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Publix, Walgreens to participate in Operation Pill Drop

BY Michael Johnsen

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Publix and Walgreens have partnered with a local coalition to collect expired medications, according to a report in the Delray Beach newspaper the Pineapple published Monday.  

Beginning in April, every pharmacy in Publix and Walgreens stores in Palm Beach County will display signs with the location of the nearest pill drop-box as part of Operation Pill Drop. 

“Having these signs in every Publix and Walgreens pharmacy, and hopefully others in the future, is a huge step forward in making the public aware of the availability of the drop- boxes,” Jeff Kadel, executive director of the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, told the Pineapple.

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Mars president set to retire

BY DSN STAFF

MCLEAN, Va. — Mars Chocolate’s global president Grant F. Reid has been named by the company’s board of directors as president, effective Jan. 2, 2015. Reid will take over for current Mars president Paul S. Michaels, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

"In his almost 11 years at the helm of Mars, Paul has overseen a period of outstanding business performance and tremendous achievement. He also built up the talent of the company while strengthening the visible presence of our five principles — quality, efficiency, responsibility, mutuality and freedom — in the way we operate," said Victoria B. Mars, chairperson of the Mars board. "It’s because of his focus on nurturing leaders who are both talented and principled, that we have such a strong internal successor in the business. We are proud and excited that Grant, a 26-year veteran of the business, and a member of the Mars Leadership Team since 2007, will be our next president."

As global president of Mars Chocolate, one of Mars’ biggest business segments, Reid leads more than 17,000 employees.

"I’m grateful to the board of directors for giving me this opportunity and proud to have been chosen as the next president of Mars, Incorporated. Mars has always encouraged and provided opportunity for growth and development of associates, and I am certainly living proof of that fact," said Grant. "I believe in the Mars culture, I love the Mars brands and I know that we have the best associates in the world. We have a truly exciting future and I’m honored to lead the organization into that future."

Reid has an honors degree in management economics, as well as a certificate in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

 

 

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Amp Energy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. debut new flavor

BY Ryan Chavis

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Amp Energy, an energy drink from PepsiCo, announced a partnership with racing star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to produce a new sour grape flavor. The beverage, called Dale Jr. Sour, will be available for a limited time at select 7-Eleven stores across the country starting April 2.

Earnhardt Jr. picked the flavor for the product. He’s also featured on the can alongside his No. 88 Chevrolet SS. "Selecting the great-tasting sour grape flavor for Amp Energy was a fun experience," he said. "I’m excited for my fans to try it and to hear what they think." 

On Thursday, April 10, six Charlotte, N.C.-based 7-Eleven stores will feature Dale Jr. Sour energy stands, which will give consumers the chance to try the new flavor. Additionally, Earnhardt Jr. is slated to surprise hsi fans by making an appearance at one of those six locations and will hand out limited edition giveaways and samples of the new energy drink. The undisclosed location will be announced the morning of the event via the Amp Energy Twitter feed (@AMPEnergy).

"Like Dale Jr., consumers need real energy to take on whatever the day may bring," said Aziel Rivers, director of marketing, Amp Energy. "Working closely with Dale Jr., we created the new, unique sour grape flavor that we believe fans will reach for on race day or whenever they are looking for a boost of energy."

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