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Beech-Nut and Disney’s toddler line features Winnie the Pooh characters

BY Allison Cerra

GLENDALE, Calif., and AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — Beech-Nut and Disney Consumer Products have teamed up to unite nutritious foods with characters that toddlers love.

Beech-Nut’s new line of products feature Winnie the Pooh characters, including the namesake bear and his pals Piglet and Tigger.

The Beech-Nut toddler food is fortified with vitamins and minerals and contains valuable nutrients, fiber, whole grains, real fruit, real yogurt, real vegetables and protein. The line features meals, sides, snacks and juices including:

  • Steamies: These complete meals feature a home-style taste and texture and cook via a unique steam-cooking process. They are available in 10 different varieties;

  • Goodies: Made with Chiquita bananas and whole grains, Goodies Banana Bites offer a more nutritious choice for snack time. Goodies Mixed Fruit Nibbles come in two flavors and are made with real fruit. One serving offers 100%of the daily recommended serving of vitamin C; and

  • Juicies: These 100% juice beverages come in such flavor combinations as white grape and peach, pear blueberry and apple pomegranate; offer the benefits of antioxidant superfruits; and contain 100% of the daily recommended serving of vitamin C.

"In 2006, Disney made a commitment to meet high nutrition standards by offering a healthier portfolio of foods. The Beech-Nut toddler line is one more example of our commitment to these goals of offering ‘better for you’ foods that kids will love and parents will feel good about," said Embola Ndi, VP food, health and beauty, Disney Consumer Products.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group promotes two execs

BY DSN STAFF

PLANO, Texas — Two members of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group executive leadership team have been promoted to the level of EVP, the company announced.

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, David Thomas is EVP research and development, and Tina Barry becomes EVP corporate affairs. Both continue to report directly to Larry Young, DPS president and CEO.

"David and Tina have both transformed their functions in our first two-and-a-half years as a stand-alone public company by effectively inspiring, developing and deploying their people to deliver great value to our business," Young said.

Thomas, who had been SVP research and development since joining the company in 2006, has overall responsibility for all aspects of R&D, including product development, sensory science, flavor and ingredient technology, chemistry, nutrition and regulatory, process development, technical services, knowledge management and the pilot plant.

Barry joined DPS in 2008 as VP corporate communications and was promoted later that year to the role of SVP corporate affairs. She oversees internal and external communications, corporate and brand public relations, philanthropy, government affairs and sustainability.

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Kraft’s Huddle to Fight Hunger hopes to score touchdown

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Kraft Foods is continuing its commitment to the fight against hunger with its football-themed hunger-relief initiative.

Kraft said Monday that the Huddle to Fight Hunger program reached 18.5 million meals, which is 93% of the program’s goal. Its initiative encourages Americans to generate meal donations for Feeding America through several social media initiatives, including Facebook and Twitter.

The promotions lead up to the first-ever Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Jan. 9, which will be held in San Francisco.

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