STRONG VITAMINS

It's no surprise to retailers that vitamins top the list of the leading private-label categories in supermarkets' health and beauty care departments. That is after one discounts cotton balls, ranked no. 1 in the Private Label Manufacturers' 1999 Private Label Yearbook.In fact, among all mass-market channels, private-label supplements represent a big and profitable chunk of sales versus the brands.

It's no surprise to retailers that vitamins top the list of the leading private-label categories in supermarkets' health and beauty care departments. That is after one discounts cotton balls, ranked no. 1 in the Private Label Manufacturers' 1999 Private Label Yearbook.

In fact, among all mass-market channels, private-label supplements represent a big and profitable chunk of sales versus the brands. Based upon shopper purchasing data tracked by The Hartman Group, Bellevue, Wash., over

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