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Major soft drinks getting rid of high fructose corn syrup

BY Melissa Valliant

PLANO, Texas Major beverage makers are eliminating high fructose corn syrup from their products and replacing it with sugar.

Snapple, Pepsi and Mountain Dew are changing a 20-year-old trend of adding the cheaper high fructose corn syrup to their beverages in light of significant research done in recent years linking high fructose corn syrup to obesity and disease.

Snapple’s decision will result in a 40-calorie reduction from some drinks and, according to the company, will add taste to their products.

Prices of the products will not change.

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PepsiCo announces major distribution agreement with ROCKSTAR Energy Drink

BY Melissa Valliant

NEW YORK PepsiCo has signed a multiyear deal to distribute ROCKSTAR Energy Drink, giving the cola company a significant push toward becoming a leader in the energy drink market and making it the master distributor of the brand.

The energy drinks will be distributed in most of the United States and all of Canada by Pepsi Bottling Group, PepsiAmericas, Pepsi Bottling Ventures and other independent Pepsi-Cola bottlers. ROCKSTAR still takes full responsibility for research and development, marketing and manufacturing.

This is PepsiCo’s fourth claim to the energy drink segment, as it already distributes AMP, No Fear and Starbucks brands.

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BI-LO names new president and CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

MAULDIN, S.C. Supermarket chain BI-LO has named an executive with more than 30 years of experience in the grocery industry as its president and CEO.

The chain said it had given the post to Michael Byars, who previously served as president and CEO of Dallas-based Minyards Food Stores. Before Minyards, Byars worked with Kash N Karry Supermarkets and Food Lion Stores. 

“We are fortunate to have someone with the background of Michael joining BI-LO,” interim CEO Randall Onstead said in a statement. “He’s an outstanding leader who is in tune with how best to serve our customers and inspire our employees.” 

Based in Mauldin, S.C., BI-LO is a banner of supermarket operator Lone Star U.S. Acquisitions. It operates stores in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

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