The Private Label Trade Show Returns to Chicago, Nov. 13-15

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The Private Label Trade Show Returns to Chicago, Nov. 13-15

NEW YORK (September 14, 2022) - With more than 2,000 exhibit booths, PLMA’s Annual Private Label Trade Show, Nov. 13-15 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Center in Chicago, is the largest event for store brands in North America. 
 
“The exhibit hall will be filled with thousands of new products that will shape the future of store brands,” said Peggy Davies, president of the Private Label Manufacturers Association.
 
Themed “Consumers Are Back in Charge,” the show will feature the latest innovations from exhibitors around the world. Categories include shelf-stable groceries; beverages; fresh, frozen and refrigerated; organic; personal care and cosmetics; foodservice; OTC medicine; baby care; health and wellness; household and kitchen products; general merchandise; pet care and much more. 
 
“The Private Label Trade Show is the event of the year for members of the store brand industry to gather, learn and network,” Davies said.
 
Special emphasis will be placed on food and non-food areas where store brand innovation is exploding. These include plant-based and free-from; wine and spirits; food and non-food with an international flair; and sustainable, clean label products and packaging. 
 
Private brand sales are growing in these and many other categories. Over the first eight months of 2022, store brand sales grew by 9.4%, nearly twice the rate of national brands, reported IRI. Store brands also outperformed national brands in unit sales for the eight months. 
 
This strong year-to-date performance comes on the heels of a record $200 billion in sales last year, when store brands accounted for one of every five products sold across all U.S. channels. Based on PLMA projections and IRI data, by the end of 2022, annual store brand dollar sales will have increased by 36% over a five-year period.
 
"A lot has happened since our industry last met in Chicago three years ago," said Anthony Aloia, PLMA’s corporate vice president.  
 
For starters, sales are up. Aloia noted that one reason is that store brands are widely seen by American shoppers as an important ally against persistent inflation and other financial pressures. Another is that store brands have been very responsive to consumers, who have never been more interested in how all products are made, from their raw ingredients and holistic attributes to their sustainability.
 
“Our 2022 U.S. show represents an opportunity for all of us to catch up and learn more about these and other new and emerging trends,” said Aloia. “All participants will be able to feel, touch, smell, test and experience all the great store brand products on display on the show floor." 
 
Exhibits will be spread out in separate halls of the convention center so that exhibitors can be found more easily. The South Hall will be devoted to health and beauty, household goods, kitchenware and general merchandise. Food, snacks, beverages, refrigerated and frozen will be featured in the North, South and Sky Halls.
 
"We'll assemble thousands of exhibitors from around the world, all of them outstanding food and non-food suppliers offering high-quality products and innovation in every aisle,” added Aloia.
 
The show's program schedule features thought-provoking seminar presentations and breakfast sessions addressing key industry topics. 
 
PLMA also offers many pre-show services and special on-site exhibits. PLMA's Show Navigator is a comprehensive resource for the show where all registrants will find the following details:

  • Exhibitors
  • Product Announcements
  • PLMA's Idea Supermarket
  • Trade Show Facts
  • Show Floor Plan
  • Sunday Afternoon Seminars 

Show Navigator is launched 30 days prior to the show. During the show, the tool can be used by smartphone or tablet to allow attendees to move around the show floor efficiently. This tool is also available for many months after the event

For more information, visit plma.com.

About PLMA:  

The Private Label Manufacturers Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 to promote the store brands industry. It is the only trade group of its kind, representing 3,500 member companies in more than 75 countries. In addition to annual, industry-defining trade shows in Chicago and Amsterdam, PLMA offers its members annual Leadership and Washington conferences, executive education and professional development programs, original consumer and market research, as well as digital media platforms, including exclusive news coverage from PLMA Live and the e-Scanner industry newsletter. Follow PLMA on plma.com, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

"How Private Label Packaging Strategies Influence Shoppers Intent to Purchase"
Will Europeans Ever Shop the Same?

International ReportWill Europeans ever shop the same?
 
Are consumers buying more private label?
 
Which product attributes are highly valued?
 
Is online grocery shopping going to last?
 
PLMA has commissioned a survey of more than 50 questions among 6,500 consumers across 8 European countries. The report of the results, PLMA’s 2022 International Consumer Study “Will Europeans Ever Shop the Same – Assessing consumers’ post-pandemic behaviour”, is now available. Please contact membership@plma.nl

Tom's Data Dive: Breakfast Makes a Comeback

In the latest feature for PLMA’s e-Scanner, Editor-in-Chief Tom Prendergast examines PLMA’s exclusive IRI/Unify sales data. He examines the data to see which categories and products are showing growth and opportunities for PLMA members and retailers. This month’s column looks at IRI statistics as of August 7.

