Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb To Keynote PLMA Opening Breakfast

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who served as commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration from 2017-2019, drawing plaudits from Democrats and Republicans alike for his collaborative management style, will deliver the keynote for the opening breakfast at PLMA’s 2019 Private Label Trade Show on Monday, November 18.

The FDA remains one of the most powerful and respected of all government agencies. During Dr. Gottlieb’s tenure, the FDA delayed compliance deadlines for updating the Nutrition Facts label. The FDA is currently considering regulations that will have major impact on retailing and store brands, among them hemp-derived CBD products and ingredients, new over-the-counter medicines, food safety, labeling for plant-based meats and dairy, and much more.

PLMA also announced that Ali Dibadj, a partner at AllianceBernstein global asset management company, will be their featured speaker for the Retail Trends Breakfast on Tuesday, November 19. The speech will focus on How Retailers Are Building Billion Dollar Brands and what that means for retailing and consumer brands strategies. Dibadj has ranked repeatedly as a #1 analyst for both the household & personal products as well as the beverages & snacks industries, and has been featured in business reporting for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, NPR, and other major news outlets.


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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.