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May 31, 2011

Campbell Soup on Tuesday announced the company is expanding its V8 franchise into the fast-growing energy drink category with two new products: V8 V-Fusion + Energy drinks and V8 Energy Shots.

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup on Tuesday announced the company is expanding its V8 franchise into the fast-growing energy drink category with two new products: V8 V-Fusion + Energy drinks and V8 Energy Shots.

Sales of energy shots reached $173.9 million across food, drug and mass (minus Walmart) for the 52 weeks ended April 17, representing growth of 43.5% compared with the prior year, according to SymphonyIRI Group data.

May 31, 2011

Suncore Products said that its new cookie brand touts 20 essential vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber.

DENVER, Colo. — Suncore Products said that its new cookie brand touts 20 essential vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber.

WhoNu? cookies, which are available in soft and chewy chocolate chip, crispy chocolate chip, chocolate sandwich creme and vanilla sandwich creme varieties, claim to deliver 3 g of fiber and 20% or more of the daily allowance of calcium; vitamins A, B12, C, D and E; and iron in each three-cookie serving.

May 31, 2011

Winn-Dixie has completed the remodeling of its Miami-area store in Aventura that will better cater to the community's Jewish residents with expanded kosher offerings.

MIAMI — Winn-Dixie has completed the remodeling of its Miami-area store in Aventura that will better cater to the community's Jewish residents with expanded kosher offerings.

The remodeled store also features a cleaner, more modern and attractive setting, hardwood flooring throughout the produce, deli and bakery departments, and a dedicated area offering free Wi-Fi access and complimentary coffee, the company reported.

May 26, 2011

PepsiCo Canada announced that its Pepsi Retro product, which made its appearance back in January in Quebec, has returned to store shelves for the summer.

MONTREAL — PepsiCo Canada announced that its Pepsi Retro product, which made its appearance back in January in Quebec, has returned to store shelves for the summer.

Pepsi Retro is a nod to its 1980s packaging and features iconic retro graphics. Consumers will find Pepsi Retro in stores beginning this week in 355-mL cans, 12-pack cases and 591-mL bottles, Pepsi said.

May 24, 2011

Grocer A&P has announced the launch of a brand-new line of Angus beef in its stores.

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has announced the launch of a brand-new line of Angus beef in its stores.

Woodson & James choice Angus beef, exclusive to A&P banner stores, will replace the current beef steak and roast offerings in all A&P, Pathmark, Superfresh, Waldbaum's and Food Emporium stores beginning May 27.

The new and exclusive Woodson & James Angus beef line features U.S. Department of Agriculture choice Angus beef that is grain-fed and single-sourced.

May 24, 2011

J.M. Smucker officially has increased the list price for several of its coffee products.

ORRVILLE, Ohio — J.M. Smucker officially has increased the list price for several of its coffee products.

As previously reported by Drug Store News in February, the company announced that the price boost was driven by sustained increases in green coffee costs. Coffee products sold under the Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts, Millstone and Folgers Gourmet Selections brand names were impacted by an average of 11%.

May 24, 2011

Pacific Shore Holdings has added a caffeinated, sugar-free gum to its Energy-X portfolio.

LOS ANGELES — Pacific Shore Holdings has added a caffeinated, sugar-free gum to its Energy-X portfolio.

New Energy-X chewing gum is available in a spearmint flavor and contains 55 mg of caffeine, the company said. The Energy-X line will expand to include a caffeinated gum that features 102 mg of caffeine and will be infused with green tea extract.

The company currently markets Energy-X lip balm products and is slated to launch an Energy-X protein power bar.

May 23, 2011

Iced tea brand AriZona has updated its packaging mix to include 12-packs of its 11.5-oz. cans.

CHICAGO — Iced tea brand AriZona has updated its packaging mix to include 12-packs of its 11.5-oz. cans.

The company said its ready-to-drink beverages will feature packaging by Rexam to help the company further expand into the mass market.

May 23, 2011

SnackWell’s has overhauled its line of products for women with new portioned, indulgent snacks. The brand, which is owned by Kraft Foods, said the latest SnackWell’s treats will range from 100 to 150 calories per pack.

