New Price Comparison Shows Summer Shopping Savings of 35% When Buying Store Brands

Aug 02, 2011, 14:22 ET from Private Label Manufacturers Association

NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new pricing study compares a summer shopping basket of store brands vs. national brands and finds that consumers can save more than 35% off their grocery bill, on average, by opting for the retailer's brands.

The research, conducted by the Private Label Manufacturers Association, looked at a range of basic food and non-food items that an average family might put on the shopping list for a season of barbecues, picnics and outdoor play. The study tracked pricing over a six-week period at a conventional supermarket for 30 grocery items. Summertime staples like hot dogs, ice tea mix, American cheese, BBQ sauce, and freezer pops were among the food items tracked for the study, while the non-foods included charcoal and charcoal lighter, paper plates, foil and adhesive bandages.

(To download a .pdf of the full release and price comparison chart for the sample market basket, click here).

The study results indicate that consumers who choose the retailer's brand for products on the list rather than the national brand could save, on average, $44.04 off their total market basket – a savings of 35.7%. When buying national brands, the total bill came to $123.23 on average over six separate trips, while the same purchases for the retailer's brands cost $79.19.

For every category, a leading national brand was compared to a similar store brand product and prices were adjusted to account for all known discounts, coupons and promotions available. The survey took place over a six week period in a typical suburban supermarket located in the northeast.

Among individual food items the cost savings ranged as high as 53% on hot dog and hamburger buns, 52% on salsa and 50% on both cola and packaged macaroni & cheese dinners.  Savings, on average, for non-foods categories were led by laundry detergent (the store brand version cost a full 79% less), facial tissue (50% less), paper towels (34% less) and aluminum foil (33% less).

Store brands over the past decade have experienced unprecedented growth and consumer acceptance according to industry statistics, gaining 40% in supermarket sales alone. The products today account for nearly one in four grocery products sold.

In a recent survey of consumer's attitudes toward store brands conducted for PLMA by GfK/Roper, over half of the respondents described themselves as frequent store brand shoppers, while fully eight out of ten said that they believe the store brand products they buy are either equal to or better than the national brands.

The Private Label Manufacturers Association is the industry trade association devoted exclusively to store brands. Founded in 1979, PLMA today represents 3,300 companies who are involved in the manufacture and distribution of store brand products. The products supplied by PLMA members include food, beverages, snacks, health and beauty aids, over-the-counter drugs, household cleaners and chemicals, outdoor and leisure products, auto aftercare and general merchandise.

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Brian Sharoff

SOURCE Private Label Manufacturers Association