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Rite Aid EVP human resources elected to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals board of governors

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has elected Rite Aid EVP human resources Brian Fiala to its board of governors, Rite Aid said Tuesday.

The organization, which raises money for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, elected Fiala, who began at Rite Aid in 2007 as EVP store operations and was named EVP human resources in July, at its recent annual board meeting in Orlando, Fla.

"Rite Aid has been a tremendous partner to our hospitals for 17 years, and we know Brian is a great addition to our board of governors," Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals CEO John Lauck said. "We’re looking forward to his contributions and appreciate the commitment Brian has made to help grow Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals."

Fiala’s roles at the organization will include development and fundraising. Rite Aid has raised more than $50 million for the organization since becoming a sponsor in 1994.

"Since joining the Rite Aid team, I’ve been so impressed by the passion our associates have for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, not only during our annual paper Miracle Balloon campaign each spring, but throughout the year," Fiala said. "It’s an honor to represent them on the board of governors, and I look forward to advancing the mission of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and helping the kids who need it the most."

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Ball boosts beverage can portfolio

BY Allison Cerra

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A beverage can supplier has introduced a new can in the North America market.

Ball said its 568-mL can (which is about 19.2 oz.) is 100% recyclable and is ideal for energy drinks, teas, alcoholic beverages and other premium products. The can touts a unique size, having the approximate height of a 24-oz. can and the diameter of a 16-oz. can.

With this introduction, Ball now offers more than 20 can sizes worldwide.

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NFL’s Jon Beason, Harris Teeter partner on Thanksgiving food drive

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Football League’s Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason will arrive at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to greet a Harris Teeter tractor trailer filled with product needed for a traditional holiday feast, the Carolina grocer announced Tuesday.

Harris Teeter is donating enough products for Beason and Harris Teeter associates to assemble 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner bags. After the bag assembly, Beason and Harris Teeter associates also will make a stop at the Boys & Girls Club Marsh Road chapter in Charlotte to personally distribute dinner bags to children and their families.

“It is important for families to have dinners together to make a difference in the lives of their children,” Beason said. “I’ve enjoyed holiday meals with my family for many years and am proud to be a part of a team that is not only helping fight hunger in the community but also making it easier for thousands of families to enjoy a holiday tradition.”

Each Thanksgiving bag will feed a family of four and will contain cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, soda, pie, rolls and ham. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina will identify and distribute the 2,000 Thanksgiving bags to emergency pantries throughout its 19-county region before Thanksgiving. Unemployment rates have climbed into double digits in several counties served by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, and emergency pantries and soup kitchens are reporting 30% to 40% increases in requests for assistance over this time last year.

“This is another great example of the many ways in which Harris Teeter provides for those in need in our community,” stated Kay Carter, executive director for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. “As one of our largest donors, they have helped us feed tens of thousands of hungry people.”

Vendors who contributed to the Thanksgiving bag drive include Heineken USA, Treasury Wine Estates, New York Packaging, Coca-Cola Bottling, Ocean Spray, Del Monte, Bruce Foods, Mt. Olive, General Mills, Idahoan Foods, Jessie Lord Bakery, Kings Hawaiian, Kraft Foods, Cargill and Mrs. T’s Pierogies.

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