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Heinz plans to send earthquake relief monies to China

BY Jenna Duncan

PITTSBURGH The H. J. Heinz Co. today said that it is donating $350,000 to relief efforts for victims of Monday’s earthquake in the Sichuan Province in China.

A Heinz factory that produces frozen appetizers, desserts and dim sum—under the Long Fong brand name—is located in the Sichuan Province’s capital, Chengdu.

“While we are thankful that none of our employees or their family members were injured during the earthquake, our hearts go out to the thousands of victims of this tragic event,” Heinz chairman, president and chief executive, William Johnson, said. “We feel it is our moral obligation as a corporate citizen in Sichuan to do whatever we can to help bring comfort and relief to those who have been impacted by this catastrophe.”

The company has committed to donating $350,000, $100,000 of which will come from its foundation. The additional $250,000 will come from Heinz UFE. The chairman of Long Fong, Hector Yeh, has also pledged a large personal donation and has worked to secure donations of money and food from partners.

There has been no damage to the Heinz/Long Fong factory or warehouse facilities, Yeh said. However, production will be halted until potential dangers from aftershocks have ceded and the plant is cleared for safety. Meanwhile, employees will receive their regular pay, Yeh said.

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Anheuser-Busch relinquishes Grolsch importing to Miller

BY Jenna Duncan

MILWAUKEE, Wis. Anheuser-Busch announced that it no longer will exclusively hold the rights to import Grolsch beers in the U.S. The company said it has agreed to a deal allowing rival Miller Brewing Co. to handle Grolsch for an undisclosed amount of money.

This change comes after Miller’s European parent company, SABMiller, acquired the owner of the Grolsch beers brand, Royal Grolsch NV, in February. The distribution deal is expected to close by Aug. 1. Financial details have not been released.

Milwaukee-based Miller will take over as importer of the complete Grolsch brand line-up.

“The time is right to end our importation of these brands,” Anheuser-Busch’s vice president of marketing, David Peacock. “It is important that our wholesalers who transition these brands are able to protect their investments. This agreement includes provisions for our distributors that will compensate them appropriately.”

Grolsch now will be granted access to Miller’s some 450 distributors. The distributors will be given the chance to stock the Dutch beer in their stores.

Anheuser-Busch is the brewer of Budweiser and Bud Light and leads the American domestic market in beer sales.

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Gurkan appointed Campbell’s vp of development

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMDEN, N.J. Campbell Soup Co. has appointed Tarkan Gurkan as its vice president of corporate development.

Gurkan joins Campbell after 14 years in the food industry business, including seven years with Lehman Brothers, four years with Nabisco Holdings Corporation and three years with Pepsi-Cola Company. He previously worked for the Koc Group, a Turkish industrial company.

Gurkan earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Turkey’s Bogazici University and his master’s in business administration from Dartmouth College.

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