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PLMA to announce Salute to Excellence Awards at 2019 “World of Private Label” pre-show seminars

AMSTERDAM— 23 April – The growing importance of private label for retailers as online shopping becomes more popular will be in the spotlight at PLMA’s 2019 “World of Private Label” which takes place 21-22 May at the RAI Exhibition Centre here.

The quality and innovation in retailer brands will be on display with the announcement of PLMA’s 2019 International Salute to Excellence Awards. The Awards, which honour retailers for excellence in private label products and packaging introduced within the past year, will be announced at the pre-show seminar programme on Monday 20 May at the RAI Centre.

Following the International Salute to Excellence Awards, two seminar presentations will focus on the changing retail marketplace. Ben Miller, Global Insight Director, IGD, will examine the new strategies traditional retailers need to succeed against online competitors. Lidia Palubina, Senior Consultant, E-commerce and Omnichannel, Kantar Consulting, will discuss Alibaba’s new retail concept that may have an impact far beyond China.

The trade show floor opens the next day. The event will feature nearly 2,700 exhibiting companies from around 70 countries, including more than 60 national and regional pavilions. It is expected that the trade show will attract more than 15,000 visitors from more than 120 countries.

A special trade show attraction is PLMA’s Idea Supermarket, where visitors can see displays of the products from retailers around the world as well as the products recognised in PLMA’s 2019 International Salute to Excellence Awards. Nearby is PLMA’s New Product Expo, displaying more than 600 products presented for the first time on the trade show floor.

Products displayed on the exhibition floor 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 and DIY. Featured on the trade show floor are national and regional pavilions, promoting their countries and spotlighting the products they make.

For more information about PLMA’s 2019 “World of Private Label Trade Show,” or arrange an interview with Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA, contact Leonique White, Manager Trade Show Development, PLMA International Council, at telephone: +31 20 5753032 or email: press@plma.nl.

PLMA’s 2019 “World of Private Label” will bring more than 15,000 visitors to the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM— More than 15,000 trade professionals from 120 countries are expected to attend PLMA’s 2019 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show, that will be held 21-22 May at the RAI Exhibition Centre here.

Visitors include retailers representing supermarkets, hypermarkets, discounters, drugstores and department stores, as well as importers and exporters, manufacturers, consultants, sales agents and packaging and design experts.

On the trade show floor, they have the opportunity to visit more than 2,600 exhibiting companies, the largest number ever. The exhibitors are manufacturers and suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods, including food and non-food products from more than 70 countries.

Featured on the trade show floor will be 61 national and regional pavilions. New pavilions this year include ones from Israel, Dubai, Egypt, Latvia and South Africa.

This year’s event features the widest assortment of products ever displayed on the exhibition floor. There will be nearly 1,800 exhibitors of food and beverages, around 450 exhibitors of health and beauty items, more than 300 exhibitors of household products, and more than 300 exhibitors of housewares and DIY items.

The trade show exhibits also reflect the latest consumer trends. There will be nearly 600 exhibitors of organic products, more than 250 exhibitors of vegan and vegetarian items, nearly 200 exhibitors of lactose-free products and 150 exhibitors of sugar-free items.

There also will be more than 100 exhibitors in a number of specialty categories, including personal and leisure, pet food and pet accessories, ingredients and raw materials and packaging and related products. In addition, there will be nearly 250 exhibitors of kosher products and more than 200 exhibitors of Halal products.

The theme for this year’s “World of Private Label” International Trade Show is “Listen to the Buzz”. It highlights the thousands of conversations that will be taking place on the trade show floor between retailers and exhibitors at the world’s largest private label exhibition.

The “World of Private Label” exhibition area covers 15 exhibit halls in the RAI Centre, divided over three main complexes. RAI’s Europa Complex is devoted to food products, while the Holland Complex has exhibitors displaying non-food products. Park Complex accommodates both food and non-food exhibitors.

A special trade show attraction is PLMA’s Idea Supermarket. It displays private label ranges of around 60 retailers in Europe, United States, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Also in PLMA’s Idea Supermarket area is a special display of the winning products of PLMA’s International Salute to Excellence Awards. The Awards give recognition to outstanding food and non-food private label products that have been introduced by supermarkets, hypermarkets, discounters, drugstores and specialty stores in the past year.

Nearby is PLMA’s New Product Expo, displaying more than 600 products presented for the first time on the trade show floor.

One day prior to the opening of the trade show, PLMA will hold a seminar programme at the Forum Zaal at the RAI. There will be presentations by industry experts as well as the announcement of the winners of the 2019 International Salute to Excellence Awards.

For more information about PLMA’s 2019 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show, or to arrange an interview with Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA, contact Leonique White, Manager Trade Show Development, PLMA International Council, at telephone: +31 20 5753032 or email: press@plma.nl.

