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Hershey names SVP, chief people officer

BY Allison Cerra

HERSHEY, Pa. — Kevin Walling has joined confectioner Hershey’s team as its SVP and chief people officer, effective June 1.

In his new role, Walling will serve as the chief architect for Hershey’s human resources, talent retention, development and recruitment, as well as total rewards strategies.

Walling, who joins Hershey from global technology and manufacturing company Kennametal, will report to Hershey president and CEO David West.

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Malt-O-Meal bags the box

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Malt-O-Meal announced a new program that seeks to educate consumers about how cereal packaging can affect the environment.

Through its Bag The Box initiative, the cereal brand has launched BagTheBox.com, as well as a blog devoted to the cause, which invites users to view fan-created videos and exchange ideas on sustainable packaging and green initiatives.

"As a company, Malt-O-Meal is always thinking about smarter and more efficient ways to produce great-tasting cereal that is affordable and lessens the impact on the environment," Malt-O-Meal consumer marketing manager Linda Fisher said. "Consumers already purchase a variety of everyday products that are packaged in bags — so why not cereal? Our Bag The Box movement is all about encouraging consumers to not settle for over-packaged cereal and to start making simple changes that are better for the earth."

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Butterfinger looks to terrify, delight fans with short film

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GLENDALE, Calif. — Butterfinger is bringing its "Nobody’s Gonna Lay A Finger" tagline to life by launching a comedy-horror film that will be directed by actor Rob Lowe.

"Butterfinger the 13th" is a 25-minute short film that will premiere Oct. 13 at an undisclosed location, the candy brand said. The film tells the story of two friends seeking adventure, but warns viewers that "you can’t scream with your mouth full."

A trailer for the film is on Butterfinger’s Facebook page.

"Butterfinger is always looking to deliver new and exciting entertainment experiences for fans, mixed in with a heavy dose of clever fun," said Butterfinger spokeswoman Tricia Bowles, Nestle USA Confections & Snacks. "With Rob Lowe behind the camera for this humorously horrific masterpiece, ‘Butterfinger the 13th’ is sure to be a hit, and we can’t wait for Butterfinger fans everywhere to be scared funny."

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