Two Retail Leaders to be Recognized for Contributions to Confectionery



Washington, D.C. (January 9, 2018) – The National Confectioners Association is honored to announce that Krisanne Flamini from Wawa, Inc. and Barry Phillips from SpartanNash are the recipients of the 2018 Confectionery Leadership Award. The award celebrates the recipients’ lasting contributions to the industry through their category management best practices, effective business collaboration, innovative in-store merchandising and solid category performance.

“The Confectionery Leadership Award honors industry retailers who propel the category forward by going above and beyond expectations,” said NCA’s Vice President of Industry Affairs, Larry Wilson. “There were many deserving and worthy candidates for this year’s award. Krisanne’s and Barry’s knowledge, expertise and commitment to the confectionery industry stood out to the selection committee.”

Joining Wawa in 2000, Flamini is currently the category manager responsible for total snacks, confections and packaged cake for all of the company’s more than 750 stores.

“This award is very humbling, but I view it as a team accomplishment,” commented Flamini. “I have a group of people that work so well together and think outside of the box, and I’m pleased to be able to accept this on their behalf, as well as on behalf of our retail space planning team and our vendor partners. The end result is always overall growth of the category and bringing the industry to a higher level.”

“We’re excited Krisanne was selected to receive this honor from the industry as she is deserving of it for the energy and passion she brings to her role leading the category every day,” added Wawa’s Director of Category Management, Jason Homola.

Phillips has been in the confectionery category for more than 15 years and is currently a category manager for SpartanNash, a retailer and distributor with 145 corporate-owned stores and a distribution portfolio of more than 2,100 independent business locations throughout the country, as well as U.S. military commissaries worldwide.

“What I love about this category is that it is always changing,” said Phillips. “This category, the vendors, and the brokers mean so much to me. They have a job to do, but ultimately we all want to do what’s right for our customers. I appreciate them taking the time to nominate me for this award.”

“We are very appreciative as an organization to have Barry on our team as he has positively impacted our results in the confectionery category,” added Mike Convey, director of category management for SpartanNash. “I am very happy to see Barry recognized for his efforts; it could not happen to a nicer human being.”

NCA and Candy & Snack TODAY magazine created 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.

Flamini and Phillips will be presented with their awards in Miami at NCA’s annual State of the Industry Conference, March 4-6, 2018.

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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. As the leading association for the $35 billion U.S. confectionery industry, NCA educates the public to help ensure that it understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 55,000 workers in more than 1,000 manufacturing facilities across the country. More than 400,000 jobs in agriculture, retail, transportation and other industries rely in part on the sale of confections for their livelihood. For every one job that is created by confectionery companies, another seven are supported in related industries. Learn more about the “Power of Sweet” at, or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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