Archive for June, 2013

Atlanta, GA  (Food News)  A new review in the summer 2013 edition of US Endocrinology found that low-calorie sweeteners can be used to both help prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes.

The study, “The Role of Low-calorie Sweeteners in Diabetes,” examined the role between excess weight gain and management and prevention of Type 2 diabetes from the currently available literature. Additionally, the authors reviewed the literature to assess the potential benefits of low-calorie sweeteners in diabetes management.

The review was conducted by a team of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine.

The researchers concluded that:

  • Replacing added sugars with low-calorie sweeteners can reduce the rise in blood glucose levels and aid in controlling weight.
  • Low-calorie sweeteners have no adverse effects on insulin and hormone levels and therefore did not affect weight gain.
  • Low-calorie sweeteners can help an individual adhere to weight loss regimens.
  • The use of low-calorie sweeteners can help to keep weight off over time.
  • Low-calorie sweeteners can have a positive impact on dental health.
  • For those people who do not have Type 2 diabetes, the use of low-calorie sweeteners can help to manage hyperglycemia.
  • The authors concluded that, “low-calorie sweeteners offer a practical method for promoting a reduction in caloric intake,” and therefore can aid in weight and diabetes management.

“This review adds to the growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that low calorie sweeteners can play an important role in the management of diabetes, ” said Haley Curtis Stevens, Ph.D., President of the Calorie Control Council, an association of manufacturers of low-calorie, sugar-free, reduced fat and “light” foods and beverages companies. “Foods and beverages sweetened with low calorie sweeteners offer lower calorie alternatives that can be important tools in the fight against obesity and diabetes.”

For more information on the study, visit: http://www.touchendocrinology.com/articles/role-low-calorie-sweeteners-diabetes



Denver, CO  (Food News)  Just in time for bikini season, low-carb enthusiasts now have even more options for eating on-the-go this summer.  Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., a leader in the weight-management category, announced today the introduction of three new entrees to its current line of indulgent, great-tasting frozen meals. Featuring whole food ingredients, such as premium meats, real rich creams, freshly picked vegetables and no added sugars or preservatives, Atkins™ has created delicious, convenient meals that help dieters stay on track.

“When we initially launched the line of Atkins Frozen Meals in January, we received an overwhelmingly positive response from consumers. Due to high demand, we’ve extended the line to give dieters even more savory and delicious low-carb meal options,” said Scott Parker, chief marketing officer of Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. “This Frozen Meals line offers low-carb dieters a convenient and satisfying solution to help achieve and maintain their weight loss goals.”

All of the savory, premium entrees are good for all phases of the Atkins Diet™.  The line contains no added sugars, are a satiating 310-390 calories, and contain seven grams of Net Carbs or less. New meals launching June 2013 include:

  • Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry
    Premium grilled white meat chicken breast, broccoli florets, green beans and red bell peppers in a sesame sauce
  • Chicken Marsala
    Premium grilled white meat chicken breast, Portobello mushrooms, green beans and red bell peppers in a Marsala wine sauce
  • Italian-Style Pasta Bake
    Custom Italian sausage and premium beef with penne pasta, classic tomato sauce and topped with Mozzarella Cheese

In addition to these three new entrees, the current menu of Atkins Frozen Meals includes a variety of options to please every taste bud from traditional comfort classics like Meatloaf with Portobello Mushroom Gravy to more premium Italian entrees such as the Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo with a real cream and Parmesan cheese sauce.  The current line includes:

  • Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble
  • Tex-Mex Scramble
  • Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
  • Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy
  • Beef Merlot
  • Crustless Chicken Pot Pie
  • Meatloaf with Portobello Mushroom Gravy
  • Italian Sausage Primavera
  • Chile con Carne

Backed by more than 80 independent published studies demonstrating safety and effectiveness, the Atkins Diet is a powerful weight loss program based on all food groups. Atkins Frozen Meal entrees are a deliciously different and convenient solution to help keep dieters on track to meet and maintain weight loss goals even when they do not have time to cook.  The new Atkins Frozen Meals are closely aligned with the nutrition principles of the Atkins Diet.

