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Lawsuit Filed Against Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Education over its new student loan cancellation policy, becoming the first organization to challenge the Biden administration’s move to forgive up to $20,000 in student debt per borrower. The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, contends that Biden’s decision to cancel student loan debt for some borrowers is illegal because Congress did not approve it. The Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday the cost of the cancellation policy is around $400 billion, although that figure is in dispute from proponents of loan debt cancellation. The PLF seeks an injunction halting the cancellation policy from going into effect and a judgment preventing any further action to cancel student loan debt.

Members of Congress have introduced legislation in response to the administration’s student loan debt relief program. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced the Responsible Education Assistance through Loan (REAL) Reforms Act as a conservative vision for postsecondary education and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Lowering Obstacles to Achievement Now (LOAN) Act to modify student loan programs. Republican Governors have also sent a letter to President Biden asking to withdraw student loan forgiveness.

Read more here.


Continuing Resolution Update

The Senate is expected to advance a short-term continuing resolution (CR) on Thursday, Sept. 29, funding the government through Dec. 16. The stopgap spending bill will then go to the House where it is expected to pass without Republican support just ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline, avoiding a government shutdown. Senators were able to move forward the CR after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced on Tuesday that he would remove his permitting reform legislation after it garnered little support from Republicans and some opposition from Democrats.

Attached to the CR is $12 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine, $1 billion in heating assistance for low-income families, $20 million to help address the water crisis in Jackson, MS, more than $112 million for federal court security and billions of dollars in other disaster aid. The measure also allows FEMA to spend at a higher rate to respond to natural disasters in the short term, including the catastrophic flooding and power outages caused by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico. It includes extra funding and flexibility for resettling Afghan refugees and a five-year reauthorization of the FDA’s user fee programs. It does not include any additional funding to address emerging coronavirus or monkeypox needs, despite the Biden administration’s request for emergency money. Read more here.


White House Releases National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

On Tuesday, September 27, the Biden-Harris Administration released a report ahead of Wednesday’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. To advance the President’s goal—and build on the federal government’s existing work to address hunger and diet-related diseases—the strategy identifies actions the Administration will pursue across five pillars:

1. Improving food access and affordability;
2. Integrating nutrition and health;
3. Empowering all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices;
4. Supporting physical activity for all; and
5. Enhancing nutrition and food security research.

An executive summary of the strategy from the White House can be viewed here.


Senate HELP to Vote on DOL Vacancies

On Thursday, Sept. 29, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will vote on President Biden’s nominees for vacant positions at the Department of Labor (DOL): Jessica Looman, for administrator of DOL’s Wage and Hour Division; and Karla Gilbride for general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Both Gilbride and Looman are filling roles that have been vacant for nearly the entirety of the Biden administration. The EEOC’s general counsel post has been vacant since March 2021 when Biden fired Trump-appointed Sharon Gustafson. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he will support Looman after he was instrumental in taking down the previous nominee, David Weil. Read more here.


Conagra Brands Foundation's 'Nourish Our Community' Program Awards Grants to Nonprofits

Conagra Brands Foundation has announced the 2022 recipients of the "Nourish Our Community" grants, awarding one-year grants to 23 nonprofits across 12 states, totaling $350,000. In an effort to support Hunger Action Month, a time when people across the country come together to raise awareness and take action to impact the issue of food insecurity, the company's involvement will help to create positive social impact in the communities where its employees live and work. For more details, read the official release.

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SpartanNash Adds SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

SpartanNash has named Nicole Zube as its new senior vice president, chief human resources officer. Zube was most recently with Kellogg Co., where she most recently served as head of HR – U.S. commercial. She will lead SpartanNash’s People First strategy to attract, develop and retain top talent. For more details, read the official release.

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CDA Webinar Recap: "CBD and Cannabis Update"

CannabisUpdateImage Presenter: Don Burke, Management Science Associates (MSA)
Watch On-Demand

In this popular webinar, Don Burke with Management Science Associates (MSA) explored recent trends in the CBD and Cannabis categories. This analysis included both consumer usage and attitude information as well as a review of online and brick-and-mortar purchase patterns. The impact of the pandemic and the forecast for future growth was also discussed.


