Chairman of Schwan Food Co. set to retire
MARSHALL, Minn. Chairman of The Schwan Food Co., Afred Schwan, will retire at the end of the year after 45 years of service, reports said Monday.
Schwan has served as company chairman for 15 years, reports said. Schwan also served for five years as company president and CEO. He is 83 years old.
Schwan has stated that Dec. 31 will be his final day as chairman and Schwan Food Co. has said that his replacement will be named early next year.
Dr Pepper Snapple joins Stevia-sweetened beverage stampede
NEW YORK Fresh off news that its two biggest competitors plan to launch new diet beverages containing a new sugar alternative made from the plant Stevia, Dr Pepper Snapple Group announced Thursday it also plans to join Coke and Pepsi, and expects to launch a similar beverage product containing the new alternative sweetener.
On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Stevia-based sweeteners in foods and beverages.
The sweeteners, made from the leaves of a South American shrub, will provide natural alternatives to chemical sweeteners like Equal and Splenda.
Winn-Dixie’s private label package designs receive praise from industry experts
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.