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Jo-Ann names former Walgreen exec CFO

BY Mike Troy

Former Walgreens and Tyson Foods executive Wade Miquelon was named CFO at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Jo-Ann said as CFO Miquelon would oversee the retailer’s finance organization, real estate, information technology and general counsel.

“I am thrilled to have an executive of Miquelon’s deep and broad experience join the Jo-Ann team during a transformational time in our brand’s rich history,” said Jill Soltau, president and CEO of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Miquelon is a highly-respected and effective leader with a track record of driving retail changing strategies. Fueled with a career of significant accomplishments, he will play a key strategic role in creating value for our organization and stakeholders while serving our customers through an exciting shopping experience.”

Miquelon most recently served as the executive VP, CFO and president of international for Walgreens. Prior to working for Walgreens, Miquelon held the position of executive VP and CFO at Tyson Foods and prior to that he served in multiple roles of progressing responsibility at Procter & Gamble.

”I feel very excited and fortunate to join such a wonderful company that engages a loyal and passionate customer in an enthusiast category filled with future opportunity,” said Miquelon. “I am convinced that under Jill’s leadership and in partnership with the entire Jo-Ann team we will delight our customers, create value for all of our stakeholders, and have a lot of fun in the process.”

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Yankee Candle unveils the perfect summer collection

BY Gina Acosta

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The world's largest manufacturer of premium scented candles is taking consumers on a trip to Margaritaville.

Yankee Candle Company has teamed up with the fast-growing lifestyle brand in the United States to launch the Margaritaville Collection. Candles including Jamaican Vacation, Lime & Sea Salt, Pineapple Breeze, and Mother Ocean await shoppers at retailers nationwide. 

"Our partnership with The Yankee Candle Company makes perfect scents. Each unique fragrance transports you to an island state of mind, regardless of your current latitude," said Tamara Baldanza-Dekker, Chief Marketing Officer at Margaritaville.

Yankee Candle is also hosting a #MyMargaritaville sweepstakes to launch the collection. The #MyMargaritaville sweepstakes is now open to all, with prizes including a Margaritaville home party pack and a trip to Margaritaville's new Hollywood Beach Resort in Florida. To enter, fans are invited to build their own version of Margaritaville by swiping through a selection of backdrops and beach essentials to create a custom scene. Each Margaritaville scene will be paired with a fragrance and a Jimmy Buffett quote to complete their personalized paradise. Participants are encouraged to share their Margaritaville moment on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accompanied by the hashtag #MyMargaritaville.

"Our fragrances often connect to good memories and new experiences," said Geoff Medeiros, VP brand and product development for Yankee Candle Company, Inc. "It was a natural fit for us to have the opportunity to create the Margaritaville experience with our product line up."

The new candles are available at retailers nationwide and priced at: $26.99, Large Square Candle, $14.99; Small Square Candle, $16.99; Square Tin Candle, $17.99; Pillar Candle, $9.99; and Scented Tea Light Candles, $2.99.

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Friendly’s expands iconic sundae cup lineup

BY Gina Acosta

WILBRAHAM, Mass. — Shoppers looking for an early taste of summer can look forward to new flavors from Friendly's in the ice cream section.

Friendly's Ice Cream is introducing 10 all-new, one-of-a-kind sundae cups to supermarket freezers. Shoppers can take their pick of eight new everyday flavors, including Strawberry Cake Krunch and Cherry Chocolate Chunk, along with two limited edition options like Wattamelon, a unique take on Friendly's beloved Wattamelon Roll, and Crayola Color Me Sundae, a sundae cup version of Friendly's Crayola Decorate Your Own Ice Cream Cake. 

"Friendly's sundae cups are an ice cream treat that's been enjoyed for years by adults and kids, alike, and we're thrilled to expand the lineup with ten all-new flavors," said Tim Hopkins, executive vice president of retail and manufacturing for Friendly's. "Our new sundae cups bring ice cream lovers the opportunity to enjoy modern flavors like salted caramel alongside tried and true classics like chocolate fudge. We now have a delicious sundae cup option for everyone to enjoy."

Friendly's sundae cups provide an element of convenience with their individual sizing and tops, which allow for easy, on-the-go snacking and storage.

Friendly's sundae cups retail for $1.49-$1.69 and are available for purchase in select grocery stores in Vermont, New York, Maine, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. The limited edition Wattamelon sundae cup will be available through September, and the Crayola Color Me Sundae will be available through January. 

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