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Don Francisco’s Coffee introduces limited-edition coffee to benefit MS campaign

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Don Francisco’s Coffee announced an exclusive and limited-edition coffee created for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.

The 10-oz. Don Francisco’s Blend to Erase MS ground coffee bags were created for the "Orange You Happy to Erase MS" awareness campaign and feature the Orange You Happy to Erase MS logo. The bold roast features a hint of smoky, caramel and dark chocolate flavors and retails for $7.99.

To coincide with MS awareness month celebrated in May, Don Francisco’s Coffee will donate 20% of gross sales of the limited-edition coffee to the Nancy Davis Foundation beginning this week through the end of May.

"Don Francisco’s Coffee is proud to once again partner with the Nancy Davis Foundation in support of the ‘Orange You Happy to Erase MS’ campaign and for the first time be able to create a product that gives back," said Leonor Gavina-Valls, VP marketing for F. Gavina & Sons, the maker of Don Francisco’s Coffee. "Nancy’s tireless efforts are making a difference in the lives of many people, not only in Los Angeles but [also] around the nation; and at Don Francisco’s Coffee, we are ecstatic to do our part."

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Pez dispenses new flavors

BY Allison Cerra

ORANGE, Conn. — Pez Candy is giving fans more reasons to love its confections with the U.S. launch of two new flavor blends.

Pez said the strawberry-vanilla and raspberry-lemon combinations join its lineup of assorted fruit flavors. The new flavors will be part of a 10-pack bonus candy SKU and then will be packaged with the regular assortments, the company said.

"We are very excited about our new flavor blends. They have done well in Europe, and we have modified the flavors accordingly for the U.S. market," Pez Candy CEO Joe Vittoria said. "Look for Pez to bring more innovation and fun to the consumer."

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MillerCoors promotes Tom Long to CEO

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DENVER — The joint venture of SABMiller and Molson Coors has appointed a new CEO.

MillerCoors on Wednesday said that it is promoting its current chief commercial officer, Tom Long, to CEO, following the retirement of current CEO Leo Kiely, who will leave his post June 1.

Long and Kiely have shared duties in the office of the president and CEO since September 2010 in preparation for this move. The succession plan is consistent with plans made in late 2007 when Molson Coors and SABMiller originally struck the deal to form MillerCoors with the goal of creating a stronger, more competitive U.S. brewer.

Long joined the Miller Brewing in 2005 and served as its CEO and chief marketing officer. Before that, he worked for 17 years at Coca-Cola in various leadership positions.

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