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JUN 2016

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MasonWays Merchandising Tower Delivers Vertical Display West Palm Beach, Fla.- based MasonWays ofers a molded-plastic stock display tower that can be branded with company col- ors, logos, graphics and a header sign to create strong brand recognition. Te vertical space allows more product at the point of sale for easy access to heavy products usually on the shelf. Its advanced no-seam construction is durable and increases consumer safety. www.masonways.com Crane and Crane to Market via Chelan Fresh Crane and Crane, a grower/ packer in Brewster, Wash., will market its traditional apple and pear varieties through Chelan, Wash.-based Chelan Fresh, start- ing in the fall. "We have chosen to join forces in marketing our fruit with our longtime neighbors in the northern district of Washington state," says President Rachel Crane Sullivan, fifth-generation management. "Our high-eleva- tion location allows Crane and Crane to produce firm, high- quality fruit that fits well in the Chelan Fresh program." Tom Riggan, CEO of Chelan Fresh, adds, "We have been close friends with Crane and Crane for many years, and we know the outstanding quality of their fruit and their people. Together, we can deliver additional volume to our customers, who demand excel- lence." www.chelanfresh.com ECRS is Direct L3 EMV Certified With FDMS Boone, N.C.-based ECRS is now direct Level 3 EMV certifed with the world's largest payment processor, First Data Merchant Services (FDMS), via its Rapid Connect platform. ECRS is also the frst of- the-shelf POS solution to be Level 3-certifed with Equinox L5200 and L5300 signature capture PIN pad devices. Tese certifcations come in response to increased demand from grocery enterprises for direct, dependable, afordable and secure EMV-capable pay- ment processing. To streamline the transition to EMV, ECRS is releasing a simple POS patch that will allow Catapult retailers using FDMS and Equi- nox devices to be fully EMV compliant with the minimal amount of efort and cost possible. www.ecrs.com late, nuts and other ingredients, BarkTins addresses key consumer trends, such as premium, high-quality ingredients and snacking." Ripple founder and CEO Scott Semel says he looks forward to "the next phase of accelerated growth that Hershey can provide." Te BarkTins brand is sold in resealable packages in the club channel and select natural and conventional grocers. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. www.hersheys.com; http://barkthins.com 192 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Hershey Acquires BarkThins Snacking Chocolate Hershey, Pa.-based Hershey Co. has purchased Ripple Brand Collective LLC, a privately held company based in Congers, N.Y., that owns the BarkTins snacking chocolate brand. "Tis acquisition enables us to expand our mass premium oferings into this growing and on-trend category," says Michele G. Buck, Hershey's president, North America. "Made with high-quality dark choco- Skeoch Land O'Frost Names Doug Skeoch VP of Sales Munster, Ind.-based packaged lunchmeat supplier Land O'Frost Inc. has hired Doug Skeoch, a 30-year food industry veteran, as its VP of sales. In his new role, Skeoch will be responsible for establishing and executing the company's national sales strategy. He will also be actively involved in efective and efcient trade management strategies, and the superior execution of new product launches. With experience across numerous food categories, including meat, dairy, deli and frozen products, Skeoch has worked for Kraft Churny, Kraft's Pizza Division and Oscar Mayer. www.landofrost.com

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