John Bilbrey steps in as Hershey’s interim president, CEO
HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey’s leader is bidding the confectioner farewell, the company announced Wednesday.
David West, who has worked at Hershey for 10 years and serves as its president and CEO, is leaving his post to become CEO of Del Monte. The candy maker’s board of directors appointed EVP and COO John Bilbrey to serve as the company’s interim president and CEO.
Bilbrey joined Hershey in 2003 as SVP and president, Hershey International.
“We’re pleased that J.P. has accepted this position,” Hershey board chairman James Nevels said. “He has worked closely with the board for several years and has been involved in all aspects of the company’s strategy and operations. The board has seen firsthand his leadership and expertise and unanimously made this appointment. We will work quickly to name a permanent chief executive officer to ensure the continuation of this orderly transition."
Fresh & Easy expands gluten-free offerings
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Regional supermarket chain Fresh & Easy said that it is augmenting its gluten-free products range and will highlight the new offerings in stores through additional displays.
The company said it has added 15 to 30 new gluten-free items to its stores. Fresh & Easy currently boasts more than 500 products that do not contain naturally occurring gluten ingredients.
“We’re excited to give our customers what they’ve been asking for by expanding our range of gluten-free products and making them easier to find in our stores,” said Denise Webster, food scientist at Fresh & Easy. “Whether people are suffering from celiac disease or just want to cut gluten out of their diet, Fresh & Easy is a place where they can get great-tasting, affordable food made without gluten-containing ingredients.”
Last year, the retailer introduced more gluten-free items, created a labeling system for the products and added a list of all gluten-free products on its website, Freshandeasy.com/glutenfree.
Caribbean Passion flavor joins Jamba at-home smoothies line
PHOENIX — Inventure Foods is expanding its licensed line of Jamba Juice at-home offerings with a fourth flavor.
Caribbean Passion joins the roster of Jamba all-natural smoothies kits that will hit store shelves next month. Jamba’s Caribbean Passion smoothie kits, which include real frozen strawberries, peaches, mangoes and passion fruit flavor, will retail for $2.99 to $3.49 per package.
The flavor joins Razzmatazz, Mango-a-go-go and Strawberries Wild smoothie varieties.