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CDA Releases Updated CBD Guide

With laws and policies constantly changing, we are delighted to share an updated guide, "Guide to Federal and State Laws and Policies Governing Hemp-Derived CBD Products.” First released in December 2019, we hope this updated resource continues to serve as a valuable guide to CBD and current regulations for CDA members.

This memorandum, prepared by Lange Thomas & Associates LLP, addresses hemp-derived CBD products only. CBD may also be derived from marijuana. While several states may have legalized marijuana, it is important to note that marijuana remains illegal as a matter of federal law, and that possession, distribution or sale of marijuana constitutes a federal crime.


Johnsonville Purchases Vermont Smoke & Cure

Johnsonville, LLC announced the addition of a new brand to its portfolio with the purchase of Vermont Smoke & Cure (VSC), an East Coast meat-snacking company. The Vermont-based, privately held company will operate as a part of Johnsonville, while maintaining its current brand name, leadership team and operations. For more details, read the official release.


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 2020 materials are 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.


Campbell Soup Co. Appoints Chief Culture Officer

Camille Pierce has been appointed as Campbell Soup Co.'s vice president and chief culture officer, effective Oct. 26, 2020. In this newly created role, Pierce will lead Campbell’s enterprise-wide inclusion and diversity (I&D) strategy, working across the organization to build a winning team and culture, and aligning the company’s I&D goals with business outcomes. For more details, read the official release.


CDA Members Connect for a Constructive CDBX

Convenience products distributors and suppliers from across the country connected virtually Sept. 21-24 for CDA's 2020 Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX).

“CDA is fortunate to have a foundation of such depth and breadth, as well as a passionate and dedicated membership,” says Kimberly Bolin, CDA’s president and CEO. “The association draws on strong leadership from the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and all those who serve on the committees and councils. It takes all of these unique individuals and experiences working together providing input and direction to the association’s activities and direction.”

This year’s CDBX, although in an alternate format, still delivered! With over 1,360 one-on-one meetings taking place throughout the week, in addition to the CDBX Welcome Session, CDA's Annual Membership Meeting and the CDBX Closing Session, the event provided valuable information and opportunities to connect.

To the right, Stephenson Wholesale Co. team members prepare to start their meeting.

“CDBX is strategically critical to our c-store success,” says Mike Gilroy, Mars Wrigley. “It allows us to collaboratively bring home the year but also set us up for a successful start to the next year. Mars Wrigley wouldn’t miss this important opportunity to game plan with our business partners so that we can best serve our collective customer and consumer base!”

"We give the CDA accolades for pivoting during the COVID-19 Pandemic to present its annual CDBX in the virtual meeting format!” says Jonathan Burklund, Burklund Distributors. “We consider these meetings to be among our most important efforts of our year, and we always try to have thought provoking conversations. We congratulate the CDA staff, our manufacturer partners and the distributors for keeping the spirit and vision of the Business Exchange in place.”

To the left, Cheyenne International's CDBX team between business exchange meetings.

“We greatly value our partnership with CDA. Every year, my team and I look forward to CDBX,” says Jason Ricard, Mondelez International. “It is a terrific way to engage with all CDA membership. We keep busy with meetings during the entire conference – AND GET A LOT ACCOMPLISHED!”

“SAS looks forward to CDBX each year,” says Kaye Powell, S. Abraham & Sons Inc. “We spend a great deal of time preparing for the meeting to ensure our time spent with each manufacturer is productive. This is an event we don’t want to miss; it is time well spent discussing what’s important for our business and for our retailers.”

To the right, the team at S. Abraham & Sons, Inc. pose in front of the CDBX Welcome Video.

In addition to the week's business meetings, CDA’s Board of Directors and committees discussed the current business climate, its impact on association members and goals for 2021.

2020 CDA Chair Scott Carrico, COO of Richmond-Master Distributors Inc., presided over Monday's Board meeting, where new directors and officers for 2021 were elected. This included the association’s incoming 2021 Chair John Prickette, corporate vice president, sales and marketing, at GSC Enterprises Inc.

Above, Kellogg Co. meets with Eby-Brown Co. during the CDBX business exchange meetings.

“John has served on the CDA Board of directors for nine years, was elected to the Executive Committee in 2019 and also served as co-chair of the Industry Affairs Committee since 2018,” said Carrico. “John’s energy and leadership have been a benefit to the association and those who have served with him. I know his knowledge and experience will be assets as he successfully leads CDA as chair in 2021.”

