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Coca-Cola names new North America president

BY David Salazar

ATLANTA — As the president of its North American arm retires, Coca-Cola is promoting one of its own to the helm. The company has named James “Jim” Dinkins president from his current position as president of the Minute Maid business unit and Coca-Cola North America’s chief retail sales officer.

Dinkins, whose promotion is effective Jan. 1, 2018, will succeed J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas, who has been with Coca-Cola since 1988. Douglas will officially retire March 1, 2018, to ensure a seamless transition to Dinkins’ leadership.

“Our North American business has been thriving and is well positioned for continued success,” Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said. “Sandy Douglas has done a tremendous job of leading CCNA to a strong position. Jim Dinkins is a highly experienced, respected executive who will lead Coca-Cola North America as it continues to evolve and grow.”

Douglas, who also is an EVP of Coca-Cola, has worked to transform the North American business into a total beverage company by focusing on value across a variety of products and packages.

“I am incredibly grateful to James Quincey and everyone within our North American system for giving me the opportunity to lead our business through a period of phenomenal change,” Douglas said. “I feel incredibly positive about what lies ahead for our system because I have tremendous confidence in James, Jim Dinkins, our CCNA leadership team, our bottlers and our people throughout the United States and Canada.”

Dinkins has held various leadership positions throughout his career, including such roles as SVP sales national retail sales for select grocery, club and convenience retail customers. He began his career in 1984 at Procter & Gamble.

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TABS Analytics acquires data analytics firm Pivotstream

BY David Salazar

SHELTON, Conn. — TABS Analytics is bolstering its capabilities with its latest acquisition. The company has acquired Seattle-based global data analytics firm Pivotstream, which operates in the CPG space and has strong ties to the wine and spirits industry.

“Pivotstream greatly enhances our technology and business intelligence capabilities,” TABS Analytics CEO Kurt Jetta said. “The combination of massive data scale, end-user self-service BI, and analytics capabilities against large datasets will enable TABS’ current and future clients to amplify the ROI on their data and intelligence investments.”

Pivotstream currently has three of the top U.S. wine and spirits distributors as clients. Moving forward, TABS said that the Pivotstream platform will become a core component of the company’s service offerings.

“We are very excited about being part of TABS Analytics,” Pivotstream founder and CEO Jeff Elderton said. “TABS is well-known as the leader in analytical innovation and has a robust arsenal of intellectual property as well as deep consultative expertise. This acquisition accelerates product development and improves the delivery of our joint solutions.”

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Kellogg’s intros chocolate Frosted Flakes

BY David Salazar

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A new addition to the Frosted Flakes line will be hitting stores in November. Kellogg’s on Tuesday announced the introduction of chocolate Frosted Flakes.

"We stay close to our fans to make sure we are delivering the cereal experiences they want most, which is what resulted in the delicious flavor of cinnamon Frosted Flakes launched last year," Kellogg’s senior director of morning food marketing Brad Schwan said. "So, when we found out chocolate was the next most requested flavor, we set to work right away."

The new flavor’s development included the input of consumers, who weighed in at nearly every step of the process, testing how different cocoas interacted with the cereal flake and milk.

The cereal is set to hit all major retailers and grocery stores, carrying a suggested retail price between $4.69 and $5.79.
 

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