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Meijer’s Simply Give Week garners more than $400K in donations

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer’s Simply Give Week garnered more than $145,000 in donations from its customers. The effort, combined with the commitment from Meijer to double all donations made Sept. 2 to 8, brought the week’s total donation to $437,400, Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer said.

Meijer launched Simply Give Week to support Hunger Action Month in September and highlights its continuing commitment to hunger relief.

"We were hoping Simply Give week would generate excitement to help support our food pantry partners, and our customers and team members supported us in a big way," Meijer said. "This week’s donation far surpassed our single most successful week of $60,000 in donations. The great generosity of our customers and team members is a source of inspiration for all of us. We cannot thank them enough."

Although the double match has concluded, customers can still donate to the fall Simply Give campaign, which runs through Oct. 6.

"This is a huge win for our food pantry partners, who aggressively engaged the community to help every $10 donation stretch even farther," Meijer EVP retail operations Janet Emerson said. "It’s very rewarding to work with so many food pantries whose dedication to food-giving is unwavering."

Meijer donates more than 6% of its net profits each year to a variety of charitable organizations, including food pantries through Simply Give. The Simply Give program runs three times each year for approximately 10 weeks.

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PepsiCo announces executive changes

BY Allison Cerra

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo announced that its current president is resigning from his post.

The company said John Compton, a 30-year company veteran, will be leaving PepsiCo to serve as CEO of Pilot Flying J Oil, a chain of truck stops in the United States and Canada. Replacing Compton is PepsiCo Europe CEO Zein Abdalla. Abdalla will be responsible for overseeing PepsiCo’s global category groups (global beverages, global snacks and global nutrition), global operations (IT, global procurement, supply chain and productivity), global marketing services and corporate strategy. Working with the geographic business units, Abdalla’s team will drive innovation and brand building while significantly reducing the overall cost structure of the company.

Replacing Abdalla as PepsiCo Europe CEO is Enderson Guimaraes, who has served as president of PepsiCo’s global nutrition group since 2011. Guimaraes’ replacement will be announced in the coming weeks.

The personnel changes announced are effective immediately. Abdalla will be based in Purchase, N.Y.; Guimaraes will be based in Geneva.

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Shire seeks new approval for ADHD drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PHILADELPHIA — Drug maker Shire is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a new usage for a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said Wednesday.

Shire announced that the FDA had accepted its regulatory approval application for Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) capsules for maintenance treatment of ADHD in patients ages 6 to 17 years. There currently are no stimulants approved for maintenance treatment of the condition in that age group, Shire said, and the FDA said it would complete its review by April 2013.

The drug currently is approved for treating ADHD in children, adolescents and adults as part of a total treatment plan and is approved as a maintenance treatment for the condition in adults.


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