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•  FMI – The Food Industry Association announced the appointment of Dan Ratner, most recently membership and business development strategist for Next Steps LLC,  as senior director of member services. 

•  Starbucks announced that Brady Brewer, the company's Senior Vice President, Digital Customer Experience, has been promoted to the role of Chief Marketing Officer.

Brewer, who has been with Starbucks in a variety of roles - including COO of Starbucks Japan - since 2003, will report to COO Roz Brewer (to whom he is not related).

KC's View:

 Is it just coincidence that two of the top people at a coffee company are named "Brewer?"