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Jones Soda Co. appoints new president, CEO

BY Allison Cerra

SEATTLE Jones Soda Co. has appointed a new president, CEO of its company, the board of directors announced Friday.

The beverage company has appointed Joth Ricci president, CEO effective May 1, 2009. Ricci, who has served as the Jones Soda’s COO since last year, succeeds Stephen Jones, who is stepping down, but will continue as a member of the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Jones Soda, Mr. Ricci served as GM of Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Distributing Company. During his time with Columbia Distributing, Ricci also held the position VP human Resources & process improvement, as well as regional VP sales & marketing. Before joining Columbia Distributing he spent more than nine years with McNeil Consumer Healthcare / Johnson & Johnson in various sales and marketing management roles.

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Probiotic frozen yogurt now available at Winn-Dixie stores

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. Winn-Dixie customers now can enjoy a premium frozen yogurt with the added health benefits of probiotics commonly found only in refrigerated dairy products.

Yovation debuts in all 520 Winn-Dixie stores this week. It was inspired by the growing consumer interest and popularity of probiotic products and the medical community’s recognition of probiotics’ benefits in promoting digestive health.

“Yovation provides all of the great taste people want in a frozen yogurt with the added benefits probiotics provide,” said Laura Hindulak, Pierre’s director of marketing. “Consumers are looking for other ways of getting probiotics into their diet, and Yovation is positioned to fill that role.”

Yovation comes in six flavors: Cookie Fudge Crunch, Double Fudge Brownie, Toasted Almond, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Honey Granola, and Vanilla with Hola Fruita! Pomegranate & Blueberry Sherbet.

Made by Pierre’s Ice Cream Company, a quart of Yovation sells for $4.79 – $4.99.

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General Mills elects former P&G executive to board of directors

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS General Mills elected R. Kerry Clark to its board of directors Tuesday.

Clark is chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health, Inc. He joined the pharmaceuticals and medical supplies distributor in 2006 as president and CEO. Previously, Clark was vice chairman of the board of The Procter & Gamble Company with responsibility for its $20 billion Family Health business. Over a 32-year career at Procter & Gamble, Clark held a variety of senior executive roles, including extensive international operating responsibilities.

Clark’s election to the General Mills board increases the number of directors to 14.

In related news, General Mills declared a quarterly dividend at the rate of $.43-per-share, payable May 1, while the dividend will be paid to shareholders of record April 9.

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