2023 Trade Show News Releases

PLMA's 2023 Trade Show to Hail 'THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON'

PLMA's 2023 TRADE SHOW TO HAIL 'THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON' 
The largest event for store brands in North America is set for November 12-14 in Chicago

NEW YORK (April 24, 2023) - At a time when store brands have grown to become a $230 billion industry in the U.S., PLMA has announced a fitting theme for its 2023 Private Label Trade Show: “THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON.”

The show will be held November 12-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago.

"'THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON' theme is appropriate in many ways," said PLMA President Peggy Davies. "Hailed as dynamic, innovative and pervasive, store brands offer boundless opportunities for retailers, manufacturers and trade suppliers."

The growth of store brands has been strong and steady. By the end of 2022, PLMA calculates that annual store brand sales had increased by 40% over a five-year period. Last year's double-digit gains continued through the first quarter of 2023, according to Circana. Sales and dollar and unit market shares are at all-time highs.

They are the shopper’s best friend, offering innovation, performance and quality. Store brands accounted for nearly one-third of all new sales flowing into U.S. retailing last year.

And there's more to come. Every day, store brand products are moving into new categories, new chains, new channels, and new platforms.

“Store brands are a powerful retailer component that provides important points of differentiation, competitive advantage and builds consumer loyalty," added Davies.

The 2023 Private Label Trade Show will reflect this expansion. PLMA expects that over 1,500 companies will be exhibiting and 5,000 individuals attending.

"For more than 40 years, PLMA has provided supermarkets, supercenters, drug chains, wholesale clubs, dollar and specialty stores, mass merchandisers, importers and exporters, and e-commerce retailers an exclusive venue to discover the latest food and non-food products, ingredients, flavors, fragrances, and packaging,” Davies said.

For more information on "THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON" trade show, contact PLMA at +1 212 972-3131, email info@plma.com or visit www.plma.com.

About PLMA

The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1979 to promote the store brands industry. With executive offices in New York and International Council offices in Amsterdam, PLMA represents more than 4,000 member companies worldwide. In addition to the Annual Private Label Trade Show in Chicago and its World of Private Label Trade Show in Amsterdam, PLMA provides annual conferences, executive education and professional development opportunities. Follow PLMA on plma.complmainternational.com, Twitter and LinkedIn.

See the World at PLMA Show

Authentic Specialty Products from 50 Countries at PLMA’s 2023 Private Label Trade Show, Nov. 12-14 in Chicago

NEW YORK (September 14, 2023) – At a time when consumers are on the hunt for authentic global foods, flavors and ingredients, 45% of the exhibit floor at PLMA’s 2023 Private Label Trade Show will be filled with companies from outside the U.S.

More than 700 specialty food and nonfood exhibitors from nearly 60 countries in Europe, South America and Asia will be featured in over 30 national pavilions and elsewhere on the show floor at the largest event for store brands in North America, November 12-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago.

“The 2023 Private Label Trade Show will reflect the rise in popularity of international cuisine by including an expanded assortment of ethnic foods, beverages, wine, confections and nonfoods,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies.

New pavilions this year include Belgium (Wallonia Region),Brazil, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine and the U.K.

They join expanded pavilions for Canada, Italy, France, Australia, Turkey and Serbia, along with pavilions for Belgium (Flanders region), Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Greece, Guatemala, Israel, Jordan, Peru, South Africa and Spain.

Among products on display:

  • Wines from South Africa
  • Flavored liqueurs from Portugal
  • Frozen and refrigerated meals
  • Belgian chocolates
  • Fruits from Chile
  • Rice from Thailand and Brazil
  • Greek olives and more

In addition to food and beverages, a large number of international nonfoods will be showcased. In fact, the international presence of nonfoods at the show has grown by 75% over last year. This includes cookware from Italy; beauty and cosmetic products from South Korea; laundry detergents from Turkey; skincare from Spain, and household wipes from China.

The focus on international products comes at a time when retailers are expanding their ethnic private brand product lines. Among the examples: Hy-Vee has a full line of authentic Italian pasta, sauce, oils and other products under the Gustare Vita private brand, while Lidl sells authentic Belgian chocolate as part of its Preferred Selection line. And Aldi has launched new Specially Selected wines from Argentina, Italy, France, New Zealand and Spain.

