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P&G’s Lori Proctor receives award from NEW

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO A retail supply leader for Procter & Gamble received the Network of Executive Women’s Bobbie O’Hare Award, given annually to the regional committee member who has helped the organization advance its goals and extend its reach.

Lori Proctor, who works as P&G’s retail supply leader in San Ramon, Calif., is co-chair of NEW’s northern California region. Each year, members of NEW’s 15 regions nominate one person as their "best of the best" committee member. These members are honored during each region’s fall event and are eligible for the Bobbie O’Hare Award. NEW officers select one member to receive the Bobbie O’Hare award. Proctor was cited as "a compassionate contributor who truly believes that future leaders need mentors to grow professionally and personally and, in turn, become mentors for generations to come."

The award is named for former NEW regional chair Bobbie O’Hare, VP sales development for the Johnson O’Hare Cos. O’Hare, who helped lead the creation of NEW’s 15 regional groups, joined current NEW regional chair Maria Edelson in presenting the award to Lori Proctor in front of 800 members attending NEW’s national summit.

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Wasa gets flat, crispy

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO Wasa is expanding with a line of thin, whole-grain crackers.

Wasa’s new thin and crispy flatbreads are available in original, rosemary and sesame, making them ideal for entertaining or as a wholesome snack.

"At Wasa, we take pride in offering healthy products made only with simple, all-natural ingredients that help people in their quest to eat well and live better," said Kirk Trofholz, president of Wasa North America. "We believe the new Wasa thin and crispy flatbreads will appeal to a broad audience and offer unlimited options for healthy snacks and alternative meal accompaniments."

The new line is available next month in stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.99.

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Frito-Lay to take noise out of SunChips bags

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas After launching eco-friendly bags for its SunChips brand, Frito-Lay again is looking to revamp the packaging.

According to a report by USA Today, Frito-Lay said it is removing the noisy material found in the compostable bags. While they are environmentally friendly, the bags have received negative customer feedback.

"Clearly, we received consumer feedback that it was noisy," said Frito-Lay spokeswoman Aurora Gonzalez. "We recognized from the beginning that the bag felt, looked and sounded different. We are on a journey with compostable packaging."

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