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Mars, Incorporated To Buy Significant Portion Of Procter & Gamble’s Pet Food Business In A Key Strategic Move

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– Mars, Incorporated agrees to acquire IAMS(R), EUKANUBA(R), and NATURA(R) brands for US$2.9 Billion in cash.

– Brands have strong strategic fit with Mars’ Petcare business: Acquisition complements Mars’ global Petcare portfolio.

– Transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and excludes the majority of European markets.

MCLEAN, Virginia and CINCINNATI, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mars, Incorporated and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) today announce that Mars has agreed to buy the IAMS®, EUKANUBA®, and NATURA® brands in major markets for US$2.9 Billion in cash. This is a significant strategic move for Mars Petcare to complement its large and growing global Petcare business.

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The companies expect to complete the transaction in the second-half of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals.

Mars Petcare is one of the world’s leading pet food and veterinary care providers and employs more than 35,000 Associates across 50 countries. Upon completion of the transaction, IAMS®, EUKANUBA®, and NATURA® brands will join Mars Petcare’s billion dollar stable mates PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD®, and ROYAL CANIN®.

Mars Petcare Global President, Todd Lachman, said: “We view the addition of the IAMS®, EUKANUBA®, and NATURA® brands as exceptionally strategic. This acquisition is a perfect fit with our Mars Petcare vision of making A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. The deal reinforces our leadership in pet nutrition and veterinary science, attracts world class talent and grows our world leading portfolio.

Paul Iams, an animal nutritionist, founded the Iams Company in 1946. His philosophies created very strong foundations for these remarkable brands which will now complement our existing Mars Petcare portfolio.”

P&G’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, A.G. Lafley, said: “Exiting Pet Care is an important step in our strategy to focus P&G’s portfolio on the core businesses where we can create the most value for consumers and shareowners. The transaction creates value for P&G shareowners, and we are confident that the business will thrive at Mars, a leading company in pet care.”

The geographic regions included in the acquisition, which account for approximately 80% of P&G Pet Care’s global sales, include North America, Latin America and other selected countries. The agreement includes an option for Mars to acquire the business in several additional countries. Markets not included in the transaction are primarily European Union countries. P&G said it is developing alternate plans to sell its Pet Care business in these markets.

P&G Financial Impacts:
P&G said that it will begin reporting results of the global Pet Care business as discontinued operations as of the April-June 2014 quarter. As a result, P&G expects to restate earnings of approximately $0.03 and $0.04 per share from core earnings to discontinued operations for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, respectively, leaving its fiscal year 2014 core earnings per share growth rate guidance unchanged. The company added that the one-time earnings impact from the divestiture and ongoing earnings per share dilution are not expected to have a material impact on fiscal year 2015 results. P&G said that net cash proceeds from the transaction would be used for general corporate purposes.

Media and Investor Contacts:

Jeanette Fielding- Mars Petcare Media Contact- 973.691.3536
Paul Fox – P&G Media Contact – 513.983.3465
John Chevalier – P&G Investor Relations – 513.983.9974

About Mars, Incorporated

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and CESAR®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food –UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA ® Coffee Roasters coffee, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.® tea, DOVE®/GALAXY® Hot Chocolate, and FLAVIA® brewer; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

For more information, please visit http://www.mars.com. Follow us: facebook.com/mars, twitter.com/marsglobal, youtube.com/mars.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

P&G Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release or presentation, other than purely historical information, including estimates, projections, statements relating to our business plans, objectives, and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectation and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.

