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Sanrio, Vandor enter licensing deal for Hello Kitty products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — A new line of Hello Kitty household products are arriving this summer, thanks to a new licensing agreement inked by Sanrio and Vandor.

Through the deal, which is effective immediately, Vandor will produce the collection, which includes such items as eco-friendly shopper totes, as well as ceramic and travel mugs that feature Hello Kitty, a Sanrio brand. The collection will range in price from $2.49 to $9.99.

“Hello Kitty is an evergreen property that has evolved into one of the most unique and identifiable brands of our time,” said Stacey Dobkins, Vandor VP licensing and marketing said. “She’s a perfect addition to our already comprehensive portfolio of high-quality licensed products that have strong appeal and sell-through.”

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David Siegel joins Marsh Supermarkets

BY Allison Cerra

INDIANAPOLIS — Marsh Supermarkets has created a new executive position that will focus on merchandising support, including pricing, space management, corporate brands and business intelligence.

The retailer said that retail veteran David Siegel will be Marsh’s SVP merchandising and marketing strategic initiatives.

Siegel joins the company from Schenectady, N.Y.-based Price Chopper.

Marsh operates 72 Marsh Supermarkets, 3 O’Malia’s Food Markets and 22 MainStreet Market stores in Indiana and Ohio.

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Rubel to remain on Supervalu’s board

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday announced that Matthew Rubel has unanimously been approved to continue as a member of the company’s board.

Rubel had previously resigned from the position of chairman, president and CEO of Collective Brands, and, consistent with Supervalu’s governance principles, submitted his offer of resignation as a member of the board.

On June 28, the grocer’s board of directors unanimously rejected his offer of resignation.

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