Jelly Belly offers tricky new treats
BY Ryan Chavis
FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Co. will issue the ultimate trick-or-treat challenge to fans with its BeanBoozled jelly beans, which takes classic Jelly Belly bean flavors and pairs them with odd-tasting lookalikes.
The BeanBoozled beans come in 20 flavors: 10 of the wild flavors mirror the 10 tasty ones, the company said, leaving candy lovers the task of solving the mystery only by taking a bite. The BamBoozled flavor pairings consist of:
- Baby Wipes/Coconut
- Booger/Juicy Pear
- Canned Dog Food/Chocolate Pudding
- Lawn Clippings/Lime
- Moldy Cheese/Caramel Corn
- Rotten Egg/Butter Popcorn
- Skunk Spray/Licorice
- Stinky Socks/Tutti-Fruitti
- Toothpaste/Berry Blue
Adventurous consumers can find the beans — which are shipping to stores nationwide — in a pocket-sized flip-top box (as a spinner game), or in a handy size bag that's ideal for sharing with friends.
Walgreens promotes Jan Stern Reed to general counsel
DEERFIELD, Ill.— Walgreens on Wednesday promoted Jan Stern Reed to general counsel for the company, effective immediately. In her new role, Reed will assume responsibility for the legal division at Walgreens.
Reed will continue reporting to Thomas Sabatino, who assumes the role of Walgreens chief legal and administrative officer and continues his role as corporate secretary. Reed joined Walgreens in 2013 as corporate VP and deputy general counsel. Previously, she was EVP human resources, general counsel and corporate secretary for Solo Cup Company. Prior to Solo, Reed served as associate general counsel, chief governance officer and corporate secretary for Baxter International. She started her legal career at the law firm of Bell, Boyd and Lloyd in Chicago before moving to an in-house position at Waste Management. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University and her B.A. from the University of Michigan.
“As our strategic transaction with Alliance Boots moves forward and we begin to integrate our two companies, Jan will provide valuable expertise and strength of character specifically focused on Walgreens legal strategy and leading our team of attorneys,” Sabatino said. “She has worked closely with me, our business partners and our legal team on a variety of important issues with Alliance Boots, our pharmacy team, e-commerce and many others. She has proved again and again to be a sound and expert counselor, as well as a supportive legal partner.”
In August, Walgreens exercised its option to complete the second step of its strategic transaction with Alliance Boots. The transaction, subject to shareholder and various regulatory approvals, would fully combine the two companies to form the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. In addition to his current responsibilities, Sabatino will oversee Walgreens integration work with Alliance Boots.
Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson said, “I congratulate Jan on her new role and look forward to working closely with Tom as he helps lead the integration efforts that will establish the new Walgreens Boots Alliance.”
Synder’s of Hanover celebrates tradition with latest product
BY Ryan Chavis
HANOVER, Pa. — Synder's of Hanover will bring Munich's iconic Oktoberfest directly to consumers with new, limited-edition Oktoberfest pretzels. Each pretzel is individually twisted and given more time to rise before baking, the company said, which allows for a crispy texture on the outside and an airy texture on the inside.
"Our history is steeped in old-world tradition, and bringing the unique flavor of Oktoberfest to life just makes sense," said Faith Atwood, marketing manager for Snyder's of Hanover. "We invite pretzel-lovers everywhere to enjoy our newest seasonal offering and immerse yourself in the spirit of Oktoberfest."
The company recommends pairing the pretzels with a beer cheese dip or spicy mustard. Oktoberfest pretzels are in stores now.
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