A Preview of the Salute to Excellence Awards

New and improved plant-based products are some of the trends that stand out among the entries for the 2024 International PLMA Salute to Excellence Awards. Judith Kolenburg reports on these and other products evaluated by judges. In the wine category, indigenous grape varieties like Albariño and Verdelho are prominent among the submissions. This demonstrates that retailers are catering to younger, more adventurous generations. This year’s winners will be announced and displayed at PLMA’s World of Private Label International Trade Show, 28 and 29 May. Also, Pascal Kuipers discusses rising cocoa prices. He outlines what’s new in sustainable options, including the launch of cocoa-free chocolate at Rewe, WinWin and Nukoko. Click here to download video.

Top Reasons to Invest in a Digital Strategy

The growth of private label and digital marketing brings new challenges as well as new strategic opportunities. Pedro Mendonça da Silva, Adjunct Professor at Porto’s Accounting and Business School in Portugal (ISCAP), shares the results of his recent study on whether private label manufacturers should invest in digital strategies. Mendonça da Silva highlights the vital role of digital technologies across the value chain, as well as the importance of forming alliances in private label supply with strategic partners for mutual benefit. CLICK HERE FOR FULL INTERVIEW. Click here to download video.

The Rise of Self-Care Solutions at Retail

The aging population along with the rise in chronic disease and other factors have led to more demand for doctor, hospital and other healthcare services. What does this mean for retailers? Judith Kolenburg reports on the opportunity for retailers to leverage their store brands to strengthen their position in the healthcare market. Meanwhile, while consumers want to live healthier lifestyles, convenience and taste make ultra-processed foods appealing. Hans Kraak discusses the widespread consumer confusion surrounding the definition of ultra-processed and which foods fit into this category. Click here to download video.