Risks and uncertainties to which our forward-looking statements are subject include: (1) the ability to achieve business plans, including growing existing sales and volume profitably and maintaining and improving margins and market share, despite high levels of competitive activity, an increasingly volatile economic environment, lower than expected market growth rates, especially with respect to the product categories and geographical markets (including developing markets) in which the Company has chosen to focus, and/or increasing competition from mid- and lower tier value products in both developed and developing markets; (2) the ability to successfully manage ongoing acquisition, divestiture and joint venture activities to achieve the cost and growth synergies in accordance with the stated goals of these transactions without impacting the delivery of base business objectives; (3) the ability to successfully manage ongoing organizational changes and achieve productivity improvements designed to support our growth strategies, while successfully identifying, developing and retaining particularly key employees, especially in key growth markets where the availability of skilled or experienced employees may be limited; (4) the ability to manage and maintain key customer relationships; (5) the ability to maintain key manufacturing and supply sources (including sole supplier and plant manufacturing sources); (6) the ability to successfully manage regulatory, tax and legal requirements and matters (including, but not limited to, product liability, patent, intellectual property, price controls, import restrictions, environmental and tax policy) and to resolve pending matters within current estimates; (7) the ability to resolve the pending competition law inquiries in Europe within current estimates; (8) the ability to successfully implement, achieve and sustain cost improvement plans and efficiencies in manufacturing and overhead areas, including the Company’s outsourcing projects; (9) the ability to successfully manage volatility in foreign exchange rates, as well as our debt and currency exposure (especially in certain countries with currency exchange, import authorization or pricing controls, such as Venezuela, Argentina, China, India and Egypt); (10) the ability to maintain our current credit rating and to manage fluctuations in interest rate, increases in pension and healthcare expense, and any significant credit or liquidity issues; (11) the ability to manage continued global political and/or economic uncertainty and disruptions, especially in the Company’s significant geographical markets, due to a wide variety of factors, including but not limited to, terrorist and other hostile activities, natural disasters and/or disruptions to credit markets, resulting from a global, regional or national credit crisis; (12) the ability to successfully manage competitive factors, including prices, promotional incentives and trade terms for products; (13) the ability to obtain patents and respond to technological advances attained by competitors and patents granted to competitors; (14) the ability to successfully manage increases in the prices of commodities, raw materials and energy, including the ability to offset these increases through pricing actions; (15) the ability to develop effective sales, advertising and marketing programs; (16) the ability to stay on the leading edge of innovation, maintain the positive reputation of our brands and ensure trademark protection; and (17) the ability to rely on and maintain key information technology systems and networks (including Company and third-party systems and networks), the security over such systems and networks, and the data contained therein. For additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those projected herein, please refer to our most recent 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.
Source: Mars, Incorporated
Related stocks: NYSE:PG

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April 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Broadcasts the State of the Video Industry

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— Complimentary Frost & Sullivan Analyst Briefing shares analyst insight after NAB 2014, the world’s largest electronic media show

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
LOCATION: Online webinar
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/PfBkT0
SPEAKER: Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Industry Manager Avni Rambhia

With cloud-based workflows maturing to meet key scalability needs for the industry, impending disruption on the compression front by high efficiency video coding (HEVC), growing excitement around 4K and Ultra HD, and expanding revenue generation, online video is in an exciting phase of innovation and growth. At the same time, broadcasters and pay TV service providers worldwide are aggressively innovating to adapt their live linear and multi-screen offerings to today’s viewing preferences, even as digitization of broadcasting and cable continues to transform emerging markets. There is much opportunity and growth to be found in the video ecosystem today, for companies who are able to keep pace with ongoing disruptions and changes in an agile and differentiated fashion.

Frost & Sullivan regularly provides industry analysis on a number of video technology markets including broadcast and digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) video encoding, pay TV video encoding, and video transcoding for media and entertainment applications. This Analyst Briefing will cover key findings from Frost & Sullivan’s suite of video technology research for 2013, as well as the Digital Media research team’s impressions and conclusions from the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, taking place April 5-10, 2014 in Las Vegas.

Reasons to Attend:

Understand key technical trends in content delivery and monetization, and their impact on video encoding/transcoding offerings
Gain insight into worldwide market growth opportunities
Receive highlights related to the competitive landscape
Identify customer perceptions and requirements when choosing vendors and solutions

This briefing is designed to provide digital media vendors and service providers with an overview of key growth strategies in an industry that continues to see upheaval and disruption, not only in terms of technology, but also in terms of business models.

