The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 to promote private label. It is the only organization of its kind that represents more than 4,400 member companies around the world. Membership varies from multinational companies to small family businesses. Their products include food, beverages, snacks, health and beauty, household and kitchen, do-it-yourself and personal and leisure products. Some manufacturers only do private labels. Others are well-known brand makers who also perform private label operations.
PLMA presented its first trade show in the United States in 1980, the first trade show in Europe in 1986 and the first trade show in Asia in 1994. Today it offers services to member manufacturers in more than 70 countries. In addition to two annual scholarships in Amsterdam and Chicago, PLMA also offers conferences, executive education programs, market research, studies and publications.