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Tom's Data Dive

In this monthly feature for PLMA’s e-Scanner, Editor-in-Chief Tom Prendergast examines PLMA’s exclusive IRI/Unify sales data. He compares the latest monthly sales figures vs results from the same month a year ago to see which categories and products are showing growth and opportunities for PLMA members and retailers. This month’s column looks at the latest IRI statistics as of March 20, 2022.

For the four-week period ending March 20th, compared to the same period a year ago, some interesting trends can be seen in both categories and subcategories and food, especially canned food, where many products are showing double digit growth.

In categories, some basic food products stand out in dollar share growth. For instance, Shortening & Oil (31.1%), Frozen Dinners/Entrees (23.5%), Refrigerated Pizza (22.1%) and even Frankfurters (22.3%) all had strong growth in the past month. In addition, other household staples such as Rice (21.3%), Baked Goods (21.4%) Bottled Water (17.8%), and Coffee, Espresso & Tea (17.8%), also showed gains in the past month.

One of the things that catches the eye when looking at subcategory products is how Center Store, specifically Canned/Bottled goods, are growing. In vegetables, Canned/Bottled Mixed Vegetables (20.5%), Spinach (18.2%), Carrots (15.5%), Corn (14.5%), Green Beans (12%), Tomatoes (11.6%) and Green Peas (8.0%) all rose in sales during the past month when compared to a year ago.

Canned/Bottled Fruits also demonstrated higher dollar sales. Canned/Bottled Vegetable/Juice Cocktail (23%), Peaches (22%), Cherries (22.7%), Pineapple (19.2%), and Mixed Fruit (5.3%) all showed dollar sales gains.

There are many other private brand products showing growth over the past month, this is only a small sample of them. All these statistics and more are available to members through IRI’s Unify statistics section on www.plma.com.

‘World of Private Label’ Trade Show Set for May 31-June 1

PLMA welcomes back one of the world's largest in person trade shows with the opening of PLMA’s 2022 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on May 31 – June 1.

“The past two years have been exceptionally challenging for the industry but the need for new products, contacts and ideas has never been greater. Private label retains its strong position around the world and the future promises even more private label as retailers expand internationally and take a larger role in marketing themselves and the products that they sell,” says PLMA President Peggy Davies.

Private label now accounts for more than 40% of all products sold in seven European countries and for more than 30% in another nine countries in Europe.

Products on display at the show in Amsterdam 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 optimize their time.

“For more than 35 years, the “World of Private Label” Show has brought retailers, wholesalers, and other private label professionals together with manufacturers to help them find new products, make new contacts, and discover new ideas that will help their private label programs succeed and grow and 2022 will continue that tradition,” added Davies.

For more information, please visit www.plmainternational.com

Schedule for PLMA's Online Trade Show, March 28-31, Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: press@plma.com 

 Program Includes Exclusive Interviews with Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, Walmart and Albertsons
 
 

NEW YORK (March 25, 2022) – The Private Label Manufacturers Association has released the complete program and show schedule for the PLMA Global online private label trade show, March 28-31. 

Among the highlights:  

THE SHOW FLOOR - PLMA Global provides a convenient and secure platform for retailers from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia to engage with private label exhibitors from 55 countries. Food, snacks, beverages, health and beauty, household products, kitchenware and many other categories are represented. 

SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE® AWARD WINNERS - Interviews with Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Albertsons and Walgreens. All four chains won a coveted PLMA Salute to Excellence award for store brand innovation. PLMA’s Suzanne Caputo gets the stories behind this year’s winning food and non-food products.  

PLMA’s POPULAR IDEA SUPERMARKET® - PLMA’s Carol Angrisani and Chavy Dumpé profile store brand products and packaging from chains around the world, including Amazon, CVS, Target, Ulta, Sobeys, Carrefour and Waitrose. 

PLMA LIVE! NEWS DESK - Morning news reports from PLMA Live! News Desk anchors Jodi Daley and Judith Kolenburg. 

INSIGHTS - Hear about the latest surveys and research from dunnhumby, Kerry, IGD and more.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS SPEAK - Find out about developments in retailing -- ranging from food science to changing consumer habits – from industry thought-leaders. 

Among the speakers:  

  • March 29 
    • Rob Moskow-Credit Suisse Equity Research 
    • Sebastiaan Schreijen-Rabobank  
  • March 30 
    • Amanda Lai and Neil Stern-McMillanDoolittle  
    • Krish Thyagarajan-DataWeave  
  • March 31 
    • Genevieve Aronson-NielsenIQ  

Click here for the full schedule. 

To register for the show, click here

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. 

PLMA to Host “Lunch & Learn” Presentation on April 28

PLMA’s popular “Lunch & Learn” speaker series continues April 28 with a new live online presentation. Details of the program will be announced in a few weeks.

The most recent Lunch & Learn presentation, on February 24, presented two executives from global taste and nutrition company Kerry who spoke about their research on the private label consumer and strategies for innovation and new product development. Elizabeth Horvath, Vice President of Marketing, and Sarah Miller, Marketing Insights Manager also discussed Kerry’s identification of two key private label consumer groups: practical traditionalists and adventure seekers. The first L&L in 2022 was a report by IRI in January.

For more information, please contact education@plma.com. Registration is free for PLMA Members and retailers.

PLMA’s ‘World of Private Label’ Trade Show Opens May 31

PLMA welcomes back one of the world's largest in person trade shows with the opening of PLMA’s 2022 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on May 31 – June 1.

“The past two years have been exceptionally challenging for the industry but the need for new products, contacts and ideas has never been greater. Private label retains its strong position around the world and the future promises even more private label as retailers expand internationally and take a larger role in marketing themselves and the products that they sell,” says PLMA President Peggy Davies.