Analyst Quote

“Video encoding is a mature industry by any measure, poised to earn more than $1 billion in revenues in 2014,” said Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Industry Manager Avni Rambhia. “However, it is very much a nascent market in many ways, with digitization only just underway in many markets, and innovations like high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) and 4K resolution vying with bring-your-own device (BYOD), over-the-top (OTT) content, and TV everywhere to reshape major market dynamics.”

Registration

To register, click here or visit: http://bit.ly/PfBkT0

Supporting Resources

Attend Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Industry Manager Avni Rambhia’s NAB 2014 presentation, “Ten Factors You Must Consider When Choosing an HEVC Encoder,” co-presented with ATEME Chief Strategy Officer Benoit Fouchard and taking place at 9:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. More information: http://bit.ly/1pFvIOW

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
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April 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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Midamar celebrates its 40th year of doing business in Southeast Asia at Food and Hotel Asia in Singapore

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Midamar is exhibiting at Food and Hotel Asia now on at the Singapore Expo Center until April 11, 2014. This year, Midamar will be showcasing its new premium Halal Turkey Deli Meats at the Midamar USA Pavilion Booth 7B4-01.

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Midamar’s Halal brand offers consumers over 200 premium quality food products. The Midamar brand has had a presence in Southeast Asia for 40 years. Most recently the company has launched its premium halal turkey line in the region. In addition it has re-launched the premier halal choice USA beef brand, BSI in the region.

The Midamar Turkey Deli Line is part of the new line-up of healthy, sustainable, convenient and delicious food products available in Southeast Asia. The Halal Garlic and Herb Turkey Deli Meat won the 2013 Gulfood Award for Best New Frozen and Chilled Food. This year Midamar will be featuring its full line of Chunk Turkey Deli Meats. The line includes the award winning Garlic and Herb, Black Forest, Hickory Smoked, and Golden Browned Halal Turkey Breast. These Chunk Turkey Breasts are now in Deli Counters in major supermarkets in the USA. They are also being served in Delis, Diners, Fine Restaurants, Colleges and other institutions in America. The whole turkey breasts are lightly seasoned and cooked to perfection. There are no fillers or additives. The result is a delicious, tender, flavorful Halal deli meat that restaurants and deli counters are proud to serve to customers.

According to Jalel Aossey, Co-owner and Managing Director of Midamar, “Midamar has been doing business in Southeast Asia for decades. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our 40th Anniversary here in Singapore at the FHA Exhibition. From experience I can tell you that this show gets bigger and better every year. Not only are we introducing our new Premium Turkey Deli line here, we are also re-launching our BSI Beef Brand in the Southeast Asian Market. The BSI Brand is one of the first and most successful USA Choice beef brands in the market. There are many hospitality and retail distributors and buyers here at Food and Hotel Asia, which is great for a premium food brand like Midamar.”
Source: Midamar Corporation

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April 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm

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Rita’s Italian Ice International Expansion Continues With Master Franchise For The Philippines

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– Third International Agreement for 30 Year Old Popular Italian Ice Franchise will be Scooping Soon and Spreading Ice, Custard, Happiness in the Philippines

TREVOSE, Pa., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Rita’s Italian Ice®, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 stores, is proud to announce its plans to duplicate its success in the United States with its third international franchise agreement to expand to the Philippines. Rita’s has signed an international Master Franchise Agreement with the Philippines Cool Planet Delights Corp., a partnership of a group of businessmen, who plan to open five Rita’s Italian Ice stores simultaneously in Metro-Manila in July.

“Rita’s will do very well in our tropical climate where the weather is warm most of the year,” said Ted Castro. “Filipinos’ love for sweets and desserts had a big role in our consideration of becoming Master Franchisees. After opening a few in Metro-Manila we plan to open in Cebu and island resorts such as Boracay.”

