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Fred Smagorinsky named Marcal’s CEO

BY Allison Cerra

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. Household paper goods manufacturer Marcal has appointed a new CEO.

Fred Smagorinsky joins Marcal from Schofield Stone, a privately held quarrier, fabricator, wholesaler and retailer of natural stone products, where he served as CEO. Smagorinsky also served as an executive at Sealed Air Corp., a global food and specialty packaging leader. "I’m joining a talented team at an exciting time, with consumer awareness of recycled paper goods and their environmental benefits growing rapidly," Smagorinsky said.

Marcal’s products are made with 100% premium recycled paper.

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Ralph’s, Food 4 Less announce checkstand canister fundraising program

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Two supermarket chains owned by Kroger announced their fundraising efforts to benefit local food banks.

Ralph’s and Food 4 Less said that they are collecting donations to help local food banks and families in need through their checkstand canisters. Each retailer kicked off their respective Bringing Hope to the Table initiatives, which include an annual cause-marketing partnership with Feeding America that generated more than $200,000 for Feeding America-affiliated food banks this year.

The efforts by Ralph’s and Food 4 Less are part of their ongoing commitment to bring as much food as possible to hungry families, which also includes a companywide Perishables Donations Partnership program that allows fresh, wholesome food — including meat, produce and dairy products — to be donated directly from the stores to local food banks that are able to safely handle perishable foods.

Food 4 Less operates 146 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California and Nevada, and Foods Co. in Northern California, from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Ralph’s currently operates 257 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles.

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Ice, ice baby: New Ice Breakers Frost mints keep breath cool

BY Allison Cerra

HERSHEY, Pa. One of Hershey’s popular mint brands is adding a powerfully cool taste experience to its line.

Ice Breakers Frost sugar-free mints are coated with xylitol, cooling and flavor crystals and will be available in Wintercool and peppermint varieties.

 

“Ice Breakers Frost mints are designed for those who are looking for a strong mint but don’t want to sacrifice taste. The mints feature the same great flavor of our core Ice Breakers mints, which is then frosted with a combination of xylitol, cooling and flavor crystals for a uniquely powerful taste and texture,” said Anna Lingeris, spokeswoman for Ice Breakers Frost mints and Hershey. “The result is a satisfying and powerfully cool taste experience.”

 

Ice Breakers Frost mints are now available in 1.2-oz. containers at participating mass, grocery, drug and specialty retailers.

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