Two confectionery industry professionals are being recognized as leaders for their expertise and commitment.
Julie Bierman and Jennifer Dilts are being honored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) for their contributions to the confectionery category through their knowledge, wisdom, expertise and commitment. These two individuals have been selected to receive 2016 Confectionery Leadership Awards, which are awarded to individuals for effective business collaboration, category management best practices and innovations in merchandising confectionery products in stores.
Julie Bierman is senior buyer from Army & Air Force Exchange Service (The Exchange), and Jennifer Dilts is senior buyer from Dollar General.
“This award recognizes dedication and innovation on the part of the industry’s retail customers, those individuals who go above and beyond as role models for the industry,” said NCA’s vice president of industry affairs, Larry Wilson. “Many deserving and worthy candidates were submitted for the 2016 Confectionery Leadership Award, and both Julie and Jennifer impressed the committee as exceptional leaders who personify professionalism, leadership and success.”
“It’s a privilege to be part of the Exchange team of dedicated people who are committed to better serving the military community, while working with an industry of amazing people that support our mission, and help make a difference,” said Bierman, who has been with The Exchange for more than 30 years.
Dilts also credits her team at Dollar General and the company’s dedication to serving its customers as the reason she has been successful in her endeavors. “It is very humbling and rewarding to be recognized for the leadership award,” said Dilts. “I am grateful to be a part of an outstanding team at Dollar General which is focused on serving our customers with quality, convenience and everyday low prices.”
NCA and Candy & Snack TODAY magazine created the awards program in 2011 to recognize and honor the confectionery industry’s best and most innovative category champions and leaders. The program allows NCA manufacturers and brokers to recognize outstanding retailers and wholesalers in the confectionery community for their effective customer marketing, shopper-driven shelving practices and promotion of new items.