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FRBuyer magazine November 2020

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A CHANGE IN THE WIND?  National brands are outperforming private label for the first time in years. Will it blow over or is this another ‘new normal’?

THE DATABANK Sales data from IRI, courtesy of Peter Penguin and Bessie Bovine.

OUT DENISE’S WAY FMI report highlights opportunities for private brands in the pandemic era.

CHECK IT OUT! Don Stuart on how consumers shop for plant-based products, more news from around the plant-based world, a sad goodbye to industry vet Mark Williams, Joe D’Alberto begins second term as NFRA chairman, Pictsweet’s all-American sourcing, and the PLMA Show goes virtual in February.

COOL INSIGHTS Todd Hale’s analysis of hot departments and categories, consumer behavior, promotion and private label.

EGGS STILL GOLDEN Retail sales are expected to remain elevated as long as consumers are at home. But concerns around animal welfare are accelerating the shift to pasture-raised and free-range.

DIPS & SPREADS BLOSSOM The all-day snacking trend was already driving growth. But new plant-based offerings are taking the segment to the next level.

BREAD & DOUGH ON A ROLL The category saw a 21.8% jump, thanks to consumers seeking oven-ready convenience foods. Could the holidays bring even bigger gains?

FROZEN FRUIT JUMPS 36% Already one of the pandemic’s biggest winners, the category continues to gain momentum, thanks to expanded package sizes, even-better-for-you offerings and exotic new blends.

LOGISTICS Direct-to-consumer manufacturers tell AFFI summit how Burris Logistics handles their fulfillment, allowing them to focus on production and marketing.

NEW PRODUCTS Our roundup of the latest and greatest frozen and refrigerated fare

THE ENDCAP TV dinner memories — and what the kids really want to eat.

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