support to consumer trend analysis.
“We are proud of our growth, and winning
a Trailblazer Award is a challenge for us to
keep pushing to further exceed our customers’ needs,” adds Schuster.
Bektrom Foods has been in the dry grocery
category producing private label products for
more than five years, and is continually adding new items to its portfolio.
The Monroe, Mich.-based company pro-
vides its partners support in any way that
it can. “Bektrom has a team in place to help
with all our customers’ private label needs,”
says Tom Barbella, president. “We also offer
a test kitchen for them to work on their new
items. We care about our retailers and work
with them to bring products to market that
will be on their shelves for years to come.”
Bektrom’s latest innovation, Exotic Sea Salt
Grinders, was designed to help home cooks
spice up their meals and family dinners. The
grinders are all sea salt-based, which are not
iodized and safer for consumers with salt
The retail price, $1-$1.49, gives all consumers the opportunity to try the items. It also
offers retailers additional profit on some
unique new items that are not currently on
their shelves, Barbella adds.
Big Time Products
Though Big Time Products was founded in
2004 and has been an important presence in
hand protection categories for 12 years, what
really sets the company apart today is the
double-digit growth it has experienced for
the last six years.
Big Time Products offers hand protection
products in the hardware, household clean-
ing, garden and automotive categories.
When it comes to success on the private label
side, officials for the Rome, Ga.-based com-
pany make sure it is known for the level of
service and support it offers to retailers.
“We have a 100 percent customer satisfac-
tion rate with our customers, in that we don’t
stop until our customer is satisfied, no excep-
tions,” says Tim Stapleton, president of U.S.
sales. “We exceed what is expected of a retail
Officials also say that the company supports its partners through social media
efforts, including posts, pins and tweets to
continue the relationship with the consumer
and retailer beyond the store.
Catania-Spagna, a family owned business
through four generations and for more than
100 years, has achieved its longevity and success through innovation and the quality of its
The Ayer, Mass.-based company offers a
full line of oils, including olive, vegetable,
blends and specialty oils, in package sizes
ranging from portion control packets to
48,000-pound tank wagons.
“Catania-Spagna has always been inno-
vative with new ideas to help change cus-
tomer comprehension and understand the
oil market,” says Mark Coleman, vice presi-
dent of retail sales. “Staying ahead of trends
and keeping our customers informed helps
ensure our continued success year after year.”
For 2016, the company has implemented
a packaging change to make its oil products
look like the national brand equivalent, avail-
able in 250-, 500- and 750-milliliter as well as
1-liter bottles. They are easy to grip, made of
recyclable PET plastic and feature twist-off
seal safety caps.
“We recognize that consumers will rou-
tinely choose a private label product if
the packaging looks similar to the leading
national brand,” Coleman says. “Our new
retail olive oil bottles were created to offer
consumers that choice.”
In addition to its innovative packaging
offerings, Catania-Spagna is SQF certified,
members of the North American Olive Oil
Association, Non-GMO Project, American
Fats and Oils Association and is organically
certified by QAI, among other achievements
that make the supplier an attractive choice
The sheer scale of its product
line is one way that Chase
Products differentiates itself.
The Broadview, Ill.-based
consumer products manufacturer has formulas available for more than 1,200
products, ranging from
consumer aerosol products
to industrial cleaners and
insecticides, and seasonal
products like spray on snow.
Most notable of the bunch, Chase has
been manufacturing private label aerosols
for more than 50 years. “Our excellent record
with independent comparison evaluations
and facility inspection audits efficiently
and expeditiously supports retailer require-
ments,” says Judy Albazi, president and CEO.
“Chase’s creative art and production graph-
ics staff enhances and facilitates store brand
packaging for existing or newly-created
Most recently, the company created a
value line of products that includes disinfec-
tant, furniture polish and household clean-
ers to appeal to the growing consumer base
shopping at dollar and discount stores.