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Hy-Vee executive newest GMA hall of fame inductee

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON — Ric Jurgens spent the past 43 years working for and building Hy-Vee into a strong regional chain, and later this summer his accomplishments will be acknowledged by the Grocery Manufacturers Association when he receives the organization’s Hall of Achievement Award.

Jurgens announced plans to retire last December with an effective date of June 1. He is succeeded by Randy Edeker, an executive who spent the past 30 years with the grocer and most recently served as president and COO of the employee owned company. Jurgens served as CEO since 2003 and added the chairman title in 2006. Hy-Vee operates 235 stores in eight Midwestern states with annual sales of $7.3 billion.

"It has been my privilege to serve Hy-Vee and our customers for over 43 years," Jurgens said of his retirement decision. "I’m eternally grateful for the support and guidance given to me by our employees throughout our eight-state area. Since I’ve given my entire working life to Hy-Vee, the future of our company is very important to me. I retire with great confidence knowing that we have a strong, talented leader in Randy Edeker, and knowing he is surrounded by an outstanding team of executives at every level who will make Hy-Vee even better in the years to come."

In addition to acknowledging Jurgens, GMA also plans to honor Dean Pappas, CEO of Clement Pappas and Company, a leading supplier of private label fruit juices and beverages and cranberry sauce. Pappas joined the family-owned company in 1962 and served as CEO until last June when the business was sold.

“Lifetime achievement is the hallmark of the GMA Hall of Achievement Award, and by that standard, no two people are more deserving than Ric Jurgens and Dean Pappas,” said GMA president and CEO Pam Bailey. “Their business savvy, their desire to make the world a better place and their compassion for their associates, their communities and their consumers sets them apart.”

The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the GMA Executive Conference held August 25-27 in Colorado Springs.

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FDA warns parents on using benzocaine to relieve pain of teething babies

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned parents against administering benzocaine to their teething babies and advised that parents not use benzocaine at all in children under the age of 2 years unless under the supervision of a family physician.

"Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and can be found in such over-the-counter products as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel and Orabase," the agency stated. "But the use of benzocaine gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain can lead to a rare but serious — and sometimes fatal — condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced."

The FDA first warned about potential dangers in 2006, and since then the agency has received 29 reports of benzocaine gel-related cases of methemoglobinemia. Nineteen of those cases occurred in children, and 15 of the 19 cases occurred in children under 2 years of age, stated FDA pharmacist Kellie Taylor.

“Symptoms can occur within minutes to hours after benzocaine use,” commented Mary Ghods, also an FDA pharmacist. “They can occur after using the drug for the first time, as well as after several uses.”

For the full FDA consumer report, click here.


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Clif Bar launches 100% organic line featuring CEO’s namesake

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar on Thursday introduced its Clif Kit’s Organic line, featuring snack bars made with 100% organic fruit and nuts.

The line was inspired by Kit Crawford, co-CEO of Clif Bar. Each bar contains just a handful of ingredients and is gluten-, soy- and dairy-free. The snack bar will be available in four flavors — berry almond, cashew, chocolate almond coconut and peanut butter.

Suggested retail price for the bars is $1.59.


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