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US Foods announces changes to board of directors

US Foods Holding Corp. announced that Timothy R. McLevish has resigned effective immediately from his position on the board of directors after it was announced that he will become the executive chairman of Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. upon the completion of its planned spinoff. Because Lamb Weston is a significant supplier to US Foods, McLevish would no longer qualify as an independent director.

The company also announced the election of two new members of the board of directors

David Tehle retired in 2015 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dollar General Corp., a role he had held since 2004. Prior to Dollar General, he was chief financial officer of Haggar Corp. He is currently on the board of directors for Genesco and serves on the board of directors of Jack in the Box as an audit committee member and finance committee chair. Tehle will serve as the new chairman of the audit committee for US Foods.

Court Carruthers spent 13 years in senior leadership roles at W. W. Grainger Inc., most recently as group president, Americas, where he was responsible for the company’s operations in the Americas, as well as eCommerce and technology innovation globally. He is currently a director and audit committee member of Ryerson Holding Corp. and serves on the board of multiple private companies, including Follett Corp. Carruthers is a CPA, CMA (Canada).

“We wish Tim all of the best in his new endeavor,” Pietro Satriano, president and chief executive officer of US Foods, said in a press release. “I’m pleased to welcome David and Court to the Board. Both bring public company and audit experience, as well as a wealth of business and finance expertise.”

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National Mango Board gears up for its new era in 2015

As the year comes to an end, the National Mango Board is getting ready for its new era of development and transitions with Executive Director William Watson handing over the reins to Manuel Michel, the new executive director. The NMB is also armed with a new director of marketing, a new strategic plan, a new vision and new projects.mango

Michel has been on board since September 2014 working alongside Watson as he integrated himself into his new role. Today, the NMB has fully transitioned to its new executive director just in time for the holiday season and the beginning of 2015.

“Knowing Manuel will be at the helm for the NMB’s next chapter is reassuring,” Watson said in a press release. “Thank you for the opportunity and your support. I will miss everyone.”

The NMB also appointed Rachel Muñoz as its new director of marketing. She is currently overseeing marketing and public relations for consumer, nutrition, retail and foodservice programs, as well as managing trade shows and website communications.

“William created the NMB and brought together an industry with a unified vision for increasing mango consumption in the U.S.,” Muñoz said in the release. “He has set a solid foundation for Manuel to build on and I look forward to being a part of these plans to grow the success of the NMB.”

A new strategic plan has been set for 2015-17 that will provide the backbone of the NMB programs: marketing, research and industry relations. The 2015 marketing program will include ongoing consumer marketing strategies such as sponsoring of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. Ongoing marketing efforts will also include nutrition PR and marketing, retail marketing and promotions, and foodservice PR and marketing.

Research program efforts will focus on mango nutrition and health, as well as an increased focus on mango quality and postharvest practices research.

The Industry Relations program will work toward enhancing industry communication and preparedness to create a unified mango industry. This program will also focus on the Continuance Referendum — to be be held April 6-17, 2015 — where mango industry members will have the chance to vote on the NMB’s continuation.

These programs will work together to accomplish the NMB’s mission, which is to increase consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. through innovative research and promotional activities, while fostering a thriving industry.

The NMB has also updated its vision statement: To bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S. Lastly, the NMB website, www.mango.org, redesign will be launching in 2015. The new intuitive design will allow consumers and industry members to navigate the site easier and will be fully responsive with mobile phones and tablets.

“It has been an honor to work with William and to have him as a mentor for the last four months,” Michel said. “He has been a great leader for the mango industry and has paved the road for years ahead. 2015 and the next two years that follow will be very significant to the NMB and the mango industry as we continue to expand our programs and implement new initiatives.”

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National Mango Board gears up for its new era in 2015

As the year comes to an end, the National Mango Board is getting ready for its new era of development and transitions with Executive Director William Watson handing over the reins to Manuel Michel, the new executive director. The NMB is also armed with a new director of marketing, a new strategic plan, a new vision and new projects.mango

Michel has been on board since September 2014 working alongside Watson as he integrated himself into his new role. Today, the NMB has fully transitioned to its new executive director just in time for the holiday season and the beginning of 2015.

“Knowing Manuel will be at the helm for the NMB’s next chapter is reassuring,” Watson said in a press release. “Thank you for the opportunity and your support. I will miss everyone.”

