Wakefern Own Brands Supplier Summit to Spotlight Diversity

Keasbey, NJ headquartered grocery coop Wakefern Food Corp. today announced its Own Brands Supplier Diversity Summit. The latest summit is an open call to diverse Retail-owned Brand (private label) manufacturers to source exciting new and trending food and beverage products for potential addition to Wakefern’s Vertex Award-winning Bowl & Basket and Wholesome Pantry store brands portfolio. Certified Diverse private brand manufacturers and suppliers interested in participating in Wakefern’s Own Brands Supplier Diversity Summit are encouraged to submit their application through RangeMe from January 9 through January 23. Wakefern’s Retail-owned Brand team will consider submissions for virtual pitch meetings and

Ahold Delhaize / Peapod Digital Labs Selects Private Brand Incubator Participants

Ahold Delhaze USA-owned Peapod Digital Labs announced this week the first cohort of participants in the retailer’s Incubator Program for diverse-owned suppliers, specifically targeting suppliers for its Retail Brand (private Brand) portfolio. The Incubator is designed to develop new, exceptional quality, private-labeled products in partnership with certified, diverse-owned suppliers. The following brands as participants in the program: Nuttin Ordinary, LLC – the certified LGBT and minority-owned company crafts 100% plant-based quality cheese spreads, cream cheese, dops and ravioli products that are lactose intolerant friendly, vegan friendly, and sustainable. Rhythm Roasting Company – this certified minority-owned company is a coffee supplier

Kohl’s Introduces Sonoma Community

Late last week Kohl’s introduced Sonoma Community – a new sub-brand of Kohl’s flagship private brand, Sonoma Goods for Life, offering product collections that celebrate diversity and inclusion, everyday. Aspiring to offer goods that bring us together, the first Sonoma Community collection kicks off with an assortment dedicated to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring apparel and products that offer customers unique ways to celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture and traditions. “We know Kohl’s has customers and associates who come from all different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. As a national company with a presence all over the country, it’s imperative

Peapod Digital Labs/Ahold Delhaize Launches Private Brand Incubator for Diverse-Owned Suppliers

Peapod Digital Labs (PDL), the digital, e-commerce and commercial engine for Ahold Delhaize USA, announced late last week the launch of an Incubator Program for diverse-owned suppliers, specifically targeting suppliers for its Private Brands portfolio. The Incubator is designed to develop new, exceptional quality, private brand products in partnership with certified, diverse-owned suppliers. During the two-and-a-half-month program, the chosen participants will learn from PDL’s Private Brands team about the private brand portfolio and goals, will grow their knowledge of the brands of Ahold Delhaize USA, and, ultimately, will propose product concepts for consideration. "Through this program, we’re hoping to

Albertsons Expands Its Supplier Diversity Program

Albertsons announced this week the expansion of its Supplier Diversity Program. The move reaffirms their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The retailer is seeking to partner and support innovative and diverse suppliers as Albertsons hosts its second virtual summit this week.“Albertsons Cos. is dedicated to providing opportunities to diverse suppliers to grow their business and have their products on more shelves,” said Jonathan Mayes, Albertsons Companies SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. “Through this program, we are able to partner with new diverse businesses that also reflect the diverse communities we serve across the nation.”One of the biggest challenges

Strengthen Your DEI Initiative: Become a WISE DEI Ambassador

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:00 EST | 12:00 CST | 11:00 MST | 10:00 PST Become a WISE DEI Ambassador and use WISE programming to add some muscle to your DEI Initiative in 2022. Join us and our partner ExecuInsight for the introduction to our new WISE DEI Program and learn how you can help foster Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in your organization. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the leading-edge approach that WISE is taking to guide its partner members and the store brands industry in reaping the multiple benefits of creating inclusive cultures. In

Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence Welcomes Three New Board Members

Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE) has elected three new members to its board of directors. At the group’s annual meeting on November 4, Sheila Dy Juanco, Albertson’s; Lisa Eatherton, John B. Sanfilippo & Son; and Phyllis Johnson, Catalina were elected to serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2022. “WISE is thrilled to officially welcome these three amazing women to our board of directors,” quotes Jen Linke, WISE Chair.  “Phyllis and Lisa are familiar with our board having been volunteers and integral contributors to the first year of our WISE Junior Board. Sheila’s extensive experience in R&D compliance is

Register NOW for the WISE annual meeting

Register for the  Women in Storebrands Excellence Annual Meeting and join attendees for a pre-show speed networking event! It's a great way to meet new contacts in the industry and reconnect with old friends. The WISE team has an exciting agenda for this virtual event and are thrilled to announce the featured speaker, Colonel Merryl Tengesdal, USAF (ret.), the first and only African-American woman U-2 pilot. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 Virtual speed networking begins at 10:15 AM CST Program begins at 11:00 AM CST Members: $30 | Non-Members: $60 (Not a WISE member yet? Sign up today and receive

Target’s 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report: Progress, and a Look Forward

Late last week Minneapolis-based retailer Target released its  Target’s 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, the report presents their progress to date, a look forward, Circular Design, and of course some private brand highlights. Amanda Nusz, senior vice president of corporate responsibility, Target, and president of the Target Foundation “Perhaps more than any other year, in 2020 the Target team showed how living our purpose and values can drive meaningful progress,” says Amanda Nusz, senior vice president of corporate responsibility, Target, and president of the Target Foundation. “As we embark on our new sustainability strategy, Target Forward, we know that there is much work to

WISE Forms Its First Junior Board of Directors

WISE has formed a junior board of directors to further its mission of increased diversity and inclusion in-store brands and to provide leadership opportunities to empower our partners and members.  The WISE junior board was created to be a diverse representation of our industry in background, skill set, gender, and ethnicity with the focus on connecting to the next generation of the store brand industry.  Comprised of seven members from WISE partner companies, the junior board is tasked with bringing ideas and strategic solutions forward that will attract and retain young professionals as WISE members.  In addition, the junior board