Foodservice Products Will Be in the Spotlight for PLMA’s 2021 Show in Chicago, Nov. 14-16

Foodservice Products will be in the spotlight for PLMA’s 2021 show in Chicago, Nov. 14-16

NEW YORK (June 9, 2021) — The Private Label Manufacturers Association today announced that its annual Private Label Trade Show, taking place in-person November 14-16 in Chicago, will feature expanded participation by foodservice suppliers across all food, nonfood and beverage categories.

Overall, more than 2,000 exhibitors and over 5,000 visitors are expected at the show, which has always been an important stop for manufacturers and buyers for foodservice. Among buyers from all major retail chains, you might spy representatives from some the nation’s largest restaurant suppliers on the trade show floors as well. Most, including the likes of Sysco, US Foods, Aramark, Maclean and others, have highly developed brand programs, ranging from value labels in basic food items, nonfood and takeout packaging to proprietary labels that might include proprietary coffee blends, farm raised meat and produce, craft cheese and artisan bakery items, sustainably sourced seafood, authentic Italian, Latin and Asian specialty items, and more.

As the pandemic recedes, all signs are pointing to greater growth and success for private label in foodservice, according to PLMA Vice President Anthony Aloia.

“Consumers have become more accustomed to finding freshly made, restaurant-style meals in supermarkets – whether prepared by in-store bakery, deli and meat departments, or brought in from a ghost kitchen or commissary – which are sold at extremely reasonable prices under the retailer’s own brands,” Aloia said.

The spike in demand for sanitary pre-packaging of ready-to-eat prepared foods for exhausted home cooks, along with more convenient snacks and meals to-go, made grocery stores more competitive with restaurant take-out than ever before. Meanwhile, a surge of in-app and online ordering for curbside pick-up and delivery platforms further blurred the boundaries between retail grocery, convenience and restaurant channels.

Retailers have stepped up their game with the deployment of new mobile purchasing, shop-from-home and last-mile delivery options. Simultaneously, many best-in-class retail chains expanded their convenience-oriented offerings for prepared, kitchen and table-ready meals packaged for pickup or delivery, in addition to items packaged for grab-and-go in stores.

The grocery channel has adopted a number of consumer-driven restaurant food trends. For example, there’s been increased emphasis on farm fresh and locally sourced ingredients. With maintaining healthier lifestyles now top-of-mind for many consumers, natural, organic and minimally processed foods continue to be popular for fresh departments and foodservice, even as more plant-based, vegetarian and vegan options are taking their place alongside. And across all these trends, there has been rising interest in restaurant-quality menus featuring international cuisines, as well as regional and ethnic specialties that offer shoppers an opportunity to relive or replace the restaurant experience in homes.

As the pendulum swings back towards normalcy in months ahead, restaurants, for their part – whether fast food, takeout, fast-casual or fine dining – are sure to feel pressured to engage the challenge posed by all this expansion of foodservice at retail. Expect them to fight to woo their customers back. Ordering convenience, and delivery will be among the battlelines for fast food and takeout. Less crowding, touchless payments and visible sanitation will no doubt continue to matter for in-dining experiences. But coinciding with the additional expense for such improvements and a possible rise in labor costs, we can also expect to see more aggressive promotions and lower prices.

Taken together, these likelihoods are sure to make all manner of private label products from their foodservice suppliers increasingly attractive to restauranteurs from a margin perspective.

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About PLMA: The Private Label Manufacturers Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 to promote store brands. It is the only trade group of its kind, representing 4,500 member companies in more than 75 countries. In addition to annual, industry-defining trade shows in Chicago and Amsterdam, PLMA offers its members conferences, executive education, professional development, market research, category and channel sales data, consumer surveys, and publications. Follow PLMA on Twitter and LinkedIn.

For more information or to request an interview with PLMA President Peggy Davies, contact PLMA’s press representative at (212) 972-3131 Ext 1224, or email press@plma.com 

PLMA’s “World of Private Label“ International Trade Show, 14-15 December 2021 in Amsterdam

On 14 and 15 December 2021, PLMA’s “World of Private Label“ International Trade Show will be held in person at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. PLMA’s timing will allow for a safe event under the theme ‘Back to Business with PLMA’. All aisles are extra-wide which, together with a variety of other health and safety measures, will allow all attendees to apply social distancing.

