Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefing

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BLUE CROSS APPOINTS HEAD ACTUARY

Jacksonville-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida appointed Daryl Veach as vice president and chief actuary.

Veach was national director of health actuarial services for Ernst & Young in Dallas. Earlier, he worked for Towers Perrin, William M. Mercer Inc. and Western-Southern Life Insurance Co.

PSS NAMES INTERIM DIVISION LEADER

PSS World Medical appointed Kevin Seramur as interim president of the company's elder care business, Gulf South Medical Supply, effective immediately. Seramur replaces Tony Oglesby, who resigned to become president of Life Care at Home, a home health care business.

Seramur, will also continue his responsibilities as vice president of finance for the elder care business.

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KRAFT TO SELL ECO-FRIENDLY COFFEE

Kraft Foods Inc. will sell coffee certified by the Rainforest Alliance as environmentally and socially sustainable after forming a partnership with the conservation organization.

The alliance, announced yesterday, comes with large U.S. coffee sellers responding to activists' calls to pay more heed to social, economic and environmental issues in coffee production.

Kraft, which owns Jacksonville's Maxwell House coffee distribution center, committed to increase purchases of certified coffee, pay more to farmers that employ sustainable farm management practices and deepen its involvement with coffee-producing communities.

Sustainable coffee production aims to grow coffee without damaging the environment, with improved social conditions for farmers and workers and in a way that provides farmers with better returns for their coffee.

STUDY: BUYERS LIKE REDESIGNED CARS

Several all-new or redesigned automobiles have achieved higher customer-satisfaction ratings than the previous versions or models they replaced, according to a study released yesterday by J.D. Power and Associates.

The study gathered responses during the first 90 days of ownership from 102,975 new vehicle owners on their likes and dislikes. …

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