The NMB also appointed Rachel Muñoz as its new director of marketing. She is currently overseeing marketing and public relations for consumer, nutrition, retail and foodservice programs, as well as managing trade shows and website communications.

“William created the NMB and brought together an industry with a unified vision for increasing mango consumption in the U.S.,” Muñoz said in the release. “He has set a solid foundation for Manuel to build on and I look forward to being a part of these plans to grow the success of the NMB.”

A new strategic plan has been set for 2015-17 that will provide the backbone of the NMB programs: marketing, research and industry relations. The 2015 marketing program will include ongoing consumer marketing strategies such as sponsoring of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. Ongoing marketing efforts will also include nutrition PR and marketing, retail marketing and promotions, and foodservice PR and marketing.

Research program efforts will focus on mango nutrition and health, as well as an increased focus on mango quality and postharvest practices research.

The Industry Relations program will work toward enhancing industry communication and preparedness to create a unified mango industry. This program will also focus on the Continuance Referendum — to be be held April 6-17, 2015 — where mango industry members will have the chance to vote on the NMB’s continuation.

These programs will work together to accomplish the NMB’s mission, which is to increase consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. through innovative research and promotional activities, while fostering a thriving industry.

The NMB has also updated its vision statement: To bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S. Lastly, the NMB website, www.mango.org, redesign will be launching in 2015. The new intuitive design will allow consumers and industry members to navigate the site easier and will be fully responsive with mobile phones and tablets.

“It has been an honor to work with William and to have him as a mentor for the last four months,” Michel said. “He has been a great leader for the mango industry and has paved the road for years ahead. 2015 and the next two years that follow will be very significant to the NMB and the mango industry as we continue to expand our programs and implement new initiatives.”

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National Mango Board gears up for its new era in 2015

As the year comes to an end, the National Mango Board is getting ready for its new era of development and transitions with Executive Director William Watson handing over the reins to Manuel Michel, the new executive director. The NMB is also armed with a new director of marketing, a new strategic plan, a new vision and new projects.mango

Michel has been on board since September 2014 working alongside Watson as he integrated himself into his new role. Today, the NMB has fully transitioned to its new executive director just in time for the holiday season and the beginning of 2015.

“Knowing Manuel will be at the helm for the NMB’s next chapter is reassuring,” Watson said in a press release. “Thank you for the opportunity and your support. I will miss everyone.”

The NMB also appointed Rachel Muñoz as its new director of marketing. She is currently overseeing marketing and public relations for consumer, nutrition, retail and foodservice programs, as well as managing trade shows and website communications.

“William created the NMB and brought together an industry with a unified vision for increasing mango consumption in the U.S.,” Muñoz said in the release. “He has set a solid foundation for Manuel to build on and I look forward to being a part of these plans to grow the success of the NMB.”

A new strategic plan has been set for 2015-17 that will provide the backbone of the NMB programs: marketing, research and industry relations. The 2015 marketing program will include ongoing consumer marketing strategies such as sponsoring of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. Ongoing marketing efforts will also include nutrition PR and marketing, retail marketing and promotions, and foodservice PR and marketing.

Research program efforts will focus on mango nutrition and health, as well as an increased focus on mango quality and postharvest practices research.

The Industry Relations program will work toward enhancing industry communication and preparedness to create a unified mango industry. This program will also focus on the Continuance Referendum — to be be held April 6-17, 2015 — where mango industry members will have the chance to vote on the NMB’s continuation.

These programs will work together to accomplish the NMB’s mission, which is to increase consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. through innovative research and promotional activities, while fostering a thriving industry.

The NMB has also updated its vision statement: To bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S. Lastly, the NMB website, www.mango.org, redesign will be launching in 2015. The new intuitive design will allow consumers and industry members to navigate the site easier and will be fully responsive with mobile phones and tablets.

“It has been an honor to work with William and to have him as a mentor for the last four months,” Michel said. “He has been a great leader for the mango industry and has paved the road for years ahead. 2015 and the next two years that follow will be very significant to the NMB and the mango industry as we continue to expand our programs and implement new initiatives.”

