Breyers Yogurt appoints new CEO
BOULDER, Colo. Breyers Yogurt named James Nolan its new CEO, replacing Chuck Marcy, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
Nolan brings three decades of food industry experience to Breyers. He most recently served as EVP and CEO of Sara Lee Fresh Bakery, a division of Sara Lee Corp., where he developed and implemented sales, marketing, supply chain and consolidating strategies that supported revenue growth and margin expansion.
“My decision to join Breyers Yogurt Co. from Sara Lee reflects my belief in the company’s prospects for continued growth and product innovation,” said Nolan. “Among the most respected brands in the U.S. food industry, consumers recognize Breyers and YoCrunch yogurts for their great taste, all natural heritage and healthy-indulgent positioning. Breyers has also been a leader in introducing new products into the yogurt category with successful launches of Breyers Inspirations, YoCrunch 100, and Breyers Disney products. In joining Breyers, I see an opportunity to build on this success by continuing to launch new products and further strengthening our retail partnerships to accelerate both growth and profitability.”
Funky Monkey Snacks now available at Kroger
FISHERS, Ind. Funky Monkey Snacks will distribute its snacks in 400 Kroger stores across the United States.
“Kroger’s name is synonymous with quality and convenience, so this placement is a natural fit for our company,” said Matt Herzog, Funky Monkey Snacks president. “And the growing popularity of our snacks is a positive sign that consumers are increasingly seeking out foods that are delicious, healthy, and convenient.”
Funky Monkey Snacks, made from 100% fruit, are gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, peanut and tree nut-free, and contain no added sugars, colors, flavors or preservatives. Funky Monkey is available in seven flavor varieties, including Applemon, Bananamon, Carnaval Mix, JiveALime, MangOJ, Pink Pineapple and Purple Funk.
Mars Food teams up with the National Salt Reduction Initiative
LOS ANGELES Mars Food has signed on to reduce sodium in its Uncle Ben’s flavored rice products.
Mars Food said it is endorsing the National Salt Reduction Initiative, a New York City-led coalition of cities, states and health organizations working to help food manufacturers and restaurants voluntarily reduce the amount of salt in their products, with the goal of reducing Americans’ salt intake by 20% over five years. As part of the company’s endorsement of the NSRI, Mars Food US is voluntarily committing to lowering the sodium content in its Uncle Ben’s brand flavored rice products by 25% over five years. The company’s other varieties of Uncle Ben’s brand rice and products, including the certified organic Seeds Of Change flavored rice, pasta sauce, simmer sauce and salad dressings, already meet the NSRI targets.
“Mars Food US believes that sodium reduction is one of many important health and nutrition issues, and something we have been actively engaged in for some time,” Mike Wilson, VP research and development, Mars Food. “As part of our long term health and nutrition strategy, we remain committed to making significant sodium reductions without compromising the great taste our consumers expect as they continue to look for healthier food choices. We believe that our efforts to reduce sodium in Uncle Ben’s brand flavored rice can have a significant impact, especially since it is the number-one rice brand in America.”