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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has opened the nomination period for the 2013 Confectionery Leadership Awards in conjunction with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine. The awards allow NCA manufacturers and brokers to recognize trade customers who not only support, but also lead the confectionery industry in innovative thought leadership, stated the association.
"This award program is a member resource created to acknowledge key customers who serve as role models for other retailers and wholesalers," said NCA President Larry Graham. "It recognizes individuals who use their experience to lead their constituents and encourage visionary thinking to drive the entire confectionery category forward."
The NCA will accept nominations through Friday, Oct. 5.
"Recipients promote category growth with creative merchandising solutions, collaboration with manufacturers, and general confectionery promotion, ultimately advancing its role in the retail environment," Graham added. "NCA offers this member-driven awards program to not only pay tribute to outstanding customers, but also to encourage deeper customer engagement and support of the confectionery industry. All confectionery retailers and wholesalers based in the U.S. from any distribution channel are eligible."
The awards will be presented in Miami at the NCA's annual State of the Industry Conference in February. Hundreds of industry representatives are expected to gather to receive gain valuable insights and ideas to apply to their businesses while networking with industry peers.