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• PepsiCo reportedly has named Seth Kaufman to be its new VP-brand marketing. Kaufman is the former VP-general manager of the Starbucks Joint Venture, and before that was director-media strategy and investment for PepsiCo beverages.

Kaufman succeeds Angelique Krembs, who becomes VP-field marketing and innovation for North American Beverages.


• The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), announced the appointment of Dr. Brian Bedard as Executive Director of the GMA Science and Education Foundation (SEF). Dr. Bedard is described as "a veterinarian, international agriculture and food safety specialist and senior manager with 30 years of experience in China, Southeast Asia, Africa, the United States and Canada .. More recently, he has been employed by the World Bank to manage international programs including the Global Food Safety Capacity Building Partnership, coordination of the global avian influenza program and evolving initiatives related to the prevention and control of diseases at the animal-human interface diseases in developing countries."
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