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Mike Spindler’s Panther Mountain offers advisory services for CPG industry

BY Adam Kraemer

LAKE BLUFF, Ill. Mike Spindler announced today the formation of his new Panther Mountain Cos. which specializes in advising “fast moving consumer goods industry participants” on building winning products, strategies, companies and people.

Panther Mountain will work with companies and investors to formulate strategies for new or revitalized business or products. The founder’s experience in the CPG industry includes general management, marketing, sales management, business development, research, product development, operations and finance. Spindler will engage key partners or other Panther Mountain principals to help with information, data, technology, design and account structure.

Previously, Spindler has worked with such companies as Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Safeway, Kraft, Wakefern, Pepsi and CVS.

“I have a passion for working on technical, process or organizational solutions to the problems that have longed plagued the CPG marketing and distribution businesses,” Spindler stated. “I have worked on these issues informally and within my companies with colleagues and clients for many years. Panther Mountain is my vehicle for doing these types of things, but on a more formal basis.”

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GNP teams up with Diversified Racing Solutions for 2008 NASCAR series

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. America’s hometown pharmacy is making a play for fans of America’s most popular family sport, AmerisourceBergen announced Monday.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy has joined with Diversified Racing Solutions to enter the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2008 with the goal of competing in the newly renamed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2010. In the five-year agreement, GNP will lend its community pharmacy brand as the flagship sponsor; the venture will be primarily funded by associate sponsor relationships; and DRS will be responsible for the racing team.

In addition, GNP will fund country-wide community outreach activities that compliment the racing schedule.

“The branding of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy car demonstrates AmerisourceBergen’s commitment to independent pharmacy and NASCAR,” stated Dave Neu, senior vice president of retail sales and marketing for AmerisourceBergen, GNP’s parent company. “We are excited about the potential visibility that NASCAR will bring to the over 2,700 Good Neighbor Pharmacies across the country.”

Randy Fenley, president and owner of DRS, said, “The team at Diversified Racing Solutions is confident that our flagship sponsor, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, shares our commitment and passion for the NASCAR competition. We are thrilled at the opportunity to work with such a highly regarded brand and to share Chris Bristol driving for the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Chevrolet for many seasons to come.”

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Pentel launches Recycology

BY Doug Desjardins

TORRANCE, Calif. Pentel of America has upped its commitment to eco-friendly products with the launch of its Recycology Program. Products under the new banner are made from material with at least 50% recycled content and will include pens, markers, pencils and tape.

“Pentel is committed to creating a healthier environment for future generations while creating products of superior design and quality,” said Peter Katz, director of marketing for Pentel. “In addition to using recycled materials, many of the products in the Recycology line are refillable to further lessen environmental waste.”

New products in the line include refillable EnerGel Deluxe Liquid Gel Pens, Tape ‘N Glue Double-Sided Tape and retractable and refillable Handy-Line S markers.

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