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Starbucks names consumer products president

BY Allison Cerra

SEATTLE A coffee giant has named a new head for its global consumer products group and food service.

Starbucks appointed Jeff Hansberry as president of the company’s consumer products business. Hansberry worked most recently for E&J Gallo Winery, where he was VP and general manager, and previously worked at Procter & Gamble.

He assumes the new role in June and will report to Starbucks chairman, president and CEO Howard Schultz.

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Meijer to carry Reed’s product lines

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Select Reed’s beverage lines will be distributed in Meijer stores throughout five states, the soda maker announced Tuesday.

Reed’s and Virgil’s beverages will be carried throughout Meijer’s 191 supercenter stores across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Neal Cohane, SVP sales and marketing at Reed’s said, “The opportunity to work with Meijer, a true innovator and retailing powerhouse, is very exciting. We look forward to enhancing the portfolio of high quality natural premium products that discriminating consumers have come to expect at Meijer’s supercenters. Our sales team’s efforts over the past two-and-a-half years are continuing to pay off. The demand for our brands is contagious and is reflected in this new direct delivery distribution partnership with Meijer, the pioneer of the modern day supercenter.”

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group supports child’s play with partnership

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group is supporting kids at play by partnering with nonprofit organization KaBoom! to build playgrounds in communities.

The DPS partnership with KaBoom! will result in 10 new playgrounds in cities including Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Columbus, Ohio, Rogers, Ark., Waco, Texas, Victorville, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla. DPS brand Mott’s will sponsor the second annual “KaBoom! Play Days” from Sept.18 to 26, which supports fit and active lifestyles for children.

“As a company, we strive to make a difference in the communities in which we do business,” said Larry Young, president and CEO of DPS.  “Because play is so important for ensuring the next generation is healthy and fit, we’re expanding our partnership with KaBoom! this year to ensure more families nationwide have great places to play.”

To learn more about the DPS and KaBoom! partnership, visit www.drpeppersnapple.com.

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