PLMA Member benefits include sales and networking opportunities through exhibiting at trade shows, complimentary registration to programs such as Lunch & Learn and the Washington Conference, and the Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference. Other perks include a member rate for the Executive Education program, access to market research through Private Label Yearbook, updates on industry news, and access to an exclusive members’ only online website.
The key to PLMA’s success as an organization is its trade shows, providing private label manufacturers with selling opportunities in the U.S., Canada and around the world.
The largest concentration of private label buyers anywhere convenes each year at PLMA’s annual trade show at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago. Top decision-makers from supermarkets, drug chains, mass merchandisers, wholesalers, co-ops, convenience stores, department stores and military exchanges come to find suppliers and new products. The show is held each year in November. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 972-3131.
PLMA’s annual “World of Private Label” International Trade Show has grown to more than 4,500 stands and now represents manufacturers from nearly 75 countries. This show attracts buyers from supermarkets, hypermarkets, discounters, and importers and exporters from across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The show is held each year at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. Visit PLMAInternational.com for more information.
Keeping up with the latest trends, solving industry-wide problems, and helping member manufacturers to network is the focus of PLMA’s annual conferences and seminars.
Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference
PLMA’s annual meeting and leadership conference is the industry’s opportunity each year to discuss the current issues and prospects for the future. It allows members to confer with partners and peers, as well as retailers and wholesalers, in a business casual atmosphere to gain knowledge about the industry.
PLMA’s Washington Conference is devoted to establishing dialog with lawmakers and regulatory officials about legislation and regulations that can influence the private label industry. Sessions are held at the Capitol as well as at regulatory agencies. The Conference also explores the latest in political news and public opinion to keep members informed.
Executive Education & Professional Development
PLMA’s Executive Education program, developed in 2001 was designed to meet the needs of manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and brokers at all levels. It employs a variety of teaching methods, including lecture and workshop. The June program is held in conjunction with St. Joseph's University. PLMA also offers a two-day version in Chicago during the weekend just prior to the November Trade Show. For international members, PLMA partners with a major university in the Netherlands to provide executive education. For more information about education, contact PLMA at (212) 972-3131 or email@example.com
Lunch & Learn
PLMA's Lunch and Learn Live Online launched for the first time in April 2021 with a three-fold path to strategic communication & sustainable partnerships for private brands. Powered in partnership with leading industry advisors, three live and interactive lunchtime meetings have what you need right now to power your professional development, help you future-proof your private brands business, and ensure success for years to come. PLMA Members can attend the virtual program free of charge. For more information, contact PLMA at (212) 972-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PLMA member companies have access to PLMA’s exclusive market research.
Prepared exclusively for PLMA by Nielsen, the Private Label Yearbook provides dollar and unit market share for more than 700 product categories across the three major retail channels: supermarkets, drug chains and mass merchandisers. Offered online, the Yearbook is part of the members-only website.
Consumer Opinion Surveys
Working with SurveyLab and other market research specialists, PLMA conducts regular research about shopping attitudes, giving members insights into how consumers feel about store brands. Recent studies include “The Rise of Loyal Shoppers” and “The Millennials Are Coming.”
Information and Communication
Members receive PLMA’s e-Scanner each month with news about retailers, store brands marketing and merchandising, and PLMA activities.
Member companies have access to a centralized portal of information and services. This includes PLMA’s trade show directory, broker directory, supplier directory, Private Label Yearbook, and research & publications archives.