Washington, DC — Celebrating contributions made to the chocolate and candy industry, NCA is presenting Cindy Maly from Casey’s General Stores, Inc. and Stephanie Panzetta from Weis Markets, Inc. with 2019 Confectionery Leadership Awards. The honorees’ achievements include demonstrating category management best practices, effective business collaboration and innovations in merchandising confectionery in-store, the Association reports.
“The Confectionery Leadership Award was created to honor industry retailers who thrust the category forward through their dedication and innovation to the category,” explains Larry Wilson, NCA vice-president of industry affairs. “As in years past, there were many deserving and worthy candidates for this award. The strides the chocolate and candy industry have made thanks to Cindy’s and Stephanie’s efforts are what stood out to the committee.”
A 16-year veteran of Casey’s General Stores, Maly serves as senior category manager with responsibility for candy and snacks. A participant on the Mars Retail Advisory Board for c-stores, Maly is also heavily involved with NCA Women’s Leadership Group, the Most Innovative New Product Award tasting panel and Washington Forum.
When discussing what being nominated for the award by fellow industry professionals means to her, Maly says: “I have met many colleagues and peers through the years and I am honored to be recognized by people that I respect and have learned from. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the confectionery industry.”
Panzetta is Weis Markets’ category manager responsible for confectionery. Based in Sunbury, PA, the Mid-Atlantic food retailer operates 203 stores in seven states. During her 10-year career at Weis Markets, she worked as a senior advertising graphic designer before joining the company’s category management team where she initially worked on direct store delivery and non-edible categories.
“I’m very appreciative my colleagues would consider me for this honor,” comments Panzetta. “I have had the pleasure of working with countless partners in the confectionery industry. Being able to collaborate with each of them, understanding their perspectives and taking advantage of the resources they have to offer have all been critical factors in setting our stores apart from the rest.”
NCA and Candy & Snack TODAY magazine developed the awards program in 2011 to recognize and honor the confectionery industry’s best and most innovative leaders and category champions. The program allows NCA manufacturers and brokers to recognize outstanding retailers and wholesalers in the confectionery community for their effective customer marketing, shopper-driven shelving practices, and promotion of new items.
Maly and Panzetta will be presented with their awards during NCA’s annual State of the Industry Conference, March 3 to 5 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Their accomplishments and insights on the category will be featured in the March/April 2019 issue of Candy & Snack TODAY. C&ST