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Yankee Candle debuts Pure Radiance

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — A new collection of contemporary candles has entered the market.

Yankee Candle said its Pure Radiance collection is made of a custom soy wax blend and features an all cotton wick that provides a consistent burn and a wide, radiant flame, by featuring patent-pending LumiWick technology. The line features 12 new scents, including After Dark, Emberlight, ice crystal, denim, lavender chiffon, beachfront, petals, key lime, nectar, grapevine, creme brulee and cinnamon scone.

"We consistently strive to meet the needs of all of our consumers, and at times they are looking for something that fits a more contemporary decor style," said Hope Margala Klein, SVP brand, design and innovation at Yankee Candle. "We are excited to introduce Pure Radiance, a brand that provides a more contemporary option without compromising on the superior fragrance and quality that Yankee Candle is known for."

The suggested retail price range of the Pure Radiance collection is $10.99 to $27.99.

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Glade encourages consumers to ‘express’ themselves

BY Allison Cerra

RACINE, Wis. — Glade has introduced its Expressions collection, a line of fragrances that cater to consumers’ personal style.

The collection features two new designs — the fragrance mist, a refillable home fragrance spray featured in a sleek design, and an oil diffuser, a nonelectric diffuser for living spaces that can disperse fragrances for up to 30 days — filled with fragrances that open up note by note, Glade said. The four available fragrances include cotton and Italian mandarin; pineapple and mangosteen; fuji apple and cardamom spice; and lavendar and juniper berry.

Glade Expressions fragrance mist is available nationwide for $4.49, and refills are available in four fragrance varieties for $3.49 each. Available in two fragrance varieties, the Glade Expressions oil diffuser starter kit is available nationwide for $8.49, and refills are available in three fragrance varieties for $5.49 each.

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Vons president retires

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday said that the leader of its Vons division will retire after serving in the role for more than 10 years.

Tom Keller will retire from his post as president of Vons, a position he has held since 1999, on Feb. 1. An industry veteran that started his career as a food clerk in Safeway’s Phoenix division more than 40 years ago, Keller "leaves an important imprint on the organization as an energetic and innovative leader," Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd said.

Replacing Keller on an interim basis is Gary Rocheleau, VP retail merchandising execution. As a long-time Vons executive, Rocheleau has held a broad range of positions at Safeway at both the retail and the corporate level.

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