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The J. M. Smucker Co., Orrville, Ohio, announced Vincent Byrd and Fred Duncan have been elected to fill vacancies on its board. Byrd is Smucker's vice president and general manager, consumer market. Duncan is Smucker's vice president and general manager, industrial market. Smucker also promoted Eloise Mackus to vice president and general manager, international market. Mackus succeeds Charles Lame who is retiring on May 1.

Ruby Tuesday, Inc., Maryville, Tenn., elected two directors to its board. Named were Elizabeth Nichols (president, JDN Realty Corp., Atlanta, Ga.) and James Haslam, III (CEO, Pilot Corp.) to fill the newly created directorships.

Tasty Fries, Inc., Blue Bell, Pa., appointed former Nebraska Gov. E. Benjamin Nelson as chairman of the advisory committee to assist its board. Tasty Fries owns vending machines that prepare, cook and dispense French fries with the flavor, aroma and texture of freshly cut French fries.

Shoney's Restaurants, Nashville, Tenn., promoted Rebecca Fine to the newly created position of chief administrative officer for the restaurant chain. Fine most recently served as senior vice president, human resources and training for Shoney's.

International Association of Food Industry Suppliers, McLean, Va., named four to its board: Beth Kloos (president and owner, Haynes Manufacturing Co.); John Nelson (chairman, Nelson-Jameson, Inc.); Virginia "Jean" Moran (president, Label Makers, Inc.); and, Bruce Poulterer (director, international accounts, Germantown International).

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., elected Joseph White and Charles (Bill) Doolittle, Jr., as corporate vice presidents. White is president of Winn-Dixie Atlanta, Inc. which operates 94 stores throughout Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Doolittle began his Winn-Dixie career in 1983 in the grocer's Jacksonville, Fla., division.

Da Vinci Gourmet Ltd., Seattle, appointed Matthew Haber as territory manager for Washington state. Separately, Da Vinci named Barbara Branum as a buyer for the gourmet syrup firm.

Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., Bardstown, Ky., hired Kelly Purcell as its assistant marketing manager.

Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., New Rochelle, Ky., tapped James Mingarelli as its district manager. Mingarelli has held multiple management position in the wine and spirits industry, most recently with Hiram Walker and Sons, Inc.

McCormick & Co., Inc., Sparks, Md., tapped Jim Brennan as director of trade marketing for the McCormick/Schilling division. Brennan has been with the spice and flavorings firm since 1981.

Borden, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, named Kevin Kelley as its executive vice president, corporate strategy and development, and a partner of Borden Capital Management Partners.

Jim Beam Brands Co., Deerfield, Ill., promoted John Lundstrom to vice president, sales, U.S. and Tony Pence to vice president, sales, control states. Lundstrom has been with Beam since 1983; Pence joined in 1990.

Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, appointed Scott Svenson as president Europe, Starbucks Coffee International. Svenson will continue to serve the UK market as the non-executive chairman. Succeeding Svenson as president, Starbucks Coffee Co. (UK) Ltd. is Michael Sweeney. Prior to joining Starbucks, Sweeney was the president and CEO of Papa John's Minnesota, and has held positions in managing other major franchise businesses.
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Date:Apr 26, 1999
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