Consumers plan to spend more money on private-label brands, inspired by low fuel prices that offer significant savings at the gas pump, according to survey data from Daymon Worldwide. Retailers should increase their high-quality products and innovations to capture the more than 35% of shoppers who plan to expand their private-brand purchases into new categories, says the research firm.
PepsiCo's 2008 Corporate Citizenship Report highlights changes in packaging that have made the company more sustainable. The company says 95% of its packaging can now be recycled or returned, and also that it is using less plastic and more post-consumer recycled content.
Freestyle fountains from Coca-Cola, which can dispense as many as 100 different beverages, will be tested at select McDonald's locations starting in 2010. The machines, in development for four years, are undergoing testing in Atlanta and Southern California markets, but McDonald's represents the largest foodservice customer to date for the dispensers.
SUPERVALU has introduced Stockman & Dakota, a private-label line of USDA Choice Angus beef. The retailer's new program offers 60 cuts of beef, plus improved signage and enhanced service at the meat counter.