Watch and the Empire State Consumer Project kicked off a campaign to urge the FDA to look at apple juice contamination by heavy metals like arsenic, particularly from foreign producers. They singled out Mott’s brand Apple juice at the time for showing an elevated level of arsenic.
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, which markets the 169year-old Mott’s brand, blasted the reports in a statement Sept. 13.
“Recent media reports regarding the presence of arsenic in apple juice have been irresponsible and have needlessly alarmed parents in the name of ratings,” the company said in a dispatch titled “Get the facts about apple juice safety.”
Mott’s, which is part of the Juice Products Association, said the FDA tested its Williamson facility last month finding its products safe and operations “sound.”
Oz plans a follow-up show on Sept. 21 and has not backed down from the criticism, telling ABC News that he wants to bring attention to dangers in the food supply.
GANNETT'S DUBOW TAKES MEDICAL LEAVE
Gannett CEO Craig Dubow is taking a medical leave and has turned over his duties to Gracia Martore, COO of the publishing combine.
The 56-year-old Dubow took a four month leave in 2009 to deal with back and hip problems.
Duncan McFarland, presiding director of Gannett, says the board has “confidence in Gracia and our very capable management team to run the day to day operations of the company.”
DISNEY’S LIGHTCAP RESIGNS
Carolina Lightcap, president of Disney Channels Worldwide, has stepped down after a two-year stint. Gary Marsh is her replacement.
Bloomberg reports that Lightcap is leaving as some of Disney's cable channels are enjoying record viewership.
The 11-year Disney veteran ran marketing in Latin America before assuming the president post. Marsh was DCW’s entertainment and creative chief.
FINSBURY, SARD SING PRAISES OF MUSIC DEAL
Finsbury and Sard Verbinnen & Company are working PR for BMG Rights Management’s acquisition of Bug Holdings, a Nashville music publisher with rights to legendary collections and up-and-comers like Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters and Kings of Leon.
The parties did not disclose the terms of the deal but Reuters pegged it at around $300M.
BMG, a joint venture of Bertelsmann AG and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, tapped Finsbury’s New York office, while Los Angeles-based Bug Holdings’ co-owner Spectrum Equity Investors works with Sard’s San Francisco office.
BMGRM CEO Hartwig Masuch noted Bug’s “vast collection of evergreen and contemporary compositions” in praising the deal.
Bug’s catalogs include Willie Dixon, Woody Guthrie, Ryan Adams and Iggy Pop. The company also has a joint venture with songwriter Kara DioGuardi.