FDA’s CTP Launches New Tobacco Compliance Webinar for Retailers, Vaping Prevention and Education Resource Center

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) released a new tobacco compliance webinar this week, “Tips for Retailers: Preventing Sales to Persons Under 21 Years of Age.” This webinar provides a brief overview of the various resources available to retailers that may help prevent the sale of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21, focusing specifically on age verification, internal compliance checks and recommended training practices. The webinar also covers recent updates to federal law for tobacco products containing nicotine not derived from tobacco.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the CTP announced the launch of their Vaping Prevention and Education Resource Center. The online resource center provides materials that teachers, parents and teens can use to help understand the dangers associated with vaping and nicotine addiction.


CDA Welcomes New Member: Texas Wholesale

Texas Wholesale is a wholesale distributor located in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. The company sells its products to all sorts of different businesses, but our main consumers are c-store retailers.

WenzelsLogoYour contact information for Texas Wholesale is as follows:

Nisah Hefner
nisah@texas-wholesale.com
Texas Wholesale
2667 Northaven Road
Dallas, TX 75229
(972) 247-6070 x1000
texas-wholesale.com/


Andy Clausen, SpartanNash, Receives NextGen Award

Progressive Grocer has named Andy Clausen, SpartanNash, the winner of its NextGen Award. Clausen, who leads a team responsible for managing SpartanNash's national accounts business across several locations within the company's national distribution network, was recognized for his overall contributions and extraordinary efforts to inspire young professionals. For more details, read the official release.

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Upcoming CDA Webinar: "CBD and Cannabis Update"

CannabisUpdateImage Presenter: Don Burke, Management Science Associates (MSA)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET | Register Now

Don Burke with Management Science Associates will explore recent trends in the CBD and Cannabis categories. This analysis will include both consumer usage and attitude information as well as reviewing online and brick-and-mortar purchase patterns. The impact of the pandemic and the forecast for future growth will also be discussed.


September is We Card Awareness Month

September is We Card Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to train or re-train employees and raise awareness of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and state law compliance.

CDA encourages all retailers to continue in their efforts to successfully identify and prevent age-restricted product sales to minors. We Card resources include:

We Card’s 2023 materials (available to order) at www.wecard.org.
• Award-winning training courses (Employee, Refresher & Manager) with gaming, role-playing and customer-cashier scenarios. FDA content & state law specific.
Download resources for federal 21-year minimum age law for tobacco and vapor products.
e-Cig and Vapor Central: from e-cig oriented signage to unique compliance needs, stay current on requirements of retailers for this growing age-restricted product category.


Register TODAY for Marketplace!

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  • Network at receptions and celebrate colleagues at the Awards Dinner & Afterglow
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Distributors: Register online or complete the registration form. Pay one low rate per company!

Suppliers: Reserve your exhibit space online or via the exhibit space reservation form - space is limited.

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Thank You for a Successful CDBX!

CDA expresses its thanks to all the distributors, suppliers and brokers that participated in last week's Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX), held Sept. 12-15 in Chicago, where over 1,400 individual meetings between trading partners took place. Save the date for next year's CDBX, being held Sept. 11-14, 2023 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, KY.

Enjoy a short video recap of our time at the event last week. For details on how your company can be a part of CDBX, contact Jenn Finn at jennf@cdaweb.net or (703) 208-1649.

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DOT Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program Accepting Applications

On Sept. 10, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a pilot program to allow persons ages 18, 19 and 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. That pilot was never implemented. However, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which was signed into law on November 15, 2021, requires the FMCSA to establish a pilot program that would allow employers to establish an apprenticeship program for certain 18-, 19- and 20-year-old drivers to operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce.

The Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot (SDAP) is now open and runs for three years until July 2025. The program is seeking up to 1,000 motor carriers to participate, with up to 3,000 apprentices enrolled at any given time. Applications are now open. Wholesalers can apply to participate as motor carriers through the program and the application is here. Note that wholesalers must be registered with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Registered Apprenticeship Program to participate.