Rita’s Italian Ice, which is celebrating 30 years in business, has been aggressively expanding across the United States and internationally through their franchise offering. Rita’s first international Master Franchise Agreement was for Canada and a second was signed for China last year. The Philippines agreement marks the third for the growing franchise brand. Rita’s has over 300 franchise agreements and stores in development including 85 stores set to open in the United States this year alone for the cool treat brand.

“We are very excited about our third international agreement, our terrific Master Franchise partners and our expansion in the Philippines,” said Jeff Moody, CEO of Rita’s Franchise Company. “Rita’s has worked from the very beginning to create a globally-scalable, incredibly flexible franchise model. After 30 years, our next logical step of growth is to continue introducing our unique and very popular brand to more international regions,” he said.

Rita’s is growing year-over-year in store count, sales and passionate Guests. “The international market is, without a doubt, a large part of the rich future ahead for Rita’s,” said Moody. “We have invested considerable time and money towards our international franchise outreach because we believe in the brand and the time is right for us to find more partners outside of the USA.”

The 30 year old brand is now seeking qualified franchisees all over the globe, largely due to its high-quality unique products and adaptability to international markets. For more information on purchasing your own Rita Italian Ice franchise, please visit http://www.ownaritas.com

About Rita’s Franchise Company

Rita’s Franchise Company, whose business is treats and mission is happiness, was founded 30 years ago, and is headquartered in Trevose, PA. Rita’s is the largest Italian Ice concept in the world, with over 600 stores in the U.S., and 85 more opening soon. Rita’s first international stores opened in China in November, and more opening soon in Canada and the Philippines. The thirty-year old brand is continuing to grow domestically and internationally. For franchise opportunities visit: http://www.ownaritas.com.

The popular chain offers a variety of “Cool Treats” including its famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily with real fruit, available in over sixty-five flavors including Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard, Sundaes, Light Custard, Frozen Custard Cakes, Custard Cookie Sandwiches made with OREO®, layered Gelati as well as its signature Misto® and Blendini® creations. Since 1984, Rita’s has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with their freshly made, delicious, custom treats, in a fun-filled atmosphere, and thirty years later, they are still spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness!” Get Rita’s. Get Happy!

Rita’s is ranked #1 in Nation’s Restaurant News “Consumer Pick’s 2014” for Service and Value in the Frozen Treat category and #1 among 18-24 year olds. Rita’s was named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal”, and ranks #81 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2014 Franchise 500” list. For more information about Rita’s Franchise Opportunities please visit: http://www.ownaritas.com or for more information please call 1-800-677-7482 or visit http://www.ritasice.com.
Source: Rita’s Franchise Company

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April 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

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OIA Global Bolsters Brazilian Presence, Adds Bellville Rodair International Office in Sao Paulo Market

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PORTLAND, Ore., April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OIA Global, a leading global logistics, packaging and material sourcing solutions provider, today announced an expanded global presence with a new office in Sao Paulo, a market that accounts for one-third of Brazil’s GDP — more than $800 billion USD.
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“Consistent with last year’s acquisition of Bellville Rodair International, OIA Global is continuing our growth strategy, allowing us to further build our infrastructure in one of the world’s fastest growing markets. Launching a new Bellville Rodair International office in the robust Sao Paulo market, better positions OIA to support existing customers and provide high-quality global, logistics, sourcing, and packaging services,” said Charlie Hornecker, CEO of OIA Global.”
The Sao Paulo office represents the latest step in the company’s ongoing expansion in South America. The Porto Alegre office opened 3 years ago and has handled more than 8,500 shipments to date. Just 6 months into operation, the Porto Alegre office won a prestigious Outstanding Logistics Supplier Award from AGCO, the world’s leading manufacturer of agriculture equipment.
“We are looking to capitalize on the growth of several business sectors in Brazil, including the Energy, Automotive, Fashion, Healthcare and Outdoor & Athletic sectors,” said David Ower, Managing Director of the Group.
About OIA Global
Since it’s founding in 1988, OIA has grown to become a leading third party logistics provider delivering clients a unique combination of global logistics, creative packaging and material sourcing solutions. With a dedicated staff of over 800 professionals and an extensive worldwide presence in over 75 countries, OIA designs innovative solutions that can optimize supply chains around the world. OIA is a part of LDI Ltd., a closely held, value-added holding company based in Indianapolis. Originally founded in 1912 to manufacture corrugated boxes, LDI has since acquired and developed interests in distribution, manufacturing and logistics businesses. Current holdings include Tucker Rocky, a distributor of premier power sport parts, accessories and apparel brands. For more information please visit http://www.oiaglobal.com.
OIA Global Contact
Alexandre Destro, Branch Manager
Bellville Rodair International Ltd.
Av. Engenheiro Luis Carlos Berrini, 1748 – Suite: 301
SP 04571-000, Sao Paulo
Brazil
+55 11 5102 2740
Alexandre.destro@bellvillerodair.com
Source: OIA Global

