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Palmer unveils early treats for 2008 holiday season

BY Diana Alickaj

WEST READING, Pa. R.M. Palmer Co., a leader in chocolate novelties, has unveiled a very early Christmas present to the public. For the 2008 holiday season, Palmer has produced 13 new items to sell.

Each item features colorful names alluding to all things Christmas, and also most notably has given in to the NASCAR craze with two new chocolate items. One is called NASCAR Blinkin’ Drinkin’ Cup, which includes peanut butter-filled foiled cars in a plastic cup. Each cup has the number of the most popular drivers’ cars, and each blinks with the color of the car when it was lifted. Another NASCAR chocolate is the NASCAR Stainless Travel Mug. This chocolate candy includes foiled cars filled with peanut butter that are packed into a stainless mug. The drivers that they feature are #20-Tony Stewart, #24-Jeff Gordon and #88- Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Other chocolates that consumers will be able to indulge in are: White Hollow “Flakey”, North Pole Pals, Double Crisp Praying Hands Card, Sno-fun mesh bag. Double Crisp Candy Bar, Double Crisp Widdy Waddles, Peppermint Patties, Mini-crisp Kringles, Holly & Berries, Holiday Wishes and the classic peppermint candy cane with a chocolate twist.

Consumers can find more information on these new creations at www.rmpalmer.com.

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Hershey’s new center creates jobs in Utah

BY Diana Alickaj

OGDEN, Utah The Hershey Co. has decided to build a distribution center in Ogden, Utah, creating about 125 full time-jobs.

According to published reports, Hershey is said to have earned $5 billion in revenue last year and employs a total of 13,000 people worldwide.

Hershey was given a financial incentive from Utah of about $2.6 million, and the company plans to invest about $39 million in the center. Construction is set to start in the spring.

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Muhtar Kent nominated as president of Coca-Cola Co. board of directors

BY Diana Alickaj

ATLANTA The Coca-Cola Co. board of directors has announced Muhtar Kent as their nominee as Director of the company for election at the Annual Meeting of Shareowners in April 2008.

Kent, who is president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola, will also accept his post as chief executive officer of the company on July 1, 2008. He has been working for the Coca-Cola Co. since 1978, and held the position of president of the East Central European division from 1989 to 1995.

In May of 1995, Kent was named president of the North Asia, Eurasia and Middle East Group. His role as president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola International in December 2006 led to his newly appointed post for the year 2008.

“It is a logical and natural step for Muhtar to be nominated to the Board of Directors at this time as part of our orderly transition to new leadership that we announced in December,” said chairman and chief executive officer Neville Isdell of Kent’s nomination. “It will give Muhtar several months to acclimate himself with his new duties as director in advance of becoming chief executive officer in July. The entire board looks forward to working with Muhtar as both a director and our new chief executive officer.”

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