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C-suite changes at Sprouts Farmers Market

BY Marianne Wilson

Phoenix — Sprouts Farmers Market has a new CEO.

The company announced a leadership succession plan, effective Aug. 6, whereby CFO Amin Mereda has been appointed CEO. Doug Sanders, currently president and CEO, ascends to the role of executive chairman.

“Doug (Sanders) has helped to lead Sprouts from a single store in 2002 through our transition into a publicly traded company with over 200 stores in 13 states coast to coast, and I look forward to continuing to work with Doug on our board of directors.” said Andrew Jhawar, chairman of the board. “

In other changes, Jim Nielsen, currently COO, was appointed. president and COO.

Susannah Livingston, VP of investor relations and treasury, has been named interim CFOuntil the company completes a search for a permanent financial chief.

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Report: Sephora expanding omnichannel lineup with subscription service

BY Marianne Wilson

New York Sephora is enhancing its omnichannel appeal by taking a page out of Birchbox’s playbook.

The beauty giant will test a beauty subscription service, called Play! By Sephora, in Boston, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio, in September, reports Women’s Wear Daily, with additional markets to be added in 2016.

The box will cost $10 monthly, with products selected in line with a specific theme. It will include a ‘Play! Book ’ which will include beauty info, application tips and a Spotify playlist. Customers can access enhanced content, including augmented reality experiences, in the book through a Sephora app on their smartphones, Women’s Wear Daily reported.

Sephora will host in-store events for subscribers in select markets.

Sephora operates approximately 1,900 stores in 29 countries worldwide, with an expanding base of over 360 stores across North America.

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Maven of Muenster wins big cheese award

BY CSA STAFF

One of Whole Foods Market's key buyers and longtime employees has been honored by one of the leading nonprofit trade associations in the United States.

Cathy Strange was honored with the American Cheese Society's Lifetime Achievement Award on July 30 at the organization’s annual conference in Providence, R.I.

“ACS is delighted to honor Cathy Strange for her accomplishments and contributions to our organization and the cheese industry,” said Nora Weiser, executive director of the American Cheese Society. “She continues to inspire, mentor, educate and develop the next generation of cheese professionals.”

Strange has more than 30 years’ experience in the cheese industry, where she’s worked closely with farmers and cheesemakers to preserve the quality and heritage of great cheese. Her efforts have created strong relationships with producers, whose high-quality cheeses are available to Whole Foods Market shoppers. Additionally, Strange has been instrumental in increasing the number of Certified Cheese Professionals (CCPs) at Whole Foods Market. The company now employs 58 percent of the world’s CCPs.

Strange has been with Whole Foods Market for more than 25 years, is an ACS member and has served as a judge for the ACS competitions, the World Cheese Championships, the U.S. Cheese Championships, the World Cheese Awards and the British Cheese Awards. She has also been awarded the French Order of Agricultural Merit and is the only American and non-Italian to ever receive the “Coltellino d’oro” from the Consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano.

The ACS Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2006 by the American Cheese Society to honor an individual whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact in the American cheese industry, and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of colleagues. The award recognizes those who have supported and promoted American cheese for at least 30 years.

Whole Foods Market has more than 424 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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