NEW YORK — The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) revealed the winners of its 2018 Salute to Excellence Awards.
More than 500 new private label products were evaluated by panels of industry professionals and consumers. Fifty-three products were awarded titles in food and nonfood categories.
Retailers and wholesalers from the United States, Canada and Latin America were asked to submit their new store brands products for consideration. According to PLMA, the products were reviewed for innovation based on trends in the category, the markets in which the retailer operates and what competitors were offering. The items also were judged by taste, texture, smell, packaging, presentation and value.
Winners were announced in bakery and snack categories. From European pastries to naan, many were influenced by popular global flavors and cuisines.
“What is really amazing is how good retailers have become in spotting trends and developing new products,” said Brian Sharoff, president, PLMA. “Ten years ago, all you heard were complaints from national brands about how private label was nothing more than copycats. Now it is the retailers and their store brands suppliers who are pioneering and leading the way.”
The following products took home prizes in 2018 and will be on display at the PLMA’s 2018 Private Label Trade Show, being held Nov. 11-13 at the Rosemont Convention Center, near Chicago.
Compliments Naturally Simple
Ancient Grain Steel Cut Oatmeal
Cakes & Pies
BJ’s Wholesale Club
White Chocolate Twist Cake
Breads, Rolls & Muffins
ShopRite Trading Company
Garlic Tandoori Naan
Wholesale Kirkland Signature
Coconut Flakes & Hemp Seeds Granola
Canadian Mega Pizza
2 Ciabatta Pizza Crusts
Chips & Crisps
Himalayan Pink Salt Kettle Chips