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Mondelez International names new CEO

BY David Salazar

DEERFIELD, ILL. — Mondelēz International has named a new CEO as current president Irene Rosenfeld steps down, effective in November. The company’s board has selected Dirk Van de Put as Rosenfeld’s successor. Rosenfeld will remain chairman until March 31, 2018, when she will retire and Van de Put will assume the role of chairman and CEO.

“The board and I are confident that Dirk Van de Put is the right leader to take us forward,” Rosenfeld said. “He is a seasoned global CEO, having lived and worked on three different continents, with deep experience and expertise in all critical business and commercial operations in both emerging and developed markets. Throughout his career, Dirk has had a proven track record of driving top-line and category growth, while at the same time improving cost structures and profitability. And he has achieved these results with a values-based leadership style and steadfast focus on people.”

Van de Put, currently president and CEO of Canadian frozen foods giant McCain Foods, has more than 30 years of experience in the food and CPG industry. While at McCain foods, Van de Put grew their net sales by more than 50%, generating more than 75% organic growth. He has previously held executive positions with Novartis, Groupe Danone, Coca-Cola and Mars.

“On behalf of the entire Mondelēz International Board, we want to welcome Dirk and are excited to begin working with him to lead the company through its next chapter of growth,” Mondelēz lead independent director Mark Ketchum said. “Our thorough, multi-year succession process has identified Dirk as the right leader with a distinct combination of skills and industry experience necessary to succeed as our next CEO. Our process was global in nature and thoroughly considered numerous highly talented internal and external candidates before making our final decision.”

Ketchum also thanked Rosenfeld for her service.

“We also want to thank Irene for the vision and leadership she brought to building this great company,” he said. “Under her stewardship, Mondelēz International has become the leading global snacking company, delivering tremendous value to shareholders. We are extremely grateful for her leadership and for agreeing to stay on as Chairman through the first quarter of next year, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.”

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Move over Amazon, Apollo Gum has jet pack delivery

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER — By now you've probably heard of Amazon's plans to make deliveries with drones, but Denver-based Apollo Energy Gum thinks they have something more cutting edge. Over the past couple of weeks, Apollo has been making deliveries of their energy gum with a rocket-powered jetpack. On July 13, the Apollo JetPack made a delivery to re-stock the 7-Eleven at 18th and Welton here, surprising both the store manager and a handful of curious onlookers who happened to spot pilot Nick Macomber and his jetpack soaring through the sky.

Apollo also makes jetpack deliveries to everyday consumers, and previous flights include a personal handoff of Apollo Energy Gum to Jaylen Mosquiera at Ferrari of Denver, where he works as a salesman. Another jetpack delivery put Macomber in the middle of Downtown Denver with a perfect touchdown at the front doors of Denver's landmark Union Station.

Apollo says it is starting a worldwide tour of jetpack deliveries as part of a marketing campaign to promote Apollo Energy Gum, but they wanted to launch this groundbreaking service here in Denver, where the gum is manufactured, and where Apollo Flight Labs designs and builds its flying machines, including the world's first jet-powered flying motorcycle.

The Apollo JetPacks are the latest version of machines developed for the military in the '60s. These modern-day jetpacks don't produce any flame or carbon exhaust—only steam and oxygen—which makes them perfect for making energy gum deliveries. As soon as Macomber touches down, he removes a box of Apollo from a specially designed harness and hands it to the awe-struck customer.

Macomber, with over 450 flights under his belt, is one of two jetpack pilots for Apollo Flight Labs, also of Denver. The companies joined forces for several months to pair what they believe is the future of clean, fast-acting energy with the world's first jetpack delivery service.

Next time you hear what sounds like a rocket in the sky, it might just be Macomber and his jetpack making the next delivery of Apollo Energy Gum to your front door.

 

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Dove Chocolate explores sustainability with actress Minka Kelly in new video series

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — As consumers continue to cultivate an interest in not just what they're eating, but how it's sourced, grown and farmed, Minka Kelly visited Ecuador to shed light on the cocoa journey for chocolate lovers everywhere. In a new video series, the actress and foodie takes on the role of "cocoa discoverer" to uncover not only how Dove Chocolate experts select and roast the highest quality cocoa beans, but also how the company supports the farmers and sustainable farming methods.

"Discovering how and where my food is sourced is extremely important to me – and after visiting the cocoa farms in Ecuador, it's clearly a passion I share with Dove Chocolate," Kelly stated. "It was amazing to see where chocolate comes from, but more importantly, to meet the farmers who take great pride in the cocoa they have been growing for generations."

Directed by emerging filmmaker Pamela Romanowsky in partnership with Refinery29, the videos provide consumers with a glimpse into the origins of Dove Chocolate.

Dove Chocolate has pledged by 2020 to source 100% of its cocoa from certified sources which in turn promotes the well-being of cocoa farmers. As part of this pledge, Dove Chocolate recently donated more than $1 million in partnership with Care to empower female cocoa farmers in West Africa, where 70% of the world's cocoa is sourced.  

"With the help of Minka Kelly, we want to show the great care that goes into making Dove Chocolate to ensure its signature taste starting from the farmers we work with. How we source and roast each bean in Dove Chocolate is important to us," commented Kerry Cavanaugh, brand director, Dove Chocolate, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. "Our consumers want to know that the chocolate they enjoy is not only responsibly sourced, but that the well-being of the farmers is a priority."
 

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