Private label products being sold at other chains

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Re: Private label products being sold at other chains

Post by BillyGr » May 22nd, 2020, 5:45 pm

buckguy wrote:
May 22nd, 2020, 7:17 am
There also are some distribution arrangements that are suprising--Heinen's in Cleveland used to get some items from Shop-Rite and occasionally a Shop-Rite branded item would turn up on their shelves.
I remember seeing some of those when we were out there a few years ago (particularly interesting since we are here in NY where there are ShopRite stores, if on the northern fringe of their area).
As I remember, the items were all the more "non perishable" items (like paper products, cleaning and such), so I thought it made sense, as they could send a small chain a truck full of that stuff now & then and it wouldn't go bad, even if it took time for them to sell the stock (in the normal times, of course).
Wakefern had also started opening some of their Price Rite discount stores in Western NY (which I found out later on), so that would also potentially make it easier, if they were already heading that far to deliver, and with that Cleveland area market being so much more small independent chains than many markets may have offered the options for more sources than a market with major chains would have.

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Re: Private label products being sold at other chains

Post by retailfanmitchell019 » May 25th, 2020, 1:03 pm

Stater Bros now has Food Club brand maple syrup. Yes, they source their brands from Topco, but they generally have their own Stater Bros brand products on food products instead of Food Club. The Stater Bros brand was used on non-food up until 2017, when they started using TopCare and Simply Done on non-food.

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Re: Private label products being sold at other chains

Post by retailfanmitchell019 » May 25th, 2020, 1:05 pm

Super S wrote:
May 22nd, 2020, 9:29 am
Fred Meyer carried a lot of President's Choice products during the 1990s. These started fading away around the time Kroger took over, but I think they do still have a few random products under the brand.
Once Fred Meyer acquired Ralphs/F4L from Yucaipa in 1998, they started using Ralphs' Private Selection brand. Kroger would take Fred Meyer a year later.

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Re: Private label products being sold at other chains

Post by storewanderer » May 25th, 2020, 9:13 pm

There was also a very short lived "First Choice" premium private label at Smiths and Fred Meyer (soda, ice cream come to mind). Smiths had no premium private label prior to "First Choice." When Ralphs came into the fold, First Choice was phased out as a premium private label in favor of Private Selection which was a Ralphs brand and the PS was very similar in logo to PC. First Choice was quickly re-introduced as a private label for "club size" items to support club pack aisles at Food 4 Less, Ralphs, and Smiths (not sure if Fred Meyer had those aisles or the rest of Kroger had them in the late 90's).

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Re: Private label products being sold at other chains

Post by veteran+ » May 26th, 2020, 5:39 am

First time I saw Topco products was at King Soopers in the late 70s.

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Re: Private label products being sold at other chains

Post by buckguy » May 26th, 2020, 9:43 am

Topco goes back to the 40s with roots in several different co-ops. The Top part was Top Frost frozen foods which was added in the 50s.

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