Kroger Launches Smart Way Discount Brand

Kroger announced late last week Smart Way, a new opening price point Retail Brand (private brand). This range brings together a collection of products from 16 existing brands into one, easy-to-find identity brand.

“As our customers face an ongoing inflationary environment, we know they are looking to stretch their dollars further than ever before,” said Stuart Aitken, Kroger’s senior vice president and chief merchant and marketing officer. “Smart Way is an exciting, eye-pleasing product line that will be easy for customers to find. By adding a simplified opening price point brand strategy to Our Brands (private brands) portfolio, we will further cater to every customer, every time.”

Smart Way joins Kroger’s brand portfolio, which includes the namesake Kroger brand, Simple Truth, Private Selection, Home Chef and Heritage Farm among others. Consolidating a number of brands will ensure customers searching for opening price point items will be able to easily find what they are looking for on the shelves.

“We are confident Smart Way will have something for everyone,” said Juan De Paoli, Vice President, Our Brands for Kroger. “From canned vegetables and bread to juices and staples, this new product line features the products families need to put an even more affordable meal on their table.”

Customers can shop approximately 150 Smart Way products on shelves nationwide, with additional items available in Fall 2022.

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By Published On: September 11th, 2022Tags:

About the Author: Christopher Durham

Christopher Durham is the president of the Velocity Institute. Prior to this he founded the groundbreaking site My Private Brand. He is the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He began his retail career building brands at Food Lion and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Durham has worked with retailers around the world, including Albertsons, Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro Canada. Durham has published seven definitive books on private brands, including Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project and Vanguard: Vintage Originals.

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