SUPPLIER NEWS — SnackWell’s has overhauled its line of products for women with new portioned, indulgent snacks. The brand, which is owned by Kraft Foods, said the latest SnackWell’s treats will range from 100 to 150 calories per pack. The products, along with such classic SnackWell’s treats as devil’s food cookie cakes and creme sandwich cookies, will feature new and modern packaging. They made their debut nationwide in mid-April with a suggested retail price of $3.19 per box; each box features five individually portioned packs.


May 20, 2011

Kronos is expanding its bread products line with its acquisition of Pita King's commercial baking assets.

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. — Kronos is expanding its bread products line with its acquisition of Pita King's commercial baking assets.

The acquisition marks Kronos' foray into flatbread production. The company, which currently markets such items as Mediterranean Chef gyro family meal kit and Kronos Fillo Classics, now will market Pita King's authentic Middle Eastern pocket breads in a variety of sizes and formulations, including white and whole wheat.

May 20, 2011

Researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham found that controlling fat intake could help cut one's risk of developing diabetes.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham found that controlling fat intake could help cut one's risk of developing diabetes.

To examine this, researchers divided 69 overweight nondiabetics, who were at risk for the disease, into two groups, placing the subjects on a diet with modest reductions in either fat or carbohydrate for eight weeks. The lower fat group received a diet comprised of 27% fat and 55% carbohydrate; the lower carbohydrate group's diet was 39% fat and 43% carbohydrate.

May 20, 2011

Mars Chocolate is putting emphasis on its Twix and Snickers candies with two respective campaigns.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate is putting emphasis on its Twix and Snickers candies with two respective campaigns.

Twix's Pause Like You Mean It campaign will include the "Pick Your Pause" on-pack promotion, where consumers instantly can win more than 250,000, as well as the chance to win a $50,000 grand-prize sweepstakes called “The Perfect Pause.” The campaign also will be supported through digital promotion on music and gaming websites and social media outreach.

May 20, 2011

Abbott on Friday introduced a new line of ZonePerfect Sweet & Salty nutrition bars. The new ZonePerfect cashew pretzel and trail mix bars combine sweet and salty flavor varieties while providing nutrition. ZonePerfect Sweet & Salty bars have 10 g of protein and 19 vitamins and minerals.

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott on Friday introduced a new line of ZonePerfect Sweet & Salty nutrition bars. The new ZonePerfect cashew pretzel and trail mix bars combine sweet and salty flavor varieties while providing nutrition. ZonePerfect Sweet & Salty bars have 10 g of protein and 19 vitamins and minerals.

May 19, 2011

A chocolatier has brought its gourmet chocolates to the Midwest.

NEW YORK — A chocolatier has brought its gourmet chocolates to the Midwest.

2 Chicks with Chocolate, which makes such chocolate products as toffee and bark bars, spicy tiles, popcorn and more, will present some of its products next week at the Chicago Sweets and Snacks Expo. The brand recently added its tempranillo ganache and meritage caramel confections to its wine collection line.

May 19, 2011

Chips Ahoy! is getting a chocolate makeover.

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Chips Ahoy! is getting a chocolate makeover.

The brand has introduced its fudge-filled chocolate chip cookies called Chewy Gooey that will be available in two varieties. The Chewy Gooey Chocofudge variety features a soft chocolate chip cookie made with real chocolate chips filled with a layer of smooth and creamy fudge, while the Chewy Gooey Megafudge variety is a soft, brownie-like chocolate chip cookie with real white chocolate chips and filled with a layer of smooth and creamy fudge.

May 19, 2011

Steve's Ice Cream is taking its flavors to a new level.

NEW YORK — Steve's Ice Cream is taking its flavors to a new level.

The brand, which originated in Sommerville, Mass., has made its way back home and has partnered with Taza Chocolate, an artisan stone-ground chocolate maker, to create some decadent pairings, including ice cream flavors and hot fudge, all made with Taza's chocolate.

The ice cream brand discussed its "return home" and new parternship on its blog, which can be read here.

