Washington — Category managers Krisanne Flamini, of Wawa, Inc., and SpartanNash Co.’s Barry Phillips will receive the 2018 Confectionery Leadership Awards at this year’s NCA State of the Industry Conference, according to NCA.
The awards are given to retailers and wholesalers who have made lasting contributions to the industry through their category management best practices, effective business collaboration, innovative in-store merchandising and solid category performance. Developed by NCA and Candy & Snack TODAY in 2011, the Confectionery Leadership Awards recognize and honor the industry’s best and most innovative leaders and category champions.
“There were many deserving and worthy candidates for this year’s award,” says Larry Wilson, NCA vice-president of industry affairs. “Krisanne’s and Barry’s knowledge, expertise and commitment to the confectionery industry stood out to the selection committee.”
Flamini, who has been with Wawa since 2000, is currently responsible for total snacks, confections and packaged snack cakes for all of the c-store chain’s 750 locations.
“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.”
With more than 15 years of experience in the category, Phillips currently serves SpartanNash’s 145 corporate-owned stores and distributes to more than 2,100 independent retail locations across the country, as well as to military commissaries worldwide.
“What I love about this category is that it is always changing,” Phillips says. “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.”
The 2018 State of the Industry Conference will take place March 4 to 6 in Miami.