Sun-Rype names new President and CEO


KELOWNA, BC, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - Merv Geen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sun-Rype Products Ltd., is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave McAnerney as the new President & Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective immediately. Since joining the Company in 2005 Mr. McAnerney has taken on increasing responsibilities, most recently serving as Vice President, Operations & Human Resources, and acting as interim President & CEO in 2008. Before joining Sun-Rype Mr. McAnerney was in senior management roles for over 18 years with another national Canadian beverage manufacturer.

"We are very excited that Dave McAnerney has agreed to take on the role of President & CEO of Sun-Rype. Since becoming a member of the Sun-Rype management team Dave has demonstrated outstanding leadership within the Company. Most recently he lead the Company's negotiating team in its collective bargaining with the Teamsters Union Local 213, resulting in a new five year collective agreement expiring August 31, 2015. With that new collective agreement providing for long term stability at the Company's Kelowna manufacturing facility, Dave and Sun-Rype's management team will be able to focus on growing the Company," says Geen.

Mr. McAnerney replaces David Lynn, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. The Board of Directors thanks Mr. Lynn for his stewardship of the Company over the past 16 months.

Sun-Rype Products Ltd., based in Kelowna, BC, is a manufacturer and marketer of 100% juices and 100% fruit snacks under the Sun-Rype brand. Sun-Rype is a publicly traded Canadian company with its common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SRF.

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SOURCE Sun-Rype Products Ltd.

For further information: For further information: Merv Geen, Chairman of the Board, Sun-Rype Products Ltd., 1165 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2W4, Tel: (250) 860-7973, Fax: (250) 762-3611,,

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