As many as 43 retailers were honored as winners of PLMA’s 2020 International “Salute to Excellence” Awards, in recognition of innovation and quality of their own-brand food and non-food products. According to the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), nearly 550 products introduced in the past year were submitted for consideration, in the world’s largest competition dedicated exclusively to own brands.
The award-winning products were selected by panels of judges, consisting of industry professionals, including chefs, former retailers, academics, nutritionists, journalists, and packaging specialists. German retailers were the notable winners with 20 International “Salute to Excellence” Awards, followed by 10 acknowledgments for retailers in Italy and nine for Spanish retailers.
Retailers in France, Sweden and Ireland won six awards each. Retailers from South Africa participated for the first time and earned four awards. Six prizes, the most for any retailer, were given to Germany’s drugstore Dirk Rossmann. The Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés claimed five awards, while Axfood from Sweden as well as Woolworths from South Africa were given four each. Aldi was recognized for products sold in its Irish stores.
In food, winning products included Aldi Ireland’s Clonbawn Chocolate Protein Milk, Rossmann’s Enerbio Saatenbrot, Metro’s Carrot Fries and REWE’s Vegan Sushi as well as Axfood’s Muesli with chickpeas and cornflower. Award-winners in food and beverages, as well as non-food, reflected many of this year’s strongest new product and consumer trends. Key features were natural and organic ingredients, environmentally conscious agriculture, responsible aquaculture, and protection of nature and preservation of the environment.
“My congratulations go to the winning retailers, as well as to all of the other retailers who participated in the awards program. These awards demonstrate that private label is leading the retail industry and giving consumers the great products they want. The big number of sustainable and environmentally friendly products in food and non-food show the commitment of retailers towards a cleaner planet,” PLMA President Peggy Davies said.