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AdAge: Budweiser makes patriotic packaging play

BY Gina Acosta

Budweiser, which has dressed bottles in stars and stripes in previous summers, is poised to make one of its biggest patriotic plays yet. According to a report in AdAge, the brand has sought approval for new labels that replace the Budweiser name with "America," according to a filing with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. (AdAge)

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Similac introduces first-ever mix-ins for toddler foods

BY Gina Acosta

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Leading baby brand Similac is launching a new supplement that is designed to mix into toddlers' favorite foods like yogurt, oatmeal and macaroni and cheese.

Go & Grow by Similac Food Mix-Ins is for kids 12 months and older and enhances foods with added nutrition like protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals as well as OptiGRO, Similac's  blend of DHA, lutein and vitamin E that supports brain, eye and overall growth and development. The product is actually a single-serve powder that doesn't change the texture of foods and toddlers don't taste a difference, according to Abbott, the maker of Similac.

"We all want our kids to eat healthy foods, but too many toddlers aren't getting the proper nutrition they need. According to a food consumption study, by ages 15 to 18 months, french fries are still the most common 'vegetable' eaten," said Tama Bloch, registered dietitian and pediatric nutrition expert at Abbott. "I'm a parent, and I know how tough mealtimes can be with toddlers, but it's important that parents teach healthy eating habits early in life. By adding Mix-Ins into foods like yogurt and apple sauce, parents can ensure toddlers get a high level of nutrition while learning to love healthy foods."

At home or on the go, parents can stir a packet of Mix-Ins into foods once or twice a day to complement their toddler's nutrition. Go & Grow Mix-Ins ingredients are not genetically engineered.

Nutritional Information for the Go & Grow Mix-Ins (per packet or serving size):

  • 3 grams of protein (20% daily value)
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • Calcium and vitamin D (10% daily value)
  • OptiGRO nutrients 

Available only in the U.S., each box of Mix-Ins contains 10 powder packets and has a suggested retail price of $9.99. It's available at all major drug stores and other retailers, as well as on Amazon.

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Nestle calls on FDA to issue lower sodium targets

BY Gina Acosta

WASHINGTON — Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, announced Thursday it is accelerating sodium reduction efforts and is calling on the FDA to issue new voluntary targets.

Nestle says it is committed to helping people consume no more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) – a target that is lower than the current U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommendation of 2,300 milligrams per day.

"Our food and beverages provide nutrition to people in 189 countries, and with this scale we have a powerful platform to contribute to better global health outcomes, including for heart health," said Paul Grimwood, Chairman and CEO, Nestlé USA. "We are committed to constantly improving the nutritional profile of our products, but we also recognize that effective solutions to public health challenges require broad, multi-stakeholder efforts. This is why we encourage our industry colleagues, along with others in both the private and public sector, to join forces and combine our varied expertise to help people move toward healthier eating patterns, including a diet lower in sodium."

Nestle also said it will increase the number of foods and beverages across its global portfolio that could reasonably fit into a dietary pattern that contains less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day (currently 43 percent of Nestlé's foods meet this target).

In the U.S., where Nestle products are found in 97% of households, progress to-date in sodium reduction includes:

  • Reducing sodium by an average of 10% compared to 2013 levels in 250 products across the entire portfolio of six Nestle pizza and snack brands — DIGIORNO, TOMBSTONE, CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN, JACK'S, HOT POCKETS and LEAN POCKETS.
  • Now, 99% of Lean Cuisine entrees can reasonably fit into a dietary pattern that contains less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day.

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