Purpose – The objective of this study is threefold. First, the authors want to use taste tests to assess how four store brands that are differently
positioned compare to one national brand in terms of perceived brand equity. Second, the authors want to investigate whether brand equity of store
versus national brands is determined by current brand loyalty towards these brands. Third, they want to find out whether store patronage has an
influence on perceived brand equity of store versus national brands.
Design/methodology/approach – A total of 225 consumers were involved in a repeated measures design involving two within-subject factors: a
blind and non-blind taste test of five orange juice brands. Across our three objectives, we describe the impact of the retailers’ positioning strategies on
the results generated.
Findings – The results confirm the common belief that private label products can offer the same or even better quality than national brands, but at a
Originality/value – Until now, hardly any study incorporates the differences in positioning objectives of retailers and national brand manufacturers.
Nevertheless, as is true for any brand, positioning of a store brand can exert an important influence on its performance.
Keywords Brand loyalty, Stores and supermarkets, Brand equity
Paper type Research paper
An executive summary for managers and executive
readers can be found at the end of this article.
Store or retailer brands have made significant inroads into the
packaged goods market in the 1980s and 1990s with the
average market share of store brands increasing from 15.3
percent in 1988 to 20 percent in 1998 (Corstjens and Lal,
2000; Dunne and Narasimhan, 1999; Hoch, 1996).
According to Quelch and Harding (1996), there are more
private labels – “store brand” goods – on the market than
ever before. Especially in Europe, store brand... [continues]
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