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Ahold chains donate more than $4 million to schools, military-support groups

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA’s supermarket banners have donated more than $4 million to charitable causes over the past week.

Last Friday, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., also known as Giant-Carlisle, announced a $517,535 donation through its annual Support Our Troops campaign, which benefits regional USO chapters in the area where Giant has stores, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of Virginia and Maryland.

Giant Food of Landover, Md., often called Giant-Landover to distinguish it from Giant-Carlisle, is donating nearly $2 million to 2,081 schools in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia through the A+ School Rewards program, now in its 25th year.

Meanwhile, Stop & Shop has donated more than $1.5 million to schools in New England, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.


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Campbell finalizes acquisition of Plum Organics

BY Jason Owen

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Plum Organics, a provider of organic foods and snacks that serve the nutritional needs of babies, toddlers and children. Plum is the No. 2 brand of organic baby food in the United States and is currently the No. 4 baby food brand overall, according to the company. Plum Organics generated $93 million in gross sales for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Plum brand, its people and its quality products to Campbell. Plum is generating great success in the marketplace, and we believe that Campbell’s resources will help fuel further expansion of the Plum brand within the fast-growing premium, organic food segment," said Mark Alexander, president, Campbell North America.

Campbell will operate Plum as a standalone business within its Campbell North America division. Senior members of Plum Organics’ management team, including co-founder and president Neil Grimmer, will continue to lead Plum and its mission-driven culture from its headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. Grimmer will report to Alexander.


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Coty, Elizabeth Arden among winners of The Fragrance Foundation Awards

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The superstars of the fragrance industry were honored this week at The Fragrance Foundation Awards event held at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City.

Comedian and Emmy Award Winner Dana Carvey hosted the event supported by presenters from fashion, fragrance and entertainment arenas.

Award presenters and attendees included: Ford model Alana Zimmer, magazine editor and fashion personality Andre Leon Talley, Net-A-Porter’s Annelise Peterson, actress Connie Britton of the TV series “Nashville,” Queen of Burlesque, fashion/fragrance icon Dita Von Teese, deejay Donna D’Cruz, actress Jessica Szohr of “The Internship,” Australian identical twin models Jordan and Zac Stenmark, fashion designers Ken Kaufman & Isaac Franco of KAUFMANFRANCO, IMG model Kiara Kabukuru, fashion designer Maria Cornejo, Public School fashion designers Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow, President Obama’s inaugural poet Richard Blanco, American singer, songwriter and model Sky Ferreira, and stylist Ty Hunter.

“The Fragrance Foundation Awards have been referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of our industry because we honor the year’s highest achievements,” stated Elizabeth Musmanno, president of The Fragrance Foundation. “We are thrilled to come together to celebrate and congratulate all the finalists and winners.”

Taylor Swift took a break from her Red Tour to accept the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year for her back-to-back successful launches of Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted by Elizabeth Arden. The award secures her place in fragrance history and raises awareness for her soon-to-be- released third fragrance, Taylor by Taylor Swift.

Justin Bieber continues to demonstrate his star power with just one tweet to his 40 million plus followers. He invited them to cast a vote on fragrance.org for Girlfriend and won the Women’s Consumer Choice Award. Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend also won for Popular Fragrance of the Year Women’s.

Actress Connie Britton presented Allure’s Linda Wells with the Hall of Fame Award. Linda Wells is the first magazine editor to win this honor. Her creative vision and work at Allure won 16 Fragrance Foundation Awards, Ad Age’s A-List Award and Allure has landed on AdWeek’s Hot List five times.

Patrick Firmenich, CEO of Firmenich, presented master perfumer, Alberto Morillas, with the Foundation’s first Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. Morillas was honored for over four decades of his fragrance creations that included legendary launches such as ckone, Estée Lauder Pleasures and Marc Jacobs Daisy.

The Fragrance Foundation Award winners include:

  • Best Packaging of the Year Men’s – Montblanc Legend by Interparfums Luxury Brands
  • Best Packaging of the Year Women’s – Florabotanica Balenciaga Paris by Coty Prestige
  • Fragrance Celebrity of the Year – Taylor Swift
  • Consumer Choice Award Men’s – Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò Essenza
  • Consumer Choice Award Women’s – Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend
  • Retail Innovation of the Year – QVC
  • Media Campaign of the Year Men’s – Dolce & Gabbana the one for men Sport by P&G Prestige Products
  • Media Campaign of the Year Women’s – Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme by P&G Prestige Products
  • Hall of Fame – Linda Wells, Editor in Chief of Allure magazine
  • Fragrance of the Year Popular Men’s – James Bond 007 by P&G Prestige Products
  • Fragrance of the Year Popular Women’s – Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend by Elizabeth Arden
  • Fragrance of the Year Prestige Men’s – Tom Ford Noir by Tom Ford Beauty
  • Fragrance of the Year Prestige Women’s – DOT Marc Jacobs by Coty
  • Prestige Fragrance of the Year Luxury Men’s – Colonia Intensa Oud by Acqua Di Parma
  • Fragrance of the Year Luxury Women’s – Florabotanica Balenciaga Paris by Coty Prestige
  • Fragrance Hall of Fame – Red Door by Elizabeth Arden
  • Perfume Extraordinaire – Robertet for Black Saffron by Byredo Parfums, Perfumer: Jerome Epinette
  • Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement – Alberto Morillas, Master Perfumer for Firmenich

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