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Five Point Snacks salutes U.S. Armed Forces

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — A new line of snacks is hitting the East Coast market this month.

Five Point Snacks celebrates the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and touts military-themed graphics on its packaging, the company said. The lineup includes Major Murphy’s kettle cooked potato chips, Sailor Knots mini pretzel knots, Flotilla Tortillas whole grain white corn tortilla chips, G.I. Crunches strong cheddar cheese twists and Airmen Popcorn classic American white popcorn.

Five Point Snacks are sold at all Duane Reade stores throughout metro New York, with additional retail distribution planned in the coming months. The brand, which officially will launch on Veteran’s Day this year, also will donate a minimum of 11% of its profits to organizations that support, care for and benefit veterans. For more information, visit Fivepointsnacks.com.

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GMDC announces conference date changes

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — GMDC announced several conference date changes effective 2013 during its Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference held here this past weekend.

The HBW event will move to spring, and the GM Conference will take place in the fall.

Future conference dates are as follows:

  • 2013 HBW Marketing Conference May 31 to June 3 in San Antonio;

  • 2013 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 6 to 10 in Phoenix;

  • 2014 HBW Marketing Conference May 30 to June 2 in Orlando, Fla.;

  • 2014 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 5 to 9 in San Antonio;

  • 2015 HBW Marketing Conference May 29 to June 1 in Orlando, Fla.; and

  • 2015 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 18 to 22 in Phoenix.

“The change in timing is a better fit for our retailers’, wholesalers’ and suppliers’ strategic planning and category review time frames," stated GMDC president and CEO Dave McConnell. "GMDC’s board of directors confirmed that these changes would ensure greater opportunities and synergies for our members.”

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GMDC names board members for 2012

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — GMDC members elected two new board members to serve in two-year terms on their board of directors, the association announced Tuesday — Mike Petocchi, business group manager HBC/cosmetics with Wegmans Food Markets and former GMDC chairman Jim Wonderly, VP grocery non-foods/GM Ahold USA.

Additionally, Curtis Maki, VP HBC/GM program management and pharmacy with Topco Associates, was re-elected to serve another two-year term. Maki also will serve as the co-chairman of the Membership Advisory Board.

Dave McConnell, GMDC president and CEO, recognized four members who will retire from the GMDC board of directors in 2012, for their outstanding service and commitment to the organization. The GMDC retirees include Jim Connolly, SVP retail division with Technical Consumer Products; Bill Graham, president of Beiersdorf; Tom Nestor, VP customer development with Unilever; and Bob Zekis, EVP business development with Imperial Distributors.

Anthea Jones, SVP store operations for Bi-Lo, will continue in his role as chairman during 2012.

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