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GSK launches inhaler recycling program

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — GlaxoSmithKline is offering a recycling program for empty inhalers at retail pharmacies in 31 cities, the drug maker said Wednesday.

The company announced its "Complete the Cycle" program for GSK respiratory inhalers, starting in October.

The cities where the program is offered include Anchorage, Alaska; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Denver; Eugene, Ore.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Huntsville, Ala.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; Milwaukee; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and Syracuse, N.Y.

The company will provide an in-store location for customers to drop off their inhalers, after which they’ll be shipped to a specialized recycler.


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Coca-Cola names leaders for new operating structure

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola has announced new leadership appointments to support the company’s new global operating structure.

Coca-Cola said that Ahmet Bozer, Steve Cahillane and Irial Finan will lead Coca-Cola International, Coca-Cola Americas and Bottling Investments Group, respectively. Coca-Cola said the new structure "will consolidate leadership of global operations under the Bottling Investments Group and two large, but similar sized geographic regions to streamline reporting lines, intensify focus on key markets and create a structure that leverages synergies and provides flexibility to adjust the business within these geographies in the future."

The three operating businesses will report to chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent. The changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.

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Zulka premieres new packaging

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Zulka pure cane sugar has debuted a new look.

The company said its all-natural and unrefined granulated "morena" sugar now is packaged in a clear bag that features an updated, modernized logo and a new equivalency icon that illustrates how Zulka is a perfect cup-for-cup replacement for refined white sugar.

"We want everyone to know that Zulka is real sugar pressed from fresh sugar cane, so it’s as close to nature as you can get," said Carlos Rionda, VP sales and marketing for Zucarmex USA, the parent company of Zulka. "Refined white sugar is extremely processed and sometimes made with genetically-modified ingredients like sugar beets. Zulka Pure Cane Sugar is truly a better replacement for regular white sugar because it’s all-natural, non-GMO and never refined, so it retains the fresh flavor and natural properties of raw sugar cane. Our new packaging showcases the clean and natural character of Zulka, and shows that we have nothing to hide."

Zulka pure cane sugar is available in 1-lb., 2-lb. and 4-lb. bags at such retailers nationwide as Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, Albertsons, Food 4 Less, Supervalu, Superior, Winn-Dixie, El Super, WinCo and many others.

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