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Peggy Davies Named Acting President of PLMA

The board of directors of the Private Label Manufacturers Association, New York, has named Peggy Davies acting president of the Association. Her appointment follows the death of Brian Sharoff, president, who passed away last month after a brief illness. Since 2016, Davies served as PLMA vp of association relations. Davies joined PLMA as vp in […]

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This year’s convention of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association ( is still set for Oct. 19-20, but it will be a virtual event because of ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made June 1 by Skip Shaw, president and CEO of the Harrisburg, Pa.-based association. “With more flexibility, lower registration […]

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Brian Sharoff, President of PLMA, Dies at 77

Brian Sharoff, president of the Private Label Manufacturers Association, died on Saturday, May 23, after a brief illness. He was 77. A private service for Brian will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM at Mount Hebron Cemetery, 130-04 Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, New York 11367. Fond memories and expressions […]

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Smithfield Hit with False Advertising Suit

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Organic Consumers Association today announced that it has sued Smithfield Foods for falsely advertising Smithfield pork products as the “safest” U.S. pork products. The complaint was filed on behalf of OCA by Richman Law Group in D.C. Superior Court, under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act. “Consumers are unlikely to know that the USDA […]

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TWIX® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream Bars are packed with creamy vanilla ice cream mixed with chocolate cookie pieces, topped with crunchy chocolate cookies.

Twix Rolls Out Cookies & Creme Ice Cream Bar

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mars has rolled out TWIX® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream Bar, inspired by the TWIX Cookies & Creme Chocolate Candy Bar. It features creamy vanilla ice cream mixed with chocolate cookie pieces, topped with crunchy chocolate cookies. The ice cream bars are available nationwide at mass, grocery and […]

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COVID Impact Cited in Closing of RSG Plant in Miss.

NEW ALBANY, MS (May 19, 2020) – Refrigerated Solutions Group (“RSG”) today announced that after a full review of its business opportunities, market conditions and other options, it reached the difficult but necessary decision to begin the process of permanently closing its manufacturing facility located in New Albany, Mississippi. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused […]

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IRI CPG Supply Index Debuts

Latest Innovation Within IRI’s COVID-19-Related Offerings Measures Product Supply Levels Both in Absolute Terms and Relative to Pre-COVID Levels CHICAGO — May 18, 2020 — IRI®, a global leader in innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail and media companies, today announced the addition of the IRI CPG Supply Index™ to its online COVID-19 Info Portal and […]

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Enlightened Launches Fruit Infusions Frozen Bars

New York-based Enlightened ( has introduced Fruit Infusions, said to be the first-ever functional frozen fruit bars. They are infused with adaptogens and contain 3-5g of sugar, which is 70-80% less than other fruit bars. The naturally sweetened flavors are: WATERMELON + SOOTHE infused with turmeric, black pepper and rosemary, a trio known for anti-inflammatory […]

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Tropical Juice Sticks in Fruit Punch, Berry Punch and Tropical Punch flavors

J&J Adds Minute Maid Frozen Juice Sticks

PENNSAUKEN, N.J., May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — J&J Snack Foods Corp. is introducing Minute Maid® 100% Juice Sticks. They are available in two variety packs, featuring classic Minute Maid® flavors. Each 1.65-fluid ounce stick has 25 calories, 5 grams of sugar, and is free from many common allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, gluten […]

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