Russell Stover Hires New CEO

Russell Stover Chocolates, Kansas City Mo., has named Andrew Deister president and CEO, reports say. Deister replaces Andreas Pfluger, who became CEO after the brand was purchased by Lindt & Sprüngli in 2014. Pfluger will continue to oversee company’s NAFTA region.

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M&M’S Launch Gets Mass Support

Mars Inc.’s caramel-filled M&M’s recently hit shelves across the U.S.  The manufacturer focused heavily on mass merchants for the debut, giving Meijer an early launch window and Walmart an extensive P-O-P program.

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Campbell Soup Co. Rolls Out Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Thin & Crispy Cookies

Campbell Soup Co. is rolling out Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Thin & Crispy, a line of cookies inspired by homemade cookie recipes and made with only nine to 12 real ingredients, depending on the flavor. The ingredients include baking soda, brown sugar, butter, cage-free eggs, chocolate, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and salt. The three varieties of cookies are Dark Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip and Triple Chocolate Chip. A package has a suggested retail price of $3.49.

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