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European supermarkets are taking private label wine to the next level

AMSTERDAM - PLMA has announced the winners of this year’s International Salute to Excellence Wine Awards and it is clear that European supermarkets are taking private label wine to the next level.

European retailers won 42 of the 50 awards, given for best quality or best value in 25 categories judged by varietal, style, and appellation. That included Metro's Grauburgunder for Pinot Grigio, Coop Italia's Fior Fiore Chianti Classico DOCG Rocca delle Macìe 2016 for Chianti; Despar's Nebbiolo Langhe DOC Vignaia Bauducco 2015 for Italy Red; HEMA‘s Red Spain for Iberico Red; Carrefour’s La Cave d’Augustin Florent Beaumes de Venise 2017 for France Red; and UK's Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs for Champagne.

Discounters Aldi and Lidl won together 11 awards, continuing a trend from the past several International Salute to Excellence competitions that saw them outpace the field. Retailers in the Netherlands and Germany won 12 awards each, including the Netherlands' Albert Heijn with five medals.

In competing for honours, supermarkets in Europe emphasized importance in less common grape varieties. "Yes, in Europe there is certainly a long term trend towards 'unknown grape varietals,' and the trend is here to stay," says Jacqueline Snoeker, who owns Vinergy, a Dutch wine consultancy. "People are bored with straight varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and even sometimes Sauvignon Blanc. So this trend will not disappear after a year or so. Europeans are also more interested in wines from small appellations, there is a trend towards discovering again their own European continent."

Point in fact: Portuguese retailer Sonae MC won best value Iberico White for its Contemporal Loureiro DOC Vinho Verde 2018 and the best quality France White was a Roussanne from the Dutch HEMA chain, the Domaine Sainte Rose Barrel Selection Roussanne Pays d'Oc 2014.

"It doesn’t mean less known grapes always make better wines, but maybe they stand out because they are individual," says British-born winemaker Jo Ahearne, MW. "But there is a big trend for people looking for unusual places and grapes, and that may be what's happening here."

Complete results are at www.plmasalute.com/wine-awards. 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 panels specializing in wines were composed of eighteen men and women, including Masters of Wine, sommeliers, winemakers, wine writers, educators and retailers. More than 350 wines from 40 retailers in 11 countries were considered and evaluated.

PLMA’s 2019 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show took place at RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM - June 2019 - The world’s largest private label exhibition took place on 21 and 22 May at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. This year’s “World of Private Label” International Trade Show was bigger than ever, with more than 16,000 buyers and visitors from 120 countries attending the two-day event.

On Monday 20 May, a pre-show seminar programme opened with the announcement of the winners of PLMA’s 2019 International “Salute to Excellence” Awards, which recognise innovation in private label. More than 500 food and non-food products from 88 retailers in 23 countries were considered for Awards. In addition, nearly 350 wines were judged for best quality and best value.

Also at the seminar, Lidia Palubina of Kantar Consulting gave a presentation on the global impact Alibaba’s retail concept may have, while Ben Miller of IGD focused on the future of traditional retailers.

On the Trade Show floor there were 2700 exhibiting companies from over 70 countries including 60 national and regional pavilions. The exhibition area covered nearly 42,000m2 and 15 exhibit halls in RAI Centre.

Products on display on the show floor included 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.

A special attraction was PLMA’s Idea Supermarket, where attendees could see displays of the private label products selected as winners of the “Salute to Excellence” Awards. The Idea Supermarket also displayed private label products that exemplified important consumer trends from retailers in Europe, United Sates, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

More products were to be seen at The New Product Expo, displaying more than 600 new private label products and packaging selected for their innovation and originality.

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

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 announces retail winners of 2019 “Salute to Excellence” Awards for innovation in private label

AMSTERDAM - June 2019 - The Private Label Manufacturers Association has announced the winning retailers of PLMA’s 2019 International “Salute to Excellence” Awards honouring innovation in food and non-food private label products.

The Awards were given to 36 retailers from 13 countries. Retailers in Germany came away with 17 International “Salute to Excellence” Awards, followed by 12 Awards each for retailers in the Netherlands and Ireland and six Awards each for retailers in Spain and France and four Awards for retailers in the United Kingdom and Denmark.

Five Awards, the most for any retailer, were given to Ireland’s Musgrave Retail Partners. Another Irish grocer, Dunnes Stores, came away with four Awards, as did Aldi, Lidl and SPAR. Aldi was recognised for products sold in its United Kingdom and Irish stores, Lidl for products sold in the Netherlands and Germany, and SPAR for its private label in the Netherlands.

“My congratulations go to the winning retailers,” said PLMA president Brian Sharoff, “as well as to all of the other companies which participated in the event. For many years, we have heard the complaint that private label is merely a copycat of A-brands. These awards demonstrate clearly that private label is now leading the retail industry and giving shoppers the great products they want.”

All the Award-winning food and non-food products were selected by panels of judges, consisting of industry experts, including chefs, former retailers, academics, nutritionists, journalists, and packaging specialists.

In food, winning products included Aldi Ireland’s Specially Selected Thai-inspired vegetable burgers, REWE’s bio hummus tahini and SPAR’s gluten-free snacks. In non-food there were Awards for ICA’s eco laundry detergent, dm-drogerie markt’s 183 Days by Trend it Up tutti frutti lip gloss and El Corte Ingles’ Fred & Rita Cooling Dog Bed.

More than 500 products introduced in the past year by 88 retailers in 23 countries were considered for Awards. The products showed the creativity and innovation of retailers. For example, Migros in Switzerland introduced Mi Bugs, containing mealworms, locust and crickets; Aldi UK created an organic edamame pasta, and Delhaize Belgium made a wild boar stew.

In addition to food and non-food, the Salute to Excellence Awards featured private label wines. Nearly 350 wines in 25 categories were judged and 26 retailers from 10 countries were honoured for best quality or best value.

PLMA’s International “Salute to Excellence” Awards were established in 2014. To see all the “Salute to Excellence” winners, go to www.plmasalute.com.

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.