May 18, 2011

SoBe has implemented a full-scale integrated marketing campaign.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — SoBe has implemented a full-scale integrated marketing campaign.

The beverage brand said that its latest campaign, dubbed "Try Everything," is the biggest effort made since 2008. The Try Everything campaign combines television and radio advertisements, in-market grassroots programming and a revamped SoBe website.

May 17, 2011

Inventure Foods is expanding its licensed line of Jamba Juice at-home offerings with a fourth flavor.

PHOENIX — Inventure Foods is expanding its licensed line of Jamba Juice at-home offerings with a fourth flavor.

Caribbean Passion joins the roster of Jamba all-natural smoothies kits that will hit store shelves next month. Jamba's Caribbean Passion smoothie kits, which include real frozen strawberries, peaches, mangoes and passion fruit flavor, will retail for $2.99 to $3.49 per package.

The flavor joins Razzmatazz, Mango-a-go-go and Strawberries Wild smoothie varieties.

May 17, 2011

Clif Bar on Monday introduced Meet the Moment, a social site where people can share inspiring athletic photos and stories of accomplishment.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar on Monday introduced Meet the Moment, a social site where people can share inspiring athletic photos and stories of accomplishment.

As part of the site launch, at MeettheMoment.com, Clif Bar will award three people who upload the most inspirational and creative moments by July 31 an opportunity to pursue their dream adventure. Each winner will select the adventure of their choice (up to a maximum value of $12,000).

May 17, 2011

The American Heart Association announced that fresh Idaho potatoes meet its criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol.

EAGLE, Idaho — The American Heart Association announced that fresh Idaho potatoes meet its criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol.

One medium Idaho potato (5.3 oz.) contains 110 calories and does not contain fat or cholesterol, according to the Idaho Potato Commission.

May 17, 2011

J.M. Smucker said it has completed its acquisition of the coffee brands and business operations of Rowland Coffee Roasters, a privately owned, Miami-based company.

ORRVILLE, Ohio — J.M. Smucker said it has completed its acquisition of the coffee brands and business operations of Rowland Coffee Roasters, a privately owned, Miami-based company.

The company completed the $360 million transaction with cash on hand and borrowings under its existing credit facility. The transaction is expected to contribute approximately 5 cents per diluted common share to fiscal 2012 earnings, excluding one-time costs of the transaction, J.M. Smucker said.

May 16, 2011

Illy issimo has introduced two new ready-to-drink coffee-based beverages.

MILAN and ATLANTA — Illy issimo has introduced two new ready-to-drink coffee-based beverages.

The caffè no sugar and mochaccino flavors were developed through a collaboration between Illycaffè and Coca-Cola. Caffè no sugar offers a 15-calorie, unsweetened version of the full-bodied blend in caffè, while 100-calories-per-can mochaccino offers coffee sweetened with Domori chocolate.

May 13, 2011

Malt-O-Meal announced a new program that seeks to educate consumers about how cereal packaging can affect the environment.

MINNEAPOLIS — Malt-O-Meal announced a new program that seeks to educate consumers about how cereal packaging can affect the environment.

Through its Bag The Box initiative, the cereal brand has launched BagTheBox.com, as well as a blog devoted to the cause, which invites users to view fan-created videos and exchange ideas on sustainable packaging and green initiatives.

May 13, 2011

Nestle Pure Life water wants consumers to keep their commitment to staying hydrated.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Nestle Pure Life water wants consumers to keep their commitment to staying hydrated.

The brand has launched its Nestle Pure Life Hydration Movement on Nestle-PureLife.us, where participants will be asked to pledge to swap one sugared drink for water every day for one year. In return, they will receive a $1-off coupon for a purchase of Nestle Pure Life, as well as the opportunity to enter in a sweepstakes for the chance to win free water for a year.

May 12, 2011

Kashi has added waffles to its family of frozen foods.

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi has added waffles to its family of frozen foods.

Kashi said its seven-grain waffles and blueberry waffles are free from artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors and preservatives, and contain 7 g and 6 g of fiber, respectively.

Kashi seven-grain waffles and blueberry waffles now are available in grocers' freezers nationwide.