Private Label’s Time to Shine

Grocery Headquarters – February 1, 2013

Grocery Headquarters honors standout companies with its Private Label Trailblazer Awards.

For years private label manufacturers took cues from their national brand counterparts for the development of new products. This is certainly not the case anymore. By ramping up consumer research and investing in state-of-the-art technology, private label manufacturers have won a leading role in product innovation.

Consumers and retailers are both reap- ing the benefits. By instituting multi-tiered private label platforms, retailers are expanding their reach to a broader audience. It is about value, say industry observers; it is about meeting the consumer’s need for something new and exciting at an affordable price…

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Vermont lawmakers struggle over sap

Boston Globe – February 9, 2013

Will state change syrup labeling to cater to markets?

MONTPELIER — Would fancy grade maple syrup by any other name taste as sweet?

Vermont lawmakers are pondering that question as they consider whether to drop the state’s traditional maple labeling system in favor of an international one.

The change pits tradition versus a desire to be a bigger player in world markets. Vermont is the No. 1 maple syrup producer in the United States, but its unique labeling standards put it at odds with the other big producers, including Canada…

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