Juul Sues FDA for Documents Related to Product Denial Order

Juul Labs Inc. is suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain documents related to an order banning the company’s vaping products from the market. The FDA initially banned Juul’s products on June 23, citing a lack of evidence defending their safety and noting their “disproportionate role in the rise in youth vaping.” On June 24, Juul won an emergency court order temporarily blocking the FDA’s decision.

Juul accused the FDA of violating the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by withholding a majority of the "scientific disciplinary reviews" underlying the sales ban, according to the complaint filed in a court in Washington, D.C. The complaint states, "The public deserves a complete picture of the scientific facts behind one of the agency’s most controversial and closely scrutinized decisions in recent years, especially where even FDA recognizes its order is suspect." Read more here.


Update: The FDA's Proposed Menthol Cigarette and Flavored Cigar Bans

On April 28, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published two new proposed regulations. One of the proposed regulations would prohibit menthol as a flavor in cigarettes, in roll-your-own cigarette tobacco and in heated tobacco products. The second regulation would prohibit any flavors in cigars.

As a part of the federal regulatory process, federal law requires that an agency must request comments from the public about proposed regulations. The FDA received more than 175,000 comments on the menthol cigarette ban and almost 72,000 on the flavored cigar ban by the Aug. 2, 2022 submission deadline.

In response to this significant number of comments, the FDA issued an announcement that it “will need ample time to comprehensively review and analyze all of the comments.” Since the FDA announced it will need “ample” time to read all of the comments, it could take 9 to 12 months or possibly longer for the agency to read through the comments on the menthol ban and flavored cigar ban. Then, the FDA will decide whether to draft any changes to the proposed regulations and, if it does so, that may take several months.


Senators Introduce Trucking Legislation

Last week, Senators released two new bills related to the trucking industry. Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND), John Kramer (R-ND) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the Trucking Regulations Unduly Constricting Known Service-providers (TRUCKS) Act which aims to remove burdensome government regulations impacting the agricultural industry, school districts and trucking companies in rural America. The TRUCKS Act would exempt employees of agriculture-related industries, school districts and local units of governments (including county, municipal and tribal) from new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements to obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Click here for the full bill text.

The second bill, introduced by Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Alex Padilla (D-CA), is the Guaranteeing Overtime for Truckers Act, which would repeal the motor carrier provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that excludes many truckers from overtime protections. Sen. Padilla stated, “America’s truck drivers are on the frontlines of keeping goods and our economy moving. In fact, more than 70 percent of goods across the United States are shipped by truck…Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting supply chain crisis aggravated persistent hardships for truckers, including long hours spent waiting—often unpaid—to load and unload goods. As our nation makes historic investments in our port and supply chain infrastructure, I’ve introduced this legislation to improve wages and working conditions for these essential workers and build the foundation for good-paying, stable trucking jobs.” The House version of the bill - H.R. 7517 - was introduced by Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI).


Continuing Resolution Update

Work continues this week on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government past the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. While the CR end date has not been finalized, Congressional leaders have indicated support for a CR to Dec. 16 despite some pushback from a group of conservative members of the Senate and House, who would like the CR to stretch into next year when the makeup of Congress could be different.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he plans to include the energy-permitting measure authored by Sen. Manchin (D-WV) in the CR, honoring an agreement he made to advance the permitting bill by Sept. 30 as part of their negotiations over the Inflation Reduction Act. Various measures that could also potentially be attached to the stopgap include a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreement and supplemental funding for Ukraine, disaster aid, COVID-19 and monkeypox. Republicans have already expressed reluctance to back the administration's requests for COVID-19 and monkeypox funding, so these items are not likely to be included in the CR since they will potentially jeopardize bipartisan backing and passage of the CR. Read more here.


USDA Expands SNAP Online Shopping, Adds New Retailers

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced expanded opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to shop online for groceries. More than 150 additional retailer chains are now offering online shopping to SNAP participants, representing thousands of actual stores. In collaboration with state agency and vendor partners, the USDA has expanded the availability of SNAP online purchasing to 49 states and the District of Columbia, providing more than 99% of all SNAP participants with access to online purchasing. In the last 4 months, 44 retailers were added to the program, representing 1,240 store locations. The USDA is providing technical assistance to all stakeholders who are interested in offering SNAP online purchasing, and is dedicated to bringing a more diverse, broader range of new grocers online, with a focus on smaller, independent stores.


