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Private labels play a key role in the pet supplies trade (here: Qualipet, Switzerland).
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Enthusiasm for private labels

The interest of European consumers in private labels from drugstores and supermarkets continues to grow. This was apparent from the figures for 2019 in the new PLMA Yearbook.
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When the Private Label Manufacturers Association publishes its annual Private Label Yearbook in conjunction with The Nielsen Company, the operators of drugstores and supermarkets peruse it very carefully. This is because it is all about the ranges that feature in their stores.
First published in 1998, the Yearbook documents the trends and developments with regard to private labels in more than 7 000 product categories in 19 countries. The categories include food, snacks and beverages, health and beauty products, household goods of all kinds and naturally pet products.
It can be used to help identify categories in which opportunities exist for greater market penetration of private labels. The regional performance of private labels can be tracked, while initiatives and results can be compared. The Yearbook is a unique research publication that would be inconceivable without the support and collaboration of The Nielsen Company.
With offices in Amsterdam and New York, the PLMA represents more than 4 500 manufacturers and suppliers from across the globe. Its members range from companies producing exclusively private labels to those that manufacture branded goods of their own as well as private labels.

Strongly positioned in Europe

In 14 of the 19 countries covered by Nielsen, the market share of private labels has increased in the last year. During the coronavirus crisis, the PLMA has observed growing demand for supermarket brands, although this is not yet apparent in the latest figures.
In almost all of the countries looked at by Nielsen (with one exception), the market share of retailers' brands - taking all categories together - amounted to over 30 per cent. Great Britain and Germany are two of the biggest private label markets. In France, nearly one in three products sold is now a retailer's brand. The biggest growth in market share to date was more than 2 per cent in Italy, while another of the biggest rises was observed in the Netherlands; here market share increased by more than seven points to 37 per cent. The unusually steep rise here, however, was due to the inclusion by Nielsen for the first time of sales by Aldi, a discounter with a large number of private labels in its assortment. In Belgium, the market share of private labels climbed to 44 per cent.
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