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National Mango Board gears up for its new era in 2015

As the year comes to an end, the National Mango Board is getting ready for its new era of development and transitions with Executive Director William Watson handing over the reins to Manuel Michel, the new executive director. The NMB is also armed with a new director of marketing, a new strategic plan, a new vision and new projects.mango

Michel has been on board since September 2014 working alongside Watson as he integrated himself into his new role. Today, the NMB has fully transitioned to its new executive director just in time for the holiday season and the beginning of 2015.

“Knowing Manuel will be at the helm for the NMB’s next chapter is reassuring,” Watson said in a press release. “Thank you for the opportunity and your support. I will miss everyone.”

The NMB also appointed Rachel Muñoz as its new director of marketing. She is currently overseeing marketing and public relations for consumer, nutrition, retail and foodservice programs, as well as managing trade shows and website communications.

“William created the NMB and brought together an industry with a unified vision for increasing mango consumption in the U.S.,” Muñoz said in the release. “He has set a solid foundation for Manuel to build on and I look forward to being a part of these plans to grow the success of the NMB.”

A new strategic plan has been set for 2015-17 that will provide the backbone of the NMB programs: marketing, research and industry relations. The 2015 marketing program will include ongoing consumer marketing strategies such as sponsoring of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. Ongoing marketing efforts will also include nutrition PR and marketing, retail marketing and promotions, and foodservice PR and marketing.

Research program efforts will focus on mango nutrition and health, as well as an increased focus on mango quality and postharvest practices research.

The Industry Relations program will work toward enhancing industry communication and preparedness to create a unified mango industry. This program will also focus on the Continuance Referendum — to be be held April 6-17, 2015 — where mango industry members will have the chance to vote on the NMB’s continuation.

These programs will work together to accomplish the NMB’s mission, which is to increase consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. through innovative research and promotional activities, while fostering a thriving industry.

The NMB has also updated its vision statement: To bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S. Lastly, the NMB website, www.mango.org, redesign will be launching in 2015. The new intuitive design will allow consumers and industry members to navigate the site easier and will be fully responsive with mobile phones and tablets.

“It has been an honor to work with William and to have him as a mentor for the last four months,” Michel said. “He has been a great leader for the mango industry and has paved the road for years ahead. 2015 and the next two years that follow will be very significant to the NMB and the mango industry as we continue to expand our programs and implement new initiatives.”

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National Mango Board gears up for its new era in 2015

As the year comes to an end, the National Mango Board is getting ready for its new era of development and transitions with Executive Director William Watson handing over the reins to Manuel Michel, the new executive director. The NMB is also armed with a new director of marketing, a new strategic plan, a new vision and new projects.mango

Michel has been on board since September 2014 working alongside Watson as he integrated himself into his new role. Today, the NMB has fully transitioned to its new executive director just in time for the holiday season and the beginning of 2015.

“Knowing Manuel will be at the helm for the NMB’s next chapter is reassuring,” Watson said in a press release. “Thank you for the opportunity and your support. I will miss everyone.”

The NMB also appointed Rachel Muñoz as its new director of marketing. She is currently overseeing marketing and public relations for consumer, nutrition, retail and foodservice programs, as well as managing trade shows and website communications.

“William created the NMB and brought together an industry with a unified vision for increasing mango consumption in the U.S.,” Muñoz said in the release. “He has set a solid foundation for Manuel to build on and I look forward to being a part of these plans to grow the success of the NMB.”

A new strategic plan has been set for 2015-17 that will provide the backbone of the NMB programs: marketing, research and industry relations. The 2015 marketing program will include ongoing consumer marketing strategies such as sponsoring of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. Ongoing marketing efforts will also include nutrition PR and marketing, retail marketing and promotions, and foodservice PR and marketing.

Research program efforts will focus on mango nutrition and health, as well as an increased focus on mango quality and postharvest practices research.

The Industry Relations program will work toward enhancing industry communication and preparedness to create a unified mango industry. This program will also focus on the Continuance Referendum — to be be held April 6-17, 2015 — where mango industry members will have the chance to vote on the NMB’s continuation.

These programs will work together to accomplish the NMB’s mission, which is to increase consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. through innovative research and promotional activities, while fostering a thriving industry.

The NMB has also updated its vision statement: To bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S. Lastly, the NMB website, www.mango.org, redesign will be launching in 2015. The new intuitive design will allow consumers and industry members to navigate the site easier and will be fully responsive with mobile phones and tablets.