Products on display will include fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods, dry grocery, and beverages as well as non-food categories, including cosmetics, health and beauty, household and kitchen, auto aftercare, garden, and housewares & DIY. The show floor is divided into separate food and non-food halls to help visitors make the most of their time. Exhibitor registration for the 2021 “World of Private Label“ is open. For more information, click here. To request an application to exhibit, click here.
Executive Education Program Registration is still Open

Registration for PLMA’s Executive Education Program is open until June 16. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the program, which will be held live online June 16-17. Presented in conjunction with Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia, lectures and interactive discussions will be held via Zoom.

Some of the topics for this year’s sessions include how the retail landscape is changing; strategies for store brands; the challenges of ecommerce and the digital shelf; big data; and product innovation and packaging. The lectures and interactive discussions will be conducted by faculty from Saint Joseph’s University as well as from the private brand industry. Manufacturers, retailers, experienced professionals or those who are new to the private label industry can gain a greater understanding of the issues that face store brands from the programs that are presented during the two-day sessions.

More than 1,800 men and women have graduated from PLMA’s Executive Education program since its inception in 2001. Classes have been found to be especially helpful for people new to the industry, those who built their careers working for the national brands, and anyone looking to refresh their knowledge, broaden their focus, or sharpen their ability to think strategically.
 
For additional information, please contact Julia Meehan at education@plma.com or click here to register for the program.
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 roughly 4,500 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, contact Barbara Cruz at (212) 972-3131, EXT. 1225 or bcruz@plma.com.

Executive Education Program to be held June 16-17

This year marks the 20th anniversary of PLMA’s Executive Education Program, which will be held live online June 16-17. Presented in conjunction with Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia, lectures and interactive discussions will be held via Zoom.

Some of the topics for this year’s sessions include how the retail landscape is changing; strategies for store brands; the challenges of ecommerce and the digital shelf; big data; and product innovation and packaging. The lectures and interactive discussions will be conducted by faculty from Saint Joseph’s University as well as from the private brand industry. Manufacturers, retailers, experienced professionals or those who are new to the private label industry can gain a greater understanding of the issues that face store brands from the programs that are presented during the two-day sessions.

More than 1,800 men and women have graduated from PLMA’s Executive Education program since its inception in 2001. Classes have been found to be especially helpful for people new to the industry, those who built their careers working for the national brands, and anyone looking to refresh their knowledge, broaden their focus, or sharpen their ability to think strategically.

For additional information, please contact Julia Meehan at education@plma.com or click here to register for the program.

New Lunch & Learn Online Programme

PLMA International Council announces a new interactive online programme, called Lunch & Learn. The programme will launch on 10 & 17 June with two workshops devoted to private label partnership.

In the online 75 minutes lunchtime meetings, participants will get a comprehensive insight in strategic communications and value added negotiations to build successful partnerships in private label.

The sessions will be led by Blueprint Europe strategic consulting and are free for PLMA members, retailers and wholesalers.

Chicago's Rosemont Convention Center to Resume Hosting Shows in July

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Rosemont, Ill., May 4, 2021 — The Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center in Rosemont announced today that they will resume hosting trade shows and public events in July of this year. The announcement follows news that the Auto Show will return to Chicago this summer.

“The Stephens Convention Center is a major economic engine not only for our community but for the State of Illinois,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. “This one facility is responsible for $800 million in annual economic impact through everything from hotel stays and restaurant receipts to retail and even gasoline sales.”

The Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center is among the largest such facilities in the United States. Staff and management are prepared to reopen with the health and safety of attendees at the top of mind. The Convention Center will be accredited by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) by the time shows resume. Considered the gold standard in the industry, GBAC accreditation is given to facilities that have established certain cleaning and disinfecting protocols that are carried out by highly trained professionals.

