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    Obituary: 30-year industry veteran passes; Quaker Foods appoints new president.

    Ernest Belegrin, 90, who for 30 years owned and operated a service station in the Birmingham section of East Toledo, Ohio, has died from complications of gastrointestinal and heart problems. Belegrin closed Belegrin's Pure Oil in the 1960s and, about 20 years later, was recognized for his contributions to the community and was inducted in the Birmingham Hall of Fame.

    The East Toledo station opened in the 1930s as Belegrin's Hi-Speed, and Belegrin took over the station from his father.

    In other news, PepsiCo Beverages & Foods (PBF) named Mary Dillon president of its Quaker Foods business unit, following Polly Kawalek's recent decision to retire from this post. Effective immediately, Dillon will report to PBF chairman and CEO Gary Rodkin.

    "Mary is an exceptional brand-builder and decision-maker who is poised to continue Polly's legacy and lead Quaker Foods -- its people and its brands -- toward healthy, ongoing growth," Rodkin said. "I also want to thank Polly for 25 great years with the company and wish her all the best as she begins the next chapter of her life. Thanks to her guidance, Quaker Foods is on solid footing, with a clear strategic plan in place."

    Dillon previously served Quaker Foods as vice president of marketing overseeing brand development, innovation, channel strategy and consumer insights. In this role since 2002, she was responsible for sustaining base businesses such as Life Cereal, Cap'n Crunch and Aunt Jemima, while leading new product launches, including Quaker Oatmeal Breakfast Squares and Honey Graham Life Cereal.

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