PLMA to Host Feb. 24 Lunch and Learn Presentation: New Opportunities in Private Label Innovation

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PLMA to Host Feb. 24 Lunch and Learn Presentation: New Opportunities in Private Label Innovation   

NEW YORK (January 21, 2022) - PLMA’s 2022 “Lunch and Learn” speaker series continues Feb. 24 with a presentation from Kerry about its research on the private label consumer and strategies for new product development. 

The live online presentation will be held for one hour at 12:30 p.m. ET and will feature two Kerry executives: Elizabeth Horvath, Vice President of Marketing, and Sarah Miller, Marketing Insights Manager. They will reveal Kerry’s private label consumer research identifying two key private label consumer groups: practical traditionalists and adventure seekers. The session will explore the distinct attitudes of each group and strategies for new product development across food and beverage categories. 

Kerry’s new Online Product Development Simulator interactive tool will also be discussed. 

“Our exclusive Lunch and Learn presentation by Kerry will outline store brand food and beverage innovation with taste and nutrition solutions,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies.  

This is one of a series of PLMA Lunch and Learn online professional development events planned for 2022. The first was held in January with a presentation from IRI. Another session will be held April 28. For Lunch and Learn registration information, please contact education@plma.com. Registration is free for PLMA members and retailers. 

Other upcoming PLMA events: 

  • “PLMA Global” online private label trade show, March 28-31 
  • PLMA’s “World of Private Label” in-person trade show, Amsterdam, May 31-June 1  
  • PLMA’s Private Label Trade Show, Chicago, Nov. 13-15

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 Twitter and LinkedIn.   

About Kerry Group 

Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. We innovate with our customers to create great tasting products, with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring better impact for the planet. Our leading consumer insights, global RD&A team of 1,100+ food scientists and extensive global footprint enable us to solve our customers complex challenges with differentiated solutions. At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over 2 billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030. For more information, visit www.kerrygroup.com.

e-Scanner Now Arrives Twice a Month

PLMA is pleased to announce that starting with this issue, PLMA’s e-Scanner will be emailed to subscribers twice a month. The next issue will be sent February 12. For over 25 years, e-Scanner has provided important association, private brand, and industry news as well as targeted reporting of retail, product, category, and consumer trends in the In the Stores and Market Research sections. With bi-monthly editions, PLMA will double down on its industry coverage.

PLMA Global, Online Trade Show, Set for March 28-31

The Private Label Manufacturers Association is launching an online trade show called PLMA Global. It is a newly imagined, worldwide event that will combine the exhibitors and buyers from the organization’s industry-defining, in-person Chicago and Amsterdam events. PLMA Global will take place March 28 to 31.

“The platform will support the connection between PLMA member-exhibitors and store brand buyers representing leading supermarkets, drug chains, mass merchandisers, supercenters, specialty retailers, dollar stores, club stores, convenience stores and other formats. We believe that during the last four days of March, our platform will become the digital hub of the retailer brands industry,” said Davies.

Buyers can search for suppliers by name, product category, description, or marketplace trend, or by country, continent, or any combination thereof. PLMA Global will add various online features for both exhibitors and visitors and will support real time conversations and meetings with features like one-on-one or group video calls, product demos, downloadable documents, and videos and more. 

Exhibitors will be able to meet with buyers live online 24/7 during the event and the platform will remain open for another three months for follow-up, or for a new visit by buyers who could not log in during formal show days.

Efficient appointment scheduling is the most important feature of the virtual event which will allow buyers to join the platform as it fits their schedule and time zone. Buyers can request video call appointments from exhibitors even before the show opens. Calls can be one-on-one or group calls involving multiple participants representing store brand suppliers as well as retail chains.

Exhibitors will also receive one entire webpage on the platform and will be able to display images of their featured products along with detailed descriptions. Additional company and product information can be shared through downloadable documents or promotional videos, including keywords.

For questions regarding PLMA Global, please call +1 212-972-3131 or email at plmaglobal@plma.com

PLMA Global Online Private Label Trade Show – 28-31 March 2022

Complementing its in-person trade shows, PLMA is pleased to announce PLMA Global, an online event set for 28-31 March. It will allow manufacturers from around the world to meet with buyers from PLMA’s industry-defining Amsterdam and Chicago events combined - regardless of their home country. PLMA Global will enable buyers to connect with exhibitors through video calls, business card exchanges, and other online communications tools. Buyers’ ability to preschedule meetings is a key feature of the platform.

