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Hershey names new legal head

BY Allison Cerra

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey has named Leslie Turner as SVP, general counsel and secretary, effective July 9.

In her new role, Turner will lead Hershey’s legal, government relations, corporate security and corporate secretary functions. She will report to Hershey president and CEO John Bilbrey. She also will serve as a member of the company’s global leadership team.

"Leslie has significant experience working closely with corporate governance matters and brings a broad business orientation and diverse global background to this role," Bilbrey said. "She has a proven record partnering with leaders and business units to drive strong results, and she is adept at aligning legal strategy with strategic objectives and building collaborative, business-focused legal teams."

Turner joins Hershey with 25 years of legal experience. She has served as a senior legal executive providing strategic counsel, risk management and policy advice to senior business leaders of Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Most recently, Turner served as chief legal officer for Coca-Cola North America, a position she held since 2008.

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Allergy a-wear-ness

BY Barbara White-Sax

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — A new line of products from AllerMates is helping parents of children with allergies better protect kids against exposure to unwanted allergens. AllerMates, a line of bright, fun, whimsical character-driven wristbands, dog tags and lunch boxes feature 14 original characters that help alert teachers and caregivers to a child’s allergies.


The characters represent the most common allergies (e.g., peanut, nut, gluten/wheat, milk, egg, shellfish, penicillin, insect sting, latex, pollen, fish, soy, sesame and cat) and are designed to be fun and positive. The line is supported by a website that offers tips and general information about allergies, as well fun games and activities based on the characters. Wristbands and dog tags retail for $6.99, lunch boxes sell for $19.99.

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Shoppers still spending on pets

BY Barbara White-Sax

American consumers still are spending on their pets. The American Pet Products Association estimated that consumers will spend nearly $53 billion on their pets this year, an increase of nearly 4% over 2011 spending.


A recent survey from CouponCabin.com found that 75% of pet owners said the state of the economy did not affect their spending on their pet. More than 20% of respondents said they spend $51 to $100 per month on their pets.


While pet owners are spending, they are looking for deals. In its March 2012 Pet Owner Survey, Packaged Facts reported that 73% of pet product buyers agreed they look for lower prices, special offers and sales on pet products, while only 11% said they do not.


Pet OTCs are a growing segment of the pet care category, and a recent study from Packaged Facts predicted that pet medication sales will have annual gains of 10% by 2015 — both driving consumers to the drug store.


Green and natural products also are a growing segment of the category, not only in food products but in grooming products and accessories. CVS, for example, carries a line of organic cotton dog collars from Ruffin’it.


Not content with just throw-and-fetch games anymore, consumers want more interactive, intelligent and treat-dispensing puzzle type toys for pets. Owners also are more particular about pet odors, and a flurry of new air freshening systems, sprays and deodorized bags continue to enter the market.

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