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April 19, 2011

The maker of Skinny Water achieved a 67% increase in earnings and sold nearly 1 million cases for 2010, compared with the year-ago period.

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. — The maker of Skinny Water achieved a 67% increase in earnings and sold nearly 1 million cases for 2010, compared with the year-ago period.

April 18, 2011

Annie Chun's has introduced soup singles that include ramen noodles and gourmet sauce, serving as an alternative to dry or canned soups.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Annie Chun's has introduced soup singles that include ramen noodles and gourmet sauce, serving as an alternative to dry or canned soups.

April 18, 2011

Bossa Nova is expanding its superfruit juice beverages portfolio.

CINCINNATI — Bossa Nova is expanding its superfruit juice beverages portfolio.

New Bossa Nova organic acai pomegranate currently is available at retailers in the Boston area, with gradual rollout in May to other markets, the juice company said.

April 18, 2011

In honor of America's sandwich fans, two mayonnaise brands have teamed up with a celebrity chef to share sandwich-making tips, tricks, techniques and secrets.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — In honor of America's sandwich fans, two mayonnaise brands have teamed up with a celebrity chef to share sandwich-making tips, tricks, techniques and secrets.

April 18, 2011

Rite Aid is showcasing new candy varieties for last-minute Easter shoppers, the pharmacy retailer said Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is showcasing new candy varieties for last-minute Easter shoppers, the pharmacy retailer said Monday.

The National Confectioners Association ranked Easter as one of the top-selling holidays for candy and estimated that 16 billion jelly beans and 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year. Four-in-5 Americans celebrate Easter and are expected to spend about $14.6 billion during the holiday at all retailers nationwide, according to the National Retail Federation.

April 15, 2011

A health-and-wellness conference that brings together retail dietitians and nutritionists has tapped Ahold USA and its Giant Carlisle division as the event's retail host.

CARLISLE, Pa. — A health-and-wellness conference that brings together retail dietitians and nutritionists has tapped Ahold USA and its Giant Carlisle division as the event's retail host.

Field Trip Factory's third annual Dietitian Summit, which strives to generate awareness about the food industry's commitment to consumer health, will be held next month at a Giant Super Food store in Willow Grove, Pa. About 40 retail dietitians and nutritionists are expected to attend the three-day conference.

April 15, 2011

A beef jerky brand is expanding its Sasquatch snacks line with a large beef steak product.

MINONG, Wis. — A beef jerky brand is expanding its Sasquatch snacks line with a large beef steak product.

Jack Link's Beefy Jerky said its new Sasquatch Big Steak boasts more than 16 in. in length and is available in Angry (original) and Zen (teriyaki) flavors.

The Sasquatch Big Steaks are available for $2.99 per 2.4-oz. steak. The Sasquatch Big Sticks, which launched last year, are available for $2.49 per 2.2-oz. stick.

April 15, 2011

V8 is expanding its V-Fusion line of juices with two new varieties.

CAMDEN, N.J. — V8 is expanding its V-Fusion line of juices with two new varieties.

New concord grape raspberry and concord grape raspberry light juice blend grape juice with the juice of apples, raspberries, sweet potatoes, carrots and other fruit and vegetable juices, V-8 said.

April 14, 2011

Kraft Foods' Gevalia premium coffee will arrive in U.S. supermarkets, mass merchandisers and other retail outlets this summer.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Kraft Foods' Gevalia premium coffee will arrive in U.S. supermarkets, mass merchandisers and other retail outlets this summer.

The company said consumers should expect to see Gevalia — a line that includes traditional roast, traditional roast whole bean, house blend, house blend decaf, French roast, French roast whole bean, Colombia and espresso roast varieties — on store shelves this August.

April 14, 2011

Old Orchard Brands has introduced a Kosher-certified grape juice in time for the Passover holiday.

SPARTA, Mich. — Old Orchard Brands has introduced a Kosher-certified grape juice in time for the Passover holiday.

Old Orchard's Kosher-certified 100% concord grape juice is available in 64-oz. bottles for a suggested retail price of $5.18 per bottle.

April 13, 2011

Kellogg's has brought together its FiberPlus and Eggo brands.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg's has brought together its FiberPlus and Eggo brands.

New Eggo FiberPlus waffles offer a satisfying 35% of the daily recommended value in every serving, Kellogg's said. The new waffles will be available in buttermilk and chocolate chip varieties.

"Eggo FiberPlus Waffles offer a simply delicious taste that consumers have come to expect from Eggo. Now they also provide the added nutrition benefits of fiber," said Cathy Schneck, VP marketing at Kellogg Frozen Foods.

April 13, 2011

Sunkist will host a three-part Web series that showcases how citrus fruits are grown and how to identify the different varieties.

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. — Sunkist will host a three-part Web series that showcases how citrus fruits are grown and how to identify the different varieties.

April 12, 2011

Atkins Nutritionals is expanding its Day Break line with six new breakfast-inspired products.

DENVER — Atkins Nutritionals is expanding its Day Break line with six new breakfast-inspired products.

