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PLMA’s 2013 show to be biggest yet
October 18, 2013
The New York-based Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) announced that this year’s Private Label Trade Show — which is sold out in terms of booth space — will hold an all-time record of 2,500 exhibit booths when it comes to Rosemont, Ill., Nov. 17 to 19 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. PLMA also noted that it has added 20 percent of exhibit space to the show over the past two years.

Factors contributing to the show’s growth include the steady rise of store brand sales and development of a wide variety of store brand products and programs by retailers across all major channels of trade, PLMA said. As a result, this year’s show — themed “The Place to Be” — will welcome thousands of visitors, including buyers and executives from major retail chains across the United States.

PLMA added that its Sky Hall, which is in only its second year, has grown in popularity. Many top firms — most of them longtime PLMA exhibitors — have decided to set up shop there to obtain greater exhibit space.

Also growing is participation by overseas companies, PLMA pointed out. Nearly 350 international exhibitors in 500 booth spaces from 35 countries will be at the show. Expected this year are pavilions from Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Peru, Ecuador, China, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Taiwan and Turkey, as well as overseas suppliers that have taken their own individual spaces at the show.

In addition, growing opportunities in the store brands business has attracted a number of new players to the show. These exhibitors range from startups to divisions of larger manufacturing firms that are looking to get a foothold in the industry.

Just as well, PLMA has been attracting new exhibitors as a result of its category-specific marketing initiatives, the most recent of which is in the pet care segment. According to PLMA, this particular initiative has produced nearly 50 new booths this year.

The number of exhibitors that supply non-food products also is on the upswing, PLMA added. Exhibitor space in this segment alone has jumped 11 percent over last year’s number. This could be attributed to increased demand for store brand products by chains with significant non-food offerings such as dollar stores and operators specializing in categories such as pet care, office supplies, novelties, children’s products, home goods, home improvement and more.