Archive for August, 2010

SEATTLE  (Food-News.net)  Out of a record breaking 1,462 cheese products entered, Sartori was awarded with 4 first place ribbons in this year’s competition of the elite cheese companies in North America.  Cheesemakers from 225 companies in 34 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico were represented in Saturday’s competition.  “We are thrilled to be recognized by the world class panel of judges for having the best cheese in America across four different categories,” said Jim Sartori, the 3rd generation owner and CEO of Sartori.  “It is a testimony to our cheesemakers – with over 200 years of cheese making experience in our company – and the patron farmers, the family owned local farms who provide us with the best and freshest hormone-free milk available.”

Sartori Reserve® BellaVitano® Gold won the America Made/International Style open category made from cow’s milk.  Sartori Pastorale Blend™ won the American Made/International Style open category made from sheep or mixed milks. This unique work of art blends sheep and cow’s milk, enhanced by the hand-dusted Spanish paprika.

Sartori’s Asiago cheese with its distinctive savory and nutty flavor took 1st place in the Italian hard grating type cheese category. Placing 3rd was the new Sartori Natural Rind Parmesan, a complex sweet and savory profile with light fruit and caramel notes.

In the Marinated cheese category, Sartori took 1st place with the Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano which is soaked in a premium Italian Balsamic to deliver a slightly sweet, nutty, fruity caramelized flavor.  The new Cognac BellaVitano, a complex fusion of smoky, nutty, oak, vanilla and caramel with toasted notes, placed 2nd.  

The American Cheese Society (ACS) represents the best specialty and artisanal cheese produced in the Western Hemisphere.  “The judging for the ACS is world renowned, so this is really the best of the best in all aspects,” explains Sartori.  ACS has 1,250 members who are involved in all areas of the specialty cheese market, from artisanal cheese makers, and retailers to food writers and connoisseurs from the United States, Central and South America, Canada and Europe.

More information on the ACS Cheese Awards can be found here.

About Sartori Foods

Sartori Foods has been producing artisan and premium cheese for seven decades serving the Specialty, Retail, Ingredient, Restaurant and Food Service markets.  Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sartori Foods has an impressive array of award-winning cheese noted for innovative approaches and consistent top quality across its entire line.  For more information, please visit www.sartorireserve.com or www.sartorifoods.com.  You may also call us directly at 800-558-5888.



CHICAGO  (Food-News.net)  With the launch of Tropicana Trop50 Farmstand Apple, apple lovers can now pour a glassful of crisp apple flavor without an ounce of guilt. Trop50 Farmstand Apple delivers the goodness of juice with 50 percent less sugar and calories, and no artificial sweeteners.

“The taste of Trop50 Farmstand Apple doesn’t fall far from the apple tree,” said Memo Maquivar, vice president of marketing for Tropicana. “It delivers the delicious taste of orchard-ripened apples that consumers crave with less sugar and calories than apple juice, to help you look and feel good without sacrificing enjoyment.”

At 50 calories per eight-ounce glass, Trop50 Farmstand Apple squeezes in a full day’s supply of vitamin C and is a good source of antioxidant vitamin E. All Trop50 varieties offer the goodness of juice with the breakthrough use of a zero-calorie, all-natural stevia-based sweetener known as PureVia™. PureVia is the highest quality, all natural extract of the stevia plant called Reb A. In Trop50, PureVia enhances the sweetness of real fruit juice, naturally.

Starting in late August 2010, the new Trop50 Farmstand Apple flavor is available in 59-ounce containers for a suggested retail price of $3.59.

Refreshing Flavors, Refreshed Packaging

Trop50 has a new, refreshed look to match its bold and refreshing taste. Now showcased in a sleek, clear plastic bottle, the Trop50 line is still found in the chilled juice aisle.

The Fruity Trop50 Family

Additional Trop50 juice beverage flavors include Pomegranate Blueberry, Pineapple Mango and the original Orange offering. Trop50 Orange is available in several varieties, including No Pulp, Some Pulp and No Pulp Calcium & Vitamin D, which provides 35 percent daily value of calcium and 25 percent daily value of vitamin D – an excellent source of both nutrients.

About Tropicana Products, Inc.

Tropicana Products, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, Inc., is the leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices. Tropicana markets its products in the U.S. under a variety of brand names, including the Tropicana not-from-concentrate line of juices; Dole® juices and juice blends; Tropicana® Juices and Tropicana Twister® juice beverages. The Dole brand name is licensed from Dole Food Company, Inc. For more information about Tropicana, visit www.Tropicana.com.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade – also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. In recognition of its continued sustainability efforts, PepsiCo was named for the third time to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and for the fourth time to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) in 2009. For more information, please visit www.PepsiCo.com.

OMAHA, Neb.  (Food-News.net)  Marie Callender’s®, a brand of ConAgra Foods, is introducing new frozen entrées that use steam cooking for fresh-tasting meals in five minutes or less, available now at grocery retailers nationwide. New Fresh Flavor SteamerTM entrées are the natural evolution of the brand’s successful line of Pasta Al Dente meals.

The meals use proprietary tray-in-tray steaming technology that separates the sauce from the rest of the ingredients during cooking. As the sauce heats up, it steams the ingredients for the fresh flavors and textures consumers expect from a homemade meal.

After introducing Pasta Al Dente, steam-cooked, Italian recipes, the brand saw an increase in the number of consumers who were enjoying Marie Callender’s for lunch. “Pasta Al Dente meals are eaten at lunch 50 percent of the time, versus only 39 percent for premium, single-serve frozen meals1,” said Jenn Freeman, brand director, ConAgra Foods. “With new consumers enjoying Marie Callender’s in new ways, we definitely saw an opportunity to expand our Pasta Al Dente line of steam-cooked meals to include new recipes from around the globe that have broader consumer appeal.”

The launch of Fresh Flavor Steamers is supported by television and online advertising that remind consumers to take the time to really enjoy their meals. With the tag line “It’s time to Savor,” the new ads begin Aug. 30.

New Fresh Flavor Steamers are available now and include recipes such as: Asian-inspired Sesame Chicken; Chicken Teriyaki and Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables; classic American recipes Smoky Cheddar Mac & Uncured Bacon; Creamy Chicken & Portobello Risotto; and a Mexican-inspired Chicken Fajita Bowl. The entrées retail for an average of $2.99.

ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America’s leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of America’s households. Consumers find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack Pack and many other ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

1 Arbor Tracking and NPD Eater Data, 2010

 

WESTPORT, Conn.  (Food-News.net)  Newman’s Own® is experiencing a major sales growth surge in one of its classic, family recipe inspired products: Old-Fashioned Roadside Virgin Lemonade. According to IRI, sales of the lemonade grew by 29 percent this summer compared to summer 2009. The availability of Newman’s Own Lemonade continues to expand; it is now available in approximately 40 percent of the United States.* A new creation, Newman’s Own Pomegranate Lemonade, joins the Newman’s Own lemonade line-up in New England this month.

“We are thrilled with the robust growth on our lemonade business. It’s as if many people are discovering it for the first time and finding comfort in a good old-fashioned glass of delicious all-natural lemonade,” according to Mike Havard, vice president of marketing at Newman’s Own, Inc.

Newman’s Own Pomegranate Lemonade marries the popular sweet taste of pomegranates with a tried-and-true lemonade recipe and delivers a refreshing and dependable product. Like the other Newman’s Own lemonades, pomegranate is all natural and contains no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial ingredients. Newman’s Own Pomegranate Lemonade provides 100 percent of the daily value of vitamin C and is an excellent source of vitamin E.

Newman’s Own has introduced six lemonade varieties in twenty years, including the original Virgin Lemonade, or ‘the golden nectar from a recipe handed down through seven generations of the Woodward family’ as it is also fondly referred to in company oral history. The other five include: Lightly Sweetened Virgin Lemonade; Pink Virgin Lemonade; Virgin Limeade; Virgin Lemon-Aided Iced Tea and now Virgin Pomegranate Lemonade. All retail for approximately $2.19 for a 64 fl. oz carton. Virgin Lemonade, Pink Virgin Lemonade and Virgin Lemon-Aided Iced Tea are also available as shelf-stable six-packs, 6.7 oz.

New crisp, clean, contemporary and inviting packaging rolls out on the entire Newman’s Own lemonade line simultaneously with the introduction of Newman’s Own Virgin Pomegranate Lemonade and now carries a “All Profits to Charity” statement, a reflection of the company’s mission, “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good.”

*IRI (during the 12-week period ending July 11, versus the same period last year)

About Newman’s Own, Inc.

Newman’s Own ®, Inc. ? founded by Paul Newman and his buddy A. E. Hotchner in 1982 ? is a successful and growing premium food business. Newman’s Own offers more than 100 varieties of delicious all-natural food and beverage products, which include salad dressings, pasta sauces, salsa, popcorn, lemonade, and thin & crispy frozen pizza. Based in Westport, CT, the charitable mission of Newman’s Own®, Inc. was expressed by Paul in the Company motto: “Shameless exploitation in pursuit of the Common Good.” Newman’s Own Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to donate all profits to charity. More than $300 million has been given to thousands of charities since 1982.

Visit www.newmansown.com for the nearest retailer/s that carry Newman’s Own products and for recipe suggestions using Newman’s Own®, Inc. products.

Also, visit Newman’s Own on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newmansown

Learn more about our mission at www.newmansownfoundation.org.

SEATTLE  (Food-News.net)  Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) announced today the next step in building the instant coffee category with the introduction of Starbucks VIA® Flavored Coffee in U.S. and Canada stores this fall. Just one year since the launch, the Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew portfolio will now include four natural flavors—Vanilla, Mocha, Caramel and Cinnamon Spice. Starbucks is the first nationally branded flavored coffee in the U.S. to use only natural flavors and other natural ingredients and currently offers Starbucks® Natural Fusions, a line of naturally flavored ground coffees, at select grocery stores in the U.S.

“We know 60 percent of our customers drink coffee with flavor, and now they will have access to high-quality arabica coffees with natural flavors as only Starbucks can deliver,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, Starbucks chief marketing officer. “The launch of Starbucks VIA® Flavored Coffees demonstrates our drive to inject innovation into the coffee category, deliver products our customers are looking for, and allows us to grow the business globally.”

Starbucks spent years looking for high-quality natural ingredients to combine with natural flavorings and our arabica coffee to get the perfect cup of coffee. The introduction of these two distinctively different natural flavored coffee lines, instant and ground, is part of Starbucks overall business strategy to grow its consumer products and retail businesses. With approximately 11 percent of American households purchasing flavored coffees, Starbucks is entering the $377 million flavored coffee market in the U.S.* Having two forms of flavored coffee, instant and ground, in different distribution channels meets the variety of ways customers drink their coffee—whether it is at home or on-the-go.

