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M&Ms and NASCAR search for most colorful fan

BY Alaric DeArment

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. M&Ms Racing and NASCAR announced Monday that they would reintroduce “The Most Colorful Fan of NASCAR” contest, between June 8 and Oct. 11.

The contest allows NASCAR fans to upload their most eye-catching photos to NASCAR.com. Each week will have winners who receive NASCAR-themed prizes. Five finalists will win trips to the Ford 400 in Homestead, Fla., in November and $100 gift cards for The Home Depot. The final winner will receive a VIP trip for two to the Richard Petty Driving Experience and a Tissot wristwatch.

M&Ms, a brand of Mars North America, has been involved with NASCAR for 18 years. Headquartered in Mount Olive, N.J., Mars has annual sales of more than $7 billion.

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MillerCoors announces new top appointments

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK MillerCoors, a joint venture between SABMiller and Coors Brewing, has appointed Andy England as chief marketing officer.

England became chief marketing officer of Coors Brewing in January 2006 after stints as vice president and general manager of snacks at Hershey Foods and as category vice president at Cadbury Schweppes’ Dr Pepper and 7Up unit.

Miller Brewing chief executive officer Tom Long will become president and chief commercial officer of MillerCoors, while the new partnership’s chief-executive position will go to Molson Coors chief executive officer Leo Kiely.

The joint venture, which antitrust regulators approved Thursday, is expected to increase competition for Anheuser-Busch, the largest brewer in the U.S. and second largest in the world in terms of sales. Some industry experts have speculated that Anheuser-Busch could come under pressure to mount a similar venture with Belgian brewer InBev, according to Bloomberg. InBev replaced Anheuser-Busch as the world’s largest brewer in 2006.

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Oscar Mayer launches Premium Beef Franks

BY Alaric DeArment

MADISON, Wis. Oscar Mayer has enlisted Broadway actor Mario Lopez to promote its new Premium Beef Franks. Lopez appeared Tuesday with Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile in New York’s Times Square to offer samples of the new hot dogs.

Oscar Mayer makes the hot dogs with high-quality cuts of beef, as well as spices. They have no artificial flavors, colors, fillers or byproducts.

In honor of the brand’s 125th anniversary, it is giving $100,000 to America’s Second Harvest. Following the presentation in New York, the Wienermobile will travel across the country to introduce the new hot dogs and collect donations for America’s Second Harvest chapters in the communities it visits.

Oscar Mayer is a brand of Kraft Foods.

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