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Kashi launches soft-baked squares

BY Allison Cerra

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi has launched a new soft-baked snack that combines the company’s signature blend of seven whole grains with unexpected real food ingredients.

Available in chocolate and almond varieties, Kashi soft-baked squares combine cocoa, chocolate chunks and agave with sweet potatoes and black beans. The snacks are free of synthetic colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, as well as high-fructose corn syrup.

Kashi soft-baked squares now are available for a suggested retail price of $3.79 per box, which contains five individually-wrapped squares.

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Checkpoint Systems launches smaller theft-prevention label for health, beauty products

BY Michael Johnsen

THOROFARE, N.J. — Checkpoint Systems on Thursday announced the expansion of its Enhanced Performance Label offering.

The Micro EP PST (Postage Stamp) Label is the smallest label of its kind on the market. With a 1-in. by 0.9-in. size (2.5 cm by 2.3 cm), the new label has been designed to protect small, high-value merchandise, such as cosmetic products, which are increasingly being targeted by thieves, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer.
 
The Micro EP PST label provides protection with a 60% smaller footprint. The clear face of the label also allows for visible protection, showing that the label contains EAS.
 
Available in white, bar code and clear, the label can be customized with the merchandise brand and/or store name. It also is tamper-resistant, featuring a special adhesive which bonds to packaging, making it difficult to remove without causing damage and reducing its resale value.
 
“Today, effective security solutions should deliver more than just merchandise protection,” said Farrokh Abadi, president Shrink Management Solutions. “They should address retailers’ and brand manufacturers’ concerns with improving on-shelf availability, enhancing the shoppers’ experience and increasing sales. We have developed our latest Micro PST labels with these goals in mind.”


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SymphonyIRI Group names new president, CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — SymphonyIRI Group on Wednesday announced that Andrew Appel has joined the company as president and CEO.

Appel, who also joins SymphonyIRI’s board of directors, succeeds John Freeland, who moves into a new interim role as executive vice chairman and will remain on the board of directors until his retirement later in 2012.

"We are extremely pleased to have Andrew join SymphonyIRI to lead this next phase of our growth," stated Lawrence Benjamin, chairman of SymphonyIRI. "He brings to SymphonyIRI a strong track record leading global professional service organizations and deep experience in technology and operational excellence."

Appel has held a number of senior leadership positions for Chicago-based professional service firms. As chief operating officer at Aon, Appel developed and implemented a successful revenue growth plan for the company. He also led the team responsible for the $5 billion acquisition of Hewitt, solidifying Aon’s leading position in human resource consulting and outsourcing. Prior to this, Appel was CEO of two of the firm’s three global divisions: Aon Consulting, a leading benefits and human resources consulting firm, and Aon Benfield, the world’s largest reinsurance broker.

Prior to joining Aon, Appel was a senior partner at McKinsey & Co., where he advised leading global financial institutions on operational, strategic and organizational issues. Appel joins SymphonyIRI from Accretive Health, where he was SVP revenue operations.

Appel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he was the Henry Ford II scholar. He is an active board member at the Joffrey Ballet.


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