PLMA Prepares for Virtual 2021 Washington Conference

PLMA’s Washington Conference will be held live and interactive on Zoom October 6 and 7. Now that the Biden administration has settled in and Democrats hold majorities in both houses, what can store brand manufacturers and their retail partners expect from a legislative and regulatory perspective?

What is the latest in terms of taxes, tariffs, infrastructure, and consumer demographics and, of course, politics? How will your business be affected?

For instance, the recent introduction of anti-trust legislation, which is targeting Amazon and how they sell their private label products, is one example of how the Democratic agenda is already attempting to make changes to America’s business landscape. In addition, possible future decisions or regulations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other government agencies are always a possibility.

Scheduled speakers include Representative Robin Lynne Kelly (D-IL); Dr. Claudine Kavanaugh, Director for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling; Eugene Daniels, White House reporter for Politico, and Jon Gold, Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy for the National Retail Federation.

The registration for PLMA members is now being offered at a special rate of $199, while non-member attendance is $350. Participation by retailers and wholesalers is complimentary.

For additional information about PLMA’s 2021 Washington Conference, please contact Linda Morales at lmorales@plma.com or conferences@plma.com

Peggy Davies Confirmed as PLMA President

Peggy Davies has been appointed to a three-year term as president of the organization. The announcement comes as PLMA prepares for the Private Label Trade Show’s return to Chicago November 14-16.

Davies was first named president on an interim basis in June 2020 after longtime president Brian Sharoff passed away the month before. 

While PLMA had to postpone in-person events last year, Davies helped the association by launching a week-long virtual event Private Label Week this past February. PLMA has unveiled a revamped website and introduced the Lunch & Learn program under her leadership.

“We recognized from day one that Peggy was well prepared to undertake the responsibilities of the position,” said Clay Dockery, board chair and division vice president of corporate brands at Massimo Zanetti Beverage. “It has been thanks to her deep experience and understanding of both the industry and the association that Peggy has proven the wisdom of that decision. She succeeded fully in not only honoring the legacy of her predecessor, but also in bringing new ideation and opportunities as well as to develop, promote and carry the association forward.”

 Davies has been part of the private brand industry for more than 40 years, previously serving as PLMA’s vice president of association relations. She also served for several years on the PLMA board representing Agrilink Foods and McCain Foods USA, including two terms as PLMA’s board chair.

“We are now emerging from a most challenging year, and recent events have only served to highlight the association’s value and importance in service to the private label industry,” Davies said.
Watch Jim Hertel’s exclusive presentation of “The Retail Landscape"

Jim Hertel, Senior Vice President of Inmar Intelligence, spoke last month at PLMA's Executive Education virtual event last month about "The Retail Landscape: Turbulent Times Mandate a Transformation.”  Click here to view a highlight of the presentation. The full 30-minute presentation is exclusively for PLMA's members. Login for full access to the presentation, which is posted under the Executive Education and Training section of: members.plma.comTo join PLMA click here

Sustainable Packaging at PLMA's 2021 Private Label Trade Show

Shoppers love packaging convenience and portable packaging for food on-the-go, but they also want what's good for the environment, including source reduction, fewer plastics, more recycled materials and newer sustainable technologies.

Foodservice to be featured in Chicago

PLMA’s annual Private Label Trade Show, which will be held in-person November 14-16 in Chicago, will feature expanded participation by foodservice suppliers across all food, nonfood, and beverage categories.

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

“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.

Natural, organic, and minimally processed foods continue to be popular for foodservice, and more plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan options are taking their place alongside. There is also rising demand restaurant-quality menus featuring international cuisines, as well as regional and ethnic specialties that offer shoppers the restaurant experience in homes.

Foodservice is just one of the many trends and growing categories in the private label and retail industry which will be featured at the PLMA Trade Show this November. Overall, more than 2,000 exhibitors and over 5,000 visitors are expected to attend. For more information about exhibiting or attending, please contact exhibit@plma.com or telephone (212) 972-3131 or visit www.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.
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 

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.