Starbucks VIA® Flavored Coffee

Beginning this fall, Starbucks will introduce four flavors to the Starbucks VIA® line. These delicious and aromatic blends are inspired by some of Starbucks most popular beverage flavors: Vanilla, Mocha, Caramel and Cinnamon Spice. Each packet makes a wonderfully balanced cup of coffee and is ideal for life-on-the-go. Starbucks VIA® Flavored Coffee is a blend of 100 percent arabica instant coffee and rich flavors, and is sweetened with natural cane sugar.

Innovating Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew and expanding the product line beyond the initial Italian Roast and Colombia coffees and into new channels remains a priority for Starbucks. Within one year, Starbucks has launched four Starbucks VIA® products in the portfolio and expanded beyond the U.S. to Canada, the U.K. and Japan, and in mid-September to the Philippines. The Starbucks VIA® portfolio now includes Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew Decaffeinated Italian Roast, launched last November, and Starbucks VIA® Iced Coffee, launched in July. Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew is available in more than 37,000 points of distribution in the U.S. including Starbucks stores; food, drug and mass merchandiser stores; foodservice accounts; and through e-commerce.

Starbucks® Natural Fusions

Starbucks® Natural Fusions ground coffee is the industry’s first and only nationally-branded, naturally-flavored premium coffee made with real ingredients such as vanilla, orange peel, and cinnamon ground and blended with the coffee. Starbucks® Natural Fusions is made with high-quality arabica coffee beans perfectly blended and specifically roasted to complement each flavor. The new coffees, in Vanilla, Caramel, and Cinnamon, are available in 11 oz. packages for the suggested retail price of $8.99 in select grocery stores in the U.S. such as Target, Walmart, Safeway and Publix.

About Starbucks Corporation

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest-quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com.

*Source: AC Nielsen 2009–$377 million accounts for whole bean, ground and instant flavored coffees, does not include Walmart or club sales.

 

WASHINGTON  (Food-News.net)  Today the Natural Products Association (NPA) is filing an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the dietary supplement industry against an overreaching and potentially damaging decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case, Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano, presents the critical question of whether mere nondisclosure of adverse event reports (AERs) can give rise to liability under federal securities laws – even when those reports are not statistically significant. In an unprecedented decision, the Ninth Circuit held that the answer is “yes,” and permitted a class action lawsuit to proceed. 

“While the case involves an over-the-counter product, there are clear implications for the supplement industry, especially as the reporting requirements for OTCs and supplements were enacted in the same piece of legislation,” said John Gay, Executive Director and CEO of the Natural Products Association. “In this brief, we were able to focus on our industry’s perspective, and bring to bear NPA’s experience with the legislative history of the law that created the AER system.”

“The decision is wrong because evaluation of safety signals is a scientific judgment ultimately made by the FDA. Companies cannot possibly guess in advance what will be deemed adequate disclosure years later in collateral litigation,” said Scott Bass, of NPA’s counsel Sidley Austin LLP. “The statute explicitly states that AERs are not proof of causation.”

“The practical consequence of the Ninth Circuit’s decision, if it is not reversed, is that manufacturers of dietary supplements very likely will be forced to disclose all AERs, however insignificant, in order to avoid meritless – but expensive – strike suits against the supplement industry,” said Jonathan Cohn, who authored the brief for Sidley Austin. 

“The Ninth Circuit’s action is not good for manufacturers, not good for consumers, and just is not good law. We hope the Supreme Court will agree,” said Gay.

The Natural Products Association (NPA), founded in 1936, is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry, representing more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. As the leading voice of the natural products industry, the NPA’s mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products. Visit www.NPAInfo.org.

CAMDEN, N.J.  (Food-News.net)  Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) is bringing on the heat to low-sodium foods with the introduction of V8 Spicy Hot Low Sodium 100% vegetable juice. With 140 milligrams of sodium in each 8-ounce glass, this deliciously-zesty juice delivers bold taste with less salt while still serving up two full servings of vegetables (1 cup) and 50 calories. In fact, V8 Spicy Hot Low Sodium juice displays the American Heart Association heart-check mark and meets the U.S. government requirements for a low-sodium food.

“We’re pleased to offer a kicked up version of our original Low Sodium V8® juice, which has been a fast-growing part of the V8 franchise over the years,” said Dale Clemiss, Vice President, Beverage Marketing. “People often associate less salt with less flavor. But, V8 Spicy Hot Low Sodium offers the spice and heat people are looking for that’s not often found in low-sodium products.”

A recognized leader in sodium reduction, Campbell is committed to providing great-tasting foods that can also help people manage their sodium intake as part of a healthy diet. In fact, Campbell offers more than 200 reduced sodium products across its portfolio of soups, sauces, beverages, pastas and breads. This includes the entire V8 beverage portfolio, which meets government standards for heart-healthy foods. In the past three years, original V8 100% vegetable juice has been reduced in sodium twice and is now at 420 milligrams of sodium per 8-ounce glass. Last year, the original Spicy Hot V8 juice was also reduced in sodium by more than 40 percent to 480 milligrams of sodium per serving.

New V8 Spicy Hot Low Sodium 100% juice is available at supermarkets, club stores, convenience and mass merchandise stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99 for a 46-ounce bottle. For more information, visit www.v8juice.com.

About Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, baked snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s” and “V8.” Through its corporate social responsibility program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoup.com.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  (Food-News.net)  To help celebrate September 2010 as California Wine Month, proclaimed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for the sixth consecutive year, many of the Golden State’s wineries, winegrape growers and regional associations are hosting special consumer events surrounding the state’s signature beverage.

“California has long been known for our production of superior, award-winning wines,” said Governor Schwarzenegger in his proclamation.  “The Judgment of Paris in 1976 brought California wine to the world stage and established our wine producers as respected masters of their craft. This month is dedicated to celebrating our rich history of wine-making and the bright future of this important industry.”   For a copy of the proclamation, go to: www.discovercaliforniawine.com/learn/governors-proclamation.  

From special tastings and harvest tours, to wine education classes and major wine festivals, consumers can participate in many celebration events in all regions of the state. To find the latest events in September, visit www.discovercaliforniawine.com/learn/september-wine-events to view 30 wine events throughout California.  Events are being updated regularly.

California is now home to more than 4,600 grape growers and 3,000 bonded wineries, its fertile land accounting for approximately 90 percent of wine production in the United States.  For the month of September, Governor Schwarzenegger encourages consumers  to take advantage of California Wine Month events — such as taking a tour or enrolling in a class — and become more familiar with this rich and unique part of the California culture.  

An important part of this culture, Governor Schwarzenegger mentions, is the California wine community’s long term commitment to promoting socially and environmentally responsible farming practices, something that is of interest to more and more consumers. California has a widely adopted sustainable winegrowing and winemaking program, and all of the regions hosting California Wine Month events participate in it.

The state’s vintners and growers, along with California’s 80,000 restaurants, have helped make the Golden State a top destination for culinary travelers from around the world, attracting nearly 21 million visitors each year to its wine regions. The wine industry supports 820,000 jobs across the nation, including 330,000 in California.

California Wine Month, created and coordinated by Wine Institute (www.wineinstitute.org) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (www.cawg.org), is also supported by several hotel, restaurant, retail and association partners including the California Travel and Tourism Commission, California Restaurant Association, Safeway, Von’s and Pavilions, Kimpton Hotels, Lark Creek Restaurant Group, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Ritz Carlton/J.W. Marriott (LA), Tavistock Restaurant Group, California Wine Merchants (NYC), Patina Restaurant Group, Revival Cafe & Bar, 1300 on Fillmore, Amtrak, Vino Volo and Tony’s Fine Foods.

SILVER SPRING, Md.  (Food-News.net)  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released two documents that outline steps to help chain restaurants comply with new federal nutrition labeling requirements.

“One of the most important things we can do when it comes to the nation’s health is to provide simple basic information to the American people so they can make choices that are best for them and their family,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. “The menu labeling program will help Americans get the facts about food choices that are available to them in restaurants and vending machines so they know what is in the food and can make healthier selections.”

Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March 2010, set new federal requirements for nutrition labeling for foods sold at certain chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments. Establishments with 20 or more locations may be affected.

The documents released by the FDA today include:

  • A draft guidance document describing implementation of certain provisions of the federal law. For certain restaurants and similar retail food establishments, these statutory provisions include posting the number of calories for standard menu items on menus and menu boards, providing additional nutrition information in writing, and posting clearly on menus and menu boards that such information is available upon request. These establishments also must post calorie information for self-serve items and foods on display.
  • A final guidance document for industry regarding the effect of the new federal nutrition labeling requirements on state and local laws.
Today’s actions are the latest in a series of steps toward FDA’s implementation of the menu labeling provisions in the new law. On July 7, 2010, the FDA opened a docket for the public to submit comments on how the agency could best apply these provisions. On July 21, 2010, the FDA issued a notice explaining how restaurants, similar retail food establishments, and vending machine operators that are not subject to the new federal nutrition labeling requirements can elect to be subject to the federal requirements.

For more information:

Federal Register Notices

http://www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx#spec_F

(This link is to the displayed document and will expire when the notices publish in the Federal Register. This link will be updated on Wed., Aug. 25, 2010.)

New Menu and Vending Machines Labeling Requirements

http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ucm217762.htm

Food Label Helps Consumers Make Healthier Choices

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm094536.htm

Survey Shows Gains in Food-Label Use, Health/Diet Awareness

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm202611.htm

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label

http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ConsumerInformation/ucm078889.htm

Make Your Calories Count – Use the Nutrition Facts Label for Healthy Weight Management

http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ConsumerInformation/ucm114022.htm

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LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass.  (Food-News.net)  As temperatures cool and families trade pool toys for school supplies, Ocean Spray is excited to offer a new, delicious, on-the-go snack for the whole family. Ocean Spray’s new dried fruit lineup, including Jumbo Dried Cranberries, Dried Cherries, and Dried Blueberries, is a fun, fresh way for families to enjoy their favorite fruits all year-round.

Ocean Spray Dried Fruit is a simple, delicious way to enjoy the taste and benefits of fresh fruit at home or on the go without the mess. Easy to carry and convenient to store, Ocean Spray Dried Fruit offers a full serving of fruit in every 1/3 cup and is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium. The cranberries and blueberries are a good source of fiber too!

