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The Week in Press Releases: 12 Stories You Need to See
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A roundup of the most newsworthy press releases from PR Newswire this week, including J.M. Smucker's acquisition of Hostess Brands and TIME's list of 100 Rising Stars.

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire. To help journalists and consumers stay on top of the week's most newsworthy and popular releases, here's a recap of some major stories from the week that shouldn't be missed.

The list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an excerpt from each story. Click on the press release headlines to access accompanying multimedia assets that are available for download.

    1. The J. M. Smucker Co. to Acquire Hostess Brands to Accelerate Focus on
       Convenient Consumer Occasions"With this acquisition, we are adding an
       iconic sweet snacking platform; enhancing our ability to deliver brands
       consumers love and convenient solutions they desire; and leveraging the
       attributes Hostess Brands offers, including its strong convenience store
       distribution and leading innovation pipeline," said Mark Smucker, Chair
       of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    2. BMW, Ford and Honda Agree to Create ChargeScape, a New Company Focused on
       Optimizing Electric Vehicle Grid ServicesBMW Group, Ford and Honda will
       leverage years of cross-industry research around the Open Vehicle-Grid
       Integration Platform (OVGIP) to create a single platform that will
       seamlessly connect electric utilities, automakers and their interested EV
       customers to manage energy usage for a broad pool of EVs.

    3. The Walt Disney Company and Charter Communications Announce
       Transformative Agreement for Distribution of Disney's Linear Networks and
       Direct-to-Consumer ServicesDisney+ Basic ad-supported offering will be
       included in Spectrum TV Select video packages, as part of the wholesale
       arrangement between the two companies.

    4. TIME Reveals the 2023 TIME100 Next List of the World's Rising Stars"The
       honorees on this year's TIME100 Next are rising stars whose work and
       determination is creating a better future," said TIME Chief Executive
       Officer Jessica Sibley. "We're looking forward to celebrating these
       extraordinary individuals at our upcoming TIME100 Next event in October."

    5. Xbox to Launch the Xbox Mastercard, Its First-Ever Credit Card in the US,
       Issued by BarclaysThe Xbox Mastercard has no annual fee and rewards Xbox
       players 5X card points on qualifying purchases within the Microsoft
       Store, 3X across eligible dining delivery and streaming services, and 3
       months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate after the first purchase (for new Game
       Pass members).

    6. FDA Takes Action on Updated mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines to Better Protect
       Against Currently Circulating Variants"The public can be assured that
       these updated vaccines have met the agency's rigorous scientific
       standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality. We very
       much encourage those who are eligible to consider getting vaccinated,"
       said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA's Center for Biologics
       Evaluation and Research.

    7. PR Newswire Rolls Out First Ever Press Release Social Sharing Product
       Designed to Increase User-Generated ContentThis innovative offering,
       powered by SoSha, allows organizations to craft social media posts for
       end users to easily share on their social media channels - boosting
       organic social engagement ten- to one hundredfold.

    8. USPS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Piñatas! StampsThese
       Forever stamps come in four designs -- two donkeys and two seven-pointed
       stars -- celebrating the traditional Mexican fiesta favorite. This is the
       third consecutive year the Postal Service has issued a Hispanic-themed

    9. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2024 Edition Released"As ever, we've covered the
       widest possible spectrum of record-breaking, from the hairiest humans to
       the most talented guinea pigs, to the fastest rollercoasters, and the
       best-selling manga to the most celebrated athletes. I say it every year,
       but it's the best edition yet!" Craig Glenday, editor in chief said.

    10. Red Cross announces national blood shortageThe American Red Cross
        national blood supply has fallen to critically low levels--dropping
        nearly 25%-- since early August, and potentially threatening the medical
        care of patients with an emergency need for blood, or those living with
        critical conditions such as cancer and sickle cell disease and who
        depend on lifesaving blood transfusions.

    11. IBM Brings watsonx to ESPN Fantasy Football with New Waiver Grades and
        Trade GradesNew this year, Waiver Grades will give available players in
        your league's waiver wire a personalized grade for the value they can
        add to your team. Similarly, the Trade Grades feature will evaluate the
        personalized potential benefits of trades.

    12. Consumer Demand Sparks Royal Caribbean to Open New Icon of the Seas
        Vacations Early"Families and friends are looking for vacations where
        everyone can make memories their way without compromise, and that's what
        we set out to create in its best form with Icon more than five years
        ago," said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean

Read more of the latest releases from PR Newswire and stay caught up on the top press releases by following @PRNalert on Twitter.

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