Twin Cities retail scene competitive, vibrant

05/18/2012 10:58:00 AM
Tom Burfield

Twin Cities’ retailers have long been trying to find their way, discover their capabilities and differentiate themselves to grow their business, Brooks said.

A more recent change has been the addition of new players, which has made produce widely available from a variety of outlets, he said.

Some of the larger chains try to differentiate themselves from competitors by selling private-label products, like the nuts, dried fruit and candy that St. Paul, Minn.-based Bergin Fruit & Nut Co. offers, said Corey O’Connell, marketing and product development manager.

“Private label is a big thing right now,” he said.


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