New to the Atkins Day Break lineup are:

  • Breakfast shakes with resealable, twist-off caps in wild berry, creamy chocolate and strawberry banana flavors. Day Break shakes carry a suggested retail price of $6.99 for four shakes;

  • High-fiber soft-baked breakfast squares in blueberry almond and oatmeal cinnamon flavors, which cost $6.99 for five baked squares; and

April 12, 2011

Hungry Jack is bringing its home-style hash browns to major grocery chains nationwide.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Hungry Jack is bringing its home-style hash browns to major grocery chains nationwide.

New Hungry Jack premium hash brown potatoes, from 100% Idaho potatoes, allow consumers to enjoy hash brown potatoes at home in four steps. Hungry Jack premium hash brown potatoes come fully cooked and seasoned and require no refrigeration, the company said.

Hungry Jack premium hash brown potatoes are available at such retailers as Walmart, H-E-B, Safeway, Kroger, Publix, Food Lion, Albertsons and Super Target for about $1.79 per carton.

April 12, 2011

ReserveAge Organics on Tuesday announced the launch of its CocoaWell supplement line as the latest in powerful antioxidants.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — ReserveAge Organics on Tuesday announced the launch of its CocoaWell supplement line as the latest in powerful antioxidants.

April 11, 2011

Pabst Brewing has expanded its Colt 45 brand with a fruit-flavored beverage.

WOODRIDGE, Ill. — Pabst Brewing has expanded its Colt 45 brand with a fruit-flavored beverage.

Blast, a malt liquor made with real fruit juice, is available in strawberry watermelon, raspberry lemonade, blueberry pomegranate and grape flavors. The beverage comes in 23.5-oz. cans, as well as a 7-oz. bottle.

In line with the launch, Blast has tapped rapper Snoop Dogg as its brand ambassador.

April 11, 2011

Frito-Lay on Monday said it is peeling back the curtain on how it develops new product flavors.

PLANO, Texas — Frito-Lay on Monday said it is peeling back the curtain on how it develops new product flavors.

April 11, 2011

ConAgra is emphasizing the use of its Healthy Choice frozen meals to improve the quality of one's diet and overall well-being.

OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra is emphasizing the use of its Healthy Choice frozen meals to improve the quality of one's diet and overall well-being.

April 11, 2011

Pharmavite on Monday named Bill Tullis as its new EVP sales.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite on Monday named Bill Tullis as its new EVP sales.

Tullis comes to Pharmavite with more than 25 years of experience within the consumer packaged goods industry, most recently as area VP for alternate channels at Del Monte Foods. Prior to his work at Del Monte Foods, Tullis held sales and marketing positions at Nabisco and Nestle USA.

April 8, 2011

A grape soda brand has gotten a makeover.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A grape soda brand has gotten a makeover.

Buffalo Rock Bottling, a privately held PepsiCo bottler, said that its Grapico and Diet Grapico cans now feature a multi-hued purple emblem, product wording in a signature Southern block script and a cluster of purple grapes at the top.

The packaging redesign applies to all versions of the soft drink, including the 2-liters, 20-oz. single-serving bottles, 12-oz. cans and 12-pack cartons.

Grapico is a well-known staple in the South and made its debut in New Orleans in 1914.

April 8, 2011

Purina One has introduced a new line of pet food for dogs and cats that boasts meat as the No. 1 ingredient.

ST. LOUIS — Purina One has introduced a new line of pet food for dogs and cats that boasts meat as the No. 1 ingredient.

April 7, 2011

Marukome has introduced an easy-to-use miso product.

NEW YORK — Marukome has introduced an easy-to-use miso product.

New Miso & Easy is an all-natural liquid that comes in an unbreakable squeeze bottle and is available in original and ginger-tomato flavors. Miso is a seasoning made with soybeans and rice or barley and is cultured or fermented for a period of time.

Formerly only available in Asian markets, Marukome Miso & Easy now is available at such retailers as Ralph’s, Safeway and Fairway.

April 7, 2011

Crystal Light Pure has added three new fruity flavors to its line.

NEW YORK — Crystal Light Pure has added three new fruity flavors to its line.

The brand now includes tropical blend, mixed berry and lemonade varieties, which offer the flavorful benefits of Crystal Light, such as no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives, the company said. Each 8-oz. serving of Crystal Light Pure boasts 15 calories and 4 g of sugar per serving and is sweetened with Truvia, an all-natural, no-calorie sweetener.

With these additions, the Crystal Light Pure line now offers five flavors, including grape and strawberry kiwi.

April 7, 2011

Wrigley is packing a new type of gum in its "down under" market.

NEW YORK — Wrigley is packing a new type of gum in its "down under" market.

The company launched in Australia and New Zealand new Extra Professional Calcium, a sugar-free line of gum that contains microgranules that are designed to whiten teeth and feature added calcium. The company said that chewing Extra gum products stimulated saliva, which contains more bicarbonate, calcium and phosphate to help remineralize tooth enamel.

April 6, 2011

Coca-Cola has developed 100% recyclable display racks for use in U.S. grocery and convenience stores.

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola has developed 100% recyclable display racks for use in U.S. grocery and convenience stores.

The new Give It Back racks are stand-alone units made of easily recyclable corrugated cardboard, Coca-Cola said. The soft drink giant said the merchandise displays expand its commitment to sustainability. The racks currently are being tested in select markets and are expected to become widely available in late 2011.