Jane Parker, A&P & Fruitcake.

JANE PARKERMontvale, NJ based grocer A&P will once again feature its iconic Private Brand Jane Parker fruit cakes at its A&P, Waldbaum’s, The Food Emporium, SuperFresh and Pathmark stores. The cakes have been sold for more than 75 years and are available in both light and dark versions and in loaf and ring shapes. The vintage ad above recalls a A&P and Jane Parker that was mythic America.

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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.