“We’ve taken all the goodness of the whole cranberry, blueberry and cherry and created a healthy, on-the-go snack for today’s busy family,” said Larry Martin, vice president of marketing at Ocean Spray. “Our new Ocean Spray Dried Fruit is a great way to add more fruit to your diet whether you’re looking for a quick energy boost or a healthy snack alternative at home, school or on the road.”  

Look for new Ocean Spray Jumbo Dried Cranberries, Dried Cherries, and Dried Blueberries in your grocer’s produce department beginning this September. Cranberries and Cherries are available in 5 oz. packages. Blueberries are available in 4 oz. packages. For additional product information, visit www.oceanspray.com.

Members of the media may request samples or images by contacting Anne Moulin at 617-520-7126 or amoulin@webershandwick.com.

About Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry growers in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and other parts of Canada as well as more than 50 Florida grapefruit growers. Ocean Spray was formed 80 years ago by three cranberry growers from Massachusetts and New Jersey. Florida grapefruit growers joined the Cooperative in 1976. Ocean Spray is North America’s leading producer of canned and bottled juices and juice drinks, and has been the best-selling brand name in the canned and bottled juice category since 1981. Ocean Spray posted fiscal 2009 sales of $2 billion.

CHICAGO  (Food-News.net)  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world, accounting for about a third (more than 17 million) of all lost lives. The good news is a healthy lifestyle can save the majority of these lives by preventing heart disease in the first place. In honor of World Heart Day on Sept. 26, 2010, CanolaInfo has joined forces with the World Heart Federation to promote global heart health.

“No matter where you’re from, heart disease is preventable 80 percent of the time with good nutrition, exercise and other healthy habits,” says Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, attending cardiologist and director of Women and Heart Disease, Heart and Vascular Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City.

Six culinary experts from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and India created a World Heart-Smart Recipe Collection for CanolaInfo, supported by the World Heart Federation, which creates a “passport” to nutrition using traditional ethnic flavors and heart-healthy ingredients. Recipes include:  

  • United States: Fusilli Pasta with Chile Sauce and Black Bean-Fennel Relish by Carla Hall, finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 5, Washington, D.C.
  • Canada: Grilled Salmon with Dijon-Raspberry Vinaigrette by Mairlyn Smith, cookbook author, Toronto
  • Mexico: Shredded Chicken Tostadas with Spicy Tomato Salsa by Alfredo Oropeza, host of “Al Sabor del Chef” and cookbook author, Mexico City
  • China: Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup by Stella Fong, food writer, Billings, Mont.
  • Japan: Steamed Snapper with Citrus Sweet and Sour Sauce by Gene Kato, executive chef of Japonais restaurant, Chicago
  • India: Marinated Chicken with Cashew-Spinach Sauce by Raghavan Iyer, cookbook author, Minneapolis

Each recipe is made with canola oil, which has the least saturated fat of all cooking oils and is free of trans fat and cholesterol. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim for canola oil on its potential to reduce the risk of heart disease when used in place of saturated fat.

“It’s easy to forget that heart disease is not just a problem in one’s own country but also around the world,” says World Heart Federation Senior Science Officer Kathryn Taubert, Ph.D. “Diet plays a significant role in protecting or predisposing people to heart disease, so we hope to inspire them to eat more healthfully and make simple changes that may reduce their risk of the disease.”

For the entire heart-smart recipe collection or more information about canola oil, go to www.canolainfo.org. For heart health tips, go to www.worldheart.org.

The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against heart disease and stroke through a united community of more than 200 member organizations. It works to build global commitment to addressing cardiovascular health at the policy level, generates and exchanges ideas, shares best practices, advances scientific knowledge and promotes knowledge transfer to tackle cardiovascular disease – the world’s number one killer.

CanolaInfo is the information source about canola oil for consumers, health professionals, chefs, media, educators – everyone who wants to know more about one of the world’s healthiest oils. The CanolaInfo team is supported by Canada’s canola growers, crop input suppliers, exporters, processors, food manufacturers and governments.

 

IRVING, Texas  (Food-News.net)  Just in time for back to school, Hostess®, the maker of America’s most popular snack cakes, has launched a new line of portable and delicious muffins for families on the go.  Baked with whole grains as well as real fruit, chocolate and nuts, Hostess’ new muffins are available in Blueberry, Banana Nut and Chocolate Chip varieties.

New Hostess muffins also provide additional nutritional benefits – each muffin provides a good source of fiber and is 150 calories.  

“Hostess has been producing delicious baked goods for generations,” said Mike Touhey, Vice President of Snack Marketing for Hostess Brands.  “As consumers continue to look for convenient breakfast and snack options to start their days off right – especially families stretched for time as they start the new school year – Hostess’ new line of muffins delivers the great taste and convenience that consumers expect from Hostess with additional nutritional benefits.”  

New Hostess muffins are available today in stores across the country.   Each 10.5 ounce package includes six individually wrapped muffins.

Hostess has a successful track record of baking delicious better for you snack cakes.  In addition to Hostess’ new muffins, the brand offers Hostess 100 Calorie Pack snacks, which have been highly successful and rank among the most popular snack cakes in the category.  Hostess’ 100 Calorie Pack line includes Hostess 100 Calorie Pack Chocolate CupCakes, Hostess 100 Calorie Pack Twinkie Bites®, Hostess 100 Calorie Pack Coffee Cakes, among other varieties.  

For additional information about Hostess visit www.hostesscakes.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hostess_snacks.

Hostess Brands, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest providers of fresh-baked bread and sweet goods, sold under various brand names including Wonder®, Merita®, Home Pride®, Nature’s Pride®, Hostess®, Drake’s®, and Dolly Madison. The Company is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

NORTHFIELD, Ill.  (Food-News.net)  This fall, Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) will embark on its largest branded initiative ever to fight hunger in America.  Today the company kicked off Huddle to Fight Hunger, an integrated marketing campaign designed to achieve an important goal: give 20 million meals or more to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger relief organization.  The campaign will culminate in San Francisco on January 9, 2011, with the first-ever Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl featuring college football teams from the WAC and PAC-10.

The program combines three things Americans are passionate about – football, food and helping others.  To reach the end zone, Kraft Foods has huddled together its power brands and high-profile celebrities including football legend Joe Montana, sports journalist Erin Andrews and chefs Pat and Gina Neely to champion the cause. The company also coordinated a variety of marketing support vehicles, such as consumer incentives, high-impact media like cinema, newspaper and magazine ads, a major public relations campaign, as well as social and mobile activities.  In addition, Kraft Foods is working with over 40 food retailers throughout the country to implement unique in-store displays and programming.

“As a leading food company, it’s our responsibility and privilege to play a role in helping make sure people have access to the food they need to feed their families,” said Lisa Mann, Vice President of Consumer Experiences, Kraft Foods.  “By leveraging our flagship brands, a team of celebrities and a national bowl game, we hope America will embrace the cause and help us reach our goal of giving 20 million meals.”

Hunger In America

Hunger remains a serious issue in the United States. In fact, 49.1 (1) million Americans, or one in six of our neighbors, don’t always know where their next meal will come from.  Leading the fight against hunger is Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief agency.  Through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agency partners, Feeding America provides meals to more than 37 million Americans annually.

“We thank our longtime partners at Kraft Foods for launching the Huddle to Fight Hunger program, which will make an important impact in our fight against domestic hunger,” said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America. “The goal of donating 20 million meals is exemplary of Kraft Foods’ ongoing commitment to supporting Feeding America’s mission to end hunger in America.”

Fighting hunger is not new for Kraft Foods.  As the nation’s largest food company, it has partnered with Feeding America for decades to support their important mission.  Kraft Foods will also serve as the premiere partner for Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month, which will kick off in September to raise awareness about hunger in America.

Get in the Game

Americans can help Kraft Foods meet and exceed their donation goal by visiting www.HuddleToFightHunger.com to learn about all the ways they can get in the game.  For each person that joins the “Huddle” on the site, Kraft Foods will donate one meal donation to his or her local Feeding America food bank.

The company is providing additional meals to Feeding America in honor of Americans that redeem Huddle to Fight Hunger coupons that will be available online and in newspapers nationwide on Aug. 22 and Sept. 26, 2010.  For every coupon redeemed, Kraft Foods will donate one additional meal to Feeding America.

Kraft Foods’ Deep Bench

The huddle includes some of Kraft Foods’ power brands, such as Planters nuts, Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers, Kool-Aid beverages, Oscar Mayer meats, Maxwell House coffee and Kraft cheese products. These brands will support the Huddle to Fight Hunger program throughout the season and some brands have even cooked up their own game plans to donate additional meals to Feeding America, above and beyond Kraft Foods’ 20 million meal goal.

Ritz and Oreo will feature special football shaped crackers and cookies this fall and each brand will give up to 500,000 meals to Feeding America. During September and October, various Kraft cheese products will carry on-pack stickers offering an opportunity to give five meals to Feeding America. In addition, Oscar Mayer, Kool-Aid, Maxwell House, Planters and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese will be offering special coupons and incentives throughout the fall to join the fight.

To join the Huddle to Fight Hunger effort visit www.HuddleToFightHunger.com today.

About Kraft Foods

Kraft Foods is taking a stand when it comes to fighting hunger and promoting healthy lifestyles. The company and the Kraft Foods Foundation have donated nearly $1 billion in cash and food to organizations since 1990. Most recently, the company reinforced its commitment by donating $180 million over a three-year period to community involvement activities around the globe.

Kraft Foods is building a global snacks powerhouse and an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love.  With annual revenues of approximately $48 billion, the company is the world’s second largest food company, making delicious products for billions of consumers in approximately 170 countries.  The portfolio includes 11 iconic brands with revenues exceeding $1 billion – Oreo, Nabisco and LU biscuits; Milka and Cadbury chocolates; Trident gum; Jacobs and Maxwell House coffees; Philadelphia cream cheeses; Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings; and Oscar Mayer meats.  Approximately 70 brands generate annual revenues of more than $100 million.  Kraft Foods (www.kraftfoodscompany.com; NYSE: KFT) is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor’s 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index.

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

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Eggs in Their Shells May Put Consumers at Risk for Salmonella

SILVER SPRING, Md.  (Food-News.net)  The following was released today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

Fast Facts:

  • The current recall of eggs in their shells, or “shell eggs,” is part of an ongoing and intensive investigation by local, state, and federal officials into the cause of recent cases of Salmonella Enteritidis.
  • This recall affects shell eggs produced by Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa. The eggs are packaged under different brand names and distributed nationwide.
  • The shell eggs may contain Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) and may cause serious illness.
  • Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
  • Consumers should throw away the product or return the product to the store for a full refund.

What is the Problem?

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) that has sickened hundreds of people across the country has led to a recall of shell eggs.

