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Winn-Dixie’s private label package designs receive praise from industry experts

BY Jenna Duncan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie’s packaging designs for three of its private label premium products were recognized as some of the United States’ best in the Private Label Packaging Awards, hosted by PL Buyer magazine.

“We are honored to have been recognized in this competition,” said Robin Miller, Winn-Dixie’s director of communications. “The redesign and relaunch of our private label products is another way for us to continue earning trust and loyalty every day, by providing our customers with the quality they deserve at a great value.”

Eighteen winners were selected from a pool of about 300 new products. This was the sixth year that Buyer magazine held the awards contest.

The three Winn-Dixie product lines that were named “best of the best” in the nation included the private label organic line of grocery products such as cage-free eggs, green tea, salted butter and others; Winn-Dixie’s fresh breads; and also Winn-Dixie’s private label sorbet and gelato line.

“This year’s winning packaging is not only extremely attractive, but also highly innovative and functional. Judging criteria included innovation, overall looks and how well the packaging met its intended mission (set by the submitting company),” PL Buyer magazine’s editors said.

“I liked the way that they’re using a similar design across different product categories and having it still make sense,” said one of the judges, Lisa McTigue Pierce, editorial director of Flexible Packaging and editor-in-chief of Food & Beverage Packaging.

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Pilgrim’s Pride CEO and COO resign

BY Melissa Valliant

PITTSBURG, Texas Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., one of the largest chicken producers in the United States, announced Tuesday that its CEO and COO have stepped down due to the bankruptcy process that it started earlier this month when it filed for bankruptcy.

President and CEO Clint Rivers, as well as chief operating officer Robert Wright, have resigned. Don Jackson, formerly president of Foster Farms’ poultry division, will be filling the role of president and chief executive, following approval by the bankruptcy court. In the meantime, Lonnie Ken Pilgrim, the company’s board chairman, will be interim president.

The company plans to restructure its operations but will be operating as usual while it determines its next steps out of bankruptcy.

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Danone to discontinue sales, bottling of Arvie brand bottled water

BY Jenna Duncan

PARIS Groupe Danone has announced that it will no longer make or distribute its Arvie brand mineral water after a slump in bottled water sales.

Danone is slated to close the Arvie bottling plant in early 2009. Employees at the Arvie plant will be moved to operations at Danone’s Volvic plant.

Reports have stated that sales of Arvie bottled water dropped from 65 million bottles sold per year to roughly 8 million between the years of 2000 and 2008.

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