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Morton Salt names new CEO

BY Drug Store News Team

CHICAGO — Morton Salt, part of the K+S Group, has announced that Christian Herrmann, currently head of investor relations for K+S, will succeed Mark Roberts as CEO of Morton Salt. Roberts has been appointed as a member of the board of executive eirectors of K+S, effective Oct. 1, 2012.

"It has been a privilege to serve the passionate people of Morton Salt, as well as the iconic business and brands they represent," Roberts said. "While I may be taking on a new role, I will remain involved with Morton Salt as I focus on building the broader global salt business for K+S."

Norbert Steiner, chairman of the board of executive directors of K+S Group, noted, "As we look ahead to the transition, Morton Salt will remain in very capable hands. Christian’s global business insights and strategic thinking will deliver significant value for the future of Morton Salt."

Herrmann, 38, joined K+S in 2002 as manager in the investor relations department, becoming head of that department in 2005, and has been credited with having shaped K+S’ reputation and perception among international investors and analysts.

"Morton Salt has a long, rich history in the marketplace and I am honored to have been appointed as its CEO," Herrmann said. "I am thrilled about joining the team in Chicago and working together to inspire and maintain the company’s legacy of success."

Roberts, 48, has been a part of K+S for more than 20 years. He was named CEO of Morton Salt in October 2009, following K+S’ acquisition of the company. In his new role, Roberts will be responsible for K+S’ global salt business segment with operations in North America, South America and Europe.

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Smart Balance launches line of better-for-you butter-based spreads

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PARAMUS, N.J. — Smart Balance has introduced a new line of blended butter spreads, with 40% less saturated fat, made from a unique blend of butter and canola oil, plus EPA/DHA & ALA Omega-3s and naturally sourced plant sterols that help block the cholesterol in butter.

"We’re excited to produce another flavorful, high-quality product in support of those seeking a heart-healthier lifestyle," said Steve Hughes, Smart Balance chairman and CEO. "These spreadable butters combine great taste with added benefits in a soft butter that’s easy to spread."

The new heart-healthier butter spreads include Smart Balance Butter & Canola Oil Blend, Light Butter & Canola Oil Blend and Butter & Canola and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend. The spreadable butters come in 7.5-oz. containers.

"This is truly a unique product in the marketplace," said registered dietitian Tammi Hancock. "Smart Balance Spreadable Butter has absolutely no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, [has] 0 grams trans fat naturally and, unlike regular butter, it has a naturally sourced ingredient that helps block the cholesterol in the butter."

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Kraft Foods outlines sustainability with lifecycle assessment

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Kraft Foods announced its use of lifecycle assessment, which measures the footprint of what goes into making a product.

Building on its multiyear footprinting project, Kraft Foods said LCA has been used to map its impact on climate change, land and water use, and are utilizing lifecycle thinking to uncover ways to eliminate waste in manufacturing, including reducing the amount of raw materials used at the beginning of a supply chain and to help measure how product and packaging innovations improve on previous designs. For example, Kraft has used LCA to confirm the design of the Kraft Yes pack salad dressing has a reduced environmental impact, using 60% less plastic packaging than the previous container.

Additionally, as part of LCA, Kraft Foods also has used a proprietary tool called Eco-Calculator, which calculates the percentage of post-consumer recycled material in a given package design, along with the amount of energy and carbon dioxide emissions required to create the package. The tool is based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and packaging industry groups.

"Lifecycle assessment is an important part of our sustainability journey," said Roger Zellner, sustainability director for research, development and quality at Kraft Foods. "It gives us a competitive advantage, as we now have more insight into how to reduce our products’ footprints, find efficiencies and validate and explain those benefits to customers and consumers. Together, we’re focusing and working smarter and communicating better, which is good for the environment, people and our business."

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