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Pandemic hurts momentum of store brands, IRI finds

Pandemic hurts momentum of store brands, IRI finds

CHICAGO — Mass market sales of store-brand merchandise increased during the pandemic, but the market share gains that characterized the preceding years have softened, according to a new report from IRI. “The shift to at-home consumption, trading up to premium offerings, stimulus dollars and on-shelf availability are all factors steering shoppers away from store brands,”

Walgreens launches eco-friendly oral care products

Walgreens launches eco-friendly oral care products

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched private label eco-friendly and sustainable oral care products, including bamboo toothbrushes and flossers made from a bio-based material that is a plastic alternative. The chain is also expanding its Complete Home line of eco-friendly and compostable tableware, following enthusiastic customer response in test markets. The line includes plates, hot

IRI survey finds 3.8% private brand sales growth

IRI survey finds 3.8% private brand sales growth

CHICAGO — Although 57% of consumers say their financial health is good, fears of a recession are driving slightly less consumer confidence in Q3 2019, according to the latest IRI Consumer Connect Survey results released today. Expecting to face a recession — or, perhaps more likely, a “semi-recession” — consumers are increasing their savings as