Private Label Magazine Progressive Grocer Progressive Grocer Store Brands

Stagnito Media Aquires Private Label Magazine

\"\"In a surprising turn of events Deerfield Illinois based trade magazine publisher Stagnito Media announced late Friday, October, 12 that it has acquired Private Label, Private Label International and Private Label China magazines, and their related products from E.W. Williams Publications Co., Fort Lee, NJ.

Launched by E.W. Williams in 1979, Private Label magazine under the direction of Andrew Williams was groundbreaking in the evolving private label industry. Private Label magazine and Stagnito’s Progressive Grocer Store Brands will be merged into one publication. The new title will be given the name Private Label→Store Brands. The acquisition consolidates what was a crowded three magazine market to two: PL Buyer and Private Label→Store Brands.

According to the press release:

\”We are extremely excited about the many opportunities surrounding our acquisition of Private Label magazine,\” said Steven Lichtenstein, vice president and group publisher, Stagnito Media. \”We have long recognized Private Label as a widely respected and accepted publication serving the private label/store brands market. For that reason, we have made a strategic decision to retain the best parts of Private Label magazine, merging it with Store Brands. Out of this merger will come a mega-media brand, providing the types of information and insights that will help shape the future of our industry.”

Progressive Grocer Store Brands

Enter the 2012 Store Brand Packaging Awards!

\"\"Progressive Grocer Store Brands magazine is looking for the “best of the best” in new Private Brand packaging — packaging that not only looks beautiful and functions well, but also does a great job in conveying the product’s message to consumers.

The winning package designs will be covered in the June 2012 issue of Progressive Grocer’s Store Brands.

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 30, 2012.


  1. To be eligible for judging, the product packaging must have been introduced to retail shelves between April 1, 2011, and March 1, 2012. The packaging must be for a retailer’s store brand product. Both new store brand products and existing store brand products with a new packaging design are eligible for entry.
  2. Only retailers (representing the grocery/supermarket, mass merchandise, drugstore, c-store, club store and dollar store channels), packaging designers and certain wholesalers may enter products for judging.
  3. Entrants must print out and complete one entry form for each new product or new product line entered.
  4. In addition to the entry form, entrants must mail the packaged product (or just the packaging, in the case of perishable products) to Progressive Grocer’s Store Brands for judging. When entering an entire new product line, entrants should mail a representative sample — not the entire line.
  5. Entry forms and products should be submitted to:
    Randy Hofbauer
    Managing Editor
    Progressive Grocer’s Store Brands magazine
    Stagnito Media
    570 Lake Cook Rd., Suite 106
    Deerfield, IL 60015
  6. The deadline for entry is March 30, 2012.
  7. The packaging will be judged by the editors of Packaging Digest magazine at UBM Canon, who collectively have almost a century of experience covering the packaging industry.
  8. Please direct any questions related to the contest to Randy Hofbauer, at 224-632-8240 or


Progressive Grocer Store Brands

Nominate an Outstanding Private Brand Supplier for the 2011 Pacesetter Awards

\"\"Attention Retailers! Help trade magazine Progressive Grocer’s Store Brands select this year’s outstanding store brand suppliers.

The 2011 Supplier Pacesetter Awards program will honor one supplier in each of a fifteen achievement categories, ranging from order fulfillment to environmentally responsible manufacturing practices. The winning suppliers will be recognized in the October 2011 issue of Progressive Grocer’s Store Brands magazine.

The nomination process is quick and easy. You may nominate one supplier in one achievement category or multiple suppliers in multiple achievement categories. Simply visit and fill in the online ballot. Don’t delay: The deadline for nominations is Aug. 22!

Progressive Grocer Store Brands

Progessive Grocer Store Brands Magazine Debuts Online


If you are not a subscriber of Progressive Grocer you probably did not receive a copy of their new publication Progressive Grocers Store Brands. I wrote a post taking a look at it when it first premiered however you can now take a look at on the website. Check it out.

Progressive Grocer Store Brands

Progessive Grocer Launches Store Brands Magazine


This past week grocery trade magazine Progressive Grocer published it’s inaugural issue of Progressive Grocer’s Store Brand’s magazine it was delivered via mail poly bagged with the parent magazine. The new owners of Progressive Grocer, The Gourmet Retailer and Convenience Store News Stagnito Media publish the fifty-two-page glossy print supplement. Editorial director Kathie Canning is the former Editor in Chief of BNP Media owned Private Brand trade magazine Private Label Buyer.

The tagline \”The authority on creating retail differentiation\” sets the tone for the first issue but the most strategically revealing article comes in the “From the Publisher” column titled “Here’s to a Collaborative Future” by publisher Steve Lichtenstein who presents the editorial direction/brand positioning of the new publication:

“It’s my belief that the more successful retail chains in the business DO recognize that store brand product development must be based on mutually rewarding collaboration”


“Let’s face it, in their purest form, store brands are the net result of the collaboration between manufacturing suppliers and retailers.”

It will be interesting to follow this new publication and its growth in a Private Brand information market that continues to explode; the first issue follows the traditional trade magazine model and is focused on Private Brand manufacturers (22 of the approximately 23 pages of advertising are Private Brand manufacturers with the remaining ad for the PLMA), product categories with nods to brand strategy and retailers themselves.

There is currently no online or social media component to the magazine but I have to assume a new media offering will quickly follow this first issue. In the meantime if you did not receive a copy of the new magazine I definitely recommend checking it out.