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Labatt v.p. Don Kitchen, 44, dies in Brussels.

Don Kitchen, a Labatt Breweries vice president credited with making the beer more popular in Canada and the United States, has died. He was 44.

Kitchen, who was vice president for North America of Labatt's Belgian parent company, Interbrew SA, was found dead of a suspected heart attack August 17 in his Brussels hotel room, Canadian Press reported. He was discovered after he failed to show up for a business meeting.

"He had a style, a clear set of values. He was terrific with people," said, Hugo Powell, the chief executive officer of Interbrew SA.

A Labatt corporate statement read, "During his time at Labatt, Mr. Kitchen made an enormous contribution to the organization and was a key reason for our growing success in Canada and the United States. He will be sorely missed."

Prior to working for the Canadian company, Kitchen spent 18 years at Colgate-Palmolive, quickly climbing into top sales and marketing jobs in Toronto, New York, Chicago and Puerto Rico. Kitchen is survived by his wife and two sons.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Aug 28, 2000
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