New FDA Webinar Clarifies Tobacco Import Requirements for ENDS Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has released a new webinar, "Tobacco Entries: Updated Information for Filing ENDS Products for Import in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)". This webinar provides members of the import trade community important updates and reminders about filing electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) entries in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Click here to watch the webinar.


Senate Takes Lead on Stopgap Funding Bill and Attachments

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told reporters this week that the Senate will move first on a stopgap government funding bill, hopefully moving a bill next week so the House can pass it before the Sept. 30 deadline. Senators can get around the constitutional requirement that spending bills originate in the House by placing the stopgap text into a House-passed bill as a substitute amendment.

Lawmakers continue to weigh which additional measures can get enough votes to attach to a stopgap measure. The attachments being considered are an energy permitting bill, Ukraine aid, Covid funds, monkeypox resources, reauthorization of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees and disaster aid.

The stopgap or continuing resolution (CR) is expected to run through Dec. 16. The Senate will need to take the lead to determine which other bills will be attached to the stopgap. Senate Republicans have said they could support a Ukraine aid bill on the funding package. Read more here.


FDA's CTP Issues Update on Review and Enforcement of Non-Tobacco Nicotine Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) provided updates late last week on their latest compliance and enforcement activities related to tobacco products containing nicotine from any source.

A substantial number of non-tobacco nicotine (NTN) applications were submitted by May 14 – nearly one million from more than 200 separate companies and the FDA is making progress processing and reviewing these applications. The FDA has issued 44 warning letters to manufacturers and over 300 warning letters to retailers for violations in relation to NTN products. The FDA has issued refuse-to-accept (RTA) letters for more than 800,000 NTN products in applications that do not meet the criteria for acceptance; this includes more than 700,000 new RTAs since Aug. 3. The FDA has accepted over 350 applications for NTN products, with the vast majority being for e-cigarette or e-liquid products. The FDA has issued 44 warning letters to manufacturers and over 300 warning letters to retailers for violations in relation to NTN products. Additionally, the FDA has issued new warning letters to 102 retailers for illegally selling NTN products to underage purchasers.

To keep stakeholders and the public informed, the FDA recently launched a non-tobacco nicotine product webpage that includes up-to-date information about premarket review progress and compliance and enforcement actions.


PFG's Convenience Arm to Operate Under Core-Mark Brand

Performance Food Group announced that is has aligned its convenience business under the Core-Mark brand. Now operating as Core-Mark, the Convenience business of PFG services more than 50,000 customers through 39 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada. For more details, read the official release.

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Kraft Heinz Names New Chief Growth Officer of North America

The Kraft Heinz Co. announced that Diana Frost has been appointed as chief growth officer of the company’s North America zone, a move that will further the company’s ambition to lead the future of food by bringing together marketing and disruptive innovation under Frost’s leadership. For more detail, read the official release.

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Hostess Announces Partnership with NAMI

Hostess Brands has announced a new partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), focusing its efforts on becoming a StigmaFree workplace and supporting NAMI's grassroots efforts to improve mental health resources in local communities where Hostess Brands operates. For more details, read the official release.

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Upcoming and On-Demand Webinars

Live and on-demand webinars are available, covering a variety of topics ranging from marketplace trends to tobacco, cannabis, leadership, employee retention, mentoring, finance and more.

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Tentative Agreement Reached to Avoid Rail Strike

President Biden early on Thursday released a statement announcing railroad companies and unions representing more than 100,000 workers reached a tentative agreement to avoid a nationwide strike that could have had a severe impact on the economy.

According to the Department of Labor (DOL), it was a “hard-fought, mutually beneficial deal…Our rail system is integral to our supply chain, and a disruption would have had catastrophic impacts on industries, travelers and families across the country.”

The tentative resolution was announced just a day before a Friday deadline that could have seen rail workers walk off the job or be locked out by the companies, freezing critical infrastructure that could cost the world’s biggest economy more than $2 billion per day, just weeks ahead of the midterm elections.

