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(Dublin, Ireland)—Perrigo Company plc announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to purchase privately-held Ranir Global Holdings LLC in a transaction valued at $750 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Ranir is the largest private label oral care company globally, with a portfolio of more than 300 oral care products including power toothbrush heads, power toothbrush handles, whitening strips, manual toothbrushes, floss, dentures and travel kits that it sells into over 50 countries. This transaction advances Perrigo’s transformation to a consumer-focused, self-care company. Perrigo CEO and President Murray S. Kessler commented, “The addition of Ranir to the Perrigo family illustrates a key component of our new strategy, accelerating growth by pursuing adjacent self-care categories.”


The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) has published the new ANSI-accredited Audit Standards, officially known as NSF/ANSI 455 Standards. There are three standards: 455-2 for Dietary Supplements; 455-3 for Cosmetic/Personal Care Products, and 455-4 for OTC Drugs.

 The new standards are aimed at reducing the number of audits and the associated costs of auditing to multiple independent standards as retailers will accept this audit in place of all others. The new standards aim to help manufacturers centralize their efforts in continuous improvement and industry best practices while giving consumers greater confidence in the products they choose.

NSF International and UL as well as several other Certifying Bodies (CBs) are undergoing auditor training by the GRMA to become ANSI-accredited certifiers to these requirements, and are available to perform audits upon request.  

The GRMA retailers are encouraging suppliers to engage in the 455-standards, either with full certification or Phase I/Gap analysis (non-certified) audits to ensure compliance with the new scheme. Approved CBs are prepared to help suppliers adapt to the new standards and be in full compliance when mandated. While each retailer has their own timeline for full implementation, it is anticipated that the standards will be broadly applied and accepted throughout industry during this calendar year. 

 For more information on the GRMA and the standards, visit, or contact Randy Slikkers, CEO of the GRMA at or Alan Perlman, Business Development Director-Consumer Products & Retailer Services for NSF International, at


(Camp Hill, Pa.)—Warrell Corp. is relaunching its private label and contract manufacturing candy and snack business as Warrell Creations™. The company’s food technologists have created several innovations, including chocolate enrobing, artisanal chocolate panning, snack bites, nut cluster squares, brittle, nut roasting, and caramel and taffy. “Investments in quality management capabilities and innovation expertise are the defining characteristics that have become cornerstones of our Your Partner of Choice™ positioning in the marketplace,” the company said.


(Hauppauge, N.Y.)—Contract Pharmacal Corp. (CPC) is investing $40 million in a project that includes buying and renovating a 17,500-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Plans are to also build a 140,000-square-foot extension that will unite that building with one of the company's current buildings at 145 Oser Ave. Once the new facility is complete, CPC will also be increasing its full-time employee count by about 150 to over 1,500. This new expansion will enable CPC to better serve its pharmaceutical customers, quadrupling capacity to 40 billion doses per year. “This project is critical to our overall operations and ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace,” Mark Wolf, CPC’s president, stated.


(Manitowoc, Wis.)– Construction is underway at Lakeside Foods to expand its frozen packaging facility. The 100,000 sq. ft. addition, which will include 10 automated packaging lines capable of a wide variety of bag options including stand-up and bag-in-bag, reconfigured workflow to meet the highest food safety industry standards, robotics palletizer with modern frozen storage racking system, and five additional shipping docks. Production in the new space is scheduled to begin September 2019. The $40 million project is part of a strategic growth plan that began with acquisitions earlier this year to broaden and diversify the company’s product portfolio.  

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Reynolds’ Lisa Manzoline elected to second term as PLMA Chairman

Officers and Nine New Directors Also Elected at PLMA Annual Meeting

PEBBLE BEACH, CAL - Lisa Manzoline, Director of National Accounts for Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc., was reelected to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of PLMA. The election took place March 22 in Pebble Beach, California amidst the association's fortieth anniversary celebration and its 2019 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference.

In acceptance remarks [click link to download], Manzoline made note of gains for store brands in recent years across numerous categories, but she also observed that fundamental changes are taking shape in the private label marketplace. She called on store brands suppliers to pay close attention to the investments retailers are making to meet shopper expections in the face of mounting competiton from ecommerce as well as from discounters and traditional rivals. In addition, Manzoline cited her company, Reynolds Consumer Products, for its support of PLMA.

Clay Dockery, Vice President Corporate Brands, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, was reelected to First Vice Chairman, and John Schaefer, Vice President, Sales, Aspen Products, Inc. was reelected to the Second Vice Chairman post. Five individuals were elected to the Board for three-year terms from 2019-2022. They are: Howard Kirschenbaum, Trinity Plastics; Lou DeMent, Giovanni Food Co.; Darin Ciavarella, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate; Kristal Sevcik, Ameriqual Group; and Mark Mayer, Hormel. Elected to fill two vacancies on the Board, expiring 2021, were, Neil Sosa, ASO, LLC and Mark Coleman, Catania Spagna Corp.

Elected to serve as broker member on the Board of Directors was Jerry McGill, Roehl Corporation, while Maria Dubuc, Marketing By Design, was elected to serve as supplier member.

Continuing members of the PLMA Board of Directors include: Kevin Kollach, Gehl Foods; Marc Robinson, Global Tissue Group; Doug Bausch, LNK International; Co., Inc.; Ron Hodges, McCain Foods USA, Inc.; Evan Dobkins, Old Dutch Mustard; Steve Morris, Paramount Coffee Co.; Troy Pelak, Perrigo Company; and Kelly McGolrich, Shearer’s Foods.