For more PLMA Global exhibitor or visitor information, click here.

Speakers Confirmed for PLMA's Online Roundtable Conference, 23-24 February 2022

This year’s theme is “The power of sustainability”. Driving a sustainable private label business is a challenge for retailers and manufacturers. It touches every aspect of companies' operations. From sourcing, product composition and transport, to processing, packaging, waste management and store and warehouse design. What are the drivers and barriers of making sustainable choices? What is the role of the consumer? How can companies turn the cost of change into future success?

Among the speakers are Boris Planer, Head of Consumer and Market Insight at WGSN, who will give insight into the Online Retail Landscape and Marjan de Bock-Smit, Managing Partner at ImpactBuying will discuss the Purpose of Sustainability. Moreover, Kevin Vyse, Head of Technical at ProAmpac will cover the topic Net Zero and the Circular Route to better Packaging while Peter Hinnsen, Futurist, author and key-note speaker, will elaborate on the New Normal in the Global Technological Landscape, followed by a Retail Case Study and a Panel discussion on the Power of Sustainability.

For registration and more information, please click here.

PLMA Announces Salute to Excellence Award Winners 

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PLMA Announces Salute to Excellence Award Winners

NEW YORK (January 14, 2022) - Compostable birch cutlery, artisanal Italian soda and aromatherapy shower spray are among the winners of a 2021 Salute to Excellence award from the Private Label Manufacturers Association.

Announced today, the award winners were chosen from over 770 recently introduced food, beverage, kitchen, household and health & beauty care product submissions by 52 North American retailers. This is the highest number of submissions PLMA has received for Salute to Excellence since its inception.

Among the trends: eco-friendly household goods, organic foods and baking products, specialty beverages and easy-to-use self-care products. These include:  

- Equate™ Eucalyptus Congestion Relief & Aromatherapy Shower Spray from Walmart; 

- Mini Rose Hydrosol from 365 by Whole Foods Market; 

- Bamboo Bath Tissue from Sprouts;  

- Total Home® Earth Essentials Compostable Birch Cutlery from CVS;  

- Seven Farms™ Organic Vanilla Almond Granola from Federated Group;  

- Organic White Jasmine Rice from Thrive Market; 

- Lidl® Organic Coconut Flour; 

- Culinaria™ Raspberry-Lemon Italian Soda from Schnuck Markets; 

- Nature's Nectar® Aloe Vera Drink from Aldi; 

- Kroger™ Hydro Go Caffeinated Water. 

“The award winners exemplify how store brands go above-and-beyond consumer expectations,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies. “They represent exceptional quality, value and innovation.” 

All submissions were grouped in one of several categories, including Meal Preparation, Food for the Family, Healthy Eating, Beverages, Snacks, Bakery & Desserts, Dairy, Health & Beauty and Home & Household.  

Each product was evaluated by a panel of professional and consumer judges on several criteria, including taste and sensory appeal, packaging, presentation and value for money.  

PLMA’s Salute to Excellence competition was created in 1986 to recognize retailers for their commitment to the growth and success of store brands. The annual judging of store brands products across all food and beverage and home and health categories began in 2006.  

To download a PDF of the Salute to Excellence winners in all categories, click here. The winners also can be viewed on plmawinners.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 Twitter and LinkedIn.  

PLMA Announces A New Online Private Label Trade Show: PLMA Global, March 28-31

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PLMA ANNOUNCES A NEW ONLINE PRIVATE LABEL TRADE SHOW: PLMA GLOBAL, MARCH 28-31

Unique platform supports efficient appointment scheduling and direct video connections among store brand exhibitors and buyers

NEW YORK (January 11, 2022) - PLMA Global - a newly imagined, online private label trade show from the Private Label Manufacturers Association - combines the exhibitors and buyers from the organization’s industry-defining, in-person Chicago and Amsterdam events. PLMA Global will take place March 28 to 31, 2022. Exhibitors can sign up now by calling 1+212 972-3131 or e-mailing plmaglobal@plma.com

“The disruptive effects of the pandemic on retailing and the store brands industry continue. Foremost among today’s challenges is the reliable flow of products from source to shelf,” explains PLMA President Peggy Davies. 

PLMA Global can mitigate supply chain issues by providing a convenient, secure, and information-rich platform where retailers from the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Asia can engage with current, former and prospective private label suppliers and collectively develop optimum ways to move products by evaluating their respective capabilities and, if necessary, diversifying and reconfiguring their relationships. Quality, innovation, and the cost of goods will always be attributes that retailers prize in their partners, but right now product availability, continuity and on-time delivery are at the top of the list.