To the right is Kelly Fulford, General Mills Convenience & Foodservice, at her CDBX Virtual workstation.

"John will take over the chairmanship in 2021, bringing a wealth of industry expertise and experience with him. His calm resolve will serve us well in the unusual times that we find ourselves," said Kimberly Bolin, CDA president and CEO. "John has a keen understanding of the value and importance of healthy relationships between trading partners through his service as Industry Affairs Committee co-chair. This has never been as important as it has been over the last few months when supply and demand have faced challenges. We look forward to John’s leadership in 2021."

"It is an honor to serve as incoming CDA chair alongside an outstanding Executive Committee, Board of Directors, CDA staff and association membership," said Prickette. "This year has created new challenges for all us professionally and personally. CDA continues its leadership in providing resources and support for our essential industry during these uncertain times. I wish to thank all former and current leadership of CDA for the many contributions made to position the association to remain relevant during these times. I am excited about the future."

Above, 2020 CDA Chair Scott Carrico presents incoming 2021 Chair John Prickette with his green jacket.

During the annual membership meeting, Kellie Janssen, Henry’s Foods, Inc., was elected to serve as CDA's first vice chair, putting her in line to succeed Prickette as chair in 2022. Elected second vice chairman was Corey Cooper, Stephenson Wholesale Co. Inc. In addition, Bill Stein, Core-Mark International, was elected as the Executive Committee’s newest member, beginning Jan. 1, 2021. He has been on the Board for six years and is a member of the Education & Research Committee.

CDA extends its sincere thanks to everyone who made this year's CDBX a successful event. We appreciate you taking the time last week to view the How to CDBX Virtual demo and spending time in advance preparing for your virtual meetings. The time you spent preparing contributed greatly to the success of CDBX Virtual. Your support and participation are what makes these meetings so productive and beneficial to the industry as a whole. Thank you!

To the right, incoming 2021 CDA Chair John Prickette accepts his green jacket.


Winners of the CDBX Scavenger Hunt

CDBX attendees got creative this week and submitted their selfies for the CDBX scavenger hunt. Thank you for your participation, and congratulations to the winners of the $50 gift cards!

Contact Kimberly Kissel with any questions.


Thank You to Our Unsung Heroes

In the video below, we recognize you, CDA members, for your steadfast commitment
to this industry and to the vital role you play in our country's supply chain.


House Passes Continuing Resolution

The House voted Tuesday to extend federal funding through Dec. 11. The Continuing Resolution (CR) passed hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin negotiated a deal to include billions in nutrition assistance and trade relief payments, ending weeks of contentious negotiations.

The CR now goes to the Senate, where it is projected to pass before the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.


Fight Over Supreme Court Upends Fall Senate Schedule

As America marks the death of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, the Senate faces a new obstacle in confirming her replacement. The President has said he will nominate a replacement this weekend, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate intends to hold hearings and vote on the nominee prior to the election. This may put a strain on several contested GOP Senate seats, including Susan Collins (ME), Cory Gardner (CO), Thom Tillis (NC) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (SC).


FDA Announces Next Steps on Posting Filed PMTAs

Now that the Sept. 9 deadline has passed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reiterating that it intends to be as transparent as possible on the status of PMTA submissions and plans to post a list of the deemed new tobacco products that were on the market in the U.S. as of Aug. 8, 2016, are still on the market now, and for which a premarket submission was made by Sept. 9, 2020.

However, before making such a list available, the FDA needs to ensure that publishing any such information complies with federal disclosure laws and regulations. For example, before the FDA can include a specific product on this public list, the agency may need to verify with companies, on a case-by-case basis, the current marketing status of a product and whether it was on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016. Thus, companies may be contacted by the agency for follow-up questions to verify information about the submissions.


KOOL-AID Gum from Hilco

Hilco continues it partnership with the KOOL-AID® brand, offering chewing stick gum, available in tropical punch, cherry and grape fruity flavors. The gum is available in four, five-stick packages that come in a hanging peg bag and mini shelf efficient PDQ unit. It ships in four, 10-count displays per case with an SRP of $1.49. For more details, visit www.HilcoUSA.com.


