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It Won't Be the Same
Looking ahead to June, when the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery
Carol Christison brought big ideas and big speakers to the table, and
Association heads to Denver for its 50th annual seminar and expo, I
challenged the industry to look forward and always focus on the silver
am wondering how the show will feel without the presence of Carol
linings. Her quick wit and sense of humor will be sorely missed. She
Christison, the IDDBA's longtime president and CEO. She died on March
worked closely with industry leaders to build a consensus better than
4, leaving behind an organization and an industry that she truly loved
most, with modesty and clear direction. She defined leadership.
with all of her heart.
Listen to Voni Woods at Giant Eagle Supermarkets, who introduced
As a journalist, I am guided by the principle of maintaining objectivity,
Carol at the 2013 annual seminar with these kind words: "You are a
striving to never allow emotions to enter into the discussion, and yet
leader and visionary and disciplined strategic thinker. You are amaz-
with news of Carol's death, neutrality is going to be impossible. Because
ingly perceptive about people and talent. You are a woman to reckon
she was always my favorite.
with in the industry of leaders, and you do it with such grace and confidence...always with that humor of yours, which is scaring me, because
Carol Christison was the most personable friend I've ever met in the
I get it. You have been a mentor and role model and such an inspiration
instore business. I can picture her now walking the expo floor, greeting
to many, including me."
all with such kindness and making everyone feel as though they were
the most special person in the world. That's the irony. She was the most
I must admit how difficult it will be to stand near the front stage, where
special person in the world.
I customarily position myself to take photos of the IDDBA headline
speakers, because Carol won't be there standing front and center. She
It is remarkable to look back on all that she accomplished since taking
won't stop her speech for a quick pose for the camera, like she always
over in 1982 as executive director of the International Cheese & Deli
does, and make me smile. She won't be graciously thanking all of the
Association (bakery didn't become part of the name until 1991). The
important people in the industry who give so much to raise the bar,
annual trade show flourished during her time, growing from less than
always thinking of others above her own contributions. I know the
1,000 in attendance to more than 9,000 attendees each year.
show must go on, but it just won't be the same without Carol.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of instore - March/April 2014
Instore - March/April 2014
Editor's Note - The Thanksgiving Issue
What's in store for Nov. + Dec.
Table of Contents
News - Industry Mourns Loss of Carol Christison
On Our Radar
Trending - Muffins
Trending - Deli Prepared Foods
Regulation - Nutrition Labels
Proposed changes at a glance
Consider Whole Grains
The Flavors of a Diverse America
Connecting to Communities
All You Need is Cheese
Embracing Hispanic Trends
Product Trends - First to Market
Product Showcase/Ad Index
Next Up - Christmas and New Year's
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