Along with authentic international products, PLMA’s 2023 "THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON” Private Label Trade Show will feature dozens of other product categories, including wine and spirits; baby care essentials; shelf-stable groceries; plant-based foods, beverages; fresh, frozen and refrigerated products; organics; foodservice products; beauty and cosmetics; pet care; personal and self-care; household and laundry; OTC pharmaceuticals; vitamins and supplements; paper and plastics; kitchenware and general merchandise.

This year’s show will have more than 1,600 exhibitors, a record number, and 5,000 attendees.

For more information on "THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON" trade show, contact PLMA at +1 212 972-3131, email info@plma.com or visit www.plma.com.

About PLMA

The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1979 to promote the store brands industry. With executive offices in New York and International Council offices in Amsterdam, PLMA represents more than 4,000 member companies worldwide. In addition to the Annual Private Label Trade Show in Chicago and its World of Private Label Trade Show in Amsterdam, PLMA provides annual conferences, executive education and professional development opportunities. Follow PLMA on plma.com, plmainternational.com, and on social media:

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The Private Label Trade Show: 5 Trends from the Exhibit Floor

NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 15, 2023) - PLMA’s 2023 Private Label Trade Show was a phenomenal success. A record 1,685 exhibitors showcased the hottest new products, flavors, packaging, ingredients and services.

More than 13,000 exhibitors, retailers and other visitors experienced the excitement of the largest event for store brands in North America. It was held Nov. 12-14 in Chicago.

The sold-out show floor had 2,740 booths featuring the latest innovations in food, beverages, health and beauty, baby care, household goods, kitchenware, general merchandise, wine and spirits, pet care, refrigerated and frozen foods, and much more.

“PLMA’s 2023 ‘THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON’ Private Label Trade Show provided unparalleled access to a wide assortment of products across all categories. We are enjoying a growth spurt with nearly 600 new exhibitors added to the show this year. And, within our non-food South Hall, a section was dedicated to Beauty & Cosmetics (including color, fragrances, skincare, and men’s grooming), as well as Kitchenware and Housewares,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies. “The event started with Opening Seminars on Sunday, and it was a networking palooza.”

Among the product trends spotted on the show floor:

Plant-Based Power - To elevate the plant-based dining experience, manufacturers are offering new options in ethnic meals as well as convenient handheld snacks: beefless Korean bulgogi, porkless carnitas, plant-based butter “chik’n” and alternative chicken fries, fish sticks mozzarella bites. 

Spicy Snacks - The global shift to spicy food options has found its way into the snack aisle, which is heating up with new flavor combinations featuring jalapeno, chili, habanero and other spicy peppers: Jalapeno cheddar trail mix; habanero pork rinds; spicy jalapeno sweet potato chips; habanero nacho sweet potato chips; and pineapple habanero honey roast sesame sticks.

Specialized Skincare - Responding to growing concerns about appearance among the aging population, suppliers have expanded product lines of skincare products marketed for their moisturizing and anti-aging properties, specialized formulas and ingredients: Serums with wrinkle-improving functions; hydrating facial cleansers with ceramides and hyaluronic acid; and glycolic acid cleansers.

Tropical Tastes - The popularity of plant-based diets coupled with increasing awareness about health benefits of coconut are driving growth of coconut-based baking food, snacks and beverages: Coconut water, coconut chips, coconut sugar, coconut pet treats, coconut flour and ube-filled coconut rolls.

Green Parenting - Parents are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the baby products they buy. They are on the lookout for products made with biodegradable, compostable and reusable materials: Bamboo diapers and baby wipes; and biodegradable wipes. 

Innovations like these have contributed to the impressive performance of store brands. PLMA projects total U.S. store brand dollar sales for 2023 will reach $233 billion, an increase of about $4 billion over 2022, based on Circana data.

The power of private brands is reflected in significant increases in exhibitor participation at the Annual Private Label Trade Show. Nearly 600 exhibitors were new to show this year. 

The 2023 show was 20% larger than last year, resulting in an additional 435 exhibit booths. Non-food exhibitors alone have increased by 45%.  

