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MillerCoors announces new top appointments

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK MillerCoors, a joint venture between SABMiller and Coors Brewing, has appointed Andy England as chief marketing officer.

England became chief marketing officer of Coors Brewing in January 2006 after stints as vice president and general manager of snacks at Hershey Foods and as category vice president at Cadbury Schweppes’ Dr Pepper and 7Up unit.

Miller Brewing chief executive officer Tom Long will become president and chief commercial officer of MillerCoors, while the new partnership’s chief-executive position will go to Molson Coors chief executive officer Leo Kiely.

The joint venture, which antitrust regulators approved Thursday, is expected to increase competition for Anheuser-Busch, the largest brewer in the U.S. and second largest in the world in terms of sales. Some industry experts have speculated that Anheuser-Busch could come under pressure to mount a similar venture with Belgian brewer InBev, according to Bloomberg. InBev replaced Anheuser-Busch as the world’s largest brewer in 2006.

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M&Ms debuts ice cream treat

BY Jenna Duncan

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. M&Ms and Mars Snackfood today announced the release of M&Ms brand ice cream Treats.

The ice cream bars and ice cream sticks on a stick contains vanilla ice cream covered in creamy chocolate-y coating with a colored red, green or blue chocolate shell exterior and were designed to look like the classic M&Ms candies.

“We are really excited to launch M&M’S Ice Cream Treats and make them the summer’s coolest treat,” said Craig Hall, general manager of ice cream at Mars Snackfood, in a recent release. “M&Ms ice cream treats are bringing the classic fun and color that consumers associate with M&Ms chocolate candies to the ice cream aisle and freezers around the country.”

To celebrate the launch, Mars is staging some in-store sampling events in Boston, Chicago, Hartford/Springfield, Conn., Los Angeles, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. A 1950’s ice cream truck featuring the new M&Ms sticks and bars will be driven through select markets.

M&Ms ice cream treats are available at retail stores in single or multi-packs of five and retail for $1.49 and $3.99 respectively.

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Skinny Water supports athletes at Triple Crown of Cycling

BY Jenna Duncan

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. Skinny Water, marketed and distributed by Skinny Nutritional Corp., was the official “enhanced water” of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling held in Philadelphia on Sunday, June 8.

The professional cycling tour featured more than 200 bicyclists from around the world. Twenty-five cycle teams did 10 laps of a 14.4-mile circuit through Philadelphia that included 10 climbs up a 17 percent grade wall. They rode a total of 156 miles.

Skinny Water had a presence setting up banners, coolers and signs positioned along the race route. Also throughout the city, Skinny hosted Skinny Water hydration stations for both athletes and spectators.

“Skinny Water seems to really address the athletes’ needs in this high-endurance, high-performance, legendary cycling event,” Dave Chauner, president of Pro Cycling Tour, said. “Skinny Water is a welcome and practical addition to the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling, and we look forward to working with Skinny Water for years to come.”

Skinny Water has clinically proven ingredients that help workout buffs balance their metabolism and control their appetites, the company said.

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