CFA Begins Search To Replace Retiring President Stan Sorkin

Connecticut Food Association (CFA) President Stan Sorkin has informed the association of his planned retirement at the end of 2015. CFA Chairman John Stobierski has formed a search committee to find a qualified leader for the association and build on the progress made over the past eight years.

The CFA is looking for applicants with expertise in government relations with oversight of lobbying and representation before legislature; state departments and agencies; strategic planning; administrative and financial management; and communication skills.

The ideal candidate possesses working knowledge of state government as well as the grocery/retail industry and/or consumer products field.

Resumés accompanied by a cover letter outlining a candidate’s qualifications will be accepted through April 17, 2015, via email to ctfood@ctfoodassociation.org.

For additional information, contact Stan Sorkin: ssorkin@ctfoodassociation.org or 860-216-0461.

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Ahold USA Names Herring SVP-Non-Perishable Merchandising

Ahold USA has named Tonya Herring as SVP of non-perishable merchandising. Based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Herring will be responsible for overseeing the general merchandise, pet, fuel, dairy and frozen departments. With Herring’s appointment, Ahold USA’s non-perishable category has been reorganized into two leadership streams as part of its ongoing strategy to get closer to market and customers’ needs. Jeff Dichele continues his role as SVP of non-perishable merchandising, now with oversight for the beverage, commercial bakery and baking, breakfast, candy, ethnic and specialty and natural and organic departments.

Herring joins Ahold USA with 23 years of experience in various roles at Safeway Inc., beginning as a deli department manager before progressing into multi-unit roles.

She also worked in leadership roles in corporate merchandising, marketing and category management. Most recently, she was VP of category development consumer brands, with end-to-end responsibility for perishable strategy including financial goals, product development, merchandising, pricing and execution.

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Mondelez International Acquires Enjoy Life Foods

Mondelez International announced the acquisition of Enjoy Life Foods, a private U.S. snacking company and the market-leading brand in the fast-growing “free from” segment. Enjoy Life offers more than 40 products, including cookies, chocolate, snack bars and savory snacks that are allergy-friendly and gluten-free. Enjoy Life products are free from the eight most common allergens—wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish—which together account for about 90 percent of all food allergies.

“As we focus on continuing to drive growth in snacking, the acquisition of Enjoy Life Foods is a great strategic fit for us,” said Mark Clouse, chief growth officer at Mondelez. “The Enjoy Life brand expands our portfolio into faster growing, on-trend, ‘better-for-you’ areas and provides an excellent platform to make these delicious offerings available to consumers with ‘free-from’ needs or simply looking for healthy-lifestyle options, both in the United States and beyond.”

Scott Mandell, CEO and founder of Enjoy Life Foods, and other members of the Enjoy Life leadership team will continue to lead the company. Mondelez will operate Enjoy Life Foods as a separate subsidiary to continue to nurture its entrepreneurial spirit, but will provide back-office support and access to its global resources.

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Latest Word in Supermarket News...

A PriceRite Supermarket will be opening in the formers Shaw’s Supermarket site in Stoughton, Massachusetts. The 35,000 square foot site is expected to open in the spring.

• Members of the Massachusetts Specialty Foods Association (MSFA) have been invited to the Roche Bros. Brothers Marketplace “Speed Dating Event” March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Roche Bros.’ corporate headquarters in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. The purpose of the event is to find potential local products for Brothers Marketplace as well as to meet with category buyers for the balance of the Roche Bros. stores. Those MSFA members interested in participating need to email specific forms to ccoutrier@aol.com.

• The T. Marzetti Co. of Columbus, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling 627 cases of LaRosa’s Creamy Garlic Dressing in 1.5-oz. packets because the product contains milk and egg allergens that are not declared on the packet label.

• Supervalu will host its 2015 National Expo Aug. 11-13 in St. Paul, Minn.

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