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April 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Piramal Enterprises and Merisant Sign an Exclusive Sales & Distribution Partnership for Equal(R) in India

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MUMBAI, India, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Piramal Enterprises Limited (“PEL”, NSE: PEL, BSE: 500302) has partnered Merisant India Private limited (“Merisant”) for an exclusive sales & distribution partnership in India for its artificial table-top sweetener, Equal®.

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Equal® is one of the world’s best-known artificial sweetener brands, and is number two in India in terms of unit volume sold. The deal enables Merisant to tap into Piramal Enterprises’ strong distribution network in India, and allows the Consumer Product Division to expand its offerings in the self-care segment.

Kedar Rajadnye, President & COO, Consumer Products Division, Piramal Enterprises said, “Backed by India’s largest field force (1000+), we are delighted to partner with Merisant to offer seamless distribution of Equal® in India. It brings a brand of international repute to our self-care portfolio. We aim to increase Equal®’s reach across the target markets to four times from its current levels within the first year. Equal® enjoys a strong brand presence, and this alliance promises to combine the strengths of both companies for the sole benefit of our consumers.”

Ayan Ghosh, Merisant Group’s General Manager for South Asia said, “This strategic alliance with Piramal Enterprises is an important step for us to broaden the reach of Equal® across India. We are leveraging Piramal’s excellent infrastructure in sales and distribution, and are confident of building a strong base for Equal®.”

Piramal Enterprises’ Consumer Products Division will exclusively distribute Equal® across leading chemists and general stores in India. The division has one of India’s largest field forces in the industry, covering 485+ towns with population of over 100,000. This gives access to 231,000 retail outlets including 100% of pharmacy and cosmetic outlets in these cities. The division has a unique capability of ensuring the availability of any new product in stores within 21 days of its launch.

In the last 6 months, PEL’s Consumer Products Division has acquired also Caladryl from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Both Caladryl and the Equal® partnership arrangement has a strategic fit to PEL’s OTC business and will help achieve its ambition to be a top 3 player in India.

For Media Enquiries, please contact:

PIRAMAL ENTERPRISES LIMITED
Akansha Pradhan / Riddhi Goradia
Corporate Communications
Piramal Group
Contact: +91-22-3351-4082 / 4083
akansha.pradhan@piramal.com
riddhi.goradia@piramal.com

PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY
Amita Burmen / Mugdha Joshi
MSL India
Tel: +91-22-3368-0408
Mobile: +91-9833047242/ +91-9820326645
amita.burmen@mslgroup.com
mugdha.joshi@mslgroup.com

About Piramal Enterprises Ltd

Piramal Enterprises is one of India’s largest diversified companies, with a presence in pharmaceutical, financial services and healthcare information management sectors. Piramal Enterprises had consolidated revenues of over $650 million in FY2013. In the pharmaceutical space, PEL is one of the leading custom manufacturing players globally, has presence in the global critical care segment with a portfolio of inhalation and injectible anesthetics and its OTC business is ranked no. 7 in India. PEL is also engaged in drug discovery & research and has a strong pipeline of development products. In the financial services space, PEL has a real estate focused PE fund – Indiareit and a NBFC that is focused on lending to real estate, education & infrastructure sector. PEL’s information management business, Decision Resources Group is a leading provider of information-based services to the healthcare industry.

