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Rite Aid category manager wins National Confectioners Association award

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — A Rite Aid category manager has won a top award from a trade association representing candy makers.

Rite Aid said Monday that Val Stansfield had received the 2012 Confectionary Leadership Award from the National Confectioners Association. The award is given to people who demonstrate "exemplary leadership behaviors in business planning and collaboration," the company said. Stansfield was 1-of-3 recipients at the NCA’s State of the Industry Conference last week in Miami.

Stansfield has worked in the confection industry for 35 years, starting her career as a category manager at Rite Aid in 1998, overseeing food and snacks. Before Rite Aid, she worked as a senior buyer for Revco Drug Store for 12 years. She was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 2002 and has been honored as category manager of the year by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, receiving the same recognition from Rite Aid in 2001.

"I know I speak on behalf of everyone who knows and works with Val when I say she is very deserving of this honor," Rite Aid EVP merchandising Tony Montini said. "Val has a true passion for ‘all things confection,’ as well as those on her team and those she serves — our customers. We are proud to have her on the Rite Aid team and are thankful for her many contributions to our company over the years."

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Quaker Oats debuts Quaker Oatmeal Cookies

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Quaker Oats has introduced a new line of packaged cookies that feature whole grain oats as a staple ingredient.

With real pieces of dried fruit and crunchy nuts, new Quaker Oatmeal Cookies are available in soft baked and crunchy oat granola varieties and seven flavorful creations. The cookies are individually wrapped packets in each box, making them ideal for on-the-go and at-home snacking.

Quaker Oatmeal Cookies are available for a suggested retail price of $2.69 per package.

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Numi Organic Tea adds five new flavors to Pu-erh line

BY Allison Cerra

OAKLAND, Calif. — Numi Organic Tea has introduced five new tea blends to its existing lineup of Pu-erh organic tea.

Coconut, cardamom, basil mint, jasmine and ginger flavors join the emperor’s and chocolate Pu-erh teas. All of Numi’s tea blends are 100% organic and are made with premium, full-leaf tea and real fruit, herbs and spices.

The new Numi Pu-erh teas will be sold for a suggested retail price of $7.99 to $9.99.

"From our inception Numi has strived to be the most innovative brand in the tea industry," Numi Organic Tea co-founder and CEO Ahmed Rahim said. "These five new blends speak to our innovation and make for a truly unique tea experience."

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