Nielsen Private Brand Outlook: US and Canada

In two separate reports, Nielsen looks at the impact the economy has had on consumers and private label growth in the U.S. and in Canada.

In the US, the not-so-Great Recession turned into a windfall for private label, stimulating consumer interest in and directing retailer focus on store brands. But since the end of 2008, private brand share growth has flattened as brands stepped up their promotion support and innovation efforts.

Open just about any cupboard in Canada, and you’ll find a private label product on the shelf. Despite posting $11.6 billion in sales and achieving nearly 100 percent penetration, Canadian private label products lagged behind total market growth as of August 2011.

Private Label Outlook – US

Private Label Outlook – Canada

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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.