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Pez dispenses new flavors

BY Allison Cerra

ORANGE, Conn. — Pez Candy is giving fans more reasons to love its confections with the U.S. launch of two new flavor blends.

Pez said the strawberry-vanilla and raspberry-lemon combinations join its lineup of assorted fruit flavors. The new flavors will be part of a 10-pack bonus candy SKU and then will be packaged with the regular assortments, the company said.

"We are very excited about our new flavor blends. They have done well in Europe, and we have modified the flavors accordingly for the U.S. market," Pez Candy CEO Joe Vittoria said. "Look for Pez to bring more innovation and fun to the consumer."

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MillerCoors promotes Tom Long to CEO

BY Allison Cerra

DENVER — The joint venture of SABMiller and Molson Coors has appointed a new CEO.

MillerCoors on Wednesday said that it is promoting its current chief commercial officer, Tom Long, to CEO, following the retirement of current CEO Leo Kiely, who will leave his post June 1.

Long and Kiely have shared duties in the office of the president and CEO since September 2010 in preparation for this move. The succession plan is consistent with plans made in late 2007 when Molson Coors and SABMiller originally struck the deal to form MillerCoors with the goal of creating a stronger, more competitive U.S. brewer.

Long joined the Miller Brewing in 2005 and served as its CEO and chief marketing officer. Before that, he worked for 17 years at Coca-Cola in various leadership positions.

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Mexi-Snax updates packaging with retro feel

BY Rozanne Gelbinovich

ADDISON, Ill. — Mexi-Snax, a Natural Snacks brand, has repackaged all of its 14-oz. tortilla chips with new retro packaging to celebrate the brand’s 30-year anniversary.

The repackaged flavors include lightly salted/original, pico de gallo, nacho and sesame. The brand also has brought back its hot and spicy flavor.

The updated packaging debuted in February, and the 14-oz. bags are available for a suggested retail price of $3.29.

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