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June 30, 1989
Keith E. Lindner has been named president and chief operating officer of United Brands Co. He had previously been senior executive vice president. As chief operating officer, Lindner succeeds Ronald F. Walker, who will continue as a director and a member of its executive committee. Lindner is also president and chief executive of Chiquita Brands, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Brands Company.
February 8, 1985 | NANCY RIVERA
A decline in the selling price of bananas and the strength of the U.S. dollar caused net income of United Brands Co. to plummet 75% for the nine months ended last Dec. 31. The New York-based food-processing company reported net income for the nine months of $11.5 million on sales of $2.4 billion, compared to net income of $45.4 million on sales of $2.5 billion in the same period of 1983. In the third fiscal quarter ended last Dec. 31, net income fell to $1.
February 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Chiquita bananas, the product that inspired the term "banana republic" when owner United Brands abetted the overthrow of various Latin American countries, will finally take over as the corporate name of United Brands. Chiquita Brands International Inc. will replace United Brands Co. as the name of the company on March 20, United Brands said today. United Brands is the largest marketer of fresh fruit and vegetable products.
August 24, 2009 | Mike Hughlett
Mix caffeine with malt liquor, add fruity flavors such as grape or orange, and what do you get? Four Loko and Four Maxed, two beverages made by a Chicago company and aimed squarely at a twentysomething crowd weaned on energy drinks. But to several state attorneys general, including Illinois' Lisa Madigan, Four and beverages of its kind can make drinkers think that caffeine counteracts intoxication, a potentially dangerous illusion, particularly for partying college kids. Attorneys general from up to 25 states scored a victory in December against caffeine-boosted, high-alcohol brews when MillerCoors, under pressure from the officials, agreed to remove the stimulants from its Sparks beverage, the market leader.
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