Southeastern Grocers Reinvents Private Brand Portfolio

Today,Southeastern Grocers (SEG), the parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, announced its largest-ever transformation of its private brand portfolio. The work will span the entire portfolio of brands an include approximately 3,000 items across all categories throughout each banner specific store throughout 2017.

To date, Southeastern Grocers has tested more than 2,330 own brand items, which led to improved quality reformulations on more than 2,260 products, and over the next year, the roll-out across all stores will provide superior quality, greater value, and differentiation to customers without increasing the price.

Ian McLeod, President, and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “Not only are we transforming by investing in our stores and in lower prices, but we are also investing in the quality of our products. I am pleased to announce our largest-ever program of product development, with the launch of three new and refreshed Southeastern Grocers brands – SE Grocers Essentials, SE Grocers, and Prestige.

“By purchasing new Southeastern Grocers own brand items, customers will enjoy known brand quality at own brand price savings between 20% and 30% on their groceries… and if you don’t agree, then you can have the own brand product on us! We are committed to providing quality products to our customers!”

Southeastern Grocers is also launching three new, brands which will be appearing in store through the coming months. These new brands are:

  • SE Grocers Essentials- Dependable quality at an affordable price. These products offer honest, everyday value for all customers looking for reliable, budget household basics.
  • SE Grocers- If you can’t taste the difference, why pay the difference? These products have been developed to quality benchmarks as close, if not better than the taste and quality currently offered by the established brands already in the market but at significantly lower prices.
  • Prestige- Prestige offers an indulgent experience, at an incredible price. Our Prestige brand offers our customers a selection of specialty and indulgent products at a price that is still affordable. Our Prestige Ice Cream has already been awarded “Best French Vanilla Ice Cream” in America.

Southeastern Grocers has put its focus on improving the overall quality of the own-brand products offered across the four grocery brands in the southeast, including the development of a test kitchen and sensory lab tasting facility at their Florida headquarters.

The SEG Sensory Lab has been utilized to conduct both product development and consumer taste-testing trials throughout the year to capture valuable insights on its own brand product line.

Some of the new and improved products to land on the shelf this month include:

  • SE Grocers Popcorn – Cheddar, White Cheddar, Salt & Black Pepper, and Sea Salt
  • Prestige Popcorn – Caramel and Chicago Mix
  • SE Grocers Potato Chips – 21 varieties across numerous flavors that include traditional favorites like Regular and Sea Salt, along with unique flavors like Jamaican Jerk, Sriracha Wavy, Dill Pickle, Ranch, Chile Limon, Maui Onion and many more.
  • SE Grocers Essentials – 107 products will land on shelves through February

Southeastern Grocers understands customers are seeking fresh, healthy, affordable food, which has led to substantial enhancements across the entire own brand product line, including:

  • Over 2,280 products with no artificial colors
  • Over 2,160 products with no artificial flavors
  • Over 2,650 products with no MSG
  • Over 2,640 products with no trans fat
  • Over 2,240 products with no high-fructose corn syrup
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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.