Read more here.


Upcoming CDA Webinar: "CBD and Cannabis Update"

CannabisUpdateImage Presenter: Don Burke, Management Science Associates (MSA)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET | Register Now

Don Burke with Management Science Associates will explore recent trends in the CBD and Cannabis categories. This analysis will include both consumer usage and attitude information as well as reviewing online and brick-and-mortar purchase patterns. The impact of the pandemic and the forecast for future growth will also be discussed.


Senators Return to Work on CR and Supplemental Spending for Ukraine & COVID

Senators returned this week from the August recess and have begun discussing the fall agenda, which will likely be dominated by a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters this week that the continuing resolution (CR) is one of the chamber’s highest priorities, requiring immediate attention to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month. Leader Schumer said the Senate will also begin evaluating a White House supplemental spending request that could exceed $50 billion, including funds to bolster Ukraine’s defenses, shore up federal emergency funds and reinforce efforts to combat the COVID and monkeypox viruses. The House returns from recess next Tuesday, Sept. 13. Read more here.


CDA Welcomes New Member: SwiftSku, Inc.

SwiftSku helps owners onboard their convenience stores and gas stations with the latest technology to leverage promotional discounts and increase revenue with state-of-the-art business intelligence.

WenzelsLogoYour contact information for SwiftSku, Inc. is as follows:

Mit Patel
mitpatel@swiftsku.com
SwiftSku, Inc.
300 Opelika Road, Unit 1644
Auburn, AL 36832
(205) 225-9611
www.swiftsku.com


Atkinson Candy Company Celebrates 90 Years

Lufkin, TX-based Atkinson Candy Company is celebrating its 90-year milestone. The company opened its doors in 1932, and since then have become known nationwide in part for making Chick-O-Sticks and Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars, all of which are made by hand in their factory. In honor of the event, the company unveiled a new mural to honor their employees’ work. Read more here.

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Juul Settles Multistate Underage E-Cigarette Inquiry

Juul Labs Inc. agreed to pay at least $438.5 million in a settlement with 33 states and Puerto Rico to resolve allegations that it marketed its e-cigarettes to underage users. In addition to the settlement payment, Juul is also required to limit their marketing and sales practices to meet restrictions set by injunctive terms of the settlement. This includes depicting people under 35 in its marketing, product placements in film and television, advertising on billboards and social media, selling Juul-branded merchandise and funding education programs in schools. Juul voluntarily had stopped such marketing and sales practices. The agreement follows an investigation begun in 2020 by 39 states. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Juul issued a statement the settlement was part of its effort to resolve issues from the past. The company said it is focused on the future and is endeavoring to provide alternatives for adult cigarette smokers while combating underage use. Read more here.


R.J. Reynolds to Pay Altria for E-cig Patent Infringement

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. was ordered by a federal jury in the U.S. Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro to pay Altria Group Inc. $95.2 million for infringing on three of Altria's e-cigarettes patents in its Vuse line in past damages through June 30. Post-trial proceedings will address ongoing damages through the expiration of Altria’s patents in 2035. Read more here.


Don't Miss Marketplace Registration

CDM23videoMarketplace brings together distributors and their top trading partners and suppliers in a unique boutique experience. It’s the premier national conference and trade show exclusively for wholesale distributors of convenience products. Marketplace is a ‘must-attend’ event for you and your team.

Attendees

  • Register online today or complete the registration form
  • Distributor companies pay one low rate per company
  • Learn from industry experts in distributor-focused education sessions

Exhibitors

Please reach out to Jenn Finn at (703) 208-1649 or jennf@cdaweb.net with any questions.

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CDA Welcomes New Member: Pepper

Pepper is the leading eCommerce platform for food distributors. With its modern online catalog and payment system, Pepper enables food distributors to reach their full potential - increasing sales, reducing administrative time and expenses. On average, Pepper generates 20% sales growth and 77% reduction in order entry time.