Home continues to be a great place for breakfast, and store brands are taking advantage. Many studies have pointed to the trend of consumers eating at home more often is continuing even as the pandemic wanes. The latest private brand numbers for breakfast foods seem to show this is true for the most important meal of the day.

In the past four weeks of data from IRI, which ended on August 7, private label products for breakfast food products, sides and drinks all showed growth.

In food hot cereal/oatmeal (+33.4%), frozen sausage (+32.1%) had dollar sales increases of over 30%. Meanwhile other breakfast food products like ready-to-eat cereals (+22.8%), muffins (+20.4%), frozen waffles (+22%), English muffins (+13.1%) and frozen breakfast handheld products (+17.8%) all showed strong dollar sales growth.

Sales growth was just as strong over the past 12 weeks. During the period from June 12 to August 7, hot cereal/oatmeal grew 30%, while frozen sausage (+33.3%), ready-to-eat cereals (+21.8%), muffins (+18.5%) frozen waffles (+22%), and English muffins (+10.5%) also grew.

Side dishes also were popular with families eating breakfast at home. During the past four weeks, store brand dollar sales gains were found for maple/pancake syrup, which rose 12.9%, while shelf stable toaster pastries (+29.5%), refrigerated bacon (+6.3%), and refrigerated breakfast sausage and ham (+9.9%) all showed growth.

As with breakfast foods, sales of side dishes were also strong during the 12-week period. Maple/pancake syrup (12.5%), shelf stable toaster pastries (+29.7%), refrigerated bacon (+6.9%), and refrigerated breakfast sausage and ham (+10.5%) all increased in sales.

Breakfast beverages were no exception to the popularity of private brand breakfasts. Ground coffee sales were especially strong, growing by 32% in the past four weeks and 32.4% in the past 12 weeks. Refrigerated coffee creamer (+46.5%) showed the strongest dollar increase in sales while frozen orange juice (+15.1%), and instant coffee (+16.2%) all grew according to the latest four-week statistics. In the past 12 weeks dollar sales also showed strong increases for these products with refrigerated coffee creamer (+38.1%), frozen orange juice (+14.2%) and instant coffee (+19.2%) all having sales growth.

There are just some of the products and categories showing private brand growth. Up to date sales statistics are available to members through IRI’s Unify statistics section on www.plma.com.

 

PLMA to Hold 'Sustainable Store Brands' Program

On October 6-7, PLMA will present its first Sustainable Store Brands program on Zoom. The topics and speakers will focus on sustainability for and with consumers, alliance development, packaging, sourcing, innovation, and other important initiatives.

Sustainability touches every aspect of manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers’ operations. Over two mornings, attendees will be diving into the issues and process of the development of a sustainable private brand partnership between retailers, suppliers, and manufacturers.

Speakers will include representatives from Sam's Club, IRI Worldwide, Meijer, Fair Trade USA, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Tops Markets.

For more information contact info@plma.com

PLMA Readies for Private Label Trade Show

There are only two months until PLMA’s 2022 Private Label Trade Show, November 13-15, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. Exhibitors and retailers are primed to return to the event for the first time since 2019.

The theme of this year’s show this year is “Consumers are Back in Charge.” Now more than ever, American shoppers are demanding high quality products that offer healthier choices, on-trend attributes, unique formulations, enviro-friendly features, and inflation-fighting value. This spells opportunity for food and non-food store brands.

As of September 6, PLMA had nearly 1,000 exhibiting companies participating in the show. Those companies represent over 1,700 booths. By the time the show opens, PLMA is projecting 1,300 exhibitors and more than 2,000 booths, making the PLMA show the largest Private Label event this year in North America.

Over the first eight months of 2022, sales grew by 9.4%, almost twice the increase of national brands, reported IRI. Store brands also outperformed national brands in unit sales for the eight months. The gains are widespread: In the last three months, 15 of 17 departments saw store brand sales growth.

Based on PLMA projections and IRI data, by the end of 2022, annual store brand dollar sales will have increased by 36% over a five-year period.

Dedicated to helping retailers, wholesalers and others make the most of their time when visiting the show, PLMA offers a range of pre-show services and special on-site exhibits.

These include:

  • PLMA's Matchmaker™ online service lets registered retailers arrange appointments with exhibitors in advance of the show.
  • PLMA’s New Product Expo displays the latest product innovations submitted by exhibitors.
  • PLMA's Idea Supermarket® for best-in-class private label branding concepts, products, and packaging from retailers across the country and around the world.
  • PLMA's Annual Salute to Excellence Awards display. The annual Salute to Excellence Awards give recognition to outstanding new store brand products.
  • PLMA's Show Navigator is a comprehensive resource for the show where all registrants will find the following details:
    • Exhibitors
    • Product Announcements
    • PLMA's Idea Supermarket
    • Trade Show Facts
    • Show Floor Plan
    • Sunday Afternoon Seminars

Show Navigator is launched 30 days prior to the show. During the show, PLMA's Show Navigator can be used by smartphones or tablet to allow attendees to move around the show floor efficiently. This tool is also available for many months after the event.