What is Being Done about the Problem?

Working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners, the FDA reviewed epidemiologic and environmental investigation documents and identified 3 best-case clusters of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses. Tracebacks revealed Wright County Egg in Iowa as the common shell egg supplier in these clusters.

On August 13, Wright County Egg voluntarily conducted a nationwide recall of shell eggs on 3 of its 5 farms. Further epidemiologic and traceback information led to Wright County Egg expanding its recall on August 18 to cover all 5 farms and 380 million eggs (according to company figures).

The Agency has activated its emergency operations command center with scientists, investigators, epidemiologists, and communication experts. In addition, the FDA deployed an initial team of 10 investigators to Wright County Egg in Iowa to inspect the farms and determine the source of the contamination. More investigators are being deployed to help on-site, looking to find the source of the contamination. Investigators are performing environmental assessments of farm conditions and practices including pest and rodent controls, biosecurity plans, environmental monitoring, sanitary controls, and feed sources.

The FDA is initiating effectiveness checks of the recall, conducting checks at retail stores, wholesalers and distributors to make sure the recalled shell eggs are being removed from the market.

The FDA is in ongoing communications with Wright County Egg to ensure that appropriate preventive measures are put in place to reduce the risk of recurrence.  

What are the Symptoms of Illness?

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Who is at Risk?

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

What do Consumers Need to Do?

Don’t eat recalled eggs. Consumers who have recalled eggs should discard them or return them to their retailer for a refund. Individuals who think they might have become ill from eating recalled eggs should consult their health care providers. If consumers are unsure about the source of their eggs, they are urged not to eat them and to discard them immediately.

What Does the Product Look Like?

Shell eggs under the August 13, 2010 recall are packaged under the brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. Shell eggs are packed in 6-egg cartons, 12-egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, and loose eggs with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946.

Recalled shell eggs affected by the expanded recall are packaged under the brand names: Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast. Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg, 12-egg, and18-egg cartons, and loose eggs for institutional use and repackaging) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1720 and 1942.

Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1720 223.

Where is it Distributed?

The recall affects eggs shipped since May 16, 2010 were sent to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.

Does FDA have the authority to inspect egg farms?

In the past, FDA has inspected egg farms under its broad authorities applicable to all food, focusing on farms linked to recalls.  The egg rule, which just went into effect for large farms on July 9, 2010, provides specific requirements applicable to egg producers that will greatly facilitate compliance.

Generally, USDA is responsible for egg safety at what are called breaker plants or egg products processing facilities.  In these facilities eggs are broken and pasteurized.  FDA is responsible for shell egg safety and egg products once they leave the breaking facility.  

Media Inquiries: Pat El-Hinnawy: 301-796-4763; patricia.el-hinnawy@fda.hhs.gov

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Wright County Egg Recall Tied to Salmonella Illnesses Nationwide

KENOSHA, Wis.  (Food-News.net)  An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) at a restaurant in Kenosha, Wisconsin has been linked to the recall of 380 million eggs and nearly 300 illnesses in the rapidly widening nationwide outbreak tied to Wright County Egg company. A lawsuit originally filed in the Kenosha County Branch of the Wisconsin District Court against the restaurant was filed in amended form to include Wright County Egg by Seattle-based food safety law firm Marler Clark.

The plaintiff ate at the Baker Street Restaurant and Pub in July. Her ensuing illness required her to go to the hospital, where it was determined that she was infected with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). At the time, the outbreak seemed to be confined to the restaurant, but now that the strain of SE associated with the contaminated eggs has been genetically “fingerprinted”, the Wisconsin outbreak is part of a much larger nationwide outbreak.

Wright County Egg issued a voluntary recall of shell eggs distributed nationwide when the product was linked to SE illnesses. Wisconsin has 21 ill, Nevada 30, Minnesota 7, and California 266 illnesses associated with the outbreak. This confirms CDC revelations that they have seen four times as many SE illnesses than usual reported each week for several months.

“These are the states with the fastest reporting systems, which gives the false impression that their states are where the illnesses are concentrated,” said the plaintiff’s attorney, Bill Marler. “In reality, there are illnesses nationwide that have yet to be counted. We have been contacted by SE victims is states as widespread as Oregon, Ohio, North Carolina and Arkansas. We expect this outbreak to grow.”

About Marler Clark

Marler Clark has represented victims of every major foodborne illness outbreak since 1993. The firm’s attorneys have litigated high-profile food poisoning cases against such companies as ConAgra, Wendy’s, Chili’s, Chi-Chi’s, and Jack in the Box. Marler Clark currently represents thousands of victims of outbreaks traced to frozen meals, ground beef, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, peanut butter, and spinach, as well as other foods. For further information contact Mary Siceloff at 206-719-4705 or msiceloff@marlerclark.com or visit www.MarlerClark.com and www.marlerblog.com.

Consumer Resource: Downloadable Family Food Safety Guide for Salmonella (PDF

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New Meals Offer Fresh Taste with New Steaming Innovation; Fewer, Simple Ingredients; and New Packaging

OMAHA, Neb.  (Food-News.net)  Today, Healthy Choice®, a brand of ConAgra Foods, Inc., announced the introduction of a new line of steaming entrees that will raise the bar for microwavable frozen meals. The brand’s new steaming entrees are simple, delicious and healthy, and have a clear plastic tray that enables consumers to see the large ingredients and the vivid colors of the vegetables, which are frozen at the peak of freshness. The new meals provide an inexpensive, quick new way to enjoy a fresh-tasting lunch full of ingredients consumers can see are different, while still living up to their healthy name.

The key to the new entrees is steam, which unlocks the fresh taste and vibrant flavors of the large-cut, quality ingredients. An innovative steam-release vent in the film ensures an ultra-convenient cook time of about four minutes, with no peeling, no poking and no stirring. The vertical box stands out on shelf, while the images on the box match what’s inside; the meals look and taste homemade, but without the fuss.

“This new line provides consumers with an honest-to-goodness meal,” said Jonathan Gray, manager of research and development at ConAgra Foods. “You can see the difference as soon as you pick up the tray – the meals are bursting with vibrant vegetables that are frozen at the peak of freshness, and hearty pieces of chicken and even shrimp. Unlike other frozen meals, the clear plastic meal tray and unique steaming film allows consumers to see every ingredient before steam-cooking in the microwave. The vegetables are bright and crisp, the meat is tender and the sauce adds a zest that will freshen up any boring meal routine.”

The variety and ingredient lists speak for themselves, as the meals feature generous cuts of white-meat chicken, vegetables frozen at the peak of freshness, and sauces that ensure a fresh-tasting, flavorful experience. The larger-cut vegetables, like whole cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas and sweet potatoes, steam fresh to maximize crispness and heighten vibrant colors, with no surprises and no compromises.

The new Healthy Choice steaming entrees will be available in grocery stores nationwide beginning in September for a suggested retail price range of $2.00-2.79. The line features eight contemporary recipes: Sesame Glazed Chicken, Garlic Herb Shrimp, Lemon Herb Chicken, Honey Balsamic Chicken, Chicken Romano Fresca, Rosemary Chicken & Sweet Potatoes, Portabella Parmesan Risotto and Roasted Chicken Verde.

Healthy Choice offers a variety of meals to satisfy any taste. For more information on the various Healthy Choice product lines, visit www.HealthyChoice.com. For special offers and up-to-the-minute information, stay in touch with the brand online: “Like” the brand on Facebook (www.facebook.com/healthychoice) and follow Healthy Choice on Twitter (www.twitter.com/Healthy_Choice).

Healthy Choice is a brand of ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) one of North America’s leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of America’s households. Consumers find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack Pack and many ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

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GALT, Iowa  (Food-News.net)  The following statement was released by officials of Wright County Egg regarding the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) investigation of potential incidence of Salmonella enteritidis (SE).

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa is expanding its voluntary recall (original recall date: August 13, 2010) of specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.

Eggs affected by the expanded recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. These companies distribute nationwide.

Eggs are packaged under the following brand names:  Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast.  Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, and loose eggs for institutional use and repackaging) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1720 and 1942.  

Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label.  The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number.  The Julian date follows the plant number, for example:  P-1720 223.

Prior Recall

Eggs under the August 13, 2010 recall are packaged under the following brand names:  Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.  Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, and loose eggs for institutional use and repackaging) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946.

There have been confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses relating to the shell eggs and traceback investigations are ongoing.  

Wright County Egg is fully cooperating with FDA’s investigation by undertaking this voluntary recall.  Our primary concern is keeping Salmonella out of the food supply and away from consumers.  As a precautionary measure, Wright County Egg also has decided to divert its existing inventory of shell eggs from the recalled plants to a breaker, where they will be pasteurized to kill any Salmonella bacteria present.  

Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.  This recall is of shell eggs only. Other egg products produced by Wright County Eggs are not affected.  Consumers with questions should visit www.eggsafety.org or call Wright County’s toll-free information number (866-272-5582), which contains a message outlining recall instructions for consumers.

We are undertaking this additional recall to further protect the safety of consumers – this voluntary measure is consistent with our commitment to egg safety, and it is our responsibility.

WASHINGTON  (Food-News.net)  Lee Crockett, director of federal fisheries policy for The Pew Environment Group, issued this statement today in response to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s decision to increase the quota for summer flounder by 7.35 million pounds to 29.48 million pounds for 2011. This reflects an 86.9 percent increase from a low of 15.77 million pounds in 2008. A National Marine Fisheries Service assessment indicated that the rebuilding plan is working and the summer flounder population has reached 89 percent of healthy levels.

“Twenty years ago, the Mid-Atlantic summer flounder population dropped to less than 15 percent of sustainable levels, due to overfishing. But thanks to a strengthened rebuilding plan, this fish has bounced back and is almost fully restored to healthy levels. The National Marine Fisheries Service considers summer flounder as one of the region’s most commercially and recreationally important fish. This remarkable success story offers further proof that management plans, based on sound science that stop overfishing and allow depleted populations to rebuild, really work.

“A fully rebuilt summer flounder population will mark an unprecedented milestone for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This will be the first time that all species – where the status is known – managed by the Council will be thriving at sustainable levels. We commend the Council for its efforts.

“Healthy fish populations provide better fishing opportunities; create jobs that support local, coastal communities; and help ensure stronger, more resilient oceans. A 2009 Pew report found that rebuilt fish populations in the Mid-Atlantic will generate an additional $570 million per year in direct economic benefits. And amending federal law to weaken or delay rebuilding depleted fish populations would deny coastal communities these important benefits.”