“It has been an honor to work with William and to have him as a mentor for the last four months,” Michel said. “He has been a great leader for the mango industry and has paved the road for years ahead. 2015 and the next two years that follow will be very significant to the NMB and the mango industry as we continue to expand our programs and implement new initiatives.”

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National Mango Board gears up for its new era in 2015

As the year comes to an end, the National Mango Board is getting ready for its new era of development and transitions with Executive Director William Watson handing over the reins to Manuel Michel, the new executive director. The NMB is also armed with a new director of marketing, a new strategic plan, a new vision and new projects.mango

Michel has been on board since September 2014 working alongside Watson as he integrated himself into his new role. Today, the NMB has fully transitioned to its new executive director just in time for the holiday season and the beginning of 2015.

“Knowing Manuel will be at the helm for the NMB’s next chapter is reassuring,” Watson said in a press release. “Thank you for the opportunity and your support. I will miss everyone.”

The NMB also appointed Rachel Muñoz as its new director of marketing. She is currently overseeing marketing and public relations for consumer, nutrition, retail and foodservice programs, as well as managing trade shows and website communications.

“William created the NMB and brought together an industry with a unified vision for increasing mango consumption in the U.S.,” Muñoz said in the release. “He has set a solid foundation for Manuel to build on and I look forward to being a part of these plans to grow the success of the NMB.”

A new strategic plan has been set for 2015-17 that will provide the backbone of the NMB programs: marketing, research and industry relations. The 2015 marketing program will include ongoing consumer marketing strategies such as sponsoring of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. Ongoing marketing efforts will also include nutrition PR and marketing, retail marketing and promotions, and foodservice PR and marketing.

Research program efforts will focus on mango nutrition and health, as well as an increased focus on mango quality and postharvest practices research.

The Industry Relations program will work toward enhancing industry communication and preparedness to create a unified mango industry. This program will also focus on the Continuance Referendum — to be be held April 6-17, 2015 — where mango industry members will have the chance to vote on the NMB’s continuation.

These programs will work together to accomplish the NMB’s mission, which is to increase consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. through innovative research and promotional activities, while fostering a thriving industry.

The NMB has also updated its vision statement: To bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S. Lastly, the NMB website, www.mango.org, redesign will be launching in 2015. The new intuitive design will allow consumers and industry members to navigate the site easier and will be fully responsive with mobile phones and tablets.

“It has been an honor to work with William and to have him as a mentor for the last four months,” Michel said. “He has been a great leader for the mango industry and has paved the road for years ahead. 2015 and the next two years that follow will be very significant to the NMB and the mango industry as we continue to expand our programs and implement new initiatives.”

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National Mango Board gears up for its new era in 2015

As the year comes to an end, the National Mango Board is getting ready for its new era of development and transitions with Executive Director William Watson handing over the reins to Manuel Michel, the new executive director. The NMB is also armed with a new director of marketing, a new strategic plan, a new vision and new projects.mango

Michel has been on board since September 2014 working alongside Watson as he integrated himself into his new role. Today, the NMB has fully transitioned to its new executive director just in time for the holiday season and the beginning of 2015.

“Knowing Manuel will be at the helm for the NMB’s next chapter is reassuring,” Watson said in a press release. “Thank you for the opportunity and your support. I will miss everyone.”

The NMB also appointed Rachel Muñoz as its new director of marketing. She is currently overseeing marketing and public relations for consumer, nutrition, retail and foodservice programs, as well as managing trade shows and website communications.

“William created the NMB and brought together an industry with a unified vision for increasing mango consumption in the U.S.,” Muñoz said in the release. “He has set a solid foundation for Manuel to build on and I look forward to being a part of these plans to grow the success of the NMB.”

A new strategic plan has been set for 2015-17 that will provide the backbone of the NMB programs: marketing, research and industry relations. The 2015 marketing program will include ongoing consumer marketing strategies such as sponsoring of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. Ongoing marketing efforts will also include nutrition PR and marketing, retail marketing and promotions, and foodservice PR and marketing.

Research program efforts will focus on mango nutrition and health, as well as an increased focus on mango quality and postharvest practices research.

The Industry Relations program will work toward enhancing industry communication and preparedness to create a unified mango industry. This program will also focus on the Continuance Referendum — to be be held April 6-17, 2015 — where mango industry members will have the chance to vote on the NMB’s continuation.

