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PepsiCo shuffles executives

BY Allison Cerra

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo on Wednesday announced several executive changes at its company, including a new CEO of PepsiCo Beverages Americas.

Frito-Lay North America president and CEO Al Carey was named CEO of the PepsiCo Beverages Americas unit, effective immediately. In his new role, Carey, a 30-year PepsiCo veteran, will be responsible for all aspects of the beverage businesses in the Americas. He will report to PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.

Meanwhile, the beverage unit’s current leader, Massimo d’Amore, will retain responsibility for the North American Gatorade and Tropicana businesses, as well as the Latin American beverage business, and will report to Carey. Additionally, d’Amore will continue to lead the Global Beverages Group as president. In this capacity, he will report to Nooyi.

Succeeding Carey at Frito-Lay North America president is Tom Greco, who most recently served as Pepsi Beverages Co. EVP and chief commercial officer.

"The appointments we’ve made today reflect the depth of our management bench, the quality of our leaders, and will lead to a seamless transition," Nooyi said.

In related news, PepsiCo also announced the retirement of Pepsi Beverages Co. CEO Eric Foss, effective Dec. 9. Foss has served in this capacity since February 2010.

 

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Five Point Snacks salutes U.S. Armed Forces

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — A new line of snacks is hitting the East Coast market this month.

Five Point Snacks celebrates the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and touts military-themed graphics on its packaging, the company said. The lineup includes Major Murphy’s kettle cooked potato chips, Sailor Knots mini pretzel knots, Flotilla Tortillas whole grain white corn tortilla chips, G.I. Crunches strong cheddar cheese twists and Airmen Popcorn classic American white popcorn.

Five Point Snacks are sold at all Duane Reade stores throughout metro New York, with additional retail distribution planned in the coming months. The brand, which officially will launch on Veteran’s Day this year, also will donate a minimum of 11% of its profits to organizations that support, care for and benefit veterans. For more information, visit Fivepointsnacks.com.

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GMDC announces conference date changes

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — GMDC announced several conference date changes effective 2013 during its Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference held here this past weekend.

The HBW event will move to spring, and the GM Conference will take place in the fall.

Future conference dates are as follows:

  • 2013 HBW Marketing Conference May 31 to June 3 in San Antonio;

  • 2013 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 6 to 10 in Phoenix;

  • 2014 HBW Marketing Conference May 30 to June 2 in Orlando, Fla.;

  • 2014 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 5 to 9 in San Antonio;

  • 2015 HBW Marketing Conference May 29 to June 1 in Orlando, Fla.; and

  • 2015 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 18 to 22 in Phoenix.

“The change in timing is a better fit for our retailers’, wholesalers’ and suppliers’ strategic planning and category review time frames," stated GMDC president and CEO Dave McConnell. "GMDC’s board of directors confirmed that these changes would ensure greater opportunities and synergies for our members.”

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