Black Stag Lattes

Horseshoe Beverage Company, maker of Black Stag premium, craft coffee beverages, is introducing a new ready-to-drink coffee. New Black Stag Lattes, with 40% less sugar, deliver coffee-forward taste with bold, craft coffee taste. Made with premium 100% Arabica coffee and quality ingredients, these ready-to-drink iced lattes come in four flavors: mocha, vanilla, caramel and original. “Consumers told us they want a lower sugar latte without sacrificing great taste,” said Pete Sawin, vice president of marketing and general manager of Horseshoe Beverage Co. “We are proud to provide these delicious, craft-quality coffee beverages, made in the heart of America’s Dairyland, to customers throughout the country.” For more information, visit drinkblackstag.com.


Sarsam to Lead SpartanNash

SpartanNash Co. this week announced that Tony B. Sarsam has been named the company’s president and CEO. He will assume the role beginning Sept. 21, 2020. Sarsam most recently served as CEO of Borden Dairy Co., and his career includes serving as CEO at Ready Pac Foods, along with stints at both Nestle’ and PepsiCo.

For more details, see the company’s official release.


CDA Releases Updated CBD Guide

In December 2019, we released a “Guide to Federal and State Laws and Policies Governing Hemp-Derived CBD Products.” With laws and policies constantly changing, we are delighted to share an updated guide. We hope this resource serves as a valuable guide to CBD and current regulations for CDA members.

This memorandum, prepared by Lange Thomas & Associates LLP, addresses hemp-derived CBD products only. CBD may also be derived from marijuana. While several states may have legalized marijuana, it is important to note that marijuana remains illegal as a matter of federal law, and that possession, distribution or sale of marijuana constitutes a federal crime.


How to CDBX Virtual (demo) Recording Available

The recording of How to CDBX Virtual is now available. This demo walks you step-by-step through navigating the CDBX Virtual platform to access your meetings and other CDBX events. Learn about key features of the virtual platform and steps to take to make sure you're ready to connect virtually for your meetings. Visit CDA's website to access the webinar recording and other helpful CDBX Virtual materials.


CDA Welcomes New Member: Big South Distribution, LLC

With two locations in the Southeastern U.S., Big South Distribution (BSD) services customers in multiple states with premium brands such as Manitou, as well as other brands in the mid-price to low price range. The company offers Wildhorse, 1839, Seneca and Shield, plus many other brands in all the popular styles. It distributes OTP products, as well as Lighters, CBD products, t-shirt bags and a host of other products at competitive prices. BSD is customer service oriented, servicing independents as well as chain accounts. BSD strive to always be in stock on the items retailers need when they need them. The company's main distribution center is in Bristol, VA with a satellite location in Suwanee, GA.

Your contact information for Big South Distribution, LLC is as follows:

John Roberts – General Manager
jroberts@usleaf.com
Big South Distribution, LLC
320 Walling Road, Bristol, VA 24201
        (276) 644-9502
355 Brogdon Rd, Bldg 100, Suite 107, Suwanee, GA 30024
        (678) 482-5044


Kraft Heinz Sells Natural Cheese Businesses

The Kraft Heinz Company announced this week the sale of its natural, grated, cultured and specialty cheese businesses to a U.S. affiliate of Groupe Lactalis. The sale should be final during the first half of 2021 and includes the following brands: Breakstone’s, Knudsen, Polly-O, Athenos, Hoffman’s, Cracker Barrel in the U.S. only, and outside the U.S. and Canada only, Cheez Whiz. Kraft Heinz will retain the Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Singles, Velveeta Processed Cheese and Cheez Whiz Processed Cheese businesses in the U.S. and Canada, the Kraft, Velveeta and Cracker Barrel Mac & Cheese businesses worldwide, and the Kraft Sauces business worldwide. For complete details, see the company’s official release.


"Nourish Our Community" Grants Announced by Conagra Brands Foundation

The Conagra Brands Foundation announced the recipients of its annual Nourish Our Community grant program. One-year grants will go to 22 nonprofits in 11 states, with more than $350,000 granted. Each year, Conagra invites employees to nominate nonprofit organizations in their local communities to be considered for grants in areas addressing domestic hunger and food insecurity, cooking skills, nutrition education, healthy and active lifestyles or urban agriculture. Conagra employees also play a part in the selection process with grants being awarded by a cross-functional committee of employees. Examples of this year's grant recipients include organizations distributing healthy food to children, seniors, veterans and homeless populations, providing critical infrastructure upgrades in food pantries, and supporting nutrition education opportunities for underserved communities. For more details and a listing of this year’s recipient organizations, see the company’s official release.


