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Kmart gets smart, uses its senses with private-label line

BY Allison Cerra

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is introducing its private-label brand, Smart Sense, offering customers products for almost 20% less than the leading brand. The Smart Sense line currently consists of hundreds of products available in Kmart stores, and will expand to more than 1,200 items by early 2011.

"With the introduction of the Smart Sense line, Kmart is looking to offer a more affordable Kmart brand product assortment that will rival the quality of more nationally recognized brands," said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer at Kmart. "While the Smart Sense line will offer the everyday essentials, Kmart is also taking it a step further by providing unique products that you wouldn’t typically expect to see under a store brand."

The Smart Sense line is part of the Kmart Smart Assist Savings Card loyalty program, which gives eligible unemployed customers a 20% discount off of more than 1,200 regularly priced, high-quality Kmart-brand grocery and drug store staples. The program was launched in 2009 and currently has more than 100,000 members.

In related news, Kmart-branded products also will be getting a new look that features brighter packaging, the company said.

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Sargento introduces new fridge packs

BY Allison Cerra

PLYMOUTH, Wis. Healthy snacking is simple with Sargento fridge packs, the cheese brand’s newest product.

Sargento fridge packs are stand-up packs of individually wrapped cheese snacks, making them visible, organized and easily accessible in the fridge.

 

Sargento fridge packs contain the same never-processed natural cheese found in all Sargento products and are available in three popular varieties: string cheese, light string cheese and colby jack cheese. They can be found in the refrigerated cheese section of major grocery retailers in the Southeast for a suggested retail price of $6.99 for 18 snacks.

 

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New Matador beef jerky is flamin’ hot

BY Allison Cerra

MINONG, Wis. Jack Link’s Matador brand is amplifying its meat snack lineup with a flamin’ hot variety.

New Matador flamin’ hot stick combines Matador’s original beef jerky with a hot and spicy kick, the company said. Within one year, the Matador brand has introduced three stick flavors and four jerky flavors.

The new Matador flamin’ hot stick is available in a 1-oz. package for $1.29.

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