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East Africa Trade Agreement is Latest Big Step Forward

Thursday’s signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the United States and the East African Community (EAC) – a regional bloc comprised of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi – is a major relationship milestone.

MPOWERD Names CEO

3/5/2015 - In addition the CEO’s promotion, MPOWERD’s Board of Directors appointed Valarie Gelb as Chairman of the Board and appointed two new directors, Mark Sperry and Michael Pecoraro.

Hain Celestial to Acquire Empire Kosher Foods

3/5/2015 - Empire offers a full range of kosher antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken and turkey products including fresh tray pack, frozen, deli, fully cooked, gluten-free and organic products.

Top 7 Manufacturing Predictions for 2015

3/4/2015 - The IDC Manufacturing Predictions for 2015 identifies seven essential drivers that shape the IT investments manufacturers are making in 2015. These drivers are the keys to making short-term as well as long-term strategic decisions. Find out what will have the greatest impact on investment.

Top 10 Billionaires in Food & Bev

3/4/2015 - Taking a closer look at Forbes' 29th annual ranking of the world's richest is littered with consumer goods executives. Here, we take a look at the top 10 billionaires in the world across Food and Beverage.

Target Slashes Jobs, Invests $1B in Supply Chain

3/4/2015 - Target is strengthening its efforts to become a channel-agnostic retailer with mobile serving as the "front door" to its brand, while cutting thousands of jobs is part of a plan to save $2 billion over two years.

Estee Lauder Sponsors STEM Contest

3/4/2015 - The MIT Enterprise Forum of New York announced the launch of the second annual Dream it. Code it. Win it. contest. The student coding competition rewards and promotes creativity, diversity and literacy in the field of computer science. Estee Lauder will sponsor the women's prize.

Kimberly-Clark CFO Announces Retirement

3/4/2015 - CFO of Kimberly-Clar, Mark Buthman, announced his plans to retire at the end of 2015, after 33 years with the company. Maria Henry will be his successor and serve as SVP and CFO effective April 27 for a smooth transition.

Southern Wine & Spirits Reveal New Exec Roles

3/4/2015 - Southern Wine & Spirits announced two key appointments within the company last week: Barry Goldberg will serve as SVP commercial & operations value management and realization, and Ann Dozier will serve as SVP and CIO.

Mondelez Sells Japanese Coffee Venture to Ajinomoto

3/3/2015 - Mondelez International will sell its 50 percent interest in Ajinomoto General Foods to its joint venture partner, Ajinomoto Co, as part of its ongoing efforts to further focus its portfolio on snacking products.

Hershey Appoints New CFO

3/3/2015 - In September Hershey announced the retirement of CFO David Tacka. Last week the company named Patricia Little to succeed him, effective March 16.

Top 6 Retail Trends to Watch in 2015

2/26/2015 - 2014 was an exciting year in retail. Consumers are back, new technologies are blossoming, and omnichannel content curation is a top priority. Here are the Top 5 areas to watch in 2015.

Campbell's Top 10 Influential Food Trends of 2015

2/25/2015 - Campbell's Culinary & Baking Institute released its second annual Culinary TrendScape -- a trend report tracking the top 10 influential food themes for 2015, including Filipino Flavors, Regional Barbecue and Bread Revival.

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