The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organization that applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. For more information, go to www.endoverfishing.org.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and HANOVER, Pa.  (Food-News.net)  Lance, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNCE) (“Lance”) and Snyder’s of Hanover, Inc. (“Snyder’s”) today announced they have received clearance from the U. S. Federal Trade Commission via early termination of the review process under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act for their previously announced proposed merger of equals.  The merger is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year and is still subject to shareholder approval by Lance and Snyder’s stockholders and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

“We are pleased with the quick and orderly review of our proposed merger by the Federal Trade Commission and their decision for early termination,” said Carl E. Lee, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Snyder’s. “We remain very excited about the potential strength and scale of the combined companies and the value that the merger will bring to our consumers, customers and shareholders,” said David V. Singer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lance.

On July 22, 2010, Lance and Snyder’s announced they had signed a definitive agreement to combine in a stock-for-stock merger of equals that will create a combined company to be called Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (“Snyder’s-Lance”).  In addition to leading iconic brands such as Lance®, Snyder’s of Hanover®, Cape Cod® and Grande®, Snyder’s-Lance will have a national distribution footprint including one of the largest Direct Store Delivery (“DSD”) networks in the United States.  

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes statements about future economic performance, finances, expectations, plans and prospects of Lance and Snyder’s, both individually and on a consolidated basis, that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements are based on Lance’s or Snyder’s current plans, estimates and expectations.  Some forward-looking statements may be identified by use of terms such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “will,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar words, terms or statements of a future or forward-looking nature.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by such statements.

Risks and uncertainties relating to the proposed merger include the risks that: (1) the parties will not obtain the requisite shareholder or regulatory approvals for the transaction; (2) the anticipated benefits of the transaction will not be realized; (3) the parties may not be able to retain key personnel; (4) the conditions to the closing of the proposed merger may not be satisfied or waived; and (5) the outcome of any legal proceedings to the extent initiated against Lance or Snyder’s or its respective directors and officers following the announcement of the proposed merger is uncertain.  These risks, as well as other risks of the combined company and its subsidiaries may be different from what the companies expect and each party’s management may respond differently to any of the aforementioned factors.  These risks, as well as other risks associated with the merger, are more fully discussed in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus included in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed by Lance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 13, 2010.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made.

For further information regarding cautionary statements and factors affecting future results, please refer to the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed subsequent to the Annual Report and other documents filed by Lance with the SEC, and the Form S-4 that has been filed by Lance on August 13, 2010.  Neither Lance nor Snyder’s undertakes any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Important Information for Investors and Stockholders

This press release relates to a proposed merger between Lance and Snyder’s that is the subject of a registration statement, which includes a preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus that has been filed by Lance with the SEC on August 13, 2010.  This press release is not a substitute for the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus that Lance has filed with the SEC or any other document (including the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus) that will be filed with the SEC or sent to Lance or Snyder’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger.  INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC OR SENT TO STOCKHOLDERS, INCLUDING THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, CAREFULLY AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER.  All documents, when filed, will be available in the case of Lance, free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) or by directing a request to Lance through Dee Noon, assistant to the CFO at 704-556-5727 and, in the case of Snyder’s, by directing a request to John Bartman, Vice President at 717-632-4477.

Participants in the Solicitation

Snyder’s, Lance and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed under the rules of the SEC to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Lance.  A list of the names of those directors and executive officers and descriptions of their interests in Lance and Snyder’s are contained in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus filed by Lance with the SEC on August 13, 2010.  Stockholders may obtain additional information about the interests of the directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction by reading the joint proxy statement/prospectus.

Bon Appetit Management Company launches innovative micro-processing program to support local farmers, provide summer produce to students during off-season

PALO ALTO, Calif.  (Food-News.net)  As students head back to school in the coming weeks, Bon Appetit Management Company has found a new way for its chefs to include tasty summer produce in their menus throughout the fall and winter, and a means to further support local Ohio agriculture. For the first time ever, Bon Appetit chefs at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College will serve ripe summer strawberries and green beans to students in the fall and winter. This is made possible because fresh produce has been harvested all summer long and then flash-frozen in batches specifically for use later in the school year.

The program, a partnership between Bon Appetit and the Center for Innovative Food Technology (www.eisc.org), is known as micro-processing: the small-scale preservation of locally grown foods through freezing. The just-picked berries and green beans are flash-frozen for use in the colder months to come, helping to extend the longevity of the produce in Ohio, and also contribute to a more robust, year-round foodshed.

Micro-processing allows Bon Appetit chefs to use produce that has been preserved at the peak of its freshness, much like home cooks have been doing for centuries with methods like canning, pickling and preserving. The program is part of Bon Appetit’s larger Farm to Fork mission, a company-wide commitment to buying from small, owner-operated farms within 150 miles of their cafes.

“For three years, our team has explored how to capture the vibrant flavors and nutrition that only the summer sun can offer,” said Bon Appetit CEO Fedele Bauccio. “We are very excited that our students at Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College will be the first to enjoy this delicious produce any time of year. Micro-processing allows us to continue our investment in local farmers and their terrific food year-round, and we look forward to bringing this approach to our other clients in the future.”

Johnston Fruit Farm is one of four farms participating in the pilot micro-processing project this year. Owner Martha Mora harvested over 14,000 pounds of green beans this past summer in Swanton, Ohio that will then be frozen in batches for later use by Bon Appetit chefs for their Ohio schools. “This effort from Bon Appetit is exciting for us, because it could become a model for our customers throughout the region,” said Mora. “We are thrilled that we can ensure our crop’s longevity and count on revenue during a typically slow time of year.”

The flash-freezing method is rapid, allowing the nutrients from the berries and green beans to remain in the food. Chefs will be able to use the produce in their creative dishes, serving menu items they would not otherwise have the chance to prepare during the colder months of the Ohio school year.

“Micro-processing local produce at peak season is a cutting-edge way to expand our Farm to Fork program in our chilly Ohio climate,” says David Apthorpe, Executive Chef at Case Western Reserve University. “As a local chef, it is exciting to be a part of something that is so supportive of Ohio’s agricultural system, and also going to enhance the options available to us chefs in the kitchen. We can’t wait to get creative with green beans and berries this fall.”

This year’s pilot micro-processing program will handle more than 30,000 pounds of green beans and strawberries, representing a commitment of $50,000 that will support Ohio farmers and regional agriculture.

About Bon Appetit Management Company:

Bon Appetit Management Company (www.bamco.com) is an onsite restaurant company offering full foodservice management to corporations, universities and specialty venues. Bon Appetit is committed to sourcing sustainable, local foods for all cafes throughout the country. A pioneer in environmentally-sound sourcing policies, Bon Appetit has developed programs addressing local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, cage-free eggs, the connection between food and climate change, and most recently, farmworkers’ rights. The company has received numerous awards for its work from organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council, Seafood Choices Alliance, The Humane Society of the United States, and Food Alliance. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Bon Appetit has more than 400 cafés in 30 states, including eBay, the University of Pennsylvania and the Getty Center.

JERICHO, N.Y.  (Food-News.net)  Friendship Dairies, renowned purveyor of high-quality cottage cheese and sour cream, launches a fully-integrated advertising campaign designed to convey the delicious all natural ingredients for which Friendship is known.

In the campaign, Friendship Dairies is taking a novel approach for a food brand by not actually showing the food in the ads.  Instead, the creative will feature containers of cottage cheese that have already been devoured, with headlines that include “Save your Willpower for Something Bad” and “Excessive Spooning May Cause Hand Cramps”.  Besides playing on Friendship’s all natural products, the empty containers also remind consumers that it’s perfectly ok to have a few extra scoops of food that’s healthy. The tagline reinforces this with “Dig In. It’s Only Natural”.

The creative work has a simple, clean composition that captures the essence of all natural cottage cheese: a wholesome, nutritional food, with no frills and none needed.  The design also reflects insights gained about Friendship’s time-starved consumer – who searches for companies and products that offer her quick and easy choices.

The integrated campaign, created by Partners + Napier, features a mix of print, shopper marketing, word of mouth and digital components.  Print and online advertising will be supported by a new website (Friendshipdairies.com) as well as trade show booth and shopper marketing materials such as FSI’s and Point of Sale.

Friendship® Dairies: Founded more than 90 years ago, Friendship Dairies is a leading producer of all natural cultured and pasteurized dairy products.  Friendship processes up to a million pounds of Grade A milk a day at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Friendship, NY.  The milk is delivered fresh daily and is used to make a wide variety of all natural dairy products including cottage cheese, sour cream, farmer cheese, buttermilk, and select yogurt products.  Friendship was acquired by Dean Foods Company in March of 2007.

Partners + Napier: Recently named by Advertising Age as runner-up for national Small Agency of the Year with 150 employees, Partners + Napier is an independent, full-service ideas agency with offices in Rochester, New York City, Atlanta, and San Francisco. The agency serves local, national, and global clients, including Eastman Kodak Company, Constellation Wines U.S., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and Bausch + Lomb.

SEATTLE  (Food-News.net)  Over the course of Starbucks 40-year history in the specialty coffee business, the company has consistently sourced the highest-quality coffee from all over the world. With that deep expertise in managing the fluctuations of green coffee prices in the “C” market, we have also maintained the highest ethical sourcing standards in the industry, with positive results. For many years Starbucks has diversified its coffee procurement into multiple coffee growing regions, and we remain confident in our ability to manage this dynamic effectively for our customers while continuing to build and maintain long-term value for shareholders.

Therefore, despite recent spikes in the “C” market, we are reaffirming the outlook we provided in our third-quarter earnings call July 21, 2010: We expect fiscal 2011 earnings per share to be in the range of $1.36-$1.41. We expect to absorb approximately 4 cents per share in additional commodity costs in fiscal 2011, primarily related to higher coffee prices, but also reflecting our ability to effectively mitigate a portion of the relative short-term fluctuations inherent in today’s coffee market.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements relating to trends in or expectations regarding, earnings per share and commodity costs. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information and are subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially depending on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, coffee, dairy and other raw material prices and availability, successful execution of the company’s initiatives, fluctuations in U.S. and international economies and currencies, the impact of competition, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2009. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

Company Continues to Reduce Waste, Energy, Water, Plastic and Product Calories

CINCINNATI  (Food-News.net)  The Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SDBC) today announced the release of its 2009 Sustainability Report which highlights its 2009 sustainability achievements against its initial goals.

SDBC President and CEO, Billy Cyr, said, “We pursue sustainability because it so strongly fits with the personal values of those who manage the company every day.  We have made tremendous progress by further reducing the plastic in our bottles, the calories in our products, the water and energy used by our plants, and the fuel needed to produce and transport our products.  These results have simultaneously strengthened our company and reduced the impact we have on the environment.”

