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The School of Business welcomes Peggy Davies, the president of Private Label Manufacturing Association.

Contributed by Fatima Hajjat on 11/17/20 

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Please join us in welcoming Peggy Davies, the president of Private Label Manufacturing Association (PLMA). Peggy will speak to us about her background and the history of PLMA. She will also give us insight on store brands in today's market. 

The event will take place Wednesday, November 18th, from 6-7 EST. 

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Peggy Davies has over four decades of private label industry experience in executive positions. In May 2020 she succeeded Brian Sharoff as President of the Private Label Manufacturers Association.

In that position, she is committed to continuing the mission of the association that was first articulated in 1979 by its founders: To promote the global store brands industry; to support efforts of member manufacturers, brokers, and suppliers with their retail and wholesale trade partners to grow store brand sales and market share, in food and non-food categories; to educate, inform, and advance the professional development of all with careers in private label; and to make store brands the consumers’ preferred brand in all channels of distribution.

Peggy began her career in 1985 with Daymon Associates, and was assigned to Wegmans in Rochester, NY, where she was responsible for building the Wegman brand program from its infancy. Four years later she joined Comstock Michigan Fruit-Agrilink-Birds Eye Foods, rising from Director of Private Label to Vice President.

She moved on to McCain Foods USA, Chicago, which is among the world’s leading suppliers to retail and food service of frozen potato products. From 1999 until the early 2000’s her role was vice president of store brands; for the balance of her time she was general manager of the ingredient business.

Peggy’s involvement with PLMA began at its 1989 trade show. From the early 1990’s through 2015, she served on the PLMA board of directors, and in 2003 and 2004 was elected chairman of the board for two terms, the first woman to serve in that capacity.

In 2016, Davies became a full-time member of the PLMA leadership as vice president of association relations. She initiated and led numerous programs in the U.S. and internationally, while working closely with teams at headquarters in New York as well as at the PLMA International Council in the Netherlands.

In a related achievement, Davies founded in 2012 “Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence” (also known as WISE), a nonprofit professional development organization that promotes diversity and inclusion in the store brand industry. She stepped down from her position as Board Chair in order to devote her energy and focus to her new role as President of PLMA.

Peggy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Fatima Hajjat at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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