Scott Gottlieb to keynote PLMA opening breakfast

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ROSEMONT, Ill. —  Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who served as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2017-2019, will deliver the keynote for the opening breakfast at the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s 2019 Private Label Trade Show at the Rosemont Convention Center on Monday, November 18.

Scott Gottlieb

Scott Gottlieb

Gottlieb, who drew plaudits from Democrats and Republicans alike for his collaborative management style,  oversaw a delay in the FDA’s compliance deadlines for updating the Nutrition Facts label. The agency is currently considering regulations that will have a major impact on retailing and store brands — among them hemp-derived CBD products — as well as on ingredients, new over-the-counter medicines, food safety, labeling for plant-based meats and dairy, and much more.

PLMA also announced that Ali Dibadj, a partner at AllianceBernstein global asset management company, will be the featured speaker for the Retail Trends Breakfast on Tuesday, November 19. The speech will focus on “How Retailers Are Building Billion Dollar Brands” and what that means for retailing and consumer brands strategies. Dibadj has ranked repeatedly as a No. 1 analyst for both the household and personal products markets as well as the beverages and snacks industries, and has been featured in business reporting for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, NPR, and other major news outlets.

The trade show’s Sunday seminars focus attention on the latest developments in online retailing and new product trends. The program kicks off with PLMA’s 2019 Salute to Excellence Awards for outstanding store brands, followed by speakers on three of the industry’s hottest topics:

• Sam Mayberry, former head of product development for Amazon retail consumables and private label, will speak on “Winning the Last Mile” to the consumer, the battle for delivery of online orders to shoppers, and how ecommerce continues to change the rules of retail.

• Virginia Lee, research manager at Brightfield Group, a leading source of market intelligence for the CBD and cannabis industries, will speak about the latest CBD formulations appearing in nonfoods, supplements and pet products, and those soon expected to follow in food products.

• Jim Wisner, president of Wisner Marketing Group, will report on how retailers are rushing to adapt their product assortments to the rapid rise of consumer interest in plant-based foods. This follows on the heels of recent rollouts of meat alternative offerings by major U.S. fast-food chains like Burger King, KFC, Dunkin Donuts, and others.

PLMA’s 2019 trade show will present more than 2,500 exhibit booths from  store brands manufacturers of every size and description, while more than 5,000 visitors  will include buyers and executives from U.S. supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drug chains, discount, club, convenience and dollar stores, in addition to online and specialty retailers, food service distributors and wholesalers. For information on attending or exhibiting at PLMA’s Private Label Trade Show, contact PLMA (212) 972-3131, email, or visit



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