For more information, go to www.plma.com, or call us at +1 212 972-3131 or e-mail info@plma.com.

 

Lunch & Learn Returns Sept. 27 with NielsenIQ Team

PLMA’s popular Lunch & Learn live and online speakers’ program returns on September 27 with presentations from a NielsenIQ team on innovation and trends.

Titled “Success for Store Brands – Winnovation,” the program includes:

Genevieve Aronson, Nielsen IQ’s Global Head of Thought Leadership, Content Strategy and Social Media. Aronson sits at the helm of Nielsen IQ global trends and insights and brings close to 20 years of experience spotting trends across the beauty, fashion, food, beverage, home, and health space.

Mike Jones, Senior Vice President of NielsenIQ BASES, the innovation measurement practice within NielsenIQ. In this role, Jones and his team provide C-level consultancy, strategic planning and ‘Software as a Service’ solutions to FMCG and retailer clients.

Sebastiaan Buchholtz, Senior Analytical Consultant at NielsenIQ in Brussels, who was one of the main speakers at PLMA’s World of Private Label Trade Show this past May and holds a MSc. Double Degree in Advanced International Business Management, Business Management from the University of Groningen.

Previous Lunch & Learn sessions explored a wide range of topics, including presentations on packaging, product development, and the growing demand of consumers for store brands.

Registration is free for PLMA members and retailers. For more information regarding this session and other sessions of Lunch & Learn, please contact Julia Meehan at education@plma.com

PLMA Readies for Return to Chicago

There's 10 weeks to go until PLMA’s 2022 Private Label Trade Show in Chicago, November 13-15, and exhibitors and retailers are primed to return to the Rosemont Convention Center for the first time since 2019.

As of August 23rd, PLMA has nearly 1,000 exhibiting companies participating in the show. Those companies represent over 1,700 booths. By the time the show opens, PLMA is projecting 1,300 exhibitors and more than 2,000 booths, making it the largest Private Label event this year in North America.

The theme of this year’s show this year is “Consumers are Back in Charge.” American shoppers are demanding high quality products that offer healthier choices, on-trend attributes, unique formulations, enviro-friendly features, and inflation-fighting value. This spells opportunity for food and non-food store brands.

Over the first eight months of 2022, sales grew by 9.4%, almost twice the increase of national brands, reported IRI. Store brands also outperformed national brands in unit sales for the eight months. The gains are widespread: In the last three months, 15 of the 17 departments saw store brand sales growth.

Based on PLMA projections and IRI data, by the end of 2022, annual store brand dollar sales will have increased by 36% over a five-year period.

Dedicated to helping retailers, wholesalers and others make the most of their time when visiting the show, PLMA offers a range of pre-show services and special on-site exhibits.

These include PLMA’s Online Show Preview, which helps pre-registered visitors locating products and suppliers as of thirty days prior to the beginning of the show. Once the show starts, the Show Preview turns into the mobile-friendly Show Navigator, which is accessible to all exhibitors and visitors over a dedicated Wi-Fi network.

PLMA’s Online New Product Announcements has been set up to help pre-registered visitors find the latest exhibitor offerings while PLMA's Matchmaker™ helps pre-registered visitors to arrange appointments with exhibitors online in advance of the show.

The show also features PLMA’s popular New Product Expo, which displays the latest product innovations submitted by exhibitors and PLMA's Idea Supermarket® where visitors can explore the best-in-class private label branding concepts, products, and packaging from retailers across the country and around the world. Finally, PLMA's Annual Salute to Excellence Awards will highlight the latest product innovations from leading retailers as judged by a panel of consumers and industry experts.

For more information, go to www.plma.com, or call us at +1 212 972-3131 or e-mail info@plma.com.

 

PLMA is Open to New Membership

The Private Label Manufacturers Association is the only trade association devoted exclusively to the private label industry. Founded in 1979, PLMA currently has some 3,500 member companies. Membership is open to manufacturers, brokers, trade suppliers and other companies. PLMA members enjoy exclusive access and discounted pricing to PLMA events and services. For more information about membership, please visit www.plma.com  or contact Barbara Cruz at (212) 972-3131, EXT. 1225 or bcruz@plma.com.

 

PLMA to Hold Sustainable Store Brand Program

On October 6-7, PLMA, on Zoom, will present PLMA’s Sustainable Store Brands program. The topics and speakers will focus on sustainability for and with consumers, alliance development, packaging, sourcing, innovation, and other important initiatives.

Sustainability now touches every aspect of manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers’ operations. Over two mornings, attendees will be diving into the issues and process of the development of a sustainable private brand partnership between retailers, suppliers, and manufacturers. More details including scheduled speakers and registration will be announced soon.

For more information contact info@plma.com