There was a strong global presence: more than 45% of the exhibit floor was filled with food and nonfood suppliers from outside the U.S. About 760 specialty food and nonfood exhibitors from 60 countries are represented at the Show, including 40 country pavilions, such as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Peru, Republic of Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, among others. 

 About PLMA

The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1979 to promote the store brands industry. With executive offices in New York and International Council offices in Amsterdam, PLMA represents more than 4,000 member companies worldwide. In addition to the Annual Private Label Trade Show in Chicago and its World of Private Label Trade Show in Amsterdam, PLMA provides annual conferences, executive education and professional development opportunities. Follow PLMA on plma.com, plmainternational.com, and on social media:

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PLMA Announces 2023 Salute to Excellence Award Winners

Albertsons, Amazon, Giant Eagle, Walgreens, Walmart Are Among the Retailers Recognized for Store Brand Innovation

 CHICAGO (November 12, 2023) - Sweet potato pancake mix from Giant Eagle, cauliflower-crust pizza from Albertsons and potstickers from Amazon are among PLMA’s 2023 Salute to Excellence award winners for store brand innovation.

They join nearly 100 Salute to Excellence winners announced today at PLMA’s 2023 Private Label Trade Show here. Created in 1986, the annual awards program recognizes outstanding food and nonfood products introduced within the last year by supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchandisers, convenience stores, online retailers, wholesalers and more.

This year, close to 750 product entries were submitted by 53 North American retailers.

“PLMA is thrilled to celebrate the winning retailers for their commitment to store brand product and packaging excellence,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies. “From innovations in flavors and ingredients to vitamin-enriched health and wellness products, the Salute to Excellence award winners underscore the important role of store brands.”

Submissions were sampled and evaluated by a panel of professional and consumer judges on several criteria, including taste, product concept, packaging, and value for money.

Among the winners:

Gluten-Free Goodness:

 - Open Nature® Cauliflower Crust Garlic Chicken Alfredo Pizza from Albertsons Companies

- Nice!® Gluten-Free Vanilla Crème Cookies, Walgreens

Specialty Sauces, Rubs and Condiments:

 - Lowes Foods Premium Brown Bag “Truffle Your Feathers” Black Garlic Truffle Sauce, Lowes Foods

 - Great Value™ Blood Orange Balsamic Glaze with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Walmart Inc

- Bowl & Basket Specialty™ Smokey Candied Bacon Sriracha Rub, Wakefern Food Corp.

Fancy Breakfast Foods:

- Nature's Basket™ Sweet Potato Pancake and Waffle Mix, Giant Eagle

- Irresistibles Pina Colada-Flavoured Muffins, Metro Richelieu Inc.

- Thrive Market™ Organic Infused Maple Syrup, Warm Pumpkin Spice, Thrive Market

- Good & Gather™ Blueberry Muffins with Zucchini and Oats, Target

Global Tastes:

- Aplenty Asian-Style Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers, Amazon

- Yesway® Chamoy Chili Peach Rings (candy), Yesway Convenience Stores

- SE Grocers Naturally Better Organic Mexican-Style Street Corn-Flavored Corn Chips, Southeastern Grocers

- Crav’n Flavor™ Single-Serve Miso Chicken Ramen Soup Bowl, Topco Associates LLC

Wellness Cleanses/Powders:

- Sprouts Farmers Market® Regenerative Organic Liver Cleanse, Sprouts Farmers Market

- 365 by Whole Foods Market Effervescent Vitamin C Powder, Kiwi-Strawberry, Whole Foods Market

The winning products are on display at PLMA’s 2023 “THE STORE BRANDS PHENOMENON” Private Label Trade Show, which opened today and runs through Nov. 14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The full list of winners can be viewed at www.plmawinners.com.

 About PLMA

The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1979 to promote the store brands industry. With executive offices in New York and International Council offices in Amsterdam, PLMA represents more than 4,000 member companies worldwide. In addition to the Annual Private Label Trade Show in Chicago and its World of Private Label Trade Show in Amsterdam, PLMA provides annual conferences, executive education and professional development opportunities. Follow PLMA on plma.com, plmainternational.com, and on social media:

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