About Consumer Products

The Consumer Product division is one of the fastest growing players in the Indian Domestic Consumer Healthcare Market. Piramal’s OTC business spans over the following segments – Skin Care, Female Health, Vitamins Minerals and Supplements, Analgesics, Antacids, Skin Allergy, Oral Care, Skin Inflammation, Anti-scabies and Kids Wellbeing. The leading brand in the portfolio includes Lacto Calamine range (Moisturizer, Sun-Shield, Reneu), I products (i-pill, i-sure, i-can), Saridon, Supractiv Complete, Polycrol, Tri-active, Itchmosol, Jungle Magic – Perfumes, Banditz, Tetmosol, Caladryl, QuickKool etc. The distribution footprint has been expanded to cover all the 485+ one lakh plus population towns across the country to ensure that the products are available at the nearest Chemist/Cosmetic Outlet on time – in full.

About Merisant & Equal®

Merisant Company is a global market leader in table-top sweeteners and seeks to make the world a little sweeter, and a little healthier, one serving at a time. The Merisant group manufactures markets and sells its Equal®, Canderel® and Pure Via® international brands and 11 regional brands in over 90 countries. Merisant Company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Equal is a pioneer in table-top sweeteners, having been launched in the USA in 1982. Equal® is currently available in over 38 countries and has helped millions of consumers lead a more healthy life. Equal is recognized as an acceptable part of a diabetes meal plan by both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). In India, the brand offers a comprehensive range of products that can almost completely replace sugar. Equal is available in India in the form of tablets, powders and sugar-like granules, suitable for consumption with beverages as well as for cooking and baking.
Source: Piramal Enterprises Ltd

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April 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm

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Wrigley’s DOUBLEMINT Connect Youth Through Healthy Sports

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Squash is a fast growing sport in Malaysia and a possible event in the upcoming 2020 Olympics. Dato’ Nicol David, the world’s No. 1 female squash player and 7 time world champion, has been a great advocate of the sport for young people in Malaysia — showing that through perseverance and dedication, they have the chance to also become top professional squash players.

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DOUBLEMINT is proud to sponsor squash academies in recruiting more talented and promising players, and encouraging talented juniors to start something fresh now! DOUBLEMINT loves conecting people via Doublemint Fresh Breath — so this event is a good opportunity to bring young people together for healthy activities.

Squash has the power to attract, mobilize and inspire our youth towards a healthy lifestyle. So, start to challenge yourself in squash and become a professional.

“DOUBLEMINT prepares you to encounter any possibilities…who knows, one day maybe you will be the next Dato Nicol David!” said Lai Yoon Chan, Marketing Director of The Wrigley Company (M) Sdn. Bhd.

About Wrigley

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies and lollipops. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company has operations in more than 40 countries and distributes its world-famous brands in more than 180 countries. Three of these brands — Wrigley’s Spearmint®, Juicy Fruit®, and Altoids® — have heritages stretching back more than a century. Other well-loved brands include Orbit®, Extra®, 5®, Skittles®, Doublemint®, Starburst®, Freedent®, Airwaves®, Life Savers®, Eclipse®, and Winterfresh®. Wrigley is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, based in McLean, Virginia. Mars is a $30-billion, family-owned company that produces some of the world’s leading confectionery, food and petcare products and has growing beverage and health & nutrition businesses. In Malaysia, Wrigley carries ten different brands of gums, mint and candies. These brands include Doublemint®, Extra®, Five Gum®, Juicy Fruit®, Spearmint®, Boomer®, Skittles®, Sugus®, Pim Pom® and Eclipse®