WenzelsLogoYour contact information for Pepper is as follows:

Andrew Van Bark
avb@usepepper.com
Pepper
511 West 25th Street, Suite 4-105
New York, NY 10001
(303) 506-3815
www.usepepper.com


Lula and Golbon Partner to Bring Delivery Tech to C-Stores

Lula has announced a new partnership with Golbon in which convenience distributors and merchants within the Golbon network will soon leverage Lula-powered delivery on all major delivery marketplaces like DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub while paying $0 in sales commission fees. For more details, read the official release.

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Hershey Names New Global Chief Sales Officer

The Hershey Co. announced that Marlene Creighton has been named as global chief sales officer, effective Sept. 5. Creighton brings more than 20 years of CPG experience working across sales, category management and brands with P&G, Unilever and now Hershey. For more details, read the official release.

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J.M. Smucker Appoints SVP, Commodities and Procurement

The J.M. Smucker Co. announced the addition of Gagnesh Gupta as senior vice president of commodities and procurement and an officer of the company, effective Sept. 8. Gupta will oversee the company's procurement function, supporting the organization's ability to continue to efficiently source necessary ingredients and materials to deliver products across its portfolio. For more details, read the official release.

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Senate to Return From Recess Next Week

The House of Representatives and Senate remain out of session for August recess, with the Senate slated to return Sept. 6 and the House returning the following week on Sept. 13. After returning, Congress will be in session for just a few weeks before they head home again to campaign. One of its top priorities during this time will be an extension for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations spending bills which fund the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. A short-term continuing resolution (CR) is expected to be passed to avoid a government shutdown.


Don't Miss Marketplace Registration

CDM23videoMarketplace brings together distributors and their top trading partners and suppliers in a unique boutique experience. It’s the premier national conference and trade show exclusively for wholesale distributors of convenience products. Marketplace is a ‘must-attend’ event for you and your team.

Attendees

  • Register online today or complete the registration form
  • Distributor companies pay one low rate per company
  • Learn from industry experts in distributor-focused education sessions

Exhibitors

Please reach out to Jenn Finn at (703) 208-1649 or jennf@cdaweb.net with any questions.

Marketplace Website | Distributor Registration | Exhibitor Registration
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Freight Railroads Reach Tentative Deals with Unions

A group of large U.S. freight railroads has reached tentative agreements with three of 12 major unions representing more than 15,000 workers, a step to avoid a strike after years of failed labor talks.

On Aug. 16, an emergency mediation board appointed by the White House was tasked with helping freight railroads and unions end a contract negotiation stalemate. The board proposed annual wage increases, bonuses, expanded health coverage and an additional paid day off.

The nine remaining rail unions and major carriers have until mid-September to accept or reject the plan, which isn’t binding for either party. If the plan is rejected, the workers will be free to strike at the conclusion of a second 30-day period. Still, Congress can intervene by passing legislation to require the parties to extend talks, or even to force an agreement. Read more here.


FDA Posts Webinar on How to Report a Potential Tobacco Product Violation

On Thursday, Aug. 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) posted a new webinar, “How to Report a Potential Tobacco Product Violation or an Adverse Experience Related to a Tobacco Product.” The CTP hosts a series of webinars on federal tobacco regulations to provide compliance education and information to retailers and small business manufacturers should they have concern about a potential tobacco product violation or adverse experience.


CDA Webinar Recap: "Tobacco Update 2022"

TobaccoUpdateImage Presenter: Don Burke, Management Science Associates (MSA)
Watch On-Demand

If you missed this webinar, be sure to find time to view it on-demand for several surprising updates in the tobacco industry, especially related to menthol cigarettes, cigars, dollar store sales for modern oral and vapor, and more. Don assessed which segments are growing and declining as the pandemic subsides and what this means for convenience distributors and retailers.


Upcoming CDA Webinar: "CBD and Cannabis Update"

CannabisUpdateImage Presenter: Don Burke, Management Science Associates (MSA)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET | Register Now

Don Burke with Management Science Associates will explore recent trends in the CBD and Cannabis categories. This analysis will include both consumer usage and attitude information as well as reviewing online and brick-and-mortar purchase patterns. The impact of the pandemic and the forecast for future growth will also be discussed.