Gold in Them Thar Hills

What the Crystal Ball Says About 2019

Reading a crystal ball can be difficult but PLMA's Year-End/Year-Ahead Panel does its best to evaluate 2018 and sees what's ahead for the coming year. Join moderator Tim Simmons and panelists Jim Hertel of Inmar Analytics, Don Stuart of Cadent Consulting Group, Becky Schilling, editor-in-chief of Supermarket News, and Todd Hale, formerly with Nielsen, as they seek answers to questions like: Can retail investment in technology pay off? Can the private label industry handle innovation? Click here for video.

So-called ‘micropolitan’ areas have long been passed over by businesses, but population shifts are attracting fresh development. Brad Edmondson identifies 101 regions around the country where growth and healthy communities are opening new markets for retailers of all channels.

Research and Technology:
Bugging Out Over Insect Proteins

  • Science and Technology: Bugging Out Over Insect Proteins
    Locusts, ants and mealworms are just a few of the insects increasingly being mentioned as alternatives to traditional proteins. Dr. Kantha Shelke reports how the ethical, sustainable, and health credentials of insects may now outweigh the “ick” factor. Click here for video.
Category Profile: Store Brands Brew Excitement in Tea Aisle

It doesn't take reading tea leaves to know that the tea category is quickly filling up with new products and new consumers. Exotic varieties like matcha, sencha and oolong are attracting people interested in tea's reported health benefits. And Bob Vosburgh explains there are more ways than ever to enjoy tea, from specialty, ready-to-drink “cold brew” bottles to the ceremonial splendor of powdered Japanese matcha.

Click and Collect Gains Traction
BOPIS stands for Buy Online-Pick Up In Store and it is emerging as a key element in retailing’s strategy of balancing bricks-and-mortar and online. Roy White reports that consumers seem to like this option as well.
Store Brands Growth Goes Global

Now more than ever the success of private label is a global phenomenon. Brian Sharoff, president of PLMA, sees more global growth on the horizon and says the association is focusing on new programs to help member manufacturers.