“The platform will support the connection between PLMA member-exhibitors and store brand buyers representing leading supermarkets, drug chains, mass merchandisers, supercenters, specialty retailers, dollar stores, club stores, convenience stores and other formats,” said Davies. “We believe that during the last four days of March, our platform will become the digital hub of the retailer brands industry.” 

PLMA Global will support real-time conversations and meetings, with features like one-on-one or group video calls, product demos, screen sharing, messaging, downloadable documents, and videos, and more.   

Efficient appointment scheduling is the most important feature of the virtual event, says the association. PLMA Global’s format allows buyers to join the platform as it fits their schedule and time zone. Buyers can request video call appointments from exhibitors even before the show opens. Calls can be one-on-one, but they can also be group calls involving multiple participants representing store brand suppliers as well as retail chains. 

Video conferencing platform Jitsi Meet provides tools commonly used in today’s virtual business, including screen sharing and virtual backgrounds. When a buyer requests a video appointment, an instant e-mail notification with a direct login link goes out to the exhibitor. Once the date and time are confirmed, a meeting link is sent to all parties. 

A preliminary list of registered buyers and visitors will be sent to exhibitors about two weeks prior to the event. At its conclusion, exhibitors will receive an updated list of all the buyers and visitors who registered. 

Buyers and visitors can peruse categories they are accustomed to seeing at PLMA’s in-person shows, from food, snacks and beverages to health and beauty, household and kitchenware.

PLMA Global’s search functionality allows visitors to find suppliers by company name, category, description or trend, by country, continent, or by any combination of the above. It will also be possible to search for products using the photo gallery view.

Exhibitors receive one entire webpage on the platform and will be able to display images of their featured products along with detailed descriptions. Additional company and product information can be shared through downloadable documents or promotional videos, including keywords. Exhibitors can list up to five representatives for buyers to contact. Exhibitor personnel who are logged in will display as “online” and can be contacted directly by buyers. Offline personnel receive an e-mail notification when a buyer is trying to contact them. 

Buyers and exhibitors will be able to meet live online 24/7 during the event and the platform will remain open for another three months for follow-up, or for a new visit by buyers who could not log in during formal show days. During this period, all connectivity tools -- including video call and appointment scheduling -- remain active, allowing for post-show access. 

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 Twitter and LinkedIn.

Now, You’ll Get e-Scanner Twice a Month

PLMA is pleased to announce that starting January 28, PLMA’s e-Scanner will be sent to subscribers twice a month. For over 25 years, e-Scanner has provided important association, private brand and industry news as well as targeted reporting of retail, product, category and consumer trends in its In the Stores and Market Research sections. With bi-monthly editions, PLMA will double down on its industry coverage.

PLMA Cancels January Trade Show in Chicago Due to COVID-Fueled Travel Restrictions

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NEW YORK (December 13, 2021) – The Private Label Manufacturers Association has canceled its January 30- February 1, 2022, Private Label Trade Show in Chicago due to the debilitating effects of COVID-19 on business travel. It is the second cancellation of the show, which was originally to be held last month. “This action was taken for a number of reasons, all related to the impact of COVID-19 on the safe movement of exhibitors and visitors who annually attend our Chicago show,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies.

Davies noted that PLMA has plans for three major trade shows for retailers and store brand manufacturers during 2022: PLMA Global, a new online event set for March 28-31; the annual World of Private Label show in Amsterdam, May 31-June 1; and the traditional fall Chicago show, November 13-15.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, however, the in-person Chicago show is not possible for Jan. 30-Feb.1, she explained.

“Because of the surge in cases nationwide, we are seeing an extension into 2022 of corporate travel limitations, if not new outright bans,” Davies said. “With the onset of colder weather and more indoor gatherings, an uptick in cases in the U.S. was predicted by most experts, but its extent has been greater than anticipated.”

In addition, the outbreak of the Omicron variant has exacerbated the COVID-19 situation overseas, resulting in the imposition of tougher restrictions on all international travel. This makes passage to Chicago by all trade show participants highly problematic, Davies noted.

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 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 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 Twitter and LinkedIn.

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 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, please visit www.plma.com  or contact Barbara Cruz at (212) 972-3131, EXT. 1225 or bcruz@plma.com.