Robin VanDenabeele, director of IGA Exclusive Brands, leads IGA’s private brand design, product development, and marketing.
VanDenabeele has spent the last four years with Midwest natural/organic grocery chain Fresh Thyme Market, where she launched a more than 1,800 SKU private label brand that earned 30 artistic awards and generated over $100 million in sales across just 77 plus stores. Previously she worked for Topco on a $215 million portfolio of food sauces, and Symphony/IRI, where she focused on market research and analytics for national chains like Walgreens and Target.
VanDenabeele joins the IGA team during a systematic research process that began nearly a year ago with analysis of IGA Exclusive Brand’s quality, shopper interest, design, marketing, and range of offerings, and is now nearing conclusion with design and testing of a new label.
“Our customer research revealed that IGA Exclusive Brand gets extremely high marks from shoppers when it relates to quality, trust, and shopper interest, but the look of the label is where we fall short,” IGA CEO John Ross says. “Now we’re working to align the quality and reputation of our brand with the look and feel of a modern, innovative product line that resonates with our new Local Equals Fresh marketing and merchandising platform. Robin’s extensive experience in private label design combined with her background in analytics, market research, and category management give us the expertise we need to breathe new life into the IGA Exclusive Brand line with both a new look and new offerings.”
“Connecting with the consumer on an emotional level while creating a rewarding brand experience is our top priority,” says VanDenabeele. “Our goal is to reignite the IGA brand and get consumers to fill their pantries with all things IGA. To achieve this, we need to focus on household staples, while staying ahead of emerging trends to ensure our products are relevant to our customers.”