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 2020 materials are 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.


Negotiations on Government Funding Continue

House and Senate Leadership continue to negotiate on legislation to keep the government funded past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have come to an agreement to keep COVID relief provisions out of the Continuing Resolution (CR). The White House wants the inclusion of additional funding for the Disaster Relief Fund to support the continuation of the Lost Wages Unemployment Insurance program. The House is expected to vote on their version of the measure next week, but the Senate may make several changes. There is no agreement yet for how long the CR will fund the government. Leader McConnell is pushing a bill that funds the government through the end of December, while Democrats are lobbying for a CR that would last through the Lame Duck session of Congress into the new Congress, into February 2021.


COVID Stimulus Package Update

Frustrations within the Democratic Majority of the House continue, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told her caucus that the House will not adjourn before they consider a COVID bill. The Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of centrist Members of Congress, released their own relief proposal, a nearly $2 trillion plan including a second round of stimulus checks, unemployment aid and small business loans lasting through spring of 2021. The proposal also includes new spending of $500 billion for state and local governments, $15 billion for the US Postal Service, and $400 million for election service. At this stage, passage of any new COVID relief legislation before Congress adjourns for the election seems unlikely.


Golden Harvest Select from Rouseco, Inc.

Rouseco, Inc. has added to their premium pipe tobacco line with an age old, select blend, delivering what the company describes as unmatched taste and aroma for the adult tobacco consumer. Golden Harvest Select is now available in 16 oz., 6 oz. and 1 oz. packaging.

Call (888) 372-8622 for more details.


Baby Shark Jelly Belly Light & Sound Wands

CandyRific has introduced Pinkfong Baby Shark Light & Sound Wands. The wands are filled with .35 ounces of Jelly Belly organic jelly beans, and include Baby Shark, Mommy Shark and Daddy Shark versions. This marks the first product release in CandyRific’s collaboration with The Jelly Belly Candy Company. The wands are available in both a 12-count counter display and a 36-count three-shelf display panel option and an SRP of $5.99. For more details, visit www.candyrific.com.


Senate Slimmed COVID-19 Relief Package Introduced, Unlikely to Pass

This week upon returning from the August recess, Senate Republicans released the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act. The estimated $300 billion proposal includes bolstered unemployment benefits, funding for schools and liability protections for businesses and healthcare facilities. However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vowed to block the legislation and report that many of their priorities were left out, including state and local government funding and a second round of stimulus checks for Americans.


Reynolds Completes 2020 PMTA Submissions with Vuse Alto E-Cigarette Applications

Reynolds American Inc. announced its final submission of a group of Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co., seeking orders authorizing the marketing of Vuse Alto electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). For more details, read the official release.


How to CDBX Virtual (demo)

Register now and mark your calendars for Monday, September 14 at 2 PM ET for the webinar, How to CDBX Virtual. This webinar will help you prepare for your upcoming business exchange meetings and allow you to ask any questions you have before CDBX Virtual kicks off. This demo will walk you step-by-step through navigating the CDBX Virtual platform to access your meetings and other CDBX events. Learn about key features of the virtual platform and steps to take to make sure you're ready to connect virtually for your meetings. Can't attend the live demo? Register to receive a recording of the webinar (sent the day after the live webinar).

Register now!


CDA Welcomes New Member: Hemp Bombs - A Global Widget Brand

Global Widget is the parent company behind the #1 selling convenience store CBD brand Hemp Bombs. The company also manufactures the specialty pet CBD brand Perfect Paws Hemp and the independent pharmacy CBD brand Nature’s Script. Located in Tampa, FL, Global Widget has over 100,000 sq. feet of manufacturing, distribution and extraction facilities. With brands in over 25,000 retail locations, the company is also a contract manufacturer for other CBD brands who rely on Global Widgets manufacturing and compliance expertise to reliability take their products to market.

