The world’s largest private label exhibition was held at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam from 31 May to 1 June. On the trade show floor were 2 500 exhibiting companies from over 70 countries including 60 national and regional pavilions. The exhibition area covered nearly 42 000 m² and 15 exhibition halls. Products on display on the show floor included fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods, dry grocery products and beverages as well as non-food categories including cosmetics, health and beauty, household and kitchen, auto aftercare, garden, housewares and DIY.
On the first day, a pre-show seminar programme opened with the announcement of the winners of Salute to Excellence Awards, which recognise innovation and quality in private label. More than 500 food, wine and non-food products from retailers in 20 countries were considered for awards. “The large number of sustainable, environment-friendly products demonstrates the commitment of retailers to the idea of a greener planet,” said PLMA president Peggy Davies.
The 78 award-winning food and non-food products were selected by international panels of judges, including former retailers, chefs, nutritionists and journalists. Nearly 450 products introduced in the past year by 51 retailers in 20 countries were submitted for consideration. Of the 78 awards, 27 awards went to retailers in Germany (14) and Italy (13). France and the Netherlands each won eight awards. The other 35 awards were divided between retailers from Ireland, Scandinavia, the Iberian peninsula, Turkey, South Africa and China.
German drugstore chain Dirk Rossmann received the most awards of any retailer, with seven awards for its innovation in food and non-food. It was followed by Monoprix from France, Aldi from the Netherlands, Musgrave Retail Partners from Ireland and Woolworths from South Africa, which all walked away with five awards each. MD Stores in Italy, Eroski in Spain, Globus Markthallen in Germany and Carrefour in Turkey were honoured with four awards each.
The next International World of Private Label trade show will take place in Amsterdam from 23-24 May 2023.