SOURCE The Wrigley Company

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April 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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RS Components and Fairchild Semiconductor Collaborate to Offer Evaluation Boards in DesignSpark PCB Format

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Collaboration provides DesignSpark Community with access to highly accurate and credible technical information from Fairchild, enabling faster design times
SINGAPORE, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, and Fairchild Semiconductor (NASDAQ: FCS), a leading global supplier of high performance power and mobile semiconductor solutions, have collaborated to create a set of complete reference designs for seven of Fairchild’s most popular evaluation boards.
The collaboration between Fairchild and RS marks a major milestone in the industry’s adoption of the Open Source hardware style.
Through this collaboration, the DesignSpark community of over 200,000 users has access to highly accurate and credible technical information from Fairchild, enabling faster design times. Consisting of full circuit schematics and PCB layouts in the industry’s standard DesignSpark PCB format, these evaluation boards are now readily accessible to every engineer for insertion as ready-made blocks – with full bill of materials (BOM), pre-populated with ordering data -directly into their electronics designs.
Engineers will be able to save design time be re-using the design examples. As a result, designers can rapidly introduce Fairchild technology with manufacturer’s recommended hardware setup into new electronic products. Additionally, they can freely modify the designs to suit their specific design requirements.
RS Components maintains a well-stocked inventory of nearly 2,000 Fairchild parts. All Fairchild parts stocked by RS are backed up by ModelSource PCB library files, allowing rapid integration into DesignSpark PCB, Altium, PADS, OrCAD and other popular ECAD formats. Further expansion of their inventory will eventually include the entire Fairchild product line and will be available from stock for same-day dispatch. Full coverage of ModelSource symbols & footprints is planned for all newly introduced Fairchild products.
About Fairchild Semiconductor
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) – global presence, local support, smart ideas. Fairchild delivers energy-efficient, easy-to-use and value-added semiconductor solutions for power and mobile designs. We help our customers differentiate their products and solve difficult technical challenges with our expertise in power and analog and mixed signal products. Please contact us on the web at http://www.fairchildsemi.com.
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View product and company videos, listen to podcasts and comment on our blog at http://engineeringconnections.com/blog/
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Fairchild Semiconductor Editorial Contacts:
Paul R. Hughes
Public Relations Manager
1-(800) 341-0392 X 3110
Email: paul.hughes@fairchildsemi.com
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 550,000 stocked products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com
Source: RS Components

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April 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

TOEIC(R) Program Launches New ‘Why English Matters’ Website

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– Web-based documentary series spotlights the importance of English communication in international business

PRINCETON, N.J., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The TOEIC Program recently launched Why English Matters, a new content-based website that seeks to build awareness and share information about the important role that English-language proficiency plays in the global economy.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please visit: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/7056051-ets-toeic-program-why-english-matters-website-documentary-series

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Why English Matters features a new video documentary series that explores the role of English through interviews with human resource managers and decision makers from leading global organizations. The site also features related research and news articles about the impact of effective English communication skills for the international workforce.

“Since English is the official language of more than 70 countries, it is crucial for businesses that operate in a global economy to maintain a labor pool that is composed of competent English language communicators,” said David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS’s Global Division. “Through the Why English Matters site, we can provide these important stakeholders with the most relevant, up-to-date information and resources for developing and maintaining a capable English speaking workforce.”

The website was designed to engage all types of individuals, groups and organizations looking to leverage the power of English in the global economy, including companies, business leaders, human resources managers, news organizations and academic institutions.

“The website’s use-friendly platform was designed to make it easy for visitors to share the knowledge and materials that it holds,” said Shelly Punchatz, ETS’s Executive Director of Marketing. “Visitors to the site can share information through social media platforms in order to cultivate conversations around the importance of English language learning.”

Content on the site will be updated regularly in order to further the discussion of how English-language proficiency is vital for growth in workplaces all over the world.

