Progressive Grocer Announces Private Brand Initiative.

In early March of this year Deerfield, Illinois based Stagnito, Inc. announced its acquisition of Progressive Grocer and its related products, along with the Retail Food Group from Nielsen Business Media, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Food Media Group, LLC. The Retail Food Group also includes three other trade publications, Convenience Store News, Convenience Store News For the Single Store Owner and The Gourmet Retailer.
According to the release from Stagnito: “We’re excited about re-entering the food industry with the acquisition of such highly recognized and respected food media brands such as Progressive Grocer, and its related products. Our goal is to introduce a new business model to the food market to take advantage of the trend towards targeted and measurable integrated media,” said Harry Stagnito, President/CEO, Stagnito, Inc.

In a move that certainly indicates the strategic direction of this new “measurable integrated media” business model Progressive Grocer announced today that it has promoted Meg Major from Executive Editor to Editor-in-Chief and hired Kathie Canning as the trade magazines Senior Editor. Canning will also be editorial director of Progressive Grocer’s Store Brands, a new print and online supplement to the brand, launching in July.

“Canning brings an industry presence, a market knowledge and journalism acumen that will help her greatly in her new roles,” said Steven Lichtenstein, VP and group publisher of Progressive Grocer

“Canning is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience. For the past 13 years, she has held editorial positions with a number of trade publications, covering industries ranging from chemical processing to food and beverage retailing. She was executive editor of Refrigerated and Frozen Foods, the magazine that helped launch Stagnito Communications, years ago. Most recently, Canning was editor-in-chief of Private Label Buyer magazine, a monthly BNP Media publication dedicated to helping food, drug store and mass merchandise retailers optimize their private label programs.

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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.