A Private Label Week welcome

Today, PLMA and the industry arrive at a new milestone in a journey, ongoing since the first private label trade show took place four decades ago. Nearly 1,100 retail buyers and executives from more than 300 major U.S. and international retailing organizations have registered to join us online for Private Label Week.

Our hope and confidence are they will find all the latest, the best, the most innovative products and ideas available to them across every store brands category, just as they’ve come to expect from PLMA’s in-person events.

While visiting these five days of category events, retailers will discover hundreds and hundreds of suppliers — whether new or already well known to them — offering capabilities and expertise they are seeking to expand and enhance their own brands programs. With new categories featured daily throughout Private Label Week, every morning brings hundreds of new exhibitors live online, who are available to meet face-to-face and exchange information about the products they make. Streaming concurrently on-demand via PLMA Live!, each day presents original video content with insights from retail executives, industry leaders and experts who share their latest research, trends and analysis.

The unveiling of PLMA’s digital platform today is the culmination of several years of development that began under our late president Brian Sharoff. I know he would be most pleased with how it accelerated and was brought to fruition for 2021 — the result of countless hours and extraordinary energy on the part of PLMA’s remarkable, devoted team. PLMA global staff is due the sincerest admiration and appreciation.

Thank you Store Brands magazine for your support and for this opportunity to welcome readers of your daily reporting for Private Label Week.

Most importantly, I am grateful to PLMA’s membership and the retailing community for their unwavering faith in PLMA and our commitment to fostering the continued success of the private label industry.

Peggy Davies is president of the Private Label Manufacturers Association. Previously, she was elected to the Board of Directors for two terms, serving on or chairing the programming, trade relations and communications committees. She was elected board chair from 2003 to 2004. Outside of PLMA, Davies has three decades of private label industry experience in executive positions.

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