Exhibitors From 35 Countries Converge on Chicago’s Rosemont Convention Center With More Than 2,000 Exhibit Booths
LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – November 11, 2009) – Reed’s, Inc. (NASDAQ: REED), maker of the top-selling sodas in natural food stores nationwide, announced today that it will be exhibiting at the Private Label Marketing Association (PLMA) 2009 Private Label Trade Show in Chicago, Illinois, November 15th – 17th. Reed’s will be located in Booth #1368.
PLMA is the only trade show devoted entirely to store brands. For almost 30 years, PLMA’s annual private label trade show has been the place where retailers and suppliers meet to build their private label businesses.
Mr. Chris Reed, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Reed’s, Inc., commented, “We made the decision to enter the private label business and have committed to building it to the point where it contributes significantly to our overall revenues. This exhibition is an important event for us to showcase our private label capabilities, meet buyers and distributors and forge new relationships. We think Reed’s is going to surprise a lot of people with our new private label initiatives, and we intend to make a lasting impression.”
Mr. Reed added, “We’ve already inked our first two private label deals with major national retailers and are in active conversations with more. I am confident that we will be increasing our private label accounts. We have re-tooled our bottling plant and energized our sales and marketing team, which has worked hard to establish a pipeline of private label business that should lead to a record year for Reed’s in 2010. We’re not ignoring our branded business at all; in fact our private label business has had a very positive effect on our branded business by increasing our relationship with major national chains.”
According to the PLMA, “Store brands now account for one of every five items sold in U.S. supermarkets, drug chains and mass merchandisers. They represent more than $83 billion of current business at retail and are achieving new levels of growth every year.”
The PLMA website reports that, “Americans are switching to store brands. Across all channels, consumers are buying more private label than ever before. Nielsen reports that private label sales have increased by 12% in supermarkets, drug chains and mass merchandisers since last summer. Total sales for the year reached $80 billion and unit market share rose to more than 22%. The trend is going to continue, too. According to a new Roper survey, more than 60% of all shoppers now say that they purchase store brands frequently, up from 40% just three years ago. Eight out of 10 consumers say that store brands are ‘as good or better’ than national brands, and nearly 20% of shoppers expect to buy more private label in the year ahead.”
More information on the PLMA 2009 Private Label Trade Show can be found at: http://plma.com/showinfo/showinfo2009.html