Former Chairman, Dean Erstad, Seneca Foods Corporation, continues to serve ex-officio as a member of the board, and Arthur Handler, Arthur M. Handler Law Offices, LLC, continues as General Counsel.


Private label recognizes five of its own with induction to industry Hall of Fame

Cota, Nicolino, Goldschmidt, Krakauer & Lee are honored for career contributions to store brands

NEW YORK, NY - Five individuals were inducted into the Private Label Hall of Fame, which honors executives who have made noteworthy contributions to the success of retailer’s store brands. The induction ceremony was held at the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, which took place in March 2019 in Pebble Beach, California.

Since its founding, the Hall of Fame has honored more than 65 individuals who significantly impacted the development and success of the private label industry.

At the ceremony's opening, PLMA President Brian Sharoff said “Store brands are a unique partnership. They represent the best in creativity and consumer responsiveness.” He went on to note that five additional members of the Hall of Fame will now take their place among “industry pioneers and CEO’s whose contributions here and internationally are well-known, and among men and women up and down the buying and selling process whose contributions were no less significant.”

The new members of the Hall of Fame are:

  • Terry Lee - As vice president of private brands at Dollar General, Terry Lee led a reinvention of the chain’s private brands program. Earlier, working in similar vein as vice president at both Safeway and Albertsons, he had a major hand in the creation of some of the leading retailer brands and products in the marketplace though the 1990s and early 2000s.

  • Mark Krakauer - Mark Krakauer is the first individual to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as an independent broker. It was largely due to his advocacy that the PLMA agreed at its founding meeting to carve out an associate membership category for the middlemen upon whom so many in the industry depended for sales representation and product development.

  • Kurt Goldschmidt - In his career as senior vice president for American Tissue Company, Kurt Goldschmidt personified the highest level of passion and commitment to store brands, which enabled him to forge unique relationships with customers in the buying offices of major retail chains. He continued serving the industry in retirement as the director of PLMA partnership programs and as an on-camera presence for PLMA Live!

  • Patricia Nicolino - As vice president of marketing for Clement Pappas and later Lassonde Pappas, Pat Nicolino instilled a vision for customer relationships based on trust, and cultivated an environment where innovation could flourish. Her induction proves a quintessential team player, by exceptional contributions to one company, can rise to receive the recognition of their industry peers.

  • Nancy Cota - As vice president of own brands at Albertsons, and thoughout nearly four decades previously with Safeway, Nancy Cota has had an indisputable impact on private label. From her work on O Organics – now a $1 billion brand for Albertsons – to the launch of Open Nature “free-from” products and other fresh and premium brands, she continues to open up new paths for the evolution of store brands.

The Private Label Hall of Fame is sponsored by PLMA and Store Brands magazine. It can be visited online at the link here. Induction is based on nomination by representatives of the industry and determined by a selection committee with experience and knowledge of the history of private label, as well as its growth and evolution over the years.


Retailers relying on innovative store brands to beat competition

PLMA’s 2018 Salute to Excellence Awards give recognition to the best in private label
from today's retailers and wholesalers

NEW YORK – Grocery retailers across the country are turning to innovative store brands products to attract loyal shoppers as competition heats up between brick and mortar and online retailers. Gone are the days when supermarkets offered only commodity products that imitated national brands.

This trend is most evident in PLMA’s 2018 Salute to Excellence Awards program, where more than 500 new store brands food and nonfood products were evaluated by panels of industry professionals and consumers. Judges selected 53 products, 38 food and 15 nonfood items, for Salute to Excellence Awards.

In grocery, some winners feature unusual flavor combinations, such as Metro’s Irresistibles Green Tea and White Chocolaty ice cream bar and Albertsons Signature Select Chipotle Craft Beer BBQ Sauce. Others reflect the latest consumer trends, such as Aldi’s Earth Grown Quinoa Crunch Veggie Burger, Sobey’s Compliments Naturally Simple Ancient Grain Steel Cut Oatmeal, Walmart’s Great Value Ciabatta Pizza Crusts, and 7-Eleven’s 7-Select Go! Smart Clean & Green Cold Pressed Organic Juice. Some offer distinctive ingredients, including Wegmans for Pasilla Pepper Adobo Bold Roasted Chili Paste. Products emphasizing international and multicultural flair were winners, too, like Kroger’s HemisFares Cornicabra Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wakefern’s Shop Rite Trading Company Imported Artichoke Hearts from Peru, or Lidl’s Preferred Selection British Vintage Cheddar Cheese.

“What is really amazing is how good retailers have become in spotting trends and developing new products,” said PLMA president Brian Sharoff. “Ten years ago, all you heard were complaints from national brands about how private Label was nothing more than copy-cats. Now it is the retailers and their store brands suppliers who are pioneering and leading the way.”

Nonfood award winners also feature unusual ingredients, such as Trader Joe’s Trader Joe’s Cucumber Avocado Body Butter and Lavender Tea Tree Scent Liquid Dish Soap, while Thrive Market was recognized for its Coconut Sunscreen Lip Balm, Liquid Lavender Laundry Detergent and Bamboo+Recycled Bath Tissue.

In the personal care and wellness category, Walgreens won with its C.Y.O Eyeshadow Palette Rainbow Warrior Colors. Among the health care winners was CVS Health’s Pro Strength Kinesiology Tape.

Retailers and wholesalers across the U.S., Canada and Latin America were asked to submit their new store brands products for consideration. The products were reviewed for innovation based on trends in the category, the markets in which the retailer operates and what competitors were offering. In addition to innovation and product concept, products were also judged for taste, texture and smell, packaging and presentation, and value for money.

To view all the winning products for 2018, visit



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