Market, Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods. As we emerge from a very difficult economic time Private Brand natural and organic products have the opportunity to become differentiators for retailers struggling for relevance. In many categories there are either no national brands or very weak players retailers should take advantage of this today!

Organic Foods Get on Private-Label Wagon
As More Shoppers Pinch Pennies, Grocery Chains See ‘Natural’ Expansion of Store Brands

Organic farmers and grocery retailers are embracing the idea of lower-cost, private-label products to retain newly budget-conscious consumers.

Supervalu Inc., the fourth-largest U.S. food retailer by sales, expanded its Wild Harvest organic brand to 312 items, from 150 last spring. Safeway Inc., the third-largest U.S. food retailer , last fall began selling its organic food brands to other retailers.

Private-label organics have “broken some price barriers for shoppers, and everyone is price sensitive these days,” said Mike Gilliland, chief executive of Newflower Market Inc., a natural-grocery chain based in Boulder, Colo., with 25 stores.

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Christopher Durham
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.