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Coca-Cola Foundation donates funds to hunger relief organizations in Georgia

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — The charitable arm of Coca-Cola has donated $60,000 to three Atlanta-based organizations that aim to reduce hunger.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless were each awarded $20,000 from the Coca-Cola Foundation. The donations are part of the foundation’s “Donations in Lieu of Decorations Initiative,” which has awarded more than $500,000 to 45 organizations since 1992.

“We want to do our part during the holiday season to help our local community thrive,” Coca-Cola Foundation chair Ingrid Saunders Jones said. “These grants will support the efforts of three outstanding organizations that do the heavy lifting every day to reduce hunger in our community. These organizations address the most basic of human needs and improve lives, create opportunities, and help sustain our local community.”

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Heineken names SVP corporate relations

BY DSN STAFF

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Heineken has announced the appointment of Stacey Tank as SVP corporate relations. She will begin her role on Jan. 3, 2012.

Tank joins Heineken USA from General Electric, where she most recently led corporate relations for “Healthymagination” — GE’s $6 billion commitment to bringing better health to more people. Additionally she led the launch of a $1 billion global cancer campaign in September 2011, which included a $100 million open innovation challenge around breast cancer diagnostics.

Prior to these roles, Tank also held CFO responsibilities for GE Water’s North American custom equipment business based in Boston. As a member of corporate audit, Ms. Tank lead teams at GE Healthcare in Canada and Mexico; GE Energy in Canada, Brazil and China; and NBC Universal in Europe. Her career at GE began as a member of GE’s Communications Leadership Development Program with assignments in Paris, France; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Fairfield, Conn.

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M&M’s launches snack mixes line

BY Allison Cerra

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate North America has expanded its M&M’s portfolio with the introduction of new snack mixes.

M&M’s snack mixes, which will be available in three varieties (milk chocolate, peanut chocolate and dark chocolate), offer a sweet and salty treat by featuring M&M’s candies, mini cookies, golden pretzel twists, raisins, almonds and more.

M&M’s snack mixes will be packaged in 8-oz. resealable stand-up pouches and hit store shelves in May 2012 for a suggested retail price of $3.39 per bag.

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