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Hy-Vee, Lund receive MAXX awards from FMI

BY Allison Cerra

ARLINGTON, Va. The Food Marketing Institute recognized two companies for investing in the growth and development of their employees and positively impacting their bottom line through human resource programs and training.

Supermarket chains Lund Food Holdings and Hy-Vee each were awarded the 2010 Maximizing People Potential award at the FMI Human Resources/Training Development Conference held last week in Baltimore, Md.

Hy-Vee, an Iowa-based supermarket chain, was recognized for its healthy lifestyle program, which encourages employees to become engaged in managing their health by offering rewards for active participation.

Lund — the parent company to 10 Lunds and 11 Byerly’s supermarkets in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area — was awarded for developing a program to address unresolved disputes that could affect productivity and profitability and also could diminish the work experience, harm morale and foster distrust, FMI said. The company also received the MAXX award in 2007.

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P&G’s Lori Proctor receives award from NEW

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO A retail supply leader for Procter & Gamble received the Network of Executive Women’s Bobbie O’Hare Award, given annually to the regional committee member who has helped the organization advance its goals and extend its reach.

Lori Proctor, who works as P&G’s retail supply leader in San Ramon, Calif., is co-chair of NEW’s northern California region. Each year, members of NEW’s 15 regions nominate one person as their "best of the best" committee member. These members are honored during each region’s fall event and are eligible for the Bobbie O’Hare Award. NEW officers select one member to receive the Bobbie O’Hare award. Proctor was cited as "a compassionate contributor who truly believes that future leaders need mentors to grow professionally and personally and, in turn, become mentors for generations to come."

The award is named for former NEW regional chair Bobbie O’Hare, VP sales development for the Johnson O’Hare Cos. O’Hare, who helped lead the creation of NEW’s 15 regional groups, joined current NEW regional chair Maria Edelson in presenting the award to Lori Proctor in front of 800 members attending NEW’s national summit.

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Mars to roll out new chocolate, ice cream varieties

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA Mars Chocolate North America is set to unveil its newest innovations in chocolate and ice cream.

 

Mars will unveil several new items this week at this year’s National Association of Convenience Stores show in Atlanta:

  • In December, Snickers will add peanut butter to its confection of peanuts, caramel, nougat and milk chocolate, Snickers Peanut Butter Squared;
  • Limited edition Twix coconut cookie bars will launch in April 2011; and
  • Mars Ice Cream will introduce new three pint flavors in January 2011, including:
    • Snickers rocky road ice cream, which features chocolate and marshmallow ice cream, chocolate-covered peanuts and chopped Snickers pieces;
    • Milky Way ice cream, which consists of chocolate malt ice cream, smooth caramel and delectable chocolate chunks; and
    • Twix peanut butter ice cream, which offers rich peanut butter ice cream, chocolate swirls, cookie balls and chopped pieces of Twix cookie bars.

 

“At Mars Chocolate North America, we strive to help our retailers drive profit by providing them with innovative new products, exciting consumer promotions and effective sales tools,” said Jim Murphy, VP sales at Mars Chocolate North America.

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