Mars names Jean-Christophe Flatin president of global chocolate division
MCLEAN, Va. — Mars has appointed Jean-Christophe Flatin as president of global chocolate, effective Oct. 1. Flatin, who currently is global president of Royal Canin, a unit of Mars Petcare, replaces Grant F. Reid, who recently moved into the role of office of the president for Mars.
As head of the global chocolate business, with such brands as M&M's, Snickers, Dove, Galaxy, Mars, Milky Way and Twix, and a growing population of more than 17,000 employees, Flatin will be responsible for setting the global agenda for all aspects of this dynamic business. He will be a member of the Mars leadership team, reporting directly to the office of the president.
"We are very pleased to have a leader of Jean-Christophe's caliber at the helm of the global chocolate business," Reid said. "Jean-Christophe's proven leadership, strategic mindset and background in finance and general management will help continue the growth of this important segment within our business. It's always fantastic when we live out our goal of promoting from within our own business. Appointments like this remind us of how fortunate we are to have such depth and diversity of talent within Mars."
Since becoming president of Royal Canin in late 2007, Flatin has led his team to become one of the fastest-growing business units at the Mars. He has held various roles at or collaborated with Mars for the past 22 years.
McDonald’s, Kraft will bring café experience to store shelves
OAK BROOK, Ill. — McDonald's and Kraft are collaborating to bring McDonald's McCafé brand to retail shelves across the United States, beginning in early 2015. The packaged coffees will give consumers a convenient way to enjoy the McCafé experience in their own homes.
"We understand there is huge demand for at-home options, and we've built great success with our McCafé coffee in restaurants. So, it was a natural next step to provide customers with McCafé coffee to enjoy in their own home," said Greg Watson, SVP McDonald's U.S. menu innovation. "We have always been committed to serving delicious, high-quality beverages at a value, and we're happy to provide consumers another great way to enjoy McDonald's McCafé coffees."
Consumers will see the following coffee formats and varieties when the product launches:
- Roast and Ground: Premium Roast, Breakfast Blend, French Roast, Colombian, Premium Roast Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and French Roast Whole Bean (12-oz. bag); and
- Single Cups: Premium Roast, French Roast and Premium Roast Decaf.
The partnership between the two companies places them both in a lucrative position in the at-home coffee category, according to Nina Barton, VPcoffee for Kraft Foods.
"This partnership will allow us to leverage each company's best-in-class capabilities, putting us in a prime position to drive further category growth and deliver one of America's largest, fastest-growing coffee brands to coffee lovers nationwide," Barton said. "By tapping into the loyal McCafé fan base already built by McDonald's and leveraging our deep coffee category expertise here at Kraft, we have the ability to reach a larger audience than ever before, really giving this brand room to thrive."
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