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• The Network of Executive Women (NEW) has announced that James White, senior vice president of consumer brands for Safeway, has been named its Outstanding Champion for 2008. The veteran CPG/retail executive will be honored at a reception May 5.

"James White has consistently championed the mission of NEW by creating diverse, high-performance work teams, demonstrating the business imperative of inclusion, and leading our industry by example with cutting-edge policies at Purina, Gillette and now Safeway," NEW said in a statement.

• Yet another good reason to eat Indian food…

HealthDay News reports that “curcumin, an ingredient in the curry spice tumeric, can reduce heart enlargement and may lower the risk of heart failure.” The findings were part of a Canadian research project published in the February issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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