Current varieties are available nationwide for $4.49 (lunch/dinner), $3.99 (breakfast) with new meals rolling out in Walmart locations beginning June 2013. The new meals will also be available at additional select national retailers in July 2013.

About The Atkins Diet

Atkins, the original and leading low-carb weight loss plan, is a long-term, well balanced diet that teaches individuals to find their personal carb tolerance so they can lose weight and maintain their weight loss long term.  The Atkins Diet recommends a wide array of vegetables, low glycemic fruits, healthy fats, adequate proteins and also whole grains as one approaches their weight loss goals.  Dieters avoid foods high in refined sugars and carbohydrates. Learn more about our rich and satisfying approach by visiting atkins.com.

About Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. is a leader in the $2.4 billion weight control nutrition category, and offers a powerful lifetime approach to weight loss and management. The Atkins Diet focuses on a healthy diet with reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and added sugars and encourages the consumption of protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and good fats. Backed by research and consumer success stories, this approach allows the body to burn more fat and work more efficiently while helping individuals feel less hungry, more satisfied and more energetic.

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., manufactures and sells a variety of frozen meals, nutrition bars and shakes designed around the nutritional principles of the Atkins Diet™.  Atkins’ four product lines: Advantage®, Day Break™, Endulge™ and Cuisine™ appeal to a broad audience of both men and women who want to achieve their weight management goals and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Atkins products are available online at atkins.com and in more than 30,000 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit atkins.com.

Pittsburgh, PA  (Food News)  Americans enjoy the many benefits of canned foods, including convenience, value and ease of preparation, according to a new consumer survey commissioned by the Canned Food Alliance (CFA)[1]. More than 80 percent of respondents say they rely on canned foods to prepare meals at least a couple of times each month, with 61 percent of those saying they reach for canned foods at least one to two times each week.

The survey also reveals consumers’ misperceptions about canned food nutrition. At odds with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and many nutrition education organizations, which promote consumption of all forms of nutritious foods (canned, fresh, frozen and dried) for a healthy diet, consumer attitudes also are often contrary to decades of nutrition science that demonstrate the many benefits of enjoying food from a can.

“We know relying on canned foods to prepare quick, nutritious meals for ourselves and our families makes good sense and is backed by research that shows canned foods offer comparable nutrition to other forms,” said Rich Tavoletti, executive director of the CFA. “Americans continue to underestimate the value of canned foods in a healthy diet. We are educating consumers by sharing the realities about canned food.”

Top facts about canned food include:

  • Canned Food Offers Sound Nutrition to Help Americans Achieve Nutrient Needs – Canned food is filled with important nutrients, including fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy diet. Less than half (42 percent) of Americans surveyed realize the nutrients contained in canned food count toward meeting the daily recommended goals.
  • Canned Food Offers Comparable Nutrition to Fresh and Frozen – Research shows time-and-again that canned foods offer similar nutrition to fresh and frozen – and sometimes even offer higher levels of some important nutrients[2]. Only 27 percent of respondents agree that canned foods are as nutritious as their frozen counterparts and only 18 percent agree that canned food is as nutritious as fresh.
  • You Can Enjoy Canned Foods While Watching Sodium Intake – Canned food contributes less than 1 percent of the sodium in consumers’ diets. Only half (52 percent) of those surveyed know canned foods can be low in sodium, despite the hundreds of low sodium, reduced sodium and no salt added options found on grocery shelves. Bread and rolls, cheese, fresh and processed poultry and deli meats are some of the main sources of sodium in Americans’ diets. Canned vegetables and beans don’t even crack the top ten. Plus, you can drain and rinse canned vegetables and beans to further reduce the sodium content by up to 41 percent[3].
  • Canned Foods are Minimally Processed – Just as bagged salads and frozen fruits and vegetables go through minimal processing before being sold, so, too, do canned foods. And yet, 58 percent of respondents think canned foods are more highly processed than frozen or other packaged forms. Fruits and vegetables destined for cans are picked at peak ripeness and packed quickly after being harvested. After being cleaned, trimmed and/or chopped (if necessary), they are sealed in steel cans and then quickly “cooked in the can” to lock in nutrients and preserve taste and quality, similar to home canning.
  • Canned Foods Contain No Added Preservatives – Canning helps preserve and enhance nutrients and freshness of foods at their peak. Contrary to popular belief (67 percent), canned foods do not require preservatives as the canning process itself serves to preserve the food.
  • Steel Cans are Among the Safest Forms of Food Packaging – The steel can is one of the safest forms of food packaging available. They are strong, tamper-resistant and feature an air-tight seal to help keep food fresh and safe, yet less than half (46 percent) of Americans surveyed realize it.

