39 Retailers from 19 Countries Win PLMA’s 2017 “Salute to Excellence” Awards

    Innovation by retailers with their brands, whether it be chipolata sausages from France, sand-resistant children’s sunscreen from Germany, or pinot noir wine from the USA, takes the spotlight at PLMA’s 2017 International Salute to Excellence Awards. The Award-winning products were announced and on display at the association’s “World of Private Label” International Trade Show here this month.

    Award-winning products from 39 retailers in 19 countries were selected by panels of judges consisting of industry experts, including chefs, masters of wine, former retailers, academics, nutritionists, journalists and packaging specialists. Nearly 700 food and non-food products by 83 retailers from 27 countries were considered for the Awards. Entries were evaluated for taste, appearance, packaging, presentation, product concept, and value for money.

    The most Awards were taken by the Spanish retailer Eroski, which was recognized for 11 products, five foods, three non-foods and three wines. Aldi UK won seven Awards, including five for its wines. Aldi and Lidl in Germany each won five Awards, as did the French retailer Intermarché.

    The food Award winners featured unusual flavor combinations, such as coconut-chia yoghurt with muesli from Spar Austria, or roasted poultry in pate with figs from Intermarché. In non-foods, Award winners included beauty items such as a silicon makeup brush cleaner pad from Dirk Rossmann in Germany and household products like the 2-in-1foil and backing paper from Edeka in Germany. The wine winners included a Pinot Grigio from Albert Heijn in the Netherlands and a Cotes du Rhone from Carrefour.

    Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA, said: “The innovation and quality of this year’s International Salute to Excellence Award winners demonstrate again that today’s retailers are committed to understanding consumer trends and responding with products that meet the changing needs of their shoppers.”

    There was more innovation at PLMA’s “World of Private Label”. More than 13,000 buyers and visitors from 110 countries had the opportunity to visit more than 2,500 exhibiting companies, manufacturers and suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods from around 70 countries.

    Products on display 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. Featured on the trade show floor are nearly 60 national and regional pavilions, promoting their countries and spotlighting the products they make.

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    Christopher Durham
    Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.