NCA Opens Nominations for 2019 Confectionery Leadership Award



WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 6, 2018) – Members of the National Confectioners Association are encouraged to nominate their most exceptional retail and wholesale customers for the 2019 Confectionery Leadership Award. The esteemed award showcases the most innovative and passionate champions of the industry.

Hosted by NCA in collaboration with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine, the Confectionery Leadership Award recognizes top customers on an industry-wide level who excel at category management best practices, effective business collaboration and innovations in merchandising confectionery products in-store.

“Retail leadership in the confectionery category is vital to conveying the excitement and fun our treats bring to consumers,” says Teresa Tarantino, editor-in-chief of Candy & Snack TODAY. “The Confectionery Leadership Award recognizes the individuals who set the standard by continually seeking to elevate consumers’ in-store experiences. Each year we look forward bringing our readers insights based on the successes of these best-in-class trendsetters and inspiration from their energy and enthusiasm for the category.”

Award honorees are invited to participate in the taste panel for the Sweet & Snacks Expo’s Most Innovative New Product Awards and will be featured year-round in various NCA vehicles, including Candy & Snack TODAY. Last year’s recipients of the prestigious award were Krisanne Flamini from Wawa, Inc. and Barry Phillips from SpartanNash.

Notable past recipients include Christina Groth, The Kroger Co.; Mike Maslen, Hudson Group; Brian Rinker, Walgreen Co.; and Tim Tackett, Giant Eagle, Inc.

Nominations for the 2019 Confectionery Leadership Award will be accepted through Wednesday, October 31. The awards will be presented in March at NCA’s State of the Industry Conference in Boca Raton where trading partners go to build strong relationships and tackle priority issues together.

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About the National Confectioners Association (NCA)

The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. Learn more at, or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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