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PepsiCo expands board of directors

BY Allison Cerra

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo has expanded its board of directors with a new member.

Bunge chairman and CEO Alberto Weisser will join Pepsi’s board, effective Sept. 14. Bunge is a global food, commodity and agribusiness company.

Weisser’s election brings the total number of directors to 13 and the total number of independent outside directors to 12. PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi serves as the company’s inside director.

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Navitas Power Snacks line makes retail debut

BY Allison Cerra

NOVATO, Calif. — Navitas Naturals has introduced a new line of snacks that combines nutrient-dense superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.

The company recently introduced Navitas Power Snacks — chewy, bite-sized treats that tout certified organic and raw ingredients. The brand currently offers the snacks in cacao goji and cirtus chia varieties. An additional flavor, blueberry hemp, will be introduced later this year.

Offered in an 8-oz. resealable and recyclable pouch for a suggested retail price of $8.99, Navitas Power Snacks are available at such retailers as Whole Foods, Wegmans and H-E-B, and at many online stores, including the company’s website, NavitasNaturals.com.

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With help from spokesman, Stride adds Whitemint flavor to lineup

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EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Stride spokesman and sports icon Shaun White has helped the gum brand boost its portfolio with a new product.

New Stride Whitemint marks the brand’s first-ever custom-designed, custom-created pack, the company said, adding that White helped select the intense mint flavor and was involved in the creation of the gum’s package graphics.

As the brand’s spokesman, White will participate in a Stride Whitemint TV ad spot this fall, as well as a variety of promotional activities related to the new gum.

Stride Whitemint will be rolled out now through September at stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $1.49.

"Shaun White embodies what Stride Gum is all about," said Maurice Herrera, senior director of U.S. gum at Kraft Foods. "He’s authentic, unexpected and groundbreaking, and we’re thrilled to have him representing us and being a part of this new product."

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