Supermarkets Increase use of House Brands

Focused on basic grains, groceries, cleaning products and convenience products, house brands keep growing.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The consumer receives a price that is 10% to 20% cheaper than similar quality products branded by independent providers.

This lower price is achievable mainly because house brands products are not actively marketed. analyzes this subject in El Salvador, in an article with concepts that are valid for the rest of the region. Its author, Morena Azucena, highlights that "Super Selectos, as well as Wal Mart, have, in their product portofolio, proyects to explore as a result of the growing demand in products created by them, that in most cases dominate the areas of groceries, basic grains, convenience and cleaning products and apparel."

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After 57 years, Super Selectos, owned by the Salvadoran Grupo Calleja, is the only retail chain with local capital left. It has 80 stores and 5,300 employees.

Circa 1951. The city folk would shop at the market. The supermarket concept did not exist. To explore this niche, Agustin Alfaro Moran copied the idea of a store that would sell retail refrigerated products in El Salvador.

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