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PLMA recognizes 2023 Salute to Excellence award winners

Albertsons, Amazon, Giant Eagle, Walgreens and Walmart are among the retailers recognized for store brand innovation.

Sweet potato pancake mix from Giant Eagle, cauliflower-crust pizza from Albertsons and potstickers from Amazon are among PLMA’s 2023 Salute to Excellence award winners for store brand innovation. 

They join nearly 100 Salute to Excellence winners announced at PLMA’s 2023 Private Label Trade Show. Created in 1986, the annual awards program recognizes outstanding food and nonfood products introduced within the last year by supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchandisers, convenience stores, online retailers, wholesalers and more. 

This year, close to 750 product entries were submitted by 53 North American retailers. 

“PLMA is thrilled to celebrate the winning retailers for their commitment to store brand product and packaging excellence,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies. “From innovations in flavors and ingredients to vitamin-enriched health and wellness products, the Salute to Excellence award winners underscore the important role of store brands.” 

[Read more: PLMA to hold annual Private Label Trade Show in Chicago in November]

Submissions were sampled and evaluated by a panel of professional and consumer judges on several criteria, including taste, product concept, packaging and value for money. 

Among the winners: 

Gluten-Free Goodness: 

  • Open Nature Cauliflower Crust Garlic Chicken Alfredo Pizza from Albertsons 
  • Nice! Gluten-Free Vanilla Crème Cookies, Walgreens 
  • Specialty Sauces, Rubs and Condiments: 
  • Lowes Foods Premium Brown Bag “Truffle Your Feathers” Black Garlic Truffle Sauce, Lowes Foods 
  • Great Value Blood Orange Balsamic Glaze with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Walmart 
  • Bowl & Basket Specialty™ Smokey Candied Bacon Sriracha Rub, Wakefern 

Fancy Breakfast Foods: 

  • Nature's Basket Sweet Potato Pancake and Waffle Mix, Giant Eagle 
  •  Irresistibles Pina Colada-Flavored Muffins, Metro Richelieu 
  •  Thrive Market Organic Infused Maple Syrup, Warm Pumpkin Spice, Thrive Market 
  •  Good & Gather Blueberry Muffins with Zucchini and Oats, Target 

Global Tastes: 

  • Aplenty Asian-Style Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers, Amazon 
  • Yesway Chamoy Chili Peach Rings (candy), Yesway Convenience Stores 
  •  SE Grocers Naturally Better Organic Mexican-Style Street Corn-Flavored Corn Chips, Southeastern Grocers 
  • Crav’n Flavor Single-Serve Miso Chicken Ramen Soup Bowl, Topco Associates  

Wellness Cleanses/Powders: 

  • Sprouts Farmers Market Regenerative Organic Liver Cleanse, Sprouts Farmers Market 
  • 365 by Whole Foods Market Effervescent Vitamin C Powder, Kiwi-Strawberry, Whole Foods Market 

The winning products are on display at PLMA’s 2023 “The Store Brnads Phenomenon” Private Label Trade Show, which opened Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The full list of winners can be viewed online here.

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