NECCO Names Michael McGee CEO

NECCO (New England Confectionery Co.) has appointed Michael McGee as chief executive officer and to the company’s board of directors. McGee succeeds Al Gulachenski, who is no longer with the company.

Mr. McGee has more than 15 years of general management experience in the consumer packaged goods industry across confections, beverage, food and snacks at Mars Chocolate and Kraft Foods. Most recently he served as vice president of marketing at Mars Chocolate. Prior to Mars, he held key management positions at Kraft Foods working with leading brands such as Jell-O, Maxwell House and Post Cereal.

NECCO, founded in 1847, produces its entire assortment of candy at the company’s headquarters in Revere, Mass. Popular brands include NECCO Wafers, the Valentine’s Day staple Sweethearts and other iconic brands such as the Clark Bar, Sky Bar, Canada Mints, Candy Buttons, Mary Jane and Haviland Thin Mints.

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WE Card Preps Retailers For New E-Cig Requirements

September is We Card Awareness Month, and retailers will need to stay current on their responsible retailing efforts to identify and prevent not just tobacco but e-cigarettes and other age-restricted product sales to minors.

In just a year’s time, the number of states restricting the sale of e-cigarette or vaping products to minors has nearly doubled. More than 40 states now require retailers to deny underage sales. Following behind the states is the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) which has proposed “deeming” e-cigarettes and other products it does not currently regulate as falling within its tobacco product regulations. According to NACS (National Assn. of Convenience Stores), this will eventually require retailers to “card” customers under 27 years old and deny underage sales.

Retailers might be a little ahead in their preparation for the recent wave of new and coming laws since We Card and NACS adopted a policy to encourage retailers to treat e-cigarettes as age-restricted products even though every state and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) have not yet done so.

September, We Card Awareness Month, launches an awareness effort that ties in with the availability of 2015 We Card materials. Labor Day to New Year’s Eve is We Card’s busiest time of the year as retailers order the coming year’s Age-of-Purchase Calendar and a variety of other point-of-sale tools and signage to equip their stores. We Card employee training is a primary offering, available in e-learning form for frontline retail employees.

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7-Eleven Announces Increase In Franchised Stores In Mid-Atlantic

7-Eleven has significantly increased the percentage of franchise operations in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., markets and now provides more than 6,000 jobs through its stores in the region.

Of the 781 7-Eleven stores in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., markets, 85 percent are now franchise operations, with the remainder company-operated and available for franchise. Currently, there are about 30 stores available for franchise in Maryland and the greater D.C. area.

The company reports that its impact in the neighborhoods in which it does business is significant in the Baltimore and Washington metro areas. In 2013, local 7-Eleven stores paid $73 million to the Lottery for its share of tickets sold at store locations throughout the region. In addition, in 2013 alone, 7-Eleven stores paid almost $38 million in property, payroll, sales and excise taxes.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that warning letters were issued to four online retailers because minors were able to purchase regulated tobacco products from their websites. The FDA says that as of Aug. 1 it has conducted more than 324,000 inspections of tobacco product retail establishments and issued more than 17,600 warning letters to retailers for violating the law. More than half of those warning letters were for selling tobacco products to minors.

• The J. Polep Fall Trade Show will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Twin Rivers Casino, Lincoln, R.I. More than 160 vendors are expected to attend.

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