PLMA Washington Conference to go virtual

Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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During a Zoom meeting of the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s Annual Conference, the trade organization announced that the Annual Washington Conference set for October 5-6 will be held online. More details to come on the virtual presentation of the event.

Peggy Davies, acting president of the PLMA, said the 2020 Private Label Trade Show, November 15-17, in Rosemont, Ill., is still on for now, but awaiting guidelines on conventions from national and Illinois organizations. The World of Private Label International Trade Show, set for Dec. 2-3, in RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, is currently also expecting to happen under social distancing guidelines.

While the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into in-person meetings, presenters during the PLMA meeting did discuss how well private label sales have been performing as of late. For example, the meeting presented findings that private label products are producing $136 billion annually, per Nielsen. In the last few months, sales of store brands are up 15%, registering $5 billion, per Nielsen. Private brands represent 25% of all products sold and one in five dollars spent.