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CVS Caremark sponsors hiring fair at Rhode Island National Guard Armory

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark, in partnership with the Rhode Island National Guard and Reserve, sponsored a "Hiring Our Heroes" hiring fair at the National Guard Armory in Warwick, R.I. Tuesday morning.

The job fair helped veterans, active military members and military spouses find employment opportunities at CVS Caremark.

"Hiring Our Heroes plays a vital role in connecting our nation’s veterans to jobs," stated Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark. "Our servicemen and women, and their families, sacrifice so much for our country. This initiative helps ease their transition from active duty to civilian life and we are proud to be a part of it."  
        
Prior to the job fair, Merlo signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s statement of support. By signing the pledge, CVS Caremark made a commitment to support the nation’s veterans and active military members.

"CVS Caremark appreciates the values and skills service members bring to the workforce. Currently, veterans and military members work in a number of positions across our company and we are pleased to be encouraging opportunities to hire additional guardsmen, reservists, and veterans," added Merlo. "We are looking forward to learning about how these talented individuals may be able to strengthen our business and enhance our company’s workforce."

CVS Caremark is one of nine Chairman’s Circle national sponsors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative. Since 2011, CVS Caremark has participated in more than 40 veterans-focused hiring fairs across the country.


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Yankee Candle introduces 11 new fragrances

BY Alaric DeArment

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The Yankee Candle Co. has introduced a new line of scented candles for spring, the company said Tuesday.

Yankee announced the launch of five new Yankee Candle fragrances and six new fragrances in its Pure Radiance line, with beach and exotic fruit scents to remind people of vacations in tropical places. The candles will be available at more than 564 Yankee Candle stores, yankeecandle.com and various specialty retailers and gift shops.

"Our goal when developing new products is to take our customers to that special place or evoke a special memory through fragrance, and the new Paradise Collection for spring delivers on that," Yankee EVP brand, innovation and merchandising Hope Margala Klein said. "We also share in our customers’ desire to create distinctive experiences in their home, and the on-trend colors and fragrance inspiration of this collection add warmth to any decor."

The new Yankee Candle fragrances are Golden Sands, Turquoise Sky, Black Coconut, Waikiki Melon and Paradise Spice. The new Pure Radiance fragrances are Sugar Flower, Stargaze, Seaglass, Guava, Mandarin and Promise.


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Outgoing FMI exec awarded

BY Alaric DeArment

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Food Marketing Institute gave an outgoing executive one of its top awards at a supermarket industry conference, the group said Monday.

FMI gave VP government relations Anne McGhee Curry its Glen P. Woodard, Jr. Award for her work in public affairs over the last three decades. Curry will retire from FMI at the end of this month.

"There is such divine justice to Anne’s receiving the Glen P. Woodard Award, as she walked side by side with Glen Woodard on Capitol Hill for two decades until his death in 1995," FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin said.

Curry has lobbied on behalf of the supermarket industry in Washington for 34 years, Sarasin said, working with members of Congress from both parties.


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