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Del Monte introduces two fruit products, encourages healthier families

BY Tara Smith

SAN FRANCISCO Del Monte Foods on Thursday announced two new fruit products focused on helping families achieve a healthier lifestyle in the New Year. Del Monte Healthy Kids is the first fortified canned fruit product for children that provides vitamins A and C and calcium, while Del Monte Lite 100 Calorie Fruit provides an on-the-go snack that has fewer calories.

“Del Monte Healthy Kids and Del Monte Lite 100 Calorie Fruit make it easier for today’s busy families to get the fruit they need, while helping them reach their important health and wellness goals in 2008,” said Apu Mody, senior vice president, Del Monte Consumer Products.

Del Monte Healthy Kids is available in peach and fruit cocktail varieties. Del Monte Lite 100 Calorie Fruit cans are available in sliced cling peaches, pear halves and fruit cocktail offerings. As with most of Del Monte’s products, Del Monte Healthy Kids and Del Monte Lite 100 Calorie Fruit products are preservative-free and packed in extra light syrup.

In addition to offering new products, Del Monte is joining forces with StarKist to empower families to live a healthier, more energized lifestyle in 2008 with the Just One More for Health Living pledge. The pledge challenges families to add one more daily serving of fruits and vegetables, one more weekly serving of lean protein such as tuna and one more physical activity each day in the New Year. For more information, visit www.EatJustOneMore.com or www.delmonte.com.

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General Mills appoints Rick Palmore general counsel

BY Tara Smith

MINNEAPOLIS General Mills on Wednesday appointed Roderick Palmore executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance and risk management officer, effective Feb. 11, 2008. Palmore will have responsibility for the company’s worldwide legal activities, corporate ethics and compliance, and corporate security.

Palmore most recently served as executive vice president and general counsel at Sara Lee Corporation. He was named to the most recent issue of Inside Counsel magazine list of the “50 Most Influential In-House Counsels,” and had a broad impact on the legal profession through his leadership of “Call To Action,” an initiative he helped launch three years ago to improve the minority representation and mobility within law firms providing services to major corporations.

Palmore succeeds Siri Marshall, who retired effective Jan. 1, 2008. Marshall joined General Mills as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary in 1994, guiding the company’s worldwide legal activities. In addition to serving as the company’s general counsel and corporate secretary, Marshall also served as chief governance and compliance officer.

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Necco introduces new phrases on Valentine heart candy

BY Tara Smith

NEW YORK New England Confectionary Co. on Wednesday anounced that its Sweethearts Conversation Hearts will include new weather- and nature-themed phrases.

The sayings “highlight the exitement and upredictability of the day-to-day change of weather and people’s love lives,” said Lory Zimbalatti, Necco marketing manager, in a statement.

Included are such phrases as, “Melt My Heart,” “Heat Wave,” “Get My Drift” and “Nature Lover.”

The Revere, Mass.-based company has been manufacturing Sweethearts Conversation hearts since 1866, and in the 1990s began introducing different themes.

Necco is being sold to a group of investors led by American Capital Strategies under a deal announced Dec. 28. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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