The sustainability goals highlighted in the report include:

  • Continue to deliver annual, sustained growth by offering consumer-preferred products and by increasing revenue, volume and earnings (EBITDA)
  • Improve the wholesomeness of SDBC’s product portfolio
  • Reduce packaging materials and increase recycling content
  • Improve shipping efficiency to reduce SDBC’s carbon footprint
  • Reduce per-unit non-product related water usage by 25% by 2011*
  • Reduce per-unit energy usage by 25% by 2011*
  • Reduce per-unit carbon footprint by 25% by 2011*
  • Send zero waste to landfills by 2013
  • Enhance the wellness of our employees
  • Improve the communities in which we operate

*Baseline is 2007

“Our 2009 achievements are a great testament to the tenacity of our employees who have embraced sustainability with a passion,” said SDBC sustainability officer, Ellen Iobst.  “I am particularly proud that three of our six plant sites met our zero waste to landfill goal in 2009–four years ahead of schedule–with our remaining plants meeting this goal on Earth Day 2010.”

About the Report

SDBC’s 2009 Sustainability Report was developed using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) third generation (“G3”) guidelines are self-declared application level C.  The report is available at ww2.sunnyd.com/company/overview.shtml.

About the Sunny Delight Beverages Co.

Sunny Delight Beverages Co. is a leading producer of juice-based drinks in North America and Western Europe.  The company is dedicated to helping moms improve the vitality of their families by creating and marketing more wholesome beverages.  SDBC brands include Sunny Delight, Elations, Fruit2O, Bossa Nova, Veryfine, Fruit Simple and Crystal Light ready-to-serve beverages.

Study highlights:

— Eating moderate amounts of chocolate is linked to lower risks of heart failure among middle-aged and older women, compared to eating no chocolate at all.

— Experts warn Americans that the potential for heart health benefits from chocolate must be carefully weighed against the negative risks including excess calories and fat.

— This is the first study to examine long-term effects of eating chocolate on heart failure rates.

DALLAS  (Food-News.net)  Middle-aged and elderly Swedish women who regularly ate a small amount of chocolate had lower risks of heart failure risks, in a study reported in Circulation: Heart Failure, a journal of the American Heart Association.

The nine-year study, conducted among 31,823 middle-aged and elderly Swedish women, looked at the relationship of the amount of high-quality chocolate the women ate, compared to their risk for heart failure. The quality of chocolate consumed by the women had a higher density cocoa content somewhat like dark chocolate by American standards.  In this study, researchers found:

  • Women who ate an average of one to two servings of the high-quality chocolate per week had a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart failure.
  • Those who had one to three servings per month had a 26 percent lower risk.
  • Those who consumed at least one serving daily or more didn’t appear to benefit from a protective effect against heart failure.

The lack of a protective effect among women eating chocolate every day is probably due to the additional calories gained from eating chocolate instead of more nutritious foods, said Murrray Mittleman, M.D., Dr.P.H., lead researcher of the study.

“You can’t ignore that chocolate is a relatively calorie-dense food and large amounts of habitual consumption is going to raise your risks for weight gain,” said Mittleman, director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “But if you’re going to have a treat, dark chocolate is probably a good choice, as long as it’s in moderation.”

High concentration of compounds called “flavonoids” in chocolate may lower blood pressure, among other benefits, according to mostly short-term studies. However, this is the first study to show long-term outcomes related specifically to heart failure, which can result from ongoing untreated high blood pressure.  

In the observational study, researchers analyzed self-reported food-frequency questionnaire responses from participants 48-to-83-years-old in the Swedish Mammography Cohort. Combining the results with data from national Swedish hospitalization and death registries between 1998 through 2006, the researchers used multiple forms of statistical modeling to reach their conclusions on heart failure and chocolate consumption.

Mittleman said differences in chocolate quality affect the study’s implications for Americans. Higher cocoa content is associated with greater heart benefits. In Sweden, even milk chocolate has a higher cocoa concentration than dark chocolate sold in the United States.

Although 90 percent of all chocolate eaten across Sweden during the study period was milk chocolate, it contained about 30 percent cocoa solids. U.S. standards only require 15 percent cocoa solids to qualify as dark chocolate. So, by comparison, American chocolate may have fewer heart benefits and more calories and fat per equivalent amounts of cocoa content compared to the chocolate eaten by the Swedish women in the study.

Also, the average serving size for Swedish women in the study ranged from 19 grams among those 62 and older, to 30 grams among those 61 and younger. In contrast, the standard American portion size is 20 grams.

“Those tempted to use these data as their rationale for eating large amounts of chocolate or engaging in more frequent chocolate consumption are not interpreting this study appropriately,” said Linda Van Horn, Ph.D., R.D., immediate past chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee and professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “This is not an ‘eat all you want’ take-home message, rather it’s that eating a little dark chocolate can be healthful, as long as other adverse behaviors do not occur, such as weight gain or excessive intake of non-nutrient dense ’empty’ calories.”

Heart failure occurs among about 1 percent of Americans over age 65. A condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the rest of the body, heart failure rates are increasing as our aging population grows.

“Anything that helps to decrease heart failure is an important issue worth examining,” Mittleman said.

Co-authors are Elizabeth Mostofsky, M.P.H.; Emily Levitan, Sc.D.; and Alicja Wolk, Dr.Med.Sci. Author disclosures and funding support are on the manuscript.

Statements and conclusions of study authors published in American Heart Association scientific journals are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect the association’s policy or position.  The association makes no representation or guarantee as to their accuracy or reliability.  The association receives funding primarily from individuals; foundations and corporations (including pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make donations and fund specific association programs and events.  The association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from influencing the science content.  Revenues from pharmaceutical and device corporations are available at www.americanheart.org/corporatefunding.

Additional media resources:

  • Downloadable stock footage and animation are available at www.americanheart.mediaroom.com, click on “Multimedia Resources.”
  • The American Heart Association puts chocolate consumption into perspective, read about it here.

Growing Awareness of Heart-Healthy Nutrition Choices such as Soy Emerges from New Consumer Research

ST. LOUIS  (Food-News.net)  Americans increasingly recognize soyfoods’ ability to reduce the risk of heart disease and appear primed to embrace emerging biotech soybean oils with even more heart health benefits. The United Soybean Board’s (USB) 17th annual Consumer Attitudes about Nutrition survey reports that 34 percent of consumers recognize soy’s heart-healthy properties, up significantly from 27 percent in 2009. Eighty-five percent of respondents consider heart-healthy soybean oil (commonly labeled as “vegetable oil“) as very or somewhat healthy. Soybean oil naturally contains zero grams of trans fat per serving; however, there is always room for improvement through innovative technology.

“High-oleic, low-saturate and increased omega-3 traits will soon be available to food companies for better-for-you product formulation and the resulting benefits for the consumer could potentially increase Americans’ appreciation for heart-healthy soybean oil even further,” explains Lisa Kelly, MPH, RD for the United Soybean Board.

The Consumer Attitudes study found that, among respondents who are familiar with agricultural biotechnology, one-quarter are aware of the resulting health and nutrition benefits, such as increased vitamin and mineral content. Half also said that they view biotechnology’s role in food production very to somewhat positively. Biotech innovations allow farming practices that grow more food on less land with less water, fuel and pesticide/herbicide use – resulting in cleaner air and water as well as healthier soil.

Heart Health Concerns Probed

Consumers respond positively to products carrying heart-health claims on their packaging, which makes sense since over 90 percent believe they have the power to alter the course of their heart health with interventions such as diet and exercise, according to Mintel (Attaining Optimal Heart Health, December 2009). For example, the USB study found that 38 percent of consumers consider margarine to be healthier than butter; however, when the product includes a heart-health claim, attitudes reverse with 60 percent considering margarine to be the healthier of the two.

In response to consumer receptiveness to heart health claims, data from the Institute of Food Technologists shows a three-fold increase in new heart-healthy product launches over the last five years. The introduction of more biotech soybean oils to the market, such as those with higher omega-3 content, will likely increase these numbers even further.

Attitudes about Soy & Nutrition Explored

Americans overwhelmingly look for foods that maximize health and nutrition; in fact, 86 percent of Americans express concern about the nutritional content of the food they eat and 93 percent consider nutrition important when purchasing foods at the grocery store.  

Overall, soyfoods received a positive consumer report card, as 84 percent of Americans rate soy as healthy, up 25 percentage points over the last 13 years, and one-third of Americans say they purchase foods specifically because they contain soy. Americans indicate they seek out soy products because they are heart-healthy, low in fat, provide good sources of protein and can help to lower cholesterol.

Awareness and usage of soy protein products continue to climb as 37 percent of consumers eat or drink soyfoods once a month or more (as compared to 32 percent in 2009). Soymilk remains the most popular, with nearly one-quarter of Americans reporting they drink it regularly. Consumption of edamame (13 percent) and plain white tofu (9 percent) round out the three most popular soyfoods.

About the Study

USB’s 17th annual Consumer Attitudes about Nutrition was conducted by an independent research firm. The study includes 1,005 random online surveys conducted in February 2010, providing a sample that is consistent the total U.S. population. The study’s margin of error is +/- 1.9 to 3.1 percent, with a confidence interval of 95 percent.

About USB

The United Soybean Board is a farmer-led organization comprised of 68 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. For more health information about soy, visit USB’s SoyConnection.com. You’ll also find soybean oil innovation news (including information about biotechnology), up-to-date health research, recipes and two Soy Connection newsletters for the food industry and health professionals.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam  (Food-News.net)  PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), the world’s second largest food and beverage business, today announced that it plans to invest US$250 million in Vietnam over the next three years.

“I am pleased to announce that over the next three years we expect to invest $250 million in our food and beverage businesses in Vietnam,” said Mr. Saad Abdul-Latif, chief executive officer of PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa, to a gathering of employees, business partners and community leaders in Ho Chi Minh City.  “Vietnam represents one of PepsiCo’s most exciting growth opportunities, and this investment is a reflection of our confidence in this dynamic country and the talented people who live and work here.”

The new investment will be allocated to a variety of projects, including increasing manufacturing capacity, adding marketplace equipment like coolers, further strengthening existing brands and broadening the company’s product portfolio via innovation. The investment is in addition to PepsiCo’s investment over the past two years in two new manufacturing facilities, a new foods plant in Binh Duong and a new beverages plant in Can Tho.

