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Kevin Klock: 'In the first couple of years, we didn’t spend anything on ads, it sold itself. And we didn’t want to pump it harder as we couldn’t produce it fast enough.'

Big interview: Kevin Klock, CEO Talking Rain (Sparkling ICE)

Talking Rain CEO: We can turn Sparkling ICE into a $1bn brand by 2018

By Elaine WATSON

Want to know what success looks like? Check out Sparkling ICE. In early 2010 it was generating $10m a year. This year, it’s on course to generate $350-400m and CEO Kevin Klock tells FoodNavigator-USA it could be a $1bn brand by 2018.

DDW CEO Ted Nixon: The natural colors industry is still in its infancy

Big interview: Ted Nixon, chairman and CEO, DDWilliamson

DDW: We could be as big in natural colors as we are in caramel colors in 5-10 years

By Elaine Watson

Founded in 1865 - the year Lincoln was assassinated - DDW has been in the food colors business for an astonishing 148 years. But there’s no room for complacency, CEO Ted Nixon tells Elaine Watson during a visit to the firm’s HQ in Louisville, KY.

Early malnutrition hinders a person's development throughout their life

Bill Gates in YouTube world hunger debate

By Rod Addy

Bill Gates tackled global hunger in a live web debate on Friday (June 7), the eve of the Big IF London Hyde Park rally, part of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign against starvation.

Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary: 'For the past 10 years, we’ve had a compounded annual growth rate of 17%'

Big interview: Kevin Cleary, CEO Clif Bar & Company

Clif Bar CEO: 'The protein trend is hot for men and women right now'

By Elaine WATSON

Nutrition bars enter - and exit - the snacks aisle at the speed of light these days. So how has Clif Bar managed to sustain the kind of growth rivals can only dream of, year after year? Elaine Watson caught up with CEO Kevin Cleary to find out.

Gene Dunkin took the helm at Thompson Brands in 2010 after 15 years at luxury chocolate maker Godiva

Big Interview: Gene Dunkin, CEO Thompson Brands

Thompson Brands CEO: Novelty chocolate doesn’t have to be cheap and nasty

By Elaine Watson

Founded in the same year that Edison created the first functioning light bulb, Thompson Brands is one of America’s oldest chocolate companies. But it hasn’t stayed in business this long by resting on its laurels, CEO Gene Dunkin tells Elaine Watson.

Mondelez International CEO and chairman Irene Rosenfeld receives 31% compensation hike

Mondelez CEO Rosenfeld bags $28.8m in 2012

Mondelez International chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld has been awarded a 31% rise in compensation in 2012 taking her total annual earnings to $28.8m, according to a company filing.

FoodJobs: People on the Move

FoodJobs: People on the Move

FoodNavigator-USA brings you the latest executive moves and appointments in the food and beverage industry in this monthly photo gallery.

FoodJobs: People on the Move

FoodJobs: People on the Move

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

FoodNavigator-USA brings you a photo gallery highlighting appointments and movements across the US food and beverage industry during the past month.

FoodJobs: People on the Move

FoodJobs: People on the Move

FoodNavigator-USA brings you all the latest appointments and promotions at major food manufacturing and ingredient companies in this monthly photo gallery.

Kraft appoints new legal head

Kraft appoints new legal head

Food giant Kraft Foods has appointed Gerhard "Gerd" W. Pleuhs to lead its global legal team after its current head plans to leave in April.

Road to the top: How the new Kraft bosses measure up

Road to the top: How the new Kraft bosses measure up

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Kraft Foods is set to split into two companies next year, with Irene Rosenfeld at the helm of a new $31bn global snacks firm and Anthony (Tony) Vernon to head the $17bn North American grocery company. FoodNavigator-USA looks at the paths they each took...

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