Award season may be over, but there are plenty of wins at Sam’s Club

Earlier this year, you may have read that our Member’s Mark Fry Pan scored near the top of the list in the Consumer Reports test. Well, we’re back at it again and are bringing home another win for our members as we have been presented with the 2017 Private Label Manufacturers Association’s Salute to Excellence Awards in Paper & Plastic for our Member’s Mark Ultra Paper Plates.

Each year, the PLMA recognizes the best of the best when it comes to store brands. Entries are evaluated by a select group of professional and consumer judges, and the winners selected can be no less than outstanding in their category. Our plates specifically were judged on four key factors: concept, innovation, presentation and value for the money.

As you know, value is incredibly important to us and we task ourselves to make sure you’re getting superior products when you shop with us. So when it comes to developing plates and trash bags for our members, we put our associate Tom Kinzer (you may already know him from Talkin’ Trash with Tom) at the helm.

He’s been working very hard behind the scenes on product testing by putting plates to the test to see if they can withstand the elements…birthdays, barbeques, and just days when you might not feel like doing the dishes. He wants members to rest assured that he has tried it all so they can fill their plate confidently knowing it won’t bend, food won’t soak through, it will be cut resistant and can withstand the microwave. When he was done, he came up with a redesign with all the plate intelligence he had gathered.

Tom loves hearing from members. Check out this review.

It’s because of this love for his job, passion for Sam’s members, and knowledge of all things plates that we only thought it right to celebrate Tom and this win for Sam’s. Tom, thank you for bringing home this PLMA honor for us. We know all the long (and sometimes messy) hours it took to get us there, but we appreciate your dedication to our innovation!

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