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Consumers are Digging Store Brands — in Normal Times and not so Normal Times

Private label consumer packaged goods sold like hotcakes — but not the national brand type — during the first quarter of 2020. It's just the latest positive story surrounding store brands.

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Why Restrooms Should Rule at Retail

As more businesses begin to reopen in the next several weeks, they will be met with some very apprehensive consumers who are more afraid of germs than ever.

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Diners Can Come Back
to the Applebee’s Neighborhood, but …

They will have to abide by a few very sensible best practices that the nation's largest casual restaurant chain has implemented to combat COVID-19.

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That's Quite a Number

79

That's the percentage of consumers who cited "out of stocks" as the reason for switching brands during recent trips to the grocery store, according to a study by consulting firm AlixPartners of more than 1,000 consumers. While favorite brands were obviously selling out, competing brands of those favorite brands were getting a look. And 25 percent of consumers said they would stick with the new brands they purchased.

Today's Quote/Unquote:

"We miss seeing all of your smiling faces and catching up over crispy fried chicken, mac and cheese ,and collard greens! We look forward to sharing these times again soon, but only when it is safe to do so."

 — A Facebook message post from Mary Mac's Tea Room, an Atlanta institution that opened in 1945, that plans to remain closed despite Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's decision to allow restaurants to open in the state. (USA Today)

A Company That Inspires Us

Message in a Bottle

Cape Classics makes it its business to seek out wines that demonstrate high standards in winemaking and sustainability.

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Product in the Spotlight

Company Swaps Pans and Fry Baskets to Meet a More Urgent Need

Clipper Corp. now making face masks and no-touch thermometers to meet its foodservice and retail customers’ PPE demands.

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Video Vednesday

Have You Heard About the New Retail-to-Go System in Texas?

It functions just like to-go orders do at restaurants. Businesses are trying it out, but there are challenges.

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