October 26, 2022

Plant-based Food Suppliers Featured at PLMA’s Chicago Show in November

Nearly 100 plant-based foods exhibitors are expected to attend PLMA’s Consumers are Back in Charge 2022 Private Label Trade Show, Nov. 13-15, in Chicago.

The show will feature a dedicated section of plant-based meat alternatives and entrees, including such products as kebabs, meatballs, falafel, schnitzels and burgers. Tuna and other fish; chicken nuggets and tenders, bacon, sausage and deli meats will also be presented.

“We know retailers are always looking for innovative products for their health-conscious consumers,” said Anthony Aloia, PLMA Corporate Vice President. “The Plant Based Foods Association reports the category grew 54 percent during the past three years, and we see that as a real opportunity for private label.”

Other plant-based products at the show include frozen foods, baking mixes and ingredients, pet treats, appetizers and desserts; pizza and pasta; smoothies and nutritional shakes; dairy alternatives in cheese, milk, butter and yogurts; dips and condiments.

Store brands and the retailers who market them have become more responsive to post-pandemic consumers who are seeking healthier food options. And, according to a recent study by a leading consulting firm, 55 percent of consumers say they are willing to pay more for foods that contribute to their health and wellness.

Retailers are already embracing the plant-based trend including Kroger with its Simple Truth brand, Amazon Fresh’s Fresh Plant-Based, Target’s Good & Gather Plant Based and Aldi’s Earth Grown brand, among others.

“The PLMA show is our innovation pipeline and we have found so many new items and vendors there. It is great to be back in person as our private brands are in a great position to grow share and innovative suppliers that we find in Chicago will help us meet consumers’ needs of the future,” said one retail executive.

The largest trade show of its kind in N. America, PLMA’s Consumers are Back in Charge 2022 Private Label Trade Show features nearly 1,400 exhibitors and 2,300 booths filled with outstanding suppliers and high-quality store brand products in both the food and non-food categories from around the world. For more information about the show visit PLMA.

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