Mr. Abdul-Latif also highlighted PepsiCo’s commitment in Vietnam to the company’s Performance with Purpose agenda of achieving business success while making a positive imprint on society.  He cited the company’s move to provide more eating and drinking options for Vietnamese consumers.  In addition to carbonated soft drinks, the company offers Tropicana Twister juice drinks, Aquafina water, Lipton ready-to-drink tea, and two new isotonic drinks, 7-Up Revive and Sting Pro.  And the company’s Poca brand snacks line includes a range of nut-based snacks.  He also hailed the work of local employees in the community, where PepsiCo is a large contributor to social causes such as healthcare and education.

“I am most proud of the corporate social responsibility initiatives undertaken by our team here,” remarked Mr. Abdul-Latif.  “While we are focused on developing our business and our people, we are equally committed to being an exemplary corporate citizen of Vietnam.”

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade – also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.

Cautionary Statement

Statements in this release that are “forward-looking statements” are based on currently available information, operating plans and projections about future events and trends. They inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: changes in demand for PepsiCo’s products, as a result of changes in consumer preferences and tastes or otherwise; damage to PepsiCo’s reputation; trade consolidation, the loss of any key customer, or failure to maintain good relationships with PepsiCo’s bottling partners; PepsiCo’s ability to hire or retain key employees or a highly skilled and diverse workforce; unstable political conditions, civil unrest or other developments and risks in the countries where PepsiCo operates; changes in the legal and regulatory environment; PepsiCo’s ability to build and sustain proper information technology infrastructure, successfully implement its ongoing business process transformation initiative or outsource certain functions effectively; unfavorable economic conditions and increased volatility in foreign exchange rates; PepsiCo’s ability to compete effectively; increased costs, disruption of supply or shortages of raw materials and other supplies; disruption of PepsiCo’s supply chain; climate change or changes in legal, regulatory or market measures to address climate change; PepsiCo’s ability to realize the anticipated cost savings and other benefits expected from the mergers with The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. and PepsiAmericas, Inc.; failure to renew collective bargaining agreements or strikes or work stoppages; and any downgrade of PepsiCo’s credit rating resulting in an increase of its future borrowing costs.

For additional information on these and other factors that could cause PepsiCo’s actual results to materially differ from those set forth herein, please see PepsiCo’s filings with the SEC, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. PepsiCo undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Health Benefits Increased in Many Areas Without Sacrificing Taste

BOCA RATON, Fla.  (Food-News.net)  The trailblazing company whose Smart for Life(R) weight management products featuring the cookie diet component has recently improved its Chocolate Chip Cookie to include the most protein offered in a meal replacement cookie on the market at a whopping 6 grams per serving. The amount of protein found in meal replacements is instrumental in curbing hunger, maintaining muscle mass, and providing energy, not to mention contributing to weight loss.

Smart for Life(R) continues to improve its 60% organic products to offer consumers better health benefits without compromising its great taste. In addition, the new improved formula on the market includes replacing Palm Oil with Canola Oil in order to provide heart healthy oils. Well-established heart health benefits of Canola Oil have been recognized by American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, as well as a qualified health claim from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on its ability to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to its unsaturated fat content.

In addition, Smart for Life(R) has incorporated HeroFiber(TM), its proprietary Super Fiber, that includes ForteFiber(TM) Soluble Dietary Fiber which helps to maintain cholesterol, glucose and insulin levels that are already in the normal range.

“Our innovative team of Food Scientists and Researchers have found the delicate balance between taste and functional health ingredients,” said Dr. Sass Moulavi, Founder and Medical Director of Smart for Life(R). “We are constantly thinking of what to put in the Smart Foods to improve the health benefits for all customers while keeping our delicious taste in our 60% organic products. You may not taste the improvements, but your body will certainly reap the benefits.”

Smart for Life(R) cookies are made without toxic preservatives, are 60% organic, and include a proprietary Super Fiber blend known as HeroFiber(TM). HeroFiber(TM) is also used in a drink its sister company, Better Health Beverage, launched called underWAY(TM). Many people use the cookies not just for weight loss but as a healthy meal replacement that is easy, convenient and actually costs less than they currently spend on food.

For more information, please visit http://www.smartforlife.com, http://www.under-way.com or contact:

Jessica Lieberman or Casey Miller of Behrman Communications at 212.986.7000

jlieberman@behrmanpr.com | cmiller@behrmanpr.com

High resolution photos, TV spots and interviews are available upon request

ALPHARETTA, Ga.  (Food-News.net)  Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, a food-borne bacteria.  The company is making this voluntary recall of products because testing at the company’s farm showed some of the eggs may contain the bacteria.

Consumers should return the eggs in the original carton to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.  Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.  These companies distribute nationwide.

Eggs are packaged under the following brand names:  Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.  Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946.  Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton.  The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number.  The Julian date follows the plant number, for example:  P-1946 223.

Consumers are reminded that properly storing, handling and cooking eggs should help prevent food-borne illness. The Egg Safety Center and the Food and Drug Administration recommend that eggs should be fully cooked until both the yolks and the whites are firm, and consumers should not eat foods that may contain raw or undercooked eggs.  For more information on proper handling and preparation of eggs and answers to other frequently asked questions, visit www.eggsafety.org.

The chance of an egg containing Salmonella Enteritidis is rare in the United States.  Several years ago, it was estimated that 1 in 20,000 eggs might have been contaminated, which meant most consumers probably wouldn’t come in contact with such an egg but 1 time in 84 years.  Since that time most U.S. egg farmers have been employing tougher food safety measures to help protect against food-borne illness.  Chief among these methods are modern, sanitary housing systems; stringent rodent control and bio-security controls; inoculation against Salmonella Enteritidis; cleaning and sanitization of poultry houses and farms; and testing.

About the Egg Safety Center

The Egg Safety Center provides scientifically accurate information on food safety issues related to eggs. We work with egg producers to provide them with the most up to date information available and are dedicated to educating consumers on proper food handling to reduce the incidence of food-borne illness.  For more information on egg safety visit www.eggsafety.org.

 

AKRON, Ohio  (Food-News.net)  Country Pure Foods, a leading independent producer and distributor of quality premium juices, announced today that it has been acquired by Mistral Equity Partners and Management from the affiliates of First Atlantic Capital and DN Partners. Country Pure Foods, an Akron-based company which has grown significantly over the past five years, supplies juice to retailers, schools, hospitals and institutions across the nation and is also a key manufacturing partner for a number of nationally branded juice companies. According to Mistral, the management team at Country Pure Foods will remain unchanged and continue to have an ownership position in the company.

“We are extremely pleased with our new ownership. They have vast experience in the food and beverage industries as well as significant resources that can immediately be applied to our strategic growth initiatives,” said Country Pure Foods’ President and CEO Raymond K. Lee. “Mistral shares our vision for rapid growth through product and customer innovation and we look forward to a profitable partnership.”

Mistral, a private equity firm based in New York City, brings specialization in the consumer, retail, and consumer focused media sectors and is especially attracted to businesses that are supported by strong demographic trends and fundamental changes in consumer preferences.

“Country Pure Foods’ broad product and packaging offerings, along with its ability to service customers across the foodservice, retail and co-pack channels, have positioned the company as an industry leader,” said Andrew Heyer, Managing Partner for Mistral Equity Partners.

“Country Pure Foods is poised to take advantage of a number of favorable trends in its core markets, including growth in spending on health care and student meal programs, the continued outsourcing of certain product categories by major juice marketers, and expanding private label juice programs.”

Country Pure Foods currently offers more than 350 unique products across 24 packaging types and 38 distinct flavors. The company’s diverse product offering is supported by three manufacturing facilities located in Ohio, Florida and Connecticut. Servicing foodservice, retail and private label segments, some of Country Pure Foods’ brands include Ardmore Farms, Glacier Valley, and Natural Country.

About Country Pure Foods, LLC

Country Pure Foods makes individually packaged fresh fruit drinks, juices, and nectars. Today, it is one of the nation’s largest independent processors of juice products for grocery and convenience stores, foodservice and contract manufacturing segments. Multiple plant locations allow Country Pure Foods to efficiently service its nationwide customer base with a broad line of product packaging alternatives for its own branded, as well as its private label and contract manufacturing customers. The company’s tagline is: “Take a fresh look at the juice industry” and its website can be found at www.juice4u.com. You can also find Country Pure Foods at twitter.com/countrypure and facebook.com under Country Pure Foods.

About Mistral Equity Partners

Mistral Equity Partners is a private equity firm comprised of highly experienced investment professionals and seasoned industry executives. The firm specializes in the consumer, retail, and consumer focused media sectors. Mistral’s principals have a long history of working together and identifying successful investment opportunities with these characteristics. For more information visit their website at: www.mistralequity.com.

ROSEMONT, Ill.  (Food-News.net)  U.S. Foodservice today announced that John A. Lederer will join the company on September 8, 2010, as its new president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. Mr. Lederer is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Duane Reade, a New York based pharmacy retailer recently acquired by Walgreens.

“John is an incredibly accomplished executive whose personal integrity and leadership style are a great fit for the culture at U.S. Foodservice,” said Edward M. Liddy, chairman, U.S. Foodservice. “John also has tremendous depth in enhancing the customer value proposition and improving the customer experience and I’m confident he will be a terrific leader for U.S. Foodservice.”

Mr. Lederer joined Duane Reade in 2008 and led a company-wide revitalization effort. Prior to Duane Reade, he spent 30 years at Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest grocery retailer and wholesale food distributor. Mr. Lederer held a number of leadership roles at Loblaw including President from 2001 to 2006.

Mr. Lederer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. He will be relocating to Chicago prior to starting with U.S. Foodservice.

About U.S. Foodservice

U.S. Foodservice is one of the country’s leading foodservice distributors, offering more than 43,000 national, private label and signature brand items and an array of services to its more than 250,000 customers. The company proudly employs 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide who are poised to serve customers beyond their expectations. As an industry leader, with access to resources beyond the ordinary, U.S. Foodservice provides the finest quality food and related products to neighborhood restaurants, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, hotels, government entities and other eating establishments.  With approximately $19 billion in annualized revenue, the company is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Visit www.usfoodservice.com to discover how U.S. Foodservice can be Your partner beyond the plate®.

From Hancock-Based Farm to Chips in Less Than 24 Hours; Community Celebrates ‘Fresh Rush’ Delivery at Wisconsin State Fair

PLANO, Texas  (Food-News.net)  Today, Lay’s, America’s favorite potato chip and a brand from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, announced a unique “fresh rush delivery” of Lay’s potato chips to the Wisconsin State Fair this weekend.  Within 24 hours, potatoes will have been harvested from the ground, cleaned, cut, cooked into delicious Lay’s potato chips and delivered to the fair. The Lay’s delivery truck will arrive with fresh Lay’s potato chips to share with the estimated 100,000 community members attending the fair on Saturday, August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The campaign marks another phase of the brand’s strategy to celebrate the people and communities across the country that produce its line of potato chips.