“As we strive to eat healthier diets in line with USDA’s guidelines, including consumption of  more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and fiber-rich foods, Americans should be persuaded to reach more often and confidently for quick, convenient and nutritious canned foods,” said Tavoletti.

The CFA works to encourage increased consumption of canned foods through direct outreach to consumers with a variety of recipes and meal-preparation tips, as well as by partnering with dietitians, educators and policymakers to ensure they get the facts about canned food. For more information about canned food research, resources, the canning process, family mealtime solutions, recipes that use canned food and more, please visit. www.Mealtime.org.

About the Canned Food Alliance:

The Canned Food Alliance, a National Strategic Partner of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, is a consortium of steelmakers, can manufacturers, food processors and affiliate members. For more information about canned food research, resources, the canning process, family mealtime solutions, recipes that use canned food and more, please visit. www.Mealtime.org.

[1] Canned Food Alliance telephone survey (landline and mobile numbers) of 1,007 American adults by CARAVAN® Survey, April 4-7, 2013. Margin of error +/- 3.1%.

[2] Rickman, J, Barrett, D and Bruhn, C. “Nutritional comparison of fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables.” J of Sci Food and Agric, Vol 87, Issues 6 and 7, April and May 2007.

[3] R. Duyff, J. Mount, J. Jones. J of Culinary Science and Technology. Vol 9, Issue 2:2011.

Fort Washington, PA  (Food News)  Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI), a leader in weight loss with more than 40 years of proven effectiveness, announced today that in order to meet growing consumer demand for its Nutrisystem® D® 5-Day Jumpstart Weight Loss Kit, the company has ramped up production and will offer its product in 3,700 Walmart stores by the end of June.  Nutrisystem is a national strategic partner of the American Diabetes Association and the Nutrisystem® D® plan meets the nutritional guidelines of the American Diabetes Association**.

This new retail program for the Nutrisystem D weight loss kit and its expansion marks important progress in Nutrisystem’s overall turnaround plan, led by Chief Executive Officer Dawn Zier, who joined the Company in late 2012. Nutrisystem D 5-day kits were first made available at retail earlier this year in 2,000 Walmart stores, making a renowned diet with proven benefits even more accessible to Americans nationwide.

“A key element of our turnaround plan is to put a renewed focus on product and program innovation. Our Jumpstart kits embody this mandate and we’re pleased the kits are resonating with consumers,” said Dawn Zier, Nutrisystem’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re thrilled to offer our products at the world’s largest retailer and we applaud Walmart for all they’re doing to help their customers live healthier lives.”

According to the most recent CDC National Diabetes Fact Sheet, on average, there is a new case of diabetes diagnosed in the U.S. every 17 seconds. Another 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, meaning they are at high risk for developing the disease, which kills more Americans than breast cancer and HIV combined, and is a major driver of preventable healthcare costs.

“Consumers coping with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are turning to Nutrisystem year-round as a practical solution for managing their weight, which is so important for blood glucose levels and overall well-being,” noted Zier.

Nutrisystem D Kits at Walmart Product Description

The Nutrisystem D complete program, combined with counseling, is clinically proven and was developed specifically for people with type 2 diabetes who want to lose weight. It is a low glycemic diet (Low GI) based on more than 40 years of research.  With six eating occasions a day, it is designed to help keep blood glucose levels stable and to prevent appetite spikes.