PLMA’s Annual Roundtable, 27-28 February 2019 - Hamburg Conference focuses on how private label can “romance” consumers

AMSTERDAM-PLMA’s 2019 Annual Roundtable Conference will highlight the many ways retailers and their suppliers can increase the appeal of their private label products through packaging, in-store design, television commercials and product concept.

The Roundtable Conference theme is “Romancing the Consumer: How to Increase Private Label Sales “and will be held 27-28 February in Hamburg, Germany.

The programme begins on Wednesday 27 February with an overview of the German retailing market by Denise Klug of LZ Retailytics, followed by a store tour with visits to the major retailers in Hamburg.

The next day the programme starts with an analysis of retail and consumer trends in Europe, presented by Natalie Berg, founder of NBK Retail and author of the book “Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce”.

Next Jon Wright, Head of Retail Insight at IGD, will cover the “smart store” and the ways in which supermarkets, hypermarkets and discounters are adjusting their stores to new technology and new consumer needs. It is followed by a presentation about new trends in packaging and design of private label products.

Thomas Strerath, former CEO of Jung von Matt, the company that launched Edeka’s highly successful “Supergeil” commercial, will discuss the growing influence of television and use of social media in his presentation. All the elements of “Romancing the Consumer” will be discussed by Regan Leggett, Executive Director of Thought Leadership and Foresight of The Nielsen Company.

For more than 20 years, PLMA’s Annual Roundtable Conference has brought manufacturers and retailers together to discuss common problems and issues. Past conferences have been held in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Barcelona, Stockholm, Prague, Budapest, Brussels, Vienna, Amsterdam and Warsaw.

Host hotel for the 2019 Hamburg Roundtable in le Méridien Hamburg. For more information click here or to register contact PLMA International Council at conferences@plma.nl or at telephone +31 20 575 3032.

Private label gains across Europe, climbing to all-time highs in seven countries

PLMA’s 2018 International Private Label Yearbook

Amsterdam - June 2018 - Retailer brands keep gaining popularity across Europe. The latest Nielsen data shows that market share for private label increased last year in 12 of 19 countries, and now stands at 30% or above in 17 countries.
 
Private label reached an all-time high in Europe’s largest retail market, Germany, with its market share there climbing to over 45% for the first time. Market share also increased to its highest levels ever in six other countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Hungary and Turkey.
 
The gains came even in countries where private label already had very high penetration. Market share for retailer brands climbed in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Portugal, where share was more than 40%.
 
In the UK, where supermarkets are investing in their private label programmes to meet competition from the discounters, market share climbed to more than 46%. Private label’s share has remained above 40% there ever since Nielsen began compiled data for PLMA in 1997.
 
Private label still accounts for half of the products sold in Spain and Switzerland. Market share in France remained above 30%, but declined as some retailers reduced their price entry brands and moved toward more premium products.
 
The biggest market share gain was posted in Turkey, where private label climbed by 3 points to nearly 26%. In Greece, retailer brands still account for one of every three products sold in the country.
 
In Scandinavia, there were gains in Sweden, Norway and Finland, with market share in all three countries above 30%. Private label share also was at 30% or above in four central and eastern European countries—Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia—led by Hungary climbing to 34%. Market share remains above 40% in Austria.
 
Market share stayed at or above 20% in Italy for the sixth consecutive year but declined by a point last year. Prospects for retailer brands look to improve as Aldi with its strong private label programme enters the country.
 
Tom Penninckx of Nielsen said the gains by private label last year were especially impressive because they came at a time when consumer confidence across Europe was at its highest level in 17 years, demonstrating the growing popularity of private label in all economic conditions.
 
For more information about PLMA’s 2018 International Private Label Yearbook or to arrange an interview with Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA, contact Leonique White, Manager Trade Show Development, PLMA International Council, at telephone: +31 20 575 3032 or email press@plma.nl.
PLMA Announces Winners of Salute to Excellence Wine Awards

AMSTERDAM, June 2018 - Twenty-eight (28) retailers from 10 countries were named winners of PLMA’s 2018 international “Salute to Excellence Wine Awards” at PLMA’s “World of Private Label” International Trade Show, held 29-30 May at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam.

The awards are intended to honour supermarkets, hypermarkets, discounters and other grocery retailers for quality and value of their private label wines. In all, 58 wine awards were announced in categories covering reds, whites, roses, sparkling, and fortified wines.

The importance of food retailers in wine sales has emerged as trade statistics reveal that more than 50% of wine purchased in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy is bought at a supermarket, hypermarket or discounter.

Brian Sharoff, president of PLMA, says “This is resulting in a significant growth of private label wines in all categories as these retailers are well-known for their private label food, snacks, beverages, health and beauty and household products. According to Nielsen, private label sales in these categories is already more than 40%-50%.”