The potatoes for this particular run are grown on a nearby potato farm, Heartland Farms, based in Hancock, WI. The potatoes will arrive at the Beloit Frito-Lay manufacturing facility where they will be immediately unloaded, washed, peeled and cut into thin slices. Next, the potatoes will be cooked in all natural oil and then given a dash of salt. Within thirty minutes of coming off the production line, the chips will be inspected and sealed into bags to preserve their fresh taste. The finished product will then be transferred to the Lay’s route trucks that will go out for delivery. The chips will arrive at the Wisconsin State Fair less than 24 hours after the potatoes were harvested.

“Now more than ever, consumers are looking for ways to incorporate fresh ingredients and products into their daily diet,” said Linda Bethea, Lay’s brand manager, Frito-Lay North America. “We’re excited to shine a spotlight on the people and the steps we take to ensure our potato chips get to consumers as quickly as possible for the freshest taste.”

Visitors to the Wisconsin State Fair will have an opportunity to participate in family friendly activities including face painting, potato sack races, photo booth and a chance to talk with the Wisconsin state potato farmers. Attendees will also receive free samples of Lay’s Classic Potato chips. The community carnival will go from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin State Fair located at 640 South 84th Street West Allis, WI 53214.

More than 80 farms from 27 states across the country grow the potatoes that become Lay’s potato chips.  In fact, in 2009 alone the brand used more than 2.8 billion pounds of potatoes from these farmers.  In addition, Lay’s potato chips are made in 18 states at Frito-Lay facilities stretching from the East to West Coast and Frito-Lay employs a team of more than 40,000 people in all 50 states.

The Lay’s campaigns are supported by multiple agency partners: Juniper Park (advertising), OMD (media buying), The Marketing Arm (events) and Ketchum (public relations).

Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCO (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fritolay.

PepsiCo offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more that $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade – also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.

Erik Estrada, Lou Ferrigno and Charisma Carpenter of the Butterfinger Defense League Nab West Laying a Finger on Butterfinger; Fans Challenged to Join ‘The Good’ Fight in Butterfinger’s New Defense Game on Facebook

GLENDALE, Calif.  (Food-News.net)  Adam West has come full circle with BUTTERFINGER®. The classic caped crusader, who was hired to play “Batman” after being discovered in a 1960s Nestle commercial, was revealed today as the ultimate Butterfinger thief, a.k.a. the BARGLAR. The Butterfinger Defense League, comprised of popular TV defenders Erik Estrada, Lou Ferrigno, and Charisma Carpenter, announced today their capture and arrest of West, Butterfinger’s Most Wanted Finger-Layer, bringing to an end the League’s toughest case to date. West was unmasked as the BARGLAR in handcuffs after an arrest photo was released earlier this week by the Defense League, which first formed in April after a nationwide epidemic of reported Butterfinger thefts.

In celebration of the capture, Butterfinger today released an online video featuring West as the BARGLAR and also launched “The Good, The Bad and The Candy,” an innovative tower defense game on Facebook, starring Estrada, Ferrigno and Carpenter, allowing fans to play along with the League as they protect virtual Butterfinger bars from robot thieves. Available only online at Facebook.com/Butterfinger, the interactive game challenges players to put to the test “Nobody’s Gonna Lay A Finger On My Butterfinger!” and play against their Facebook friends, while competing for daily and weekly prizes.*

West, known for his tongue-in-cheek humor and involvement in comical, entertaining projects, immediately signed up when asked to portray the BARGLAR for Butterfinger. “How fitting that my career began with a Nestle commercial,” said West, who guest stars as the eccentric “Mayor Adam West” on the hit animated series “The Family Guy.” West has lent his recognizable voice to various “Batman” projects since first starring as the classic character in 1966. “I love the sense of humor that Butterfinger brings to its campaigns and really enjoyed working with Erik, Lou and Charisma to create a comical crusade in our video for the fans.”

By visiting ButterfingerDefenseLeague.com, fans can watch Estrada, Ferrigno and Carpenter use their combined skills of sexiness, strength and sass to capture West as the BARGLAR in action.

“The arrest of Adam West proves yet again how the Butterfinger Defense League has what it takes to protect your favorite candy bar,” said Nestle USA Confections & Snacks spokesperson Tricia Bowles. “We’re thrilled to add the iconic Mr. West to the final chapter of the Butterfinger Defense League story. Butterfinger loves nothing more than giving our consumers an enjoyable, memorable experience and what better way than through a hilarious action video and a fun game online.”

Estrada, Ferrigno and Carpenter spent a whirlwind year with Butterfinger, kicking off a national campaign to defend Butterfinger with their first appearance and media tour in New York City, followed by a nationwide search with G4 TV for the fourth member of the League. This summer, the Butterfinger Defense League debuted a sophisticated online interactive graphic novel and made an exclusive appearance at Comic-Con International, where hundreds of fans lined up for hours to meet the much-loved pop culture defenders. The winner of the consumer search, John Michalec of Indiana, was introduced as the newest Defense League member during G4’s live broadcast of “Attack of the Show!” at Comic-Con.

*About “The Good, The Bad and The Candy”

Available only online at Facebook.com/Butterfinger, “The Good, The Bad and The Candy” is an interactive tower defense-style game starring the Butterfinger Defense League as they protect a supply of Butterfinger bars from robot thieves. Game players work with Defense League characters Erik Estrada, Lou Ferrigno and Charisma Carpenter to use each of their special powers to protect the Butterfinger bars. The Defense League’s powers double when game players use a Butterfinger bar, and using the NEW! Butterfinger Snackerz, they can stop robots in their tracks. Each game play lasts 60 seconds. One $100 gift card will be awarded daily to one player and a $575 gift card to the highest score each week. Game starts August 12, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. EDT and ends September 8, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.  No purchase necessary to enter or win. Subject to full rules at ButterfingerDefenseLeague.com. Open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, 18 or older.  

About BUTTERFINGER®

BUTTERFINGER® is a one-of-a-kind candy bar with the crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery taste people love. No other candy bar comes close to the intense flavor and texture of a Butterfinger. Keep up with the latest news about Butterfinger at Facebook.com/Butterfinger or follow its sweet tweets at Twitter.com/ButterfingerMmm.

About Nestle USA

Named one of “The World’s Most Admired Food Companies” in FORTUNE magazine for 13 consecutive years, Nestle provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with Lean Cuisine® to baking traditions with Nestle® Toll House®, Nestle USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that enrich the very experience of life itself. That’s what “Nestle. Good Food, Good Life” is all about. Nestle USA, with 2009 sales of $10.4 billion, is part of Nestle S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness — with 2009 sales of $99 billion. For product news and information, visit Nestleusa.com or NestleNewsroom.com.

SPARKS, Md.  (Food-News.net)  Happiness is not just a state of mind; it could also reflect the state of your plate. According to the LAWRY’S® “What’s Your Flavor” survey, a nationwide poll of 1,000 U.S. adults that looked at the behaviors of people based on their flavor preference, fans of tart flavors (such as citrus) are the happiest across a range of personal and professional areas – more so than individuals who prefer spicy, sweet, or savory flavors.

The survey found that people with a tendency towards tartness consider themselves extremely happy overall, and are particularly happy with their family life, finances, work/life balanceeven their health.  These troubadours for tartness, representing the largest group, are also social butterflies.  The Joyous Joiners are extroverts who love to entertain at home, find it very important to join in social events in the community, and love to express their creativity.  This sociability also extends online – they are also active on the greatest number of social networking sites.

“We know that people love to express themselves through the food they prepare, so we wanted to take a deeper look at what excites consumers’ tastes,” said Erin Stine, product manager for Lawry’s.

If action is what you’re after, you may want to seek out a spicy flavor aficionado.  According to the survey, those who prefer spicy flavors are confident, adventurous people with a passion for travel.  While they are the biggest risk takers and can be impulsive, don’t confuse it with recklessness – this segment is also resourceful, analytical, and most able to “look at the big picture.” These Self-Assured Adventurers also have the biggest passion for cooking and enjoy the most diverse cuisines.

On the other hand, Sweet Lifers (those who prefer honey and fruit-infused flavors) are a family-focused group that are the most kind and most loyal, although you probably wouldn’t hear any of this directly from them because they are also the most modest. The taste preferences of Sweet Lifers are influenced by their parents, they enjoy family entertainment, and consider themselves spiritual.  

The final survey segment looked at those who prefer savory flavors (a touch of salt and seasoning). These Conventionalists are introverted, the least adventurous and describe themselves as homebodies.  They enjoy camping and hiking and love outdoor barbeques as well as American cuisine.  They are big fans of reality television and are passionate when it comes to politics.

Beyond looking at flavor and one’s personality, Lawry’s uncovered some interesting facts about the use and influence of flavors in cooking:  

  • About half of Americans say they are passionate about food, with more than one-third watching cooking shows regularly
  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they try a new flavor at least once a month, and 61 percent like to get creative with the food they cook
  • The biggest influence on flavor preference comes from “experimenting in the kitchen” (33 percent), followed by eating out (32 percent) and learning from their parents (19 percent)
  • We are a grilling nation, with people preferring to barbeque outdoors more than any other cooking method – in fact, 63 percent of respondents grill year round
  • Flavor is a family affair, with 7 in 10 respondents reporting that they enjoy cooking with their children

No matter what your flavor is, Lawry’s has something for you. If you’re a “Sweet Lifer,” you may want to try Lawry’s Hawaiian or Herb and Garlic marinades, while spicy flavor fans may feel confident about Baja Chipotle, Szechuan or Buffalo BBQ.  If tart is more your taste, try Caribbean Jerk or Lemon Pepper, while the savory savvy might want to try Mesquite or Teriyaki.  Visit www.lawrys.com to find the flavors that perfectly matches your personality and taste preference.  

About LAWRY’S

Whether you are cooking a quick weeknight dinner or grilling for a laid-back barbecue, LAWRY’S® full line of marinades, seasoning mixes and spice blends help create delicious meals that the whole family will enjoy. Each of LAWRY’S® signature products add a zing of flavor and excitement to everyday dinners providing busy families with the opportunity to spend less time cooking and more time enjoying their meal and each other’s company.

Survey Background

A national online study was fielded April/May 2010 with 1,000 completed surveys among those aged 18-64. Demographics were monitored to ensure census proportions.   The survey was conducted by the Harrison Group, a leading market research and strategy consulting firm headquartered in Waterbury, CT.