Safeway's positioning of its private-label brands as premium products and not discount goods has helped it compete with discount grocers such as Wal-Mart Stores.
Food manufacturers need to do more to ensure their products are not contaminated by allergens, according to a report by the FDA on good manufacturing practices.
More and more dairy processors, including the giant Dean Foods, are offering hormone-free milk and dairy products. Dean is expected to launch hormone-free dairy products in New England.
Dairy Crest Group confirmed it is considering the sale of its cheese operations to Scotland-based First Milk. Dairy Crest produces Cathedral City Cheddar and St. Ivel Gold margarine as well as private-label goods for U.K. grocers.