“The health and safety of our attendees is our highest priority,” said Convention Center Executive Director Chris Stephens. “We closely track and follow all best practices and guidance from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.”

Approximately 30 trade shows and public events are tentatively scheduled between July and the end of the year. With close to 1 million square feet available for shows and events, there is ample space for a limited return to events.

Before the pandemic, the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center hosted around 70 trade shows and 250 meetings and social events per year. Those shows historically bring as many as 1.5 million people to the region.

“We’re excited to take another step towards normal,” said Mayor Brad Stephens. “It’s good for Rosemont and it’s good for Illinois.”

Clay Dockery of Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA to serve second term as PLMA board chair

NEW YORK, NY—On March 18, during the Private Label Manufacturers Association's annual meeting for 2021, Clay Dockery, Vice President Corporate Brands, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, was re-elected to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of PLMA. In addition, Doug Bausch, Vice President Sales and Marketing, LNK International, Inc., was elected to the position of First Vice Chairman, and Kelly McGolrick, Vice President Private Label Sales Development, Lassonde Pappas was elected to serve as Second Vice Chair. '

Five individuals were elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms from 2021-2024. They are: Ron Hodges, McCain Foods; Troy Pelak, Perrigo Company; Alex Chimens, Jel-Sert Company; Josh Sowell, SunTree Snack Foods, LLC; and Mark Cheney, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. Elected to fill a vacancy on the board extending until 2023 was Todd Graven of Huhtamaki.

Continuing members of the PLMA Board of Directors include: Howard Kirschenbaum, Trinity Plastics; Lou DeMent, Giovanni Food Co.; Mark Coleman, Catania Spagna Corp.; Darin Ciavarella, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate; Marc Robinson, Global Tissue Group; Kristal Sevcik, AmeriQual Group, LLC; Mark Mayer, Hormel Foods; Dean Erstad, Seneca Foods Corporation; Ashley Quaintance, TreeHouse Foods; Tim Marvin, Mizkan Americas, Inc.; Chris Anderson, Edgewell Personal Care; and Gil Wilson, T. Marzetti Company. 

Jerry McGill, Roehl Corporation, continues to serve on the Board representing PLMA member brokers, while Maria Dubuc, Marketing By Design, represents PLMA member suppliers. Former Chairman, Lisa Manzoline, Reynolds Consumer Products, continues to serve ex-officio as a member of the board.

Private Label Maintains Strong Position Across Europe

Retailer brands sustained their market share position above 30% in all but two of the eighteen European countries surveyed by Nielsen in 2020 for PLMA’s 2021 International Private Label Yearbook. Nearly half of the countries reached market shares above 40%, whereas the majority showed a positive market penetration.

According to Nielsen’s data, Fresh & Frozen, Dairy and Health & Beauty are the top 3 product categories registering highest growth among the 18 countries.

“While taking account of multiple interruptions and ambiguities amidst the pandemic,” commented PLMA President Peggy Davies “the statistics for 2020 are an affirmation of consumers’ continuing trust in retailer brands.”

 

Store Brands Appeal for U.S. Shoppers Was Unfazed by Effects of the Pandemic in 2020

Click here to view PLMA’s 2021 Private Label Yearbook. Summary and topline reports for store brands sales and market share by channel and region are based on NielsenIQ scan data for the 52 weeks ending 12/26/21.

NEW YORK—As the pandemic brought unparalleled volatility to U.S. grocery purchasing in 2020, consumers continued to favor store brands for about one of every four purchases across all major food and nonfood categories based on the industry’s latest annual sales data, says the Private Label Manufacturers Association.

According to PLMA’s 2021 Private Label Yearbook, retailers’ private brands accounted for 23.4% of all units sold last year in NielsenIQ’s calculation of all outlets combined, which includes total U.S. supermarkets, mass, club, and dollar channels, as   well as drug chains. About one out of every five dollars expended by shoppers in all outlets, or 19.5%, was for the retailer’s store brand. Both figures were unchanged from the market shares reported for the full year prior to the pandemic. The year 2020 saw COVID-related retail impacts that ranged from panic buying early on to the near doubling of online purchases over 2019 sales. Yet store brands sales saw an increase of +12% for the year, keeping pace with national brands and maintaining market share, despite a number of supply chain interruptions affecting high demand categories, and a major shift of purchasing from foodservice to grocery channels as consumers everywhere were forced to adjust their lifestyles around remote schooling and work, and many households were confronted with the loss of income or livelihood. 