VALUE:  At $44.98, the Nutrisystem D kit is an economical option for consumers looking to make the most of their weekly grocery budget.

WHAT’S IN THE KIT: The kit includes five breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners.  Nutrisystem® foods are intended to be combined with fresh grocery additions such as low fat yogurt, salad, fruit and vegetables. A free sample meal planner and grocery shopping guide is included with all kits.

COMPLIMENTARY COUNSELING BY PROFESSIONALS: Purchase of a kit also includes unlimited access to Nutrisystem’s Certified Diabetes Educators, registered dietitians and weight loss counselors.

ONLINE TRACKERS: Consumers can also take advantage of free online trackers to track glucose levels, fitness, food, weight, water and more.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit nutrisystem.com/walmart or call 1-877-643-THIN

**American Diabetes Association: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2012 (Position Statement). Diabetes Care 35 (suppl.1): S11-S63.

About Nutrisystem

Having helped Americans lose millions of pounds for over 40 years, Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) develops evidence-based programs for healthy weight management, and is the leading provider of home-delivered weight loss meal plans. Nutrisystem offers balanced nutrition in the form of low glycemic index meal plans designed for men and women, including seniors, vegetarians and the Nutrisystem® D® program for people with or at risk for type 2 diabetes. The Fort Washington, PA-based company also provides weight management support and counseling by trained weight-loss coaches and registered dietitians, as well as through an engaged online community, online tools and trackers, mobile apps, cookbooks and more. Healthcare professionals may learn more about the programs by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/hcp. Nutrisystem® weight loss plans, including the Nutrisystem© D© program, are available directly to consumers through www.nutrisystem.com, by phone (1-800-435-4074) and at select retailers.

Medina, OH  (Food News)  Sandridge Food Corporation today announced it has acquired a majority interest in RMH Foods, a leader in fully cooked refrigerated and frozen entrees. RMH Foods offers customers fully cooked retail, foodservice and specialized portion-control products utilizing Sous Vide, or cook-in-bag, technology.

This decision leverages Sandridge’s strategy to produce innovative solutions for a growing customer base that demands fresh, great tasting food.

“We are truly excited to begin our relationship with RMH Foods. We both are third generation family businesses, our core values are aligned, and both families have the commitment to create clean label, great tasting food,” said Mark D. Sandridge, CEO, Sandridge Food Corporation.

RMH Foods’ Sous Vide technology will help to expand Sandridge’s offerings by providing the capability to enter a new business segment that will now include “center of the plate” entrees – a complement to Sandridge’s expansive line of fresh soups, salads, sides and sauces.

This collaboration will also strengthen Sandridge’s ability to create and distribute a wider variety of products that allow for reduced sodium and no preservatives.

Located in Morton, Illinois, RMH Foods is well positioned to ship coast to coast coupled with Sandridge.

Under this agreement, RMH Foods will become a Sandridge Family Company, a part of Sandridge Food Corporation. Jon Rocke will remain on board as the RMH Foods President, and will receive extra support from the management team at Sandridge.

About RMH Foods

RMH Foods has a long history of innovation and evolution to meet its customers’ ever-changing requirements. From the company’s founding as a local custom processor through its evolution to a manufacturer of Fully Cooked Foods, the Rocke family has built a reputation for high quality products and lasting customer and industry relationships. Today, RMH Foods is recognized as a leader in providing Co-Packed, Private Label and Branded Fully Cooked Refrigerated and Frozen Entrees to Retail.

About SFC

For more than 50 years, Sandridge Food Corporation has produced fresh deli salads, soups, entrees, desserts, sauces and dips for the club, food service and retail sectors. A leader in the refrigerated foods industry in North America, Sandridge has built its rich heritage by having an unparalleled commitment to food safety, culinary excellence, innovation and world-class customer service. We consistently uphold our Brand Promise: To always provide unrivaled, great tasting fresh foods with consistent hand-made quality that enhances the reputation of our customers.