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Store Brands Now Lead in Package Design – PLMALive!

My latest piece for the Private Label Manufacturers Association\’s online video magazine PLMALive.

Store Brands Now Lead in Package Design

What are the trends that made retailers and store brands the leaders in package design in 2019?  Christopher Durham explains how private label is winning the battle over what consumers buy when they shop.


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PLMA Chicago Show Opens

\"\"This year’s edition of the PLMA 2019 Private Label Trade Show began Monday morning with an opening breakfast keynoted by Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb, who served as commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration from 2017-2019, delivered a thoughtful presentation to the enthusiastic private brand crowd.

\"\"The trade show floor then opened with the more than 5,000 visitors rushing to discover the new and exciting products that fill the 2500 booths. This year’s show hosts national pavilions from more than 25 countries, presenting exhibitors and products from Europe, South America, and Asia.

This year the show also features two dedicated areas.

  • CBD: More than a dozen CBD suppliers from across the U.S. and Canada in a dedicated section on the show floor. They include recognized industry leaders like Mile High Labs, Contract Pharmacal, Shikai, Blue Sky Hemp Ventures, Elixinol, and others.
  • Plant-Based Foods: The area features exhibitors of plant-based meat products, ranging from burgers, sausages, and sliders, to meatballs, meatloaf, breaded and non-breaded chicken-less tenders and more.\"\"
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Let\’s Connect At PLMA!

\"\"Next week PLMA’s 2019 Private Label Trade Show will be held at the Rosemont Convention Center, and I will be walking the floor, looking for what’s new and meeting the industry.

If you would like to connect please let me know. I have a few slots left in my schedule.

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Fair Trade USA to Exhibit at PLMA

\"\"Fair Trade USA is proud to showcase Fair Trade Certified products at PLMA in Chicago November 17-19th at booth F7801. This year, more than 200 new private label products have become Certified, representing a five percent increase in over 2018.

Be sure to pass through the Idea Supermarket to see a range of new and recognized products on display. The Fair Trade section will include a gondola featuring:

  • How a brand Fair Trades: The Simple Truth Fair Trade assortment
  • How discounters Fair Trade: Aldi, Lidl, and Trader Joe’s products
  • How e-commerce Fair Trades: Thrive and Brandless products

Fair Trade USA is committed to ensuring rigorous social, environmental and economic standards for workers across the globe and works with its partners as a catalyst for positive consumer change. This year, we are especially proud that three additional partners have made significant commitments to the Sustainable Coffee Challenge: Albertsons, Kroger and Williams Sonoma Inc. They join Target, Walmart and Ahold Delhaize as retail partners making measurable commitments to improve lives and livelihoods for coffee farmers around the world. Fair Trade USA offers a clear pathway for retailers to build and achieve new sustainability commitments and engage with conscious consumers in a meaningful way.

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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.