The year underscored the importance of store brands in the major grocery channels as families learned to cope with the pandemic. Combining socially distanced shopping in stores with online purchases for curbside pickup and home delivery, consumers spent $16.5 billion more (+11.6%) on store brands and $86 billion more (+11.8%) on all brands in the country’s retail stores compared to the year prior. Contributing to the increase was the impact of traditional restaurant and other foodservice dollars that flowed into the grocery space, whether from outright closures of bars and restaurants, restrictions on dining out, cancelled vacations and travel, or the need to substitute in-home for daily commuter and office meals, as well as school lunches. The National Restaurant Association says restaurant and foodservice industry sales fell by $240 billion in 2020 from an expected level of $899 billion and that 110,000 eating and drinking establishments closed for business—temporarily or permanently. Diverted foodservice dollars were welcomed by the grocery industry, but they also posed a massive challenge for its distribution systems, as did considerable stocking up by panicked shoppers, particularly in the first quarter of 2020. Such overbuying also contributed to the swelling of last year’s grocery sales total.

“Analysis needs to take these anomalies of the 2020 data into account,” cautioned PLMA president Peggy Davies, “but comparisons to pre-pandemic trends and projections notwithstanding, store brands maintained their well-established position in the marketplace, as retailers and private label manufactures succeeded in supplying the country with critical food and essential non-food products in the face of extreme volatility. The 2020 sales figures bear that out.

”NielsenIQ data show retailers’ store brands surged across all outlets for a record $158.8 billion in private label sales, even as sales for all brands reached a record $816 billion. Private label units also saw an increase of +7.2%, matching the growth of all brands. Private label’s market share for all outlets remained steady at 19.5% of sales volume and 23.4% of all units sold. In the mass channel, consisting of mass merchandisers, club and dollar stores, PLMA calculates store brands sales increased by $8.1 billion (+11.7%) to a total of $77.8 billion, and store brands unit volume was up +8.2%. Both measures outpaced the mass channel overall, where manufacturers brands saw gains of +8.5% in dollars and +4.9% in units. As a result, store brands shares increased to 21.5% (+0.5 percentage points) of total dollar sales and 25.5% (+0.6 percentage points) of all units sold.

In U.S. supermarkets, which for a number of years had only moderate, mostly inflationary sales growth and declining unit volumes, 2020 brought a reversal of trends and store brands factored significantly in the turnaround. Private label sales increased by $8.5 billion to a record $27.3 billion (+13.2%), while units were up +7.1%. Manufacturers brands fared somewhat better however, as the channel overall captured a +16% sales increase to a record $403.6 billion overall in tandem with a unit volume gain of +9.4%. Private label had lower annual shares in the channel as a whole, at 18.1% of dollars (-0.4 percentage points) and 22.3% of units (-0.5 percentage points).

The drug channel fared less well than others, reporting $130 million lower store brands sales (- 1.7%) against a loss of more than -6% unit volume for all brands sold in the channel vs a year ago. National brands sales increased +0.8%—an indication that price inflation may have been a factor as private label market share for units remained unchanged at 15.7%, while dollar share declined -0.3 percentage points to 15.9%.

NielsenIQ’s Kara Sheesley, vice president retail engagement and U.S. industry relations, cited household panel data for 2020 as proof that purchasing private label is ingrained in U.S. consumers’ behavior: “Fully 99% of households told us they bought private label last year.” Of note, the panel research data placed store brands market share for 2020 at 23% of all grocery dollars and 25% of units, by taking account of sales at retailers not counted within the point-of sale scan data universe. The figure includes additional private label sales of approximately $40 billion annually from consumer purchases at leading club, discount retailers and others with extensive private brand programs.