Private label now accounts for more than 40% of all products sold in seven European countries and for more than 30% in another nine countries in Europe.

Products on display at the show in Amsterdam 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 optimize their time.

“For more than 35 years, the “World of Private Label” Show has brought retailers, wholesalers, and other private label professionals together with manufacturers to help them find new products, make new contacts, and discover new ideas that will help their private label programs succeed and grow and 2022 will continue that tradition,” added Davies.

For more information, please visit www.plmainternational.com

PLMA Global Opens March 28 With Dynamic Speakers, Exclusive Retailer Interviews and Product Profiles

F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E 

CONTACT: press@plma.com

NEW YORK (March 11, 2022) - PLMA Global – a new online private label trade show, March 28-31 – will also feature a full agenda of industry presentations, retailer interviews and product profiles.

Among the topics and speakers scheduled to be presented during the three-day event:

- “The Future of Discount in Europe,” Maxime Delacour, Senior Retail Analyst, IGD.

- “Top 5 Digital Consumer Trends in 2022,” Michelle Evans, Global Lead, Retail & Digital Consumer Insights, Euromonitor International; Maxim Hofer, Consultant, Euromonitor International; and Bob Hoyler, Consultant, Euromonitor International.

- “The New Normal in the Global Technological Landscape,” Peter Hinssen, Futurist and Founder of nexxworks.

- “The Online Retail Landscape,” Denise Klug, Editor, Lebensmittel Zeitung.

- “Top Attributes Promoting Sustainability in Food & Beverage,” Elizabeth Horvath, VP of Marketing, Kerry.

The information-packed agenda also includes exclusive interviews with store brand executives from Whole Foods, Walmart, Albertsons, Walgreens, and representatives of other winners of a prestigious Salute to Excellence award given each year by PLMA to recognize private brand product innovation.

Additionally, attendees can virtually visit PLMA’s popular Idea Supermarket®, which will showcase store brand products and packaging from chains such as Amazon, CVS, Target, Ulta, Sobeys, Carrefour, Waitrose, among others.

PLMA Global provides a convenient and secure platform for retailers from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia to engage with private label exhibitors who supply food, snacks, beverages, health and beauty, household products, kitchenware, and other categories.

“I am very pleased with the worldwide response to attend PLMA Global,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies. “On the platform will be exhibitors and retail/wholesale registrants from 55 countries. A first-rate program is planned, featuring some of the best-known experts who will present contemporary industry topics.”

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, videos and more.

Click here for more details.

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 Global Online Private Label Trade Show - 28-31 March

Complementing its in-person trade shows, PLMA is presenting PLMA Global, an online event set for 28-31 March. It allows manufacturers from around the world to meet with buyers from PLMA’s Amsterdam and Chicago events combined - regardless of their home country. Open 24 hours a day during four days, the platform will be functioning as THE digital hub for the worldwide private label industry.

PLMA Global enables buyers to connect with more than 500 private label suppliers from 60 countries 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.

Tom’s Data Dive

In this new monthly feature for PLMA’s e-Scanner, Editor-in-Chief Tom Prendergast examines PLMA’s exclusive IRI/Unify sales data. He compares the latest monthly sales figures vs results from the same month a year ago to see which categories and products are showing growth and opportunities for PLMA members and retailers. This month’s column looks at the latest IRI statistics as of February 20, 2022.

For the four-week period ending February 20th compared to the same period a year ago, 15 out of the 18 departments tracked by IRI had private brand growth, with Deli/Prepared (18.3%), Beverages (10.8%), General Merchandise (6.5%) Total Store (6.2%), and Beauty (5.1%) showing some of the strongest growth with the latest monthly data vs a year ago.

In categories, sports drinks stand out with 87.3% growth and while total sales stand at $4 million, it is a category where store brands have room to grow and are gaining in sales and perhaps in popularity. Also, among food products, coffee, espresso, and tea saw 29.9% growth in dollar sales while frozen dinner entrees (22.1%) demonstrated refrigerated products and dinner entrees in general seem to remain popular with consumers.

Breath fresheners (43.1%), deodorant (36%) and skin care (32.7%) also stood out in non-food categories. Home staples had growth too. Products such as toilet tissue (23%) and facial tissue (22.5%) reached $206 million and $33 million in sales, respectively.

The products in private brand subcategories are interesting because of their diversity. For instance, Shelve Stable Sport Drinks Non-Aseptic grew 108% but not surprising given the growth of sports drinks in categories. But other products such as acne treatments (73.6%), cooking and salad oils (41.1%) and even motor oil with $30.8 million in sales and growth of 31.8% demonstrated how private brands can find subcategory growth in a wide mixture of products.

All these statistics and more can be found through IRI’s Unify statistics section on www.plma.com.

PLMA’s 2022 ‘World of Private Label’ International Trade Show Opens May 31

PLMA’s 2022 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show will be held at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on May 31 – June 1 and PLMA is excited to have one of the world's largest trade shows back in person.

The past years have been exceptionally challenging but the need for new products, contacts and ideas has never been greater. Private label retains its strong position around the world and the future promises even more private label as retailers expand internationally and take a larger role in marketing themselves and the products that they sell.

Private label now accounts for more than 40% of all products sold in seven European countries and for more than 30% in another nine countries in Europe.

Products on display at the show in Amsterdam 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.

For more than 35 years, PLMA’s “World of Private Label” International Trade Show has brought retailers, wholesalers, and other private label professionals together with manufacturers to help them find new products, make new contacts, and discover new ideas that will help their private label programs succeed and grow and 2022 will continue that tradition.

For more information on the show, please visit www.plmainternational.com