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Hershey’s VP of global operations steps down

BY Tara Smith

HERSHEY, Pa. Less than 18 months after joining candymaker The Hershey Co., senior vice president of Global Operations Gregg Tanner announced Friday that he is leaving at the end of the month.

The third high-level Hershey executive whose departure had been announced or confirmed in the last two months, Tanner, 50, is leaving to pursue “a business opportunity that he feels will be rewarding on a professional level and will enable him to be with his family,” according to Hershey spokesman Kirk Saville.

Tanner’s departure follows Richard Lenny, Hershey’s chief executive officer, chairman and president, who announced earlier this month that he will retire at the end of the year. In August, Christopher Baldwin, senior vice president and president of Hershey’s North American Commercial Group, left the company to become president of Kraft Foods Inc.’s U.S. Snacks and cereals operations.

Tanner had been closely involved in Hershey’s three-year manufacturing realignment to reduce costs by eliminating some production lines in the United States and Canada by shifting some production to a new facility in Monterrey, Mexico.

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Sierra Mist brings back Cranberry Splash

BY Tara Smith

PURCHASE, N.Y. In the spirit of the holiday season, Sierra Mist for the second year is bringing back, for a limited time, Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash. And, for the first time, it will also be available in a diet version: Sierra Mist Free Cranberry Splash.

Launching this month, the beverages will be available in 20-ounce and two-liter plastic bottles, as well as in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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Heart Chocolate appeals to diabetics

BY Tara Smith

TORONTO Innovative Life Sciences Corporation recently launched Heart Chocolate with CM-X, positioning it as a product that, aside from containing no sugar and few calories, provides significant health benefits for diabetics and others.

The chocolate, which provides CM-X, contains a natural proprietary compound of cinnamon and bitter melon extracts that have been developed by the company for the treatment of diabetes and related cardiovascular diseases.

According to Maggie Laidlaw, director of the Clinical Trial Division of Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc. and former associate director of Human Nutraceuticals at the University of Guelph, the bitter melon and cinnamon extracts help reduce blood glucose levels, increase glucose tolerance in diabetics and those with metabolic syndrome, reduce total and LDL cholesterol, as well as triglycerides.

Heart Chocolate was launched during the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival with sales exceeded expectations‹more than 600 bars were sold each weekend.

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