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Ahold USA hosts nutrition education days

BY Michael Johnsen

CARLISLE, Pa. — As part of its ongoing commitment to help customers achieve healthier lifestyles, Ahold USA recently hosted two nutrition education days on April 8 and 9 at its Carlisle Support Office. Topics of discussion included specific products, information and services related to nutrition and health, and how to better engage and educate customers. Participants included all 12 of the company’s retail divisions in-store nutritionists, as well as members of Ahold USA’s health and wellness, marketing and quality assurance teams.

“Being in the food industry, we have an opportunity to make a real difference in the health of our customers. As part of these nutrition education days, we were able to share best practices to make our stores a better place to shop for customers working towards healthier lifestyles,” said Shirley Axe, Ahold USA’s health and wellness manager. “The best feedback we get is from our customers, and we want to be sure that our network of stores, nutritionists and vendor partners are in sync with how we can best serve their health and wellness needs.”

Approximately 20 vendor partners — including American Egg Board, American Mango Board, Chobani, Dannon, Dole, Enjoy Life, Kellogg’s, Kidfresh, Mondelez, Organic Valley, Sunmaid, Unilever and Way Better Snacks — were also invited to be part of the discussion. Each day a mini trade show was held where vendors could showcase their products and have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the in-store nutritionists who are in the stores talking with customers every day.

“We love supporting the Ahold USA nutritionists, and this event allowed us to share with them nutrition knowledge that both increased their expertise and helped to communicate the nutrition benefits of our Cabot products and others in the category,” said Sara Wing, director of marketing, RDN, Cabot Creamery.

Marie Spano, a nutrition communications expert and one of the country’s leading sports nutritionists, served as guest speaker for the event. She is currently the sports nutritionist for the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks. Spano’s other clients have included NFL, PGA and NHL players.

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Reports: Secretary Sebelius resigns; former Walmart Foundation executive next in line

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post, according to published reports. 

President Obama accepted the resignation this week and intends to announce that he will nominate Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Sebelius. A formal announcement is expected Friday, according to reports. 

Sebelius has faced heavy criticism regarding the launch of the health exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius testified to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday that 7.5 million had enrolled in private health insurance plans, beating initial projections by 500,000 enrollees. 

According to reports, White House officials suggsted Sebelius made the decision to resign without prompting from the Administration. She first notified President Obama on her intent to step down in early March, one White House official told USA Today.

Burwell was confirmed to her current post by the Senate last April. She previously served as president of the Walmart Foundation.

 

 

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Yankee Candle adds a touch of summer

BY Ryan Chavis

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The Yankee Candle Co. announced the launch of four summer-inspired fragrances, which feature notes of fruit and coconut. Consumers can choose from Margarita Time, Coconut and Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon Vanilla and Sea Coral.

The company also announced the limited-edition Fiesta Collection, which features three vivid colors and fruit fragrances. The collection is comprised of Pineapple and Red Berry Sangria, Caramelized Sugar and Coconut Lime.

"Summer is both a time for lively celebration and soothing relaxation," said Hope Margala Klein, EVP brand, design and innovation for the Yankee Candle Co. "With seasonal notes of citrus, coconut and vanilla, bright colors and eye catching labels, our customers have a variety of ways to express their personal taste in their homes while giving friends and family a warm welcome."

The candles can be purchased at a Yankee Candle retail location, specialty retailers or online at YankeeCandle.com.

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