The awards demonstrate that private label wines are succeeding in all price ranges and varieties. Sharoff says “It is not a situation where consumers are shopping for cheap wine. It is clear from the awards that shoppers are looking for quality and good value. That is why the awards reflect both best quality and best value.”

Analyzing the wine awards by country or format, discounters, such as Aldi and Lidl, won 12 awards, which is a continuation of a trend found at other wine competitions over the past few years. By country, retailers in France won 12 awards, retailers in the UK won 8 awards, retailers in Spain and Portugal won 7 awards, retailers in Italy won 6 awards, retailers in The Netherlands won 5 awards and retailers in the US won 4 awards. The top score in red wines for Best Quality was Albert Heijn’s AH Excellent Selectie Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. The top score for Best Value was Auchan’s Pierre Chanau Cahors Malbec. Among white wines, top score for Best Quality was Central Food Retail in Thailand for its Joy Rhein Riesling. Top score for

Best Value, was Aldi Süd’s Mario Collina Pinot Grigio Valdadige.

Click here for a complete list of award-winning wines and retailers. For a list of winners per country, click here.

More than 300 wines were submitted or purchased for judging. Panels were composed of approximately 18 wine professionals, Masters of Wines, sommeliers, wine writers, and industry experts. Each panel was led by a Master of Wine.

The international “Salute to Excellence Wine Awards” are a competition sponsored by the Private Label Manufacturers Association, with offices in New York and Amsterdam. The organization was founded in 1979 to promote private label in food, home and health. PLMA sponsored two trade shows annually in Chicago and Amsterdam.

For more information about PLMA’s 2018 International “Salute to Excellence Awards” or to arrange an interview with Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA, contact Leonique White, Manager Trade Show Development, PLMA International Council, at telephone: +31 20 5753032 or email press@plma.nl.

PLMA’s 2018 Salute to Excellence Awards honour retailers from 20 countries for innovative products

AMSTERDAM— More than 120 private label products were selected as winners of PLMA’s 2018 International Salute to Excellence Awards. The Awards were announced at this year’s “World of Private Label” Trade Show, which was held 29-30 May at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam.

The awards were created by PLMA to give recognition to retailers for private label innovation, quality and value for money.

The winning products came from 51 retailers in 20 countries. The products received the highest scores from judges who were drawn from retailing, manufacturing, marketing and trade journalism. Product entries were evaluated for taste, quality, appearance, packaging, product concept and value for money.

The judges considered more than 430 products from 76 retailers from 26 countries that were submitted and selected for consideration, including food, beverages, home and household and health and beauty categories. In addition, 300 wines from 39 retailers were evaluated by panels of Masters of Wine, sommeliers and writers as well as industry professionals.

The most Awards were taken by Aldi Süd, which was recognised for eight products. Five retailers each won five Awards: Auchan from France, Axfood from Sweden, and Dunnes Stores and Musgrave from Ireland, and Penny Markt from Germany.

By country, German retailers led with 21 Salute to Excellence Awards, followed by France with 15, the Netherlands with 14, the United Kingdom with 12, and Ireland and Italy with 10 each.

The winning products respond to the latest consumer trends for healthy eating, convenience and interesting flavours. For example, Penny Markt in Germany won an Award for its Penny Heat and Eat Chicken Red Thai with Basmati and Wild Rice ready meal, while Tesco in the United Kingdom won for its Orange, Mango and Pineapple Smoothie, and Intermarché in France was recognised for its Veggie Marché Vegetarian Burger.

In non-food, Etos from the Netherlands won an award for its Etos Body Serum White Rice & Tea, Aldi Süd for its Lacura “Paris in Love” Nail Polish and Sweden’s ICA Sverige for its Ica Skona Perfume-Free Soap.

In wines, Albert Heijn from the Netherlands, Aldi Süd from Germany, Auchan from France, Central Food Retail in Thailand, El Corte Inglés in Spain, and Sonae Modelo Continente in Portugal were among the Award winners.

Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA, praised all of the retailers who had submitted products for the awards. “When you look back and realise that private label in the past was often low-cost, low quality but now represents innovation and the best quality, it is very gratifying to see how far retailers have come in establishing their own brands.

All the winning products will be on display at PLMA’s 2018 “World of Private Label”

International Trade Show, to be held 29-30 May at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. The event is the largest private label exhibition in the world, attracting more than 14,000 buyers and visitors from over 110 countries.

For a complete list of all retail winners please click on Salute2018 and WineSalute2018.

For more information about PLMA’s 2018 International Salute to Excellence Awards or arrange an interview with Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA, contact Leonique White, Manager Trade Show Development, PLMA International Council, at telephone: +31 20 5753032 or email press@plma.nlwww.plmasalute.com