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Royal Ahold, Nestlé CEOs to co-chair Consumer Goods Forum

BY CSA STAFF

Royal Ahold CEO Dick Boer and Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke are the new co-chairs of global packaged goods organization the Consumer Goods Forum.

The selection of Boer and Bulcke was announced in conjunction with the CGF’s Global Summit in Tokyo. The pair replace outgoing co-chairs Muhtar Kent of the Coca-Cola Company and Gareth Ackerman of Pick n Pay. Ackerman and Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, were appointed vice co-chairs of the forum.

Boer has been CEO of Ahold since 2011 and his career in retail spans more than 30 years. He was previously a vice co-chair of the forum. Bulcke has been CEO of Nestlé since April 2008 and has spent more than 30 years with the company.

“Ahold has been working with the CGF for many years, and we are honored to now be involved at such a high level,” said Boer. “The CGF is uniquely positioned to drive the vision of the industry and encourage real change. Its ability to bring companies together for the good of our customers makes the work of the CGF both relevant and important.”

“The forum is even more important in these pivotal times of economic and societal changes where our industry plays a substantial role and touches a vast number of people," added Bulcke. "There are many challenges in society today and we have to define priorities to work together in collaboration with the multiple stakeholders in order to bring sustainable solutions.”

The forum was created in June 2009 and is governed by its board of directors, which includes 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs and chairmen.

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Former Smucker sales exec new VP of global sales for OurPets

BY CSA STAFF

FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio — OurPets Company, a proprietary pet supply company, has promoted Tim Viancourt to the position of VP of global sales.

Viancourt joined the company in 2011 as national sales manager and has been responsible for oversight of sales in the Pet Specialty channel. Prior to his tenure at OurPets, Viancourt’s resume reflected more than 25 years of sales and management experience in the pet, food, drug and mass-market industries. Previously, he held positions at Bil-Jac Foods as vice president of sales and in sales management with the J.M. Smucker Company.

In his new role at OurPets, Viancourt will oversee all domestic and international company sales initiatives.

"The OurPets team and I are very excited to have Tim assume this critical role. His extensive business and pet specialty experience, proven leadership, and respected reputation within the industry will prove invaluable as we move the company into its next phase of growth," said John Silvestri, president and COO.

"We are very pleased to see Tim undertake this new challenge. His unique talents and unfailing tenacity will be vital to OurPets’ success as we launch our new market brand strategy, expand into new market segments and launch an extensive number of new, innovative pet products," added Dr. Steven Tsengas, chairman and CEO.

Viancourt is a graduate of Cleveland State University.

OurPets Company designs, produces and markets a broad line of accessory and consumable pet products in the U.S. and overseas. Its brands include SmartScoop, Play-N-Squeak, Flappy dog toys, Pet Zone and Cosmic Catnip.

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Hudson’s Bay has profitable quarter

BY Dan Berthiaume

Toronto — Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) had an overall successful first quarter of fiscal 2013 despite some sluggish performance at its Lord & Taylor banner.

The company reported gross profit of $356 million for the quarter ended May 4, up 4% from $341 million a year earlier. Retail sales also grew 4%, from $848 million to $884 million. Consolidated same-store sales increased 4% as well.

Lord & Taylor experienced a 1.4% same-store sales decline, but an 8% improvement at Hudson’s Bay helped offset it. The retailer attributed the impact of poor weather on Lord & Taylor’s declining traffic while citing strong performance of men’s apparel, ladies’ shoes, cosmetics, handbags, accessories and certain home categories, the continued growth of e-commerce sales and the company’s five Topshop/Topman stores as driving traffic at Hudson’s Bay. The company also primarily attributed its gross profit improvement to Hudson’s Bay performance.

“We are pleased with our first quarter performance," said HBC CEO Richard Baker. "Our strong sales growth can be attributed to several factors, including improvements in store productivity, increased e-commerce sales and our partnership with Topshop/Topman. These strategic initiatives drove gains at Hudson’s Bay, which continues to outperform its competitors. At Lord & Taylor, our sales performance was impacted by unfavorable year over year weather patterns."

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