Your contact information for Hemp Bombs – A Global Widget Brand is as follows:

Vincent Gillen
vincent@globalwidget.com
Hemp Bombs – A Global Widget Brand
8419 Sunstate Street
Tampa, FL 33634
(321) 258-0892 cell; (813) 540-8469 office
partners.globalwidget.com/brand-overview


Mondelēz International Announces Multi-Year Commitment to Advance Racial Equity

Mondelēz International, Inc. announced a multi-year commitment focused on elevating its existing diversity and inclusion initiatives to make meaningful impacts in the area of racial equity economic empowerment around the world. “Mondelēz International is committed to building a more diverse, inclusive and equitable world, both socially and economically,” said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO of the company. “As a global company, we know that diversity in all its forms is a driver of innovation and growth and we must reflect the diversity of our consumers to deliver stronger business as we lead the future of snacking.”

The initiative focuses on three key areas: colleagues, culture and community, and the company’s aggressive goals include doubling Black representation in management by 2024, spending $1 billion annually with minority and women-owned businesses by 2024 and, lastly, appointing a global chief diversity & inclusion officer. For full details, see the company’s press release.


NAW Announces Eric Hoplin as New CEO

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) announced the appointment of Eric Hoplin as CEO, effective Oct. 19, 2020. As announced in February, current CEO Dirk Van Dongen will retire after 41 years leading the organization.

"Throughout the pandemic and recession, wholesaler-distributors have kept America's supply-chain running, ensuring businesses have the goods they need to serve their customers," Hoplin said. "I am honored and excited to join NAW and to advocate on some of the most important issues facing this critical industry. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that has been the hallmark under Dirk Van Dongen’s leadership at NAW.” For more details, read the official release.


Golbon Announces Expansion of Alliance with Core-Mark

Golbon, a national foodservice buying and marketing group based in Boise, ID, announced an expansion of its alliance with Core-Mark International. Under terms of the agreement, Golbon is adding 14 Core-Mark divisions to its distributor membership, bringing to 21 the total number of Core-Mark divisions that partner with Golbon. For more details, read the official release.


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 2020 materials are 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.


CDA Webinar Recap: "Marketplace Trends During COVID-19 - September 2020"

In this latest webinar in the Marketplace Trends series, Mike Farrah and Tom Baldwin, MSA, provide an update on what’s happening in the marketplace during the pandemic as companies continue getting back to business. They take a look at some of the trends they are seeing in the InfoMetrics and C-Metrics data since the last webinar at the end of June 2020. They provide product performance trends across multiple categories including: Tobacco, OTP, CBD products, Candy, Salty Snacks, Alternative Snacks and Health & Beauty.

Watch the Recording Now


CDA Supports Hemp CBD Supplement Regulation

CDA sent a letter of support to sponsors of The Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2020, which ensures products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) and other ingredients derived from hemp are lawfully produced and follow existing regulatory guidelines. Passage of this is a needed path to regulation for one category of hemp-derived CBD-containing products and gives CDA members some certainty. There is currently no Senate companion bill.


COVID Package; Congressional Schedule for This September

This week, House Democratic Leadership shared the House schedule for September and a general outline of the agenda. Democratic House leaders are not holding out much hope of a COVID-19 deal, but Reuters reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce a new coronavirus relief bill next week. That prediction stems from an interview that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin did on Fox Business Network earlier this week.

"The Trump administration and Senate Republicans have been in regular contact over possible coronavirus relief measures, and the Senate's top Republican will 'hopefully' unveil a new bill next week," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday. "Hopefully, Mitch will enter new legislation next week that will provide aid for children, jobs and liability protections for small businesses."

Mnuchin said there have been no new talks with congressional Democrats. “We're going to keep trying because it's too important for the American people," Mnuchin said, adding that he has been holding daily calls with McConnell and other congressional Republicans.

It is likely that any COVID-19 package will be rolled into a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30) and beyond the election.


CDA Webinar: "Marketplace Trends During COVID-19 - September 2020"

TODAY, September 3, 1 PM ET

MSA provides an update on what’s happening in the marketplace during the pandemic as companies continue getting back to business. In this latest webinar in the Marketplace Trends series, Mike Farrah and Thomas Baldwin, MSA, take a look at some of the trends they are seeing in the InfoMetrics and C-Metrics data since the last webinar at the end of June 2020. They will provide product performance trends across multiple categories including: Tobacco, OTP, CBD products, Candy, Salty Snacks, Alternative Snacks and Health & Beauty.

Register Now!


Now Available - 2020 CDA Cross-Industry Compensation & Benefits Report

Members can log in to the CDA website to gain access to the report. Download the report now.

