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Lilly executive joins Chiquita’s board

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — An Eli Lilly executive was elected to Chiquita’s board of directors at the company’s annual shareholders meeting.

Chiquita said that Jeffrey Simmons, who serves as Lilly SVP and president of the drug maker’s animal health division, Elanco Animal Health, brings more than 20 years of management experience to his new role on the audit committee and the food innovation, safety and technology committee.

"It’s a pleasure to join the board of directors of a global company with such iconic consumer brands," Simmons said. "I believe my experience with branding and food safety at Elanco will have an important role in helping Chiquita achieve its mission and further create shareholder value. Just as I hope to contribute to Chiquita, I look forward to gaining from their deep understanding of the consumer retail food markets."

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WhoNu? cookies aim to provide nutritious treat

BY Allison Cerra

DENVER, Colo. — Suncore Products said that its new cookie brand touts 20 essential vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber.

WhoNu? cookies, which are available in soft and chewy chocolate chip, crispy chocolate chip, chocolate sandwich creme and vanilla sandwich creme varieties, claim to deliver 3 g of fiber and 20% or more of the daily allowance of calcium; vitamins A, B12, C, D and E; and iron in each three-cookie serving.

"Children are snacking more than ever and they’re snacking on nutrient-deficient foods with empty calories," Suncore Products VP marketing Mike Bloom said. "In fact, cookies remain the No. 1 snack item for kids ages 5 through 12 years, contributing to the more than $5 billion spent on prepackaged cookies each year in the [United States]. WhoNu? brand cookies provide an alternative to other indulgent, nutrition-poor treats on the market, offering kids a great-tasting way to fuel development and supplement other healthy eating habits."

WhoNu? cookies will be available at major retailers in July for a suggested retail price range of $2.99 to $3.49.

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Kellogg’s donates additional funds to disaster relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg’s has committed an additional $250,000 to disaster relief efforts in the Midwest and South, the company said.

The funds, which were donated from Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund to the American Red Cross, build on the company’s donation of $400,000 cash and its product commitment to hunger relief charity Feeding America to benefit disaster victims.

"We recognize the number and severity of natural disasters [are] stretching available resources for organizations aiding relief efforts," said Celeste Clark, SVP global public policy and external relations at Kellogg’s, and Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund president. "We are confident this donation will assist Red Cross with the critical services they are providing during this difficult time."

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