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Mintel Group names VP beauty, personal care division for U.S., Canada

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Mintel Group, a supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence, has named Katie Gross as VP beauty and personal care division for the United States and Canada, based in Chicago.

This new position will report to Jane Henderson, global president of the beauty and personal care division.

As VP America and Canada, Gross will direct the published and custom business. Her experience includes the beauty industry and consumer research. Gross rejoins Mintel from Toluna, a global online panel company.

For the three years prior to her four-year tenure at Toluna, Gross held an increasingly responsible position at Mintel within the custom research department, managing board-level projects and key accounts. Before joining Mintel initially, she worked in marketing for many established brands.

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Zak introduces Toddler Go cups

BY Allison Cerra

SPOKANE, Wash. — Zak Designs has created drinkware items for on-the-go toddlers that feature a valve that controls liquid flow.

Zak said its Toddler Go cups feature the patent-pending FloControl valve, designed to cater to children as they age and require a more flowing drinking spout. Additionally, the cups are spill proof, dishwasher safe and BPA free.

Toddler Go cups will be available in Disney designs, including "Cars" and "Disney Princesses."

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Reports: Winn-Dixie CEO Peter Lynch stepping down

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Winn-Dixie CEO Peter Lynch is stepping down, according to published reports.

The Florida Times-Union reported Friday that Lynch would resign as CEO of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based supermarket chain, following its merger with Bi-Lo, but would remain for 60 to 120 more days until the merger is complete.

Following completion of the merger, Bi-Lo chairman Randall Onstead will step in as president and CEO, the newspaper reported.

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