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Marley Coffee appoints VP sales for Canada market

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — As part of its international expansion efforts, Marley Coffee has added Canterbury Coffee’s former director of business development to its team.

In his new role, Raymond Pahlad will serve as VP sales for Canada and will be responsible for Canadian sales and marketing, including spearhead sales and marketing programs across all channels, including retail distribution, foodservice and office coffee service. In Canada, Marley Coffee currently offers six varieties of its whole bean coffee, packed in 12-oz. bags, as well as single-serve pods for home, office and foodservice. The company expects to expand distribution of its Marley Coffee organic ground line into Canada in 2012.

"With Ray’s extensive background in consumer product management and his existing knowledge of our brand, we’re thrilled to have him join the Marley Coffee team," said Brent Toevs, CEO, Marley Coffee. "We see tremendous growth opportunity in Canada and Ray knows the market as well as anyone in the industry. We’re grateful to our friends at Canterbury Coffee for supporting Ray’s decision to join us and we look forward to working with them on continued success."

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Hello Kitty gets sweet treatment

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Taste of Nature is rolling out Hello Kitty-branded candies this spring.

The lineup includes Hello Kitty sprinkle cupcake treats, Hello Kitty chocolate brownie treats and Hello Kitty chocolate chip cookie dough treats — which are all available in 3.1-oz. theater boxes — as well as Hello Kitty cotton candy, which contains two flavors in each bag: blue raspberry and pink vanilla.

The Hello Kitty theater boxes and cotton candy carry a suggested retail price range from $1.29 to $1.49.

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Hawaiian Kettle Style Chips launches mango habanero flavor

BY Allison Cerra

MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. — Hawaiian Kettle Style Chips, a Pinnacle Foods brand, has expanded its lineup to include a new flavor.

Inspired by Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, these mango habanero chips are seasoned with the fiery heat of habanero peppers and the sweetness of mangoes.

The chips will be available at select retailers this month. Hawaiian Kettle Style Chips are available in a range of sizes, including 2-oz. bags, which tout a suggested retail price range of 99 cents to $1.29; 8-oz. bags (SRP range from $2.99 to $3.49) and 16-oz. bags (SRP range from $4.79 to $5.29).

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