PPAI Magazine March 2023

Essentials | Use Case Top Picks Distributors share which newproducts they foundmost appealing and memorable fromThe PPAI Expo. Sustainable and functional items top their lists, followed closely by items with strong sensory appeal. by Rachel Zoch WHILE INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS UNVEILED DOZENS if not hundreds of new products at The PPAI Expo, a few themes emerged when it came to which ones attendees found most appealing and memorable. We asked a handful of distributors – including several judges of the first-ever “The Pitch” event – what were their favorite new products from the show and why. DANNY ROSIN, CAS Co-President, Brand Fuel PPAI 277900, D8 Raleigh, North Carolina He also points to Parker Clay, another B Corp, whose high-quality leather items are sure to wow clients and recipients alike – such as this gender-neutral Bale Sling Bag. Handcrafted from full-grain Ethiopian leather, the versatile bag features a durable strap and two zippered pockets. Available in rust brown (shown) or black. Parker Clay / PPAI 816759, S0 www.parkerclay.com Rosin and his team love this cotton/rayon blend Corbet Quilted Full Zip Hoodie with poly insulation. “Marine Layer is a fellow B Corp that has put massive effort into responsible sourcing,” he says. “Couple that with it being a recognizable retail brand, and we are super excited.” Available in heathered navy (shown) or olive, sizes S-2X. Marine Layer / PPAI 690355, S1 www.marinelayer.com A member of the judging panel for “The Pitch,” Rosin conferred with his team at Brand Fuel to find out what they liked best overall. “The Brand Fuel team was blown away with suppliers’ efforts to introduce sustainable and designfocused products,” says Rosin. “Each of these comes with a powerful story that we believe clients will respond to with, ‘Heck, yes!’” Best Of The 18 • MARCH 2023 • PPAI