GMA pledges $1 million to creation of Global Food Safety Fund
WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has pledged $1 million to the creation of the world’s first Global Food Safety Fund, an innovative public-private partnership that will be managed by World Bank, an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.
GMA’s pledge was announced at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Honolulu. The fund will address such food safety goals as developing, testing and validating pilot programs in APEC that will result in reproducible training modules, which can be customized for roll out to developing countries all around the world; addressing high priority food hazards; and strengthening analytics and metrics — much needed for consistent, reliable and scaleable testing, designing, and evaluation of the performance of food safety systems.
"GMA was honored to be a founding member of a unique partnership in APEC that inspired the concept of the fund’s creation. In APEC we brought together food safety regulators, multilateral institutions like the World Bank, academia and industry — stakeholders all focused on a common mission of improving food safety," GMA CEO Pamela Bailey said. "The proposed fund will leverage APEC’s unique food safety training programs together with World Bank international reach to help improve the safety of the global food supply — in APEC economies and beyond."
Krispy Kreme brings chocolate-flavored treats to retail
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Krispy Kreme has brought two new sweet treats to retail.
Krispy Kreme said its new glazed chocolate pie and chocolate dipped cake doughnuts join the brand’s current lineup of doughnuts, honeybuns, mini-crullers, fruit pies and other snack-sized treats that are sold nationwide.
"Krispy Kreme packaged sweet treats are a popular choice when it comes to sharing with friends, family and co-workers," Krispy Kreme senior director of U.S. marketing activation Mark LaBrecque said. "We are committed to adding new and exciting treats to our packaged product line, and to growing our partnerships with convenience stores, grocery stores and mass merchants so that more fans throughout the country can share the joy that is Krispy Kreme."
Pet food expert named Post Holdings COO
ST. LOUIS — Ralcorp Holdings announced that Terence Block will serve as president and COO of Post Holdings, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Block also will join the board of directors of Post Holdings following completion of the separation of the Ralcorp and Post cereal business.
"I am pleased that Terry is joining the Post Holdings management team and board," Ralcorp chairman William Stiritz said. "Terry’s extensive operating and marketing experience will greatly benefit Post Holdings as we embark on an independent course for the company. I am confident that as COO, Terry will help drive the innovation, brand extension and growth initiatives that will be key to Post Holdings’ future success. I also look forward to the insight and expertise Terry will bring to his role on the board as we seek to create value for our shareholders."
Block currently serves as president of Nestle Purina’s North American pet food business. Previously, he was COO of North American Pet Foods for Ralston Purina. Prior to his role as COO, Block served as EVP Ralston Purina Pet Products and VP marketing dog food. Mr. Block joined the marketing group of the former Ralston Purina in 1977 as assistant product manager and subsequently held a number of increasingly important marketing positions, including product manager and group director. Prior to joining Ralston Purina, he worked at Procter & Gamble and Pet Inc.