The winners of the 2021 European Private Label Awards have been announced, with retailers from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Portugal and the Baltic region taking the top honours across 14 award categories.
The Awards, which are organised by ESM: European Supermarket Magazine, celebrate excellence in store brand innovation, and are open to both retailers and suppliers operating in the European grocery industry.
Among this year's winners, Germany's REWE Group (in the Beverages – Non-Alcoholic and Convenience Foods/Food to Go categories), Rimi Baltic (Ambient Grocery and Free-From Foods) and Italian retailer Conad (Confectionery & Snacking and Meat & Seafood) each won two categories.
There were also solo category wins for SPAR Netherlands (Beverages – Alcoholic), Denmark's Salling Group (Dairy Products), Lidl Denmark (Frozen Food), Finnish retailer Kesko (Non Food – Household) and Portugal's Pingo Doce (Non-Food – Personal Care).
In addition, for the first time this year, ESM launched three new cross-category awards, which honoured the 'best of the best' in terms of the three main pillars – the award for Innovative Product of The Year went to REWE Group, while the Packaging Excellence Award and the Taste Excellence Award were won by Conad.
Retailers from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine and the Baltic states were named among the finalists.
"With the pandemic having altered shopping behaviour significantly over the past 12 months, the need for retailers to maintain a strong private label offering has never been as important," said Stephen Wynne-Jones, editor, ESM: European Supermarket Magazine. "The winners and finalists in this year's European Private Label Awards demonstrate why store brands continue to be a force to be reckoned with in European grocery, in many cases surpassing their branded counterparts.”
In addition, Trace One, the leading platform for connecting retailers and suppliers, has teamed up with ESM: European Supermarket Magazine to offer a special prize to all winners and finalists in this year's European Private Label Awards. For more information about Trace One, visit www.traceone.com.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
The European Private Label Awards were launched in 2017 to determine the most impactful and innovative private label brands on sale in Europe's supermarkets, and celebrate the 'best of the best' when it comes to store brand innovation right across Europe. The Awards are open to both retailers and suppliers.
As part of the judging process, judges are asked to assess each product in terms of three important metrics, Innovation, Presentation and Taste. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Awards were assessed both in-person, by a local judging panel, as well as virtually, by an international team of experts.
For more information, visit www.privatelabelawards.com
About ESM: European Supermarket Magazine
ESM: European Supermarket Magazine is Europe's dedicated magazine for the European grocery sector. ESM is a must-read for senior managers and top-level executives working in the European grocery sector, or supplying the retail industry. For more information, visit www.esmmagazine.com
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