Amazon has expanded its 18-month-old Aplenty grocery brand with more than 100 new food items.
When introducing Aplenty in 2021, Seattle-based Amazon said it planned to add “hundreds more Aplenty products” over the following 12 months, spanning such categories as confections, salty snacks, cookies, crackers, frozen food, condiments, sauces, seasonings, baking mixes and pantry staples.
New Aplenty items announced this week include apple pie granola clusters, caramel pumpkin spice popcorn, pumpkin spice granola, honey crisp apple cider, cinnamon bun pancake mix and truffle cheese crisps. Aplenty products are available from Amazon online and in-store at Amazon Fresh supermarkets.
Brick Meets Click has described Aplenty as "thoughtfully designed and positioned to have its own stand-alone appeal." (Photo courtesy of Brick Meets Click)
Upcoming Aplenty products, due to roll out between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, include holiday-focused items such as sparkling citrus punch, chocolate peppermint granola, double chocolate truffle hot chocolate and white chocolate peppermint popcorn.
Aplenty is positioned as a premium quality brand with a wide palette of flavors and a better-for-you focus. For example, at launch, Aplenty products include twice-baked parmesan, garlic and herb pita chips; small-batch pink Himalayan sea-salt kettle-cooked potato chips; slow-baked cornbread crackers; salted caramel chip mini cookies; and honey Dijon mustard made with stoneground mustard seed and real honey.
According to Amazon, the brand is “developed to the highest standards, with recipes rooted in quality ingredients” and use no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or high-fructose corn syrup. The retailer noted that Aplenty products also are “rigorously taste-tested to exceed our customers’ expectations” and backed up with a “Delicious Guarantee,” in which customers can get a refund of the purchase price if not satisfied.
“This private label isn’t designed as a flanker to advertised brands; it’s a competitor to them,” strategic advisory firm Brick Meets Click wrote in an analysis of Aplenty upon the brand’s launch. “This more aggressive posture looks like it has been prompted by the growth of the Amazon Fresh e-comm platform and the rapid proliferation of Amazon Fresh stores, both of which are designed to convert occasional grocery buyers from Amazon.com into regular grocery shoppers at Amazon Fresh.”
Overall, Amazon now operates 44 Amazon Fresh grocery stores, including 18 in California; nine in Illinois; five each in Virginia and Washington state; two apiece in Maryland and in Pennsylvania; and one apiece in New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia.
Barrington, Ill.-based Brick Meets Click described Aplenty as “thoughtfully designed and positioned to have its own stand-alone appeal” but noted that the label isn’t meant to replace all the flavors and sizes of comparable items from advertised brands. The likelier objective, Brick Meets Click said, is to focus Aplenty on top selling SKUs, the 20% of items that generate 80% of sales.
“We expect that Aplenty will be more of a disruptor, ultimately shifting sales from advertised brands to this new alternative as it drives Amazon’s growth in sales and gross profit,” according to Brick Meets Click. “Assuming Amazon’s disruptive private-label is strategy is successful, then the advertised brands affected will need to revisit their focus on growing through line extensions and uncover other ways to offset their lost sales.”
Industry observers say Amazon has assembled a potent private-label grocery portfolio and that’s building market share. Brands include Happy Belly (dairy, eggs, beverages, cooking and baking products, deli items, produce, snack foods and jams, jellies and spreads), Solimo (food, beverages, household, personal/beauty care, pet care), Wag (pet food), Sugarly Sweet (sweeteners), Santa Ninfa (pasta, oil, vinegar), Wickedly Prime (food, grocery), Presto! (household) and AmazonBasics (household and home essentials), Cinque Terre (pasta), Kalista (olive oil), Le French Pantry (seasonings), Mix-A-Licious (candy), Nature’s Instincts (dietary supplements), Powers & Powers (seasonings), Roast Ridge Coffee Roasters (coffee), Simply Sweet (cookies), Super Organics (coffee and tea) and Zesty Bee (honey).