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Kashi scales back packaging

BY Allison Cerra

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi is boosting its sustainability efforts by reducing the packages of its products by as much as 12.4%.

Among the foods that now feature less packaging are Kashi GoLean Crunch! honey almond flax and GoLean Crisp! toasted berry crumble cereals, all Kashi TLC crackers and the entire line of TLC chewy granola bars and TLC fruit and grain bars.

The calculations were determined by weight versus previous packaging design. The company noted that while the physical packaging of select Kashi foods has been reduced, the total volume of food within each package remains the same.

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P&G’s manufacturing plant achieves zero waste to landfill distinction

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble announced that its Auburn, Maine, feminine care facility became the first manufacturing plant in North America to achieve zero waste to landfill.

P&G said its Global Asset Recovery Purchases team assisted the company in reusing or recycling its waste. P&G said these efforts delivered tens of millions of dollars in cost recovery to the company in the past year alone.

"Auburn’s success is the latest milestone in our continued global effort to achieve zero manufacturing waste sent to landfill," said Len Sauers, P&G VP global sustainability. "GARP is a terrific example of how internal innovation and external partnerships have joined to help realize the company’s sustainability vision and goals."

Auburn is the ninth P&G global manufacturing plant to earn this distinction.

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Kellogg COO to step in as president, chief executive

BY Allison Cerra

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg’s president, CEO and company director David Mackay announced that he will retire from his post, effective Jan. 1.

The announcement is part of Kellogg’s succession plan, which named current COO and board member John Bryant — who joined Kellogg in 1998 — as the company’s new president and CEO. Mackay will work closely with Bryant to ensure a smooth transition through March 31, 2011, the company said.

Following the succession announcement, the company reaffirmed its 2010 and 2011 guidance, noting it expects full-year currency-neutral earnings per share growth of 4% to 5% for 2010, and low single-digit earnings per share growth on a currency-neutral basis for 2011.

"I’m excited to lead this great company with its 31,000 talented employees and more than 100-year legacy of beloved brands," Bryant said. "We have a strong leadership team in place, and we are committed to delivering long-term, sustainable results."

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