Pick n Pay has launched an exceptional new premium range under its private label. The Crafted Collection by PnP range will drive innovation and differentiation within their newly revamped middle to top-end Pick n Pay stores.   

The new range promises to offer a premium taste intertwined with affordability.

Pick n Pay's private label range now accounts for 25% of its sales. This is up from 18% five years ago showing the growth opportunity. Bridget Dore, Head of Customer Insights at Pick n Pay, says that many customers are seeking value-for-money products and are increasingly choosing private label products.

This is a global trend as many countries experience rising inflation. A recent survey of US shoppers showed that shoppers are buying more private labels over known food and grocery brands than before the pandemic. Of the 41% of shoppers who said they'd bought more private label products, 77% said they plan to continue buying store brands. The Power of Private Brands report by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) also revealed that apart from value and lower costs, quality and taste are also driving this purchasing behaviour.

Pick n Pay first introduced its private label in 1976 with the no name range as a way to offer customers incomparable value, at preferential prices. From just 14 no name products, its private label now boasts over 4,800 products and has launched several ranges over the decades to suit its customers' changing needs, aspirations and budgets.

The new Crafted Collection by PnP range currently has over 70 products in store, with a further 100 products expected to launch by the end of the year. The range focuses on innovation across food and grocery items, and will soon extend into more categories.

Nicki Russell, Head of Product & Technical at Pick n Pay, says that customers have been asking for a new affordable top-tier product range following their Finest private label range. "We've spent a lot of time understanding customers in this space, and have crafted this range to be sophisticated yet mainstream, at surprisingly good prices."

Crafted to deliver a unique foodie experience to customers, the range has elevated much-loved products into high premium. Some of these include a Fynbos Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Chai (a fragrant instant hot drink), a Smoky Tomato Ketchup and the widest range of Exotic Mushrooms.

"The flavours aren't too Chefy or unattainable. We haven't gone for extremely niche flavours, but rather 'mainstream premium' that pushes the boundaries. We wanted our customers to relate to the flavours, and feel confident using them," says Russell.

Indulgence is another strong focus of the range with its range of crafted chocolates, biscuits, shortbread and hot chocolate. This is cleverly tapping into the ‘spoiling myself' trend which has strongly emerged post-Covid. Customers are increasingly looking to treat themselves to food indulgence that doesn't break the budget.

Pick n Pay has always used its private label to develop small businesses, and this range is no different.

90% of the range is locally sourced or produced by local suppliers. "Our dedicated product team has worked closely with local businesses to craft and develop these products. We have sourced the finest local products, and have only used imported products if they weren't available locally."

The range is unique and aspirational. "We believe we've created a product that not only looks amazing but tastes irresistible," says Russell. The range's packaging follows the global trend of ‘blue is the new black'.  "We wanted customers to feel proud to place it on the dining table or to gift it to someone."

Pick n Pay's CEO Pieter Boone announced earlier this year that, as part of the Group's new Ekuseni strategic plan, its supermarkets will be organised into two customer-facing brands, each designed around specific customer needs. The Crafted Collection will be stocked at Pick n Pay stores that aim to satisfy the needs of middle to top-end customers who are looking for innovation and inspiration. The new range forms part of the 18,000 products the stores will stock, which has a strong focus on innovation.

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