This powerful cross-industry study of compensation and benefits programs compares wholesale distribution companies from across the country. The primary purpose of the report is to help CDA members determine how their company’s compensation program compares with those of other companies in distribution.

This report can be used to answer key questions such as:

  • How are companies attracting and retaining employees?
  • Is your turnover rate comparable to what others are experiencing?
  • How long does it take to fill an open position?
  • Are you leading, matching, or falling below the market in terms of your compensation offerings?

For questions on the study or how to access the report, contact Kimberly Kissel, CAE, at kkissel@cdaweb.net or (703) 208-1640. You can learn more about the Compensation Report here.


How to CDBX Virtual (demo)

Register now and mark your calendars for Monday, September 14 at 2 PM ET for the webinar, How to CDBX Virtual. This webinar will help you prepare for your upcoming business exchange meetings and allow you to ask any questions you have before CDBX Virtual kicks off. This demo will walk you step-by-step through navigating the CDBX Virtual platform to access your meetings and other CDBX events. Learn about key features of the virtual platform and steps to take to make sure you're ready to connect virtually for your meetings. Can't attend the live demo? Register to receive a recording of the webinar (sent the day after the live webinar).

Register now!


Mondelēz International Joins U.S. Plastics Pact

Mondelēz International, Inc. announced it has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative rooted in four ambitious goals intended to drive systemic change by bringing together a diverse group of participants from different sectors to work together on creating scalable solutions that can pave the way for a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025. For more details, read the official release.


SAWD Virtual Annual Meeting Proves Successful

The Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors (SAWD) held The Southern’s Virtual Annual Meeting last week, the 97th edition of SAWD’s annual event. During the event, 50 vendors from across the country met with 50 wholesale distributors over two days. “The Southern does it again! Even during unpredictable times of change and uncertainty, this association is providing a much-needed space for the wholesale distributor industry to come together and do business,” said Charles Hall, CEO of The Southern.

During the meeting, the group elected Marty Howell of The H.T. Hackney Co. as the association’s new president. Howell takes the helm after Core-Mark’s Scott McPherson’s successful presidency. McPherson was recognized with The Southern Hershey Leadership Award for his contributions to the association and will assume the position as board chairman.

Other executive committee appointments include Hugh Raetzch (Lyons Specialty) as first vice president/comptroller, Chad Pickel (AMCON Distributing Company) as second vice president, and Sam Stewart (Stewart Distribution) as third vice president. The Southern also welcomed several new members to its board: Morgan Allain (Franklin Supply), Judy Copley (Bedrock Manufacturing), Matthew Diersen (Eby-Brown) and Jackie Tressito (RAI Trade Marketing Services Co.). The 2021 Southern Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place June 15-18 at The Grand Hotel Resort in Point Clear, AL. For more information about SAWD, visit www.the-southern.org.


Swisher International Changes Corporate Identity to SWISHER and Launches Success Simplified

Swisher International, Inc. announced this week the next steps in its effort to meet the evolving needs of adult consumers worldwide. Swisher International, Inc. will change its corporate identity to SWISHER, signifying the expansion of the company’s vision, offerings and focus on adult consumer lifestyle. “We have truly seen an evolution in the tastes of adult consumers, including the preference for lifestyle products within the tobacco category and beyond,” said John Miller, president of Swisher. “We are poised to explore and innovate in new categories while also preserving the legacies and strengths of our existing product portfolios."

With innovation and insights at the heart of Swisher’s focus, the company is introducing a platform for trade partners called Success Simplified. The platform is about action, reliability and programs that deliver shared success. “The Success Simplified platform showcases our commitment to our wholesale and retail partners,” said John Haley, SVP, Swisher sales and marketing. “This platform will enable us to serve our trade partners in innovative and efficient ways while fulfilling our mission of being the leading source of iconic brands, products and experiences adult consumers desire more than any other." To learn more, see the company’s press release or visit www.swisher.com/SuccessSimplified.


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 2020 materials are 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.


FDA Issues Statement on SE and PMTA Filing Deadline

Mitch Zeller, the Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, issued a statement titled “Perspective: FDA’s Preparations for the September 9 Submission Deadline.” The statement describes the preparations that the FDA has undertaken to receive and process Substantial Equivalence applications (SE) and Pre-Market Tobacco Applications (PMTA) for non-premium cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes/vapor products, hookah tobacco and nicotine gels. A complete copy of the FDA Statement can be found at this link.

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