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Mars Completes P&G Pet Food Deal

Mars will also exercise the option to purchase P&G's pet food business in more regions to reinforce the company's strategic intent to build its presence in emerging markets.

Target Gains CEO from PepsiCo

8/1/2014 - As Target’s new CEO, Brian Cornell’s top priorities will be accelerating the company’s performance and advancing Target’s omnichannel evolution.

Nestle Creates a Learning App for Kids

7/31/2014 - Nestlé’s milk drink brand Nido creates a free interactive educational app to encourage children to read, stick to daily routines, like brushing their teeth and improve their memory and attention.

Mondelez Appoints Chief Growth Officer

7/31/2014 - The role integrates multiple growth drivers to accelerate the expansion of global innovation platforms, Power Brands and breakthrough technologies.

Crocs Appoints VP of Retail for NA

7/30/2014 - The exec comes most recently from Reebok and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the retail footprint in North America, including the entire fleet of full-price and outlet stores.

LeapFrog Names VP of Platform Marketing

7/30/2014 - The executive will lead LeapFrog's efforts to grow the company's existing platforms, while developing future engaging and educational experiences for children that broaden the LeapFrog brand experience with children and parents.

Danone Strengthens Presence in Africa

7/30/2014 - The partnership with East Africa’s leading dairy products group will significantly enhance the platform Danone is currently building in Africa.

Lifeway Foods Brings Kefir to Canada

7/30/2014 - Lifeway's entry into the Canadian market marks the company's second international expansion in 14 months, following the 2013 introduction of its frozen kefir products in the UK.

Dollar Tree Buys Family Dollar for $8.5B

7/29/2014 - On July 28, 2014, Dollar Tree, Inc. announced its intent to takeover Family Dollar for $8.5 billion. Will the merged company, with more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian Provinces, create significant competition for big box retailers, like Walmart?

NetSuite Wins New Customers in Pet Products

7/29/2014 - Companies announced include GameWear, Pet Head and That Pet Place, which are among a growing number of manufacturers, distributors and retailers of pet goods that are leveraging NetSuite.

Dassault Systemes to Acquire Quintiq

7/29/2014 - The acquisition of Quintiq extends Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to business operations planning and further enables its longtime goal of harmonizing product, nature and life.

CG Execs Say They Lack Digital Know-How

7/28/2014 - New research finds that more than half of business leaders place digital strategy and data analytics high on their agenda. Yet, 32 percent of respondents currently see themselves as having weak or no capabilities in these areas. Meanwhile, the supply chain was rated by consumer goods and retail executives as the No. 1 challenge for their companies — and is also the most likely to receive increased investment this year.

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