These programs will work together to accomplish the NMB’s mission, which is to increase consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. through innovative research and promotional activities, while fostering a thriving industry.

The NMB has also updated its vision statement: To bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S. Lastly, the NMB website, www.mango.org, redesign will be launching in 2015. The new intuitive design will allow consumers and industry members to navigate the site easier and will be fully responsive with mobile phones and tablets.

“It has been an honor to work with William and to have him as a mentor for the last four months,” Michel said. “He has been a great leader for the mango industry and has paved the road for years ahead. 2015 and the next two years that follow will be very significant to the NMB and the mango industry as we continue to expand our programs and implement new initiatives.”

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National Mango Board encourages ‘Ripe and Ready to Eat’ mango program

The National Mango Board is moving forward with its Ripe and Ready to Eat mango program — a program aimed to provide U.S. consumers with a quality fruit that is ripe and ready to eat by the time of purchase. The NMB has done extensive research that shows that ripe fruit has higher acceptance rates within consumers.

The RRTEMP gives mangos a marketing advantage, eliminating the obstacle of consumers purchasing fruit short of its desired ripeness level, thus providing high-quality fruit. To identify a high-quality eating mango, the NMB has developed minimum maturity indices, proper fruit ripening protocols and fruit sensory descriptions to attract and satisfy consumers. Proper mango temperature management is one of the most important elements in order to have a quality ripe fruit that is ready for consumers to enjoy.

“Appropriate temperature management is an important component to improve consumers’ mango eating experience and knowing the opportunities of improvement is beneficial to the industry. Consumers continue to tell us they do not know when a mango is ripe,” said NMB Executive Director William Watson. “Our mango ripening program is designed to provide tools for the industry to consider if they want to develop their own ripening system. We have seen considerable growth of many other commodities that have been packed and shipped through a ripening program. There is still much more research to do but feel we are on the right path.”

After extensive research, the NMB in conjunction with the University of California Davis (Department of Plant Science), the University of Florida (IFAS Center for Food and Distribution and Retailing), Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and INIFAP in Mexico, developed a Mango Handling and Ripening Protocol. The Mango Handling and Ripening Protocol is designed to help improve mango handling practices in the United States, leading to better quality mangos, greater consumer acceptance and higher mango sales. Topics covered in the protocol include: Mango Maturity and Ripeness, Mango Temperature Management, Mango Storage and Transportation, and Mango Handling and Merchandising at the Store.

The NMB hosted a Mango Ripening Webinar on August 20, that expanded in detail each of the topics covered on the Mango Handling and Ripening Protocol. Speakers included Dennis Kihlstadius from Produce Technical Services and Wendy McManus, retail program manager at the NMB. During the webinar, the experts provided best practices and recommendations for stores and distribution centers that included improving temperature management at all distribution levels during transportation and storage, as well as mango displays at store level.

For more information on mango handling best practices, visit mango.org/retail/best-practices.

For a copy of the mango Handling and Ripening Protocol, visit mango.org/industry/production-and-post-harvest-practices.

The Mango Ripening Webinar is also available to view at mango.org/retail/best-practices.

                               

 

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BREAKING: Board offers path to return for Demoulas, but offer rebuffed

Saying “there is no reason not to meet in the middle,” the three independent directors of Demoulas Super Markets said Friday that they have made an offer to ousted president Arthur T. Demoulas and his staff to return to work at the beleaguered chain while Demoulas continues his pursuit of acquiring the company.

The offer would not return Demoulas to his role as CEO during this period, the board members said, but help to resume normal activities at the company, whose 71 stores have been rocked by three weeks of employee walkouts and consumer boycotts in protest of Demoulas’ firing by the board in late June.

Shortly after that offer was announced late Friday, it was denounced in a sharply worded statement from Arthur T. Demoulas, who suggested the board was seeking only to stabilize the company so as to sell it to another party. He called on the dierctors to instead accept his offer to take back full control of the company while a deal is finalized.

According to the board members statement, their proposed agreement “would allow [Demoulas] and his entire former management team, including all individuals who resigned or were dismissed, to assist the company’s return to normal business operations and people to get back to their jobs and lives. That agreement would not place Mr. Demoulas in control of the company during this interim period, but would instead retain the current management.”

“There is no reason to not meet in the middle,” the directors added. “Mr. Demoulas gets his management team back in place, associates can get back to doing their job, customers can get back to shopping and the company gets the breathing room needed to create an orderly and productive way forward.”

Arthur T. Demoulas was fired in late June after a year of tangles with the board, which is controlled by majority shareholders led by his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas. The majority shareholders in turn said they were seeking a sale of the company. Arthur T. Demoulas said he had offered to buy all of the shares he did not own but that deal has not yet been consummated. It was not clear Friday whether the board would still consider additional proposals.

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Demoulas board won’t reinstate CEO

The board of directors of Demoulas Super Markets on Friday confirmed it was in receipt of an offer to buy the company from deposed president Arthur T. Demoulas but failed to act to reinstate him in an executive position, calling for “normal business operations to resume immediately.”

The board met Friday in Boston while a rally took place near the company’s Tewksbury, Mass., headquarters. Workers demanding the reinstatement of Arthur T. Demoulas, who was fired as president in June, have staged demonstrations and calls for a boycott for more than week, crippling store operations for the company, operator of 71 Market Basket stores in New England.

“The Board acknowledges that it has heard from many stakeholders. The negative behavior of certain current and former associates is at variance with the company’s culture of putting the needs of the Market Basket customers first. It is now clear that it is in the interests of all members of the Market Basket community for normal business operations to resume immediately,” it said in a prepared statement.

Following the meeting the board issued a statement, saying the past month had been “trying,” noting the directors “appreciate the strain th[e] change of leadership has placed on our associates.” The board said it would welcome back associates committed to Market Basket customers, “[with] no penalty or discipline for any associate who joins in … a significant effort to return to the unparalleled level of performance and customer service that have been hallmarks of the Market Basket brand.” The board also said there would no change of the company’s compensation and benefits package.


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“Furthermore, the Board reaffirmed its election of Co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and James Gooch to manage the company in accordance with the company’s bylaws.”

The board said the offer to buy the company from Arthur T. Demoulas and the “Class B” shareholders met its deadline for a proposal. “Consistent with its fiduciary obligations, the board will evaluate and seriously consider this proposal, along with any other offers previously received and to be received. Following its evaluation of all of the offers, it will convey its recommendations to the company’s shareholders,” the statement said.

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Demoulas board won’t reinstate CEO

The board of directors of Demoulas Super Markets on Friday confirmed it was in receipt of an offer to buy the company from deposed president Arthur T. Demoulas but failed to act to reinstate him in an executive position, calling for “normal business operations to resume immediately.”

The board met Friday in Boston while a rally took place near the company’s Tewksbury, Mass., headquarters. Workers demanding the reinstatement of Arthur T. Demoulas, who was fired as president in June, have staged demonstrations and calls for a boycott for more than week, crippling store operations for the company, operator of 71 Market Basket stores in New England.

“The Board acknowledges that it has heard from many stakeholders. The negative behavior of certain current and former associates is at variance with the company’s culture of putting the needs of the Market Basket customers first. It is now clear that it is in the interests of all members of the Market Basket community for normal business operations to resume immediately,” it said in a prepared statement.

Following the meeting the board issued a statement, saying the past month had been “trying,” noting the directors “appreciate the strain th[e] change of leadership has placed on our associates.” The board said it would welcome back associates committed to Market Basket customers, “[with] no penalty or discipline for any associate who joins in … a significant effort to return to the unparalleled level of performance and customer service that have been hallmarks of the Market Basket brand.” The board also said there would no change of the company’s compensation and benefits package.


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“Furthermore, the Board reaffirmed its election of Co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and James Gooch to manage the company in accordance with the company’s bylaws.”

The board said the offer to buy the company from Arthur T. Demoulas and the “Class B” shareholders met its deadline for a proposal. “Consistent with its fiduciary obligations, the board will evaluate and seriously consider this proposal, along with any other offers previously received and to be received. Following its evaluation of all of the offers, it will convey its recommendations to the company’s shareholders,” the statement said.

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California Cantaloupe Board consumer sweepstakes builds on food-safety program

The California Cantaloupe Advisory Board’s Summertime Yum & Cantaloupe Fun online sweepstakes promotion is designed to draw more people to the organization’s website and social media properties to build consumer confidence and increase consumption of California cantaloupes.

cantlkeoLast year the California cantaloupe industry established a new mandatory food-safety program and launched an online education effort designed to increase confidence and boost consumption of California cantaloupes. The educational campaign is being partially funded through a USDA Block Grant provided to the Cantaloupe Board to help rebuild confidence in cantaloupe in the aftermath of the 2011 outbreak of listeria associated with cantaloupe from Jensen Farms.

“California cantaloupe farmers have such a great story to tell in the way we have utilized 20 years of university research to determine the safest ways to grow cantaloupes,” Garrett Patricio, chairman of the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board’s marketing committee, said in a press release. “Our new website and social marketing campaign are designed not only to tell consumers the story of our commitment to producing the best quality and safest cantaloupe, but we hope to encourage increased consumption of cantaloupe by engaging people in all the fun and delicious ways cantaloupe can be incorporated into a healthy diet.”

The Summertime Yum & Cantaloupe Fun promotion is tied to the California Cantaloupe Facebook page, where consumers are encouraged to explain how and why they are fans of fresh cantaloupe. Consumers can enter to win a $ 100 gift certificate to their favorite local grocery store. Prizes will be given three times over the course of the next two months.

The California Cantaloupe Advisory Board has a team of social media experts that is implementing the program and regularly sharing information via a host of social media sites, including Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ in addition to Facebook. A series of videos is also available on YouTube with information on the California cantaloupe industry’s mandatory food-safety program, as well as some quick consumer tips on how to safely wash, select, cut and store cantaloupe.

For those interested in the details of the food-safety program, a list of certified shippers is posted on the website and a copy of the food-safety audit checklist, which includes 156 checkpoints, is also available. Last year, the board launched a mandatory food-safety program that invites government auditors to inspect all aspects of cantaloupe production operations. Handlers who are certified under the program are required to be in 100 percent compliance with a set of science-based food-safety practices verified by government auditors. The program operates with oversight from the California Department of Food & Agriculture and utilized USDA-trained auditors.

During the first year of the program, 53 total audits were conducted with each including 156 food-safety checkpoints. In total, after examining 8,268 checkpoints in fields, packing facilities and coolers, government auditors found 4.3 percent that were out of compliance. All checkpoints are required to be corrected and verified again by auditors. Once a handler has achieved full compliance with all checkpoints it is considered “certified.” Only then can handlers utilize the certified seal on packaging and paperwork and the name of their company is posted on the public website.

“We are very pleased that all handlers achieved certification last year,” said Patricio, noting that this season’s audits are currently ongoing and that any new handlers will be added to the certified list as soon as their audits are complete. He encouraged retail and foodservice buyers to visit the website to ensure they are purchasing cantaloupe from certified handlers. “They should also visit our website and sign up to receive our newsletter so they can be notified if there are any de-certifications.”

Patricio also urged retailers to share the California cantaloupe website and social media sites with their customers. “Our board is very fortunate to be able to promote all of the fun and delicious ways to use and eat cantaloupe along with telling people about our strong food safety program,” he said. “Cantaloupes are such a great product and we are very confident that more people will become fans once they get to know us.”

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Brad Alford joins Unified board

Unified Grocers, Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, said Wednesday it has appointed Brad Alford, former chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, to its board as an independent, non-shareholder director.

Alford, who spent 32 years with Nestlé, retired in 2012 after nearly seven years as chairman and CEO of its USA division.

Brad AlfordAccording to Richard E. Goodspeed, Unified’s board chairman, “[Brad’s] deep expertise in manufacturing and distribution with one of the world’s largest CPG companies will add a valuable perspective to our board and complement the retail experience we gained with the appointment of Rocky Laverty in April.”

Laverty was president and CEO of Farmer Bros. Co from 2007 to 2011 and also served as president and CEO of Smart & Final from 1993 to 1998.

Bob Ling, president and CEO of Unified, said Alford’s appointment “reflects our confidence regarding the business prospects for independent retail grocers and our commitment to serving that market. Adding two such distinguished directors [as Alford and Laverty] in the space of a few months only strengthens the overall capability of our board.”

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Unified Grocers, Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, said Wednesday it has appointed Brad Alford, former chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, to its board as an independent, non-shareholder director.

Alford, who spent 32 years with Nestlé, retired in 2012 after nearly seven years as chairman and CEO of its USA division.

Brad AlfordAccording to Richard E. Goodspeed, Unified’s board chairman, “[Brad’s] deep expertise in manufacturing and distribution with one of the world’s largest CPG companies will add a valuable perspective to our board and complement the retail experience we gained with the appointment of Rocky Laverty in April.”

Laverty was president and CEO of Farmer Bros. Co from 2007 to 2011 and also served as president and CEO of Smart & Final from 1993 to 1998.

Bob Ling, president and CEO of Unified, said Alford’s appointment “reflects our confidence regarding the business prospects for independent retail grocers and our commitment to serving that market. Adding two such distinguished directors [as Alford and Laverty] in the space of a few months only strengthens the overall capability of our board.”

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Unified Grocers, Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, said Wednesday it has appointed Brad Alford, former chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, to its board as an independent, non-shareholder director.

Alford, who spent 32 years with Nestlé, retired in 2012 after nearly seven years as chairman and CEO of its USA division.

Brad AlfordAccording to Richard E. Goodspeed, Unified’s board chairman, “[Brad’s] deep expertise in manufacturing and distribution with one of the world’s largest CPG companies will add a valuable perspective to our board and complement the retail experience we gained with the appointment of Rocky Laverty in April.”

Laverty was president and CEO of Farmer Bros. Co from 2007 to 2011 and also served as president and CEO of Smart & Final from 1993 to 1998.

Bob Ling, president and CEO of Unified, said Alford’s appointment “reflects our confidence regarding the business prospects for independent retail grocers and our commitment to serving that market. Adding two such distinguished directors [as Alford and Laverty] in the space of a few months only strengthens the overall capability of our board.”

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Unified Grocers, Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, said Wednesday it has appointed Brad Alford, former chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, to its board as an independent, non-shareholder director.

Alford, who spent 32 years with Nestlé, retired in 2012 after nearly seven years as chairman and CEO of its USA division.

Brad AlfordAccording to Richard E. Goodspeed, Unified’s board chairman, “[Brad’s] deep expertise in manufacturing and distribution with one of the world’s largest CPG companies will add a valuable perspective to our board and complement the retail experience we gained with the appointment of Rocky Laverty in April.”

Laverty was president and CEO of Farmer Bros. Co from 2007 to 2011 and also served as president and CEO of Smart & Final from 1993 to 1998.

Bob Ling, president and CEO of Unified, said Alford’s appointment “reflects our confidence regarding the business prospects for independent retail grocers and our commitment to serving that market. Adding two such distinguished directors [as Alford and Laverty] in the space of a few months only strengthens the overall capability of our board.”

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Unified Grocers, Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, said Wednesday it has appointed Brad Alford, former chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, to its board as an independent, non-shareholder director.

Alford, who spent 32 years with Nestlé, retired in 2012 after nearly seven years as chairman and CEO of its USA division.

Brad AlfordAccording to Richard E. Goodspeed, Unified’s board chairman, “[Brad’s] deep expertise in manufacturing and distribution with one of the world’s largest CPG companies will add a valuable perspective to our board and complement the retail experience we gained with the appointment of Rocky Laverty in April.”

Laverty was president and CEO of Farmer Bros. Co from 2007 to 2011 and also served as president and CEO of Smart & Final from 1993 to 1998.

Bob Ling, president and CEO of Unified, said Alford’s appointment “reflects our confidence regarding the business prospects for independent retail grocers and our commitment to serving that market. Adding two such distinguished directors [as Alford and Laverty] in the space of a few months only strengthens the overall capability of our board.”

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Unified Grocers, Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, said Wednesday it has appointed Brad Alford, former chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, to its board as an independent, non-shareholder director.

Alford, who spent 32 years with Nestlé, retired in 2012 after nearly seven years as chairman and CEO of its USA division.

Brad AlfordAccording to Richard E. Goodspeed, Unified’s board chairman, “[Brad’s] deep expertise in manufacturing and distribution with one of the world’s largest CPG companies will add a valuable perspective to our board and complement the retail experience we gained with the appointment of Rocky Laverty in April.”

Laverty was president and CEO of Farmer Bros. Co from 2007 to 2011 and also served as president and CEO of Smart & Final from 1993 to 1998.

Bob Ling, president and CEO of Unified, said Alford’s appointment “reflects our confidence regarding the business prospects for independent retail grocers and our commitment to serving that market. Adding two such distinguished directors [as Alford and Laverty] in the space of a few months only strengthens the overall capability of our board.”

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