Visit Why English Matters at http://www.whyenglishmatters.com.

About the TOEIC Tests
For more than 30 years the TOEIC test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC assessment family, including the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests and the TOEIC Bridge™ test are used by nearly 14,000 businesses, organizations, and government agencies in 150 countries. In 2012, almost seven million TOEIC tests were administered worldwide, solidifying the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program visit http://www.ets.org/toeic.

About ETS
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. http://www.ets.org

Source: ETS

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April 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Cyberjaya Premier Property Showcase 2014

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CYBERJAYA, Malaysia, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The eagerly awaited and highly anticipated Cyberjaya Premier Property Showcase is back once again to bring you the best properties in Cyberjaya.

From left- Mr. Teoh Eng Poh, General Manager of MCT Consortium Berhad, Mr. YK Liew, Head of Sales & Marketing of Setia Haruman, Dato’Ricque Liew, the CEO-Paramount Property Division (Cjaya), En.Aidan Hamidon, Executive Director of Areca Properties, Encik Abdul Jami Shaik, General Manager of Sales & Marketing, Glomac, Pn.Pipah Mohd Nasir, General Manager of SP Setia, Pn Hjh Mazrita Hj Mazlan, the COO, Emkay Group and Mr. Ang Kee Ping, Project Director, Development of UEM Sunrise
From left- Mr. Teoh Eng Poh, General Manager of MCT Consortium Berhad, Mr. YK Liew, Head of Sales & Marketing of Setia Haruman, Dato’Ricque Liew, the CEO-Paramount Property Division (Cjaya), En.Aidan Hamidon, Executive Director of Areca Properties, Encik Abdul Jami Shaik, General Manager of Sales & Marketing, Glomac, Pn.Pipah Mohd Nasir, General Manager of SP Setia, Pn Hjh Mazrita Hj Mazlan, the COO, Emkay Group and Mr. Ang Kee Ping, Project Director, Development of UEM Sunrise

Scheduled to be held on April 19th and 20th, at Cyberview Resort & Spa, the Cyberjaya Premier Property Showcase 2014 will provide property buyers and investors a wonderful opportunity to shop for their dream homes or next commercial investment with an impressive selection of choice residential and commercial developments.

The 2-day event is jointly organized by 8 established property developers in a glowing effort of solidarity to provide the perfect platform for property buyers and investors to discover the finest properties in Cyberjaya under one roof. The participating developers are Setia Haruman, SP Setia, MCT Consortium, UEM Sunrise, EMKAY Group, Glomac, Paramount Property (Cjaya) and Areca Properties.

“The successes of the 2 previous showcases in 2012 and 2013 have spurred us on to continue with hosting the Cyberjaya Premier Property Showcase 2014. We believe this initiative has benefitted both the public and the participating developers. Potential property owners and investors will be elated with a choice of a large variety of properties on offer from the top developers. Everything from residential to commercial units,” said Mr YK Liew, Head of Sales & Marketing, Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd.

Led by Setia Haruman, the Master Developer of Cyberjaya, the Cyberjaya Premier Property Showcase 2014 will present residential units from bungalows, semi-detached, terrace houses to SoHos , condominiums, apartments, as well as commercial and retail shops / offices within this exclusive address of Cyberjaya’s intelligent city. The public will be treated to a special viewing of various show units open and witness why this is the preferred place to live, study, work and play.

There will be exclusive property talks during the showcase which include Dato Danny Goh, (Executive Director of MCT Consortium), author Ahyat Ishak, and Sudhev Sreetharan of Setia Haruman, who will be providing insights on the latest developments and happenings in Cyberjaya. There are also fun filled activities and fun draws, giving out fabulous prizes (iPad Air 32GB, Lenovo Laptop, Samsung Grand Galaxy 2), and also a special cooking demonstration by Dato Chef Wan, organised over the two days for families and children.
Source: Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd

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April 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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