Top 5 Private Label Associations and Organizations

Wholesale DistributorsPrivate label products or services are those manufactured or provided by one company to be sold under another brand. This covers everything from Wal-Mart brand products to the small restaurant putting their label on someone else’s hot sauce.

The number of businesses now that are engaged in some form of private labeling today is staggering. Restaurants, hotels, spas, hair salons, even car dealers are all putting their own brands on products such as hot sauce, lotions, shampoos, coffee, lip balm, bottled water and wine. Many corporations want to put their own logos on products that they give away to reinforce their brands. The corporate gift market is particularly busy around Christmas. There are also many small businesses that want to appear more professional by having their own brands of products to sell – coffee and bottled water are especially popular here.

Here are the top 5 organizations and associations related to the world of Private Label.

nacs

National Association for Convenience Stores

1600 Duke Street
7th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-684-3600
Web Address: www.nacsonline.com

NACS was founded August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. It is an international trade association representing more than 2,200 retail and 1,600 supplier company members. NACS member companies do business in nearly 50 countries worldwide, with the majority of members based in the United States. The U.S. convenience store industry, with 151,282 stores (as of December 31, 2013) across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. The convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 62.8% of all convenience stores (95,056 stores total).

NACS serves the convenience and fuel retailing industry by providing industry knowledge, connections and advocacy to ensure the competitive viability of its members’ businesses. In 2007, the association shortened its name to NACS and added a tagline that better defines its presence both internationally and at the retail fueling level: The Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing. In 2010, this statement was further enhanced to The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

1776 Wilson Blvd. Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-549-3001
Web Address: www.nacds.org

The mission of NACDS is to advance the interests and objectives of the chain community pharmacy industry, by fostering its growth and promoting its role as a provider of healthcare services and consumer products.

NACDS accomplishes this mission through four strategic goals:

  • Foster an advantageous business and political environment in which NACDS chain member companies are better able to achieve their business objectives.
  • Promote the role and value of chain community pharmacy as an integral component of the healthcare system, thus helping to preserve its viability.
  • Provide effective channels of communication, involvement and forums for members and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure that NACDS internally operates as a cutting edge association, effectively meeting the needs of its membership.

IDDBA – International Dairy – Deli – Bakery Association

636 Science Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Phone: 608-310-5000
Web Address: www.iddba.org

IDDBA Association Overview

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) was founded in 1964 and is based in Madison, Wisconsin. It has evolved over the years to reflect the changing scope of member needs in the dairy, deli, bakery and related industries.

Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo

The IDDBA conducts an annual trade show that attracts close to 9,000 registrants, includes over 1800 exhibit booths, features a state-of-the-industry merchandising center, and offers top speakers such as business leaders, key policy makers, and legislative leaders. Previous speakers have included President George H. W. Bush, President William J. Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State Colin Powell, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Tom Peters, Michael Eisner, Dr. Phil McGraw, and many others.

IDDBA’s annual seminar & expo features the finest in dairy, deli and bakery: new products, new suppliers, new contacts, new (and old) buyers, and new ideas. This conference rotates geographically around the U.S.

Membership

IDDBA members meet the challenges of today’s business world by exchanging information and ideas, participating in educational programs, and networking.

The IDDBA helps its members (manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, brokers, and many others) enhance their economic position by providing opportunities for professional dialogue, education, exchange of industry data and selling opportunities.

Retail food members include small independents, regional chains, and national and international supermarkets. The food manufacturers, brokers, and distributors include small entrepreneurial companies up to the largest multi-national companies.

Trends & Research

The IDDBA produces original consumer and related research. With over 28 years of credible reporting, our What’s in Store annual trends report has become an essential, highly-touted dairy-deli-bake industry trends resource.

Training & Education

The IDDBA develops training programs on marketing, merchandising and promotions, food safety, management and operations, customer service, and food trends for dairy, deli, bakery, cheese, and foodservice.

News

The IDDBA publishes two industry newsletters covering trends, association news, and a monthly e-newsletter on supermarket training and management.

PLMA

Private Label Manufacturers Association

630 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-972-3131
Web Address: plma.com

It’s time for PLMA’s Store Brands Reality Trade Show. More than 2,400 exhibit booths, over 5,000 buyers and visitors, nearly 20,000 different products – from food, snacks and beverages to health and beauty, kitchen, household and GM- all store brands, all under one roof at one time.

Buyers from every channel, too: today’s supermarkets, supercenters, drug chains, mass merchandisers, convenience stores, online retailers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, discounters, and even military exchanges, all will be on hand to find new products and identify new suppliers.

For more than 30 years, PLMA’s annual trade show has been the industry event of the year, where retailers and wholesalers source for their private label programs. More than 1,200 companies from 35 countries will be exhibiting their products, including 20 international pavilions. Exhibitors range from small and medium-size companies to well-known national brand makers who also supply store brands.

Store brands will be fun, too. Watch PLMA’s “Jungle Island Survival Test.” Or, guess who wins when shoppers go head-to-head, up and down the aisles of a typical American supermarket on “Market Basket Savings Contest.” Chefs get into the act too, matching ingredients and cooking styles in “Battle of the Recipes.”

No show offers exhibitors an opportunity to meet as many buyers from as many retail channels. That’s why almost 85% of the show’s exhibit space is renewed every year and overall exhibit space has been expanding 10% annually. Don’t miss the chance to build your private label business.

PLMA’s Store Brands Reality Trade Show will be held at the Rosemont Convention Center, only 10 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Conveniently located within walking distance or short shuttle bus rides from major hotels, the convention center provides exhibitors with an easy-to-reach, efficient venue for trade shows.

ecrm

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing

27070 Miles Road, Suite A
Solon, OH 44139
Phone: 440-498-0500
Web Address: www.ecrm.marketgate.com

Think outside the office visit. One-On-One meetings replace office visits while giving you face-time with the decision makers that grow your business.

ECRM’s event platform connects you with all the right people while maximizing your time, money and brand engagement.

At ECRM, we value all things that move business forward.

Our mission is to strengthen the business practices of our clients by offering unique events that are supported by innovative technology solutions. By making our client base the focal point of our business we quickly identify growing trends and changes that are taking place in the industry. With an ear to the ground we find new and better solutions that can make a difference while continuing to foster a drive for innovation and efficiency in an ever changing environment. We are passionately committed to providing a truly exceptional client experience in a fun and friendly atmosphere and look forward to developing solutions that pave a new path for the consumer packaged goods industry.

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FMI

Food Marketing Institute

2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 202-452-8444
Web Address: www.fmi.org

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores.