Above, (front l-r) are Pete Lippe, vp, purchasing, Core-Mark International; Scott Carrico, COO, Richmond-Master Distributors; Jodi Buckner, CFO, Lyons Specialty Co.; Kaye Powell, vp, trade relations & event planning, S. Abraham & Sons; Kimberly Bolin, president & CEO, CDA; Gene Lange, CDA general counsel; and Mike Gilroy, c-store broker sales director, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Above (back l-r) are Jim Dodge, vp of convenience, Mars Wrigley Confectionery; and Dennis Williams, director of purchasing, Harold Levinson & Associates.
The CDA Industry Affairs Committee met Wednesday with Mars Wrigley Confectionery in an informative and productive meeting at the company’s Hackettstown, NJ, headquarters. The day was highlighted by a fascinating plant tour of the Hackettstown manufacturing facility, where the company’s iconic M&Ms are manufactured.
Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s sr. vice president of sales, Tim Lebel, opened the meeting addressing the company’s upcoming move of its headquarters to Newark, NJ, set to be complete by July 2020, as well as the recent investment in KIND and plans for the future and its commitment to be the innovation leader in the convenience channel. “We love this category, and are committed to it," said Lebel. “To be successful in confectionery, we have to be successful in convenience.”
To the left, Tim Lebel, sr. vp of sales, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, addresses CDA's Industry Affairs Committee.
Jim Dodge, vice president of convenience, and Mike Gilroy, c-store broker sales director, hosted the committee and brought in a full team of Mars Wrigley associates throughout the day to discuss a wide range of topics, including logistics and order challenges specific to our member distributors, integration of Wrigley, the company’s retail program, insights into the channel, and a sneak peek into 2019 product launches and extensions.
"The partnership between wholesale distributors and key trading partners such as Mars Wrigley Confectionery is critical to our common success within the channel, and was reinforced during the daylong meeting of extensive and meaningful dialogue. We appreciate Mars Wrigley’s time and commitment, and look forward to ever strengthening that partnership,” said Kimberly Bolin, CDA president & CEO.