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Sturken to celebrate his fifth year at Spartan by ringing NASDAQ bell

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Spartan Stores’ chairman and chief executive officer Craig Sturken is slated to ring the NASDAQ opening bell on March 3 in celebration of his fifth anniversary leading Spartan, the company announced Thursday.

 “It is an honor to ring the opening NASDAQ bell in celebration of our fifth successful year since transforming into a consumer-centric organization and refocusing our business on our core distribution and retail operations,” Sturken stated. “We have been in the grocery business for more than 90 years and this is our eighth year as a public company, which is marked by our ability to develop and execute successful business strategies in a highly competitive market.”

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Three new executives named to Stop & Shop leadership team

BY DSN STAFF

QUINCY, Mass. Three emerging leaders have been named executive vice presidents of the Stop & Shop Supermarket/Giant Food network of grocery stores. Joining the grocery chain’s leadership team are Jim Dwyer, executive vice president of strategy and business development; Robin Michel, executive vice president, Giant-Landover’s general manager and Jeff Slater, executive vice president of people.

Dwyer will lead Stop & Shop’s corporate brands team, marketing, strategic planning and several other divisions within the company. He also serves as Ahold USA’s chief business development officer.

As general manager of Giant-Landover, Michel will head sales, organization, operating profits and employees. Michel has a diverse history of previous marketing and merchandising experience, having served in leadership positions at Roundy’s, 7-Eleven and Kroger, among others.

Slater joins the human resources department, focusing on the employee role in promoting and expanding Stop & Shop and Giant brands. Slater previously served as human resource executive for Dunkin’ Donuts and as president of ISC, a consulting firm specializing in human resource management and business strategies.

Stop & Shop’s leadership says the new executives are positive additions to company bringing unique qualifications and specialized talent. The supermarket chain currently operates 575 stores and employees more than 82,000 throughout the northeastern United States.

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P&G to marry Febreze scents with Swiffer & Mr. Clean

BY Diana Alickaj

CINCINNATI Proctor & Gamble announced plans to add Febreze fresh scents to its Swiffer and Mr. Clean products. The decision to add Febreze scents stems from the Scents and Winter Mood study conducted by the company surveying more than 1,018 American adults ages 18 and up.

The study found that 53 percent of men and women feel that a fresh scent in their home would improve their mood strongly. According to published reports, in terms of specific scents, over half of the women polled say that lavender improves their mood while 38 percent of men feel that vanilla would help them greatly.

Susan Baba, External relations manager for Swiffer and Mr. Clean stated, “Extending the Swiffer and Mr. Clean product lines to include Febreze fresh scents gives consumers the cleaning benefits of their favorite Swiffer and Mr. Clean products while providing the added enjoyment of a home that smells as clean as it looks and feels.”

For the Swiffer line, scents will be available in “Lavender and Vanilla Comfort” and “Citrus and light”, while Mr. Clean products will carry “Citrus and Light”, and “Meadows and Rain.” According to published reports, the new lines are set to be displayed nationwide in February, and will retail between $2.99 and $7.99.

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