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Partnership rolls out ‘the definitive ginger beer soft drink’

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON A rum manufacturer and a beer maker have joined forces to package and distribute what the companies are calling “the definitive ginger beer soft drink.”

Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer, made with Gosling’s Rum of Bermuda and beer from Mass.-based Polar Beverages, is available in 12-ounce cans and will distributed .

“We needed to hit the perfect balance between sweetness and spiciness,” explained Malcolm Gosling, president of Gosling’s Export (Bermuda) Ltd. “Our objective was to create a ginger beer that, when paired with our award winning Black Seal Rum, would produce the absolute perfect Dark ‘n Stormy.”

The Dark ‘n Stormy, a drink of ginger beer and Black Seal Rum, is Bermuda’s official national cocktail.

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Hy-Vee, Price Chopper to stock Eating Right line

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Two supermarket chains have unveiled a line of health-and-wellness foods tailored to consumers’ health needs.

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee and Schenectady, N.Y.-based Price Chopper announced Thursday that they had begun stocking the Eating Right line of foods, which include frozen entrees and breakfast foods.

The brand includes foods tailored to dietary needs such as heart health, digestive health, bone health, immunity and weight management. One feature is the “Spot Your Needs” system, designed to simplify the process of finding foods suitable to consumers.

“With healthier eating a priority for many of our customers, we are pleased to bring new options to our shelves with the introduction of the Eating Right brand at Price Chopper stores,” Price Chopper senior corporate nutritionist Ellie Wilson stated. “Our shoppers rely on us to meet all of their varied needs, and with Eating Right, we’re able to offer a great selection of products designed to help our customers pursue their specific health goals.”

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J.M. Smucker announces new corporate officers and promotions

BY Allison Cerra

ORRVILLE, Ohio J.M. Smucker Co. announced the promotion of corporate officer John Mayer and the election of Jim Brown and Jeannette L. Knudsen as corporate officers of the company.

Mayer, currently a corporate officer and VP customer development, was promoted to the position of VP sales, grocery market, effective June 1. Mayer has been with the company for 29 years and has held a number of roles within the company, including district sales manager, Florida; regional sales manager, Southern region; and director customer development. Mayer succeeds Don Hurrle who is retiring June 30, 2009, after more than 33 years with the company.

Brown, currently VP U.S. grocery sales, was promoted to a corporate officer and will report to Mayer. Brown has been a Smucker employee for more than 20 years, serving in a number of roles including Ohio Direct Sales Force; district sales manager positions in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Ohio Direct; regional sales manager, Central; national sales manager; and VP national sales, grocery with direct responsibility for managing our relationship with J.M. Smucker’s national sales agent, Advantage Sales & Marketing, Inc.

Knudsen joined the company in 2002 and has been the company’s acquisition and securities counsel and assistant secretary since 2007. Knudsen succeeds M. Ann Harlan as corporate secretary, a position Harlan has held since 2003. Harlan will continue to serve as VP and general counsel.

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