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Ahold USA announces certification of private-label coffee and tea

BY Ryan Chavis

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA announced that its private-label teas now feature the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, and that its private-label coffees are UTZ Certified. The announcement is part of an ongoing effort to be a responsible retailer, the company said.

“In all aspects of our company’s operations, we are working to minimize our impact on the environment today and for future generations, which includes promoting sustainability within our Own Brand line of private-label products, whether by the way the product is harvested or the material it is packaged in,” said Juan De Paoli, SVP brand management and Own Brands, Ahold USA. “The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal and UTZ Certified reinforce that Ahold USA is on the leading edge in sustainability with our private-label products. In addition, our customers also have the assurance that they are purchasing quality sustainable products.”

The Rainforest Alliance works to both conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods through promoting and evaluating the implementation of globally recognized standards in a variety of fields.

“Over the last seven years, the Rainforest Alliance has been working with tea farmers large and small to improve their social and environmental management practices,” said Alex Morgan, senior manager of sustainable agriculture at the Rainforest Alliance. “We’re thrilled that Ahold USA has become a leader in sustainable tea sourcing among retailers in the United States with its private-label brands.”

UTZ certification means that Ahold USA’s line of Simply Enjoy coffees have been produced to meet standards that protect the environment and promote good social practices. The certification program allows farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working environments and create better opportunities.

“We are excited to welcome Ahold USA as part of the UTZ Certified coffee program,” said Juliette Caulkins, managing director, business development Americas, UTZ Certified. “With the commitment of Ahold USA, UTZ Certified reaches a new milestone, endorsing the sustainability efforts of this quality supermarket chain in the USA, and creating opportunities for coffee producers worldwide to better market their product and improve their livelihoods.”

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H-E-B creates line of organic products

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN ANTONIO — Grocer H-E-B has introduced in March its own line of organic products that focus on everyday pantry staples such as canned tomatoes and vegetables, cereal, crackers, fruit and specialty spreads and coffee.

The new H-E-B Organics line, which also includes items throughout the produce and market departments like cheese and various beef products, is USDA-certified organic, which prohibits the use of GMOs.

Organics are grown using only USDA organic compliant fertilizers and pesticides suitable for use of sustainable soil management methods. Items do not contain any artificial colors or artificial flavors. For meat and dairy products, the H-E-B Organics label means the animals were raised on organic feed with no added growth hormones and the products were processed in a USDA-certified organic facility.

“As the No. 1 food provider in Texas, it is H-E-B’s goal to give our customers the best food choices at the lowest possible prices, and that includes organics,” stated Martin Otto, H-E-B chief merchant. “As a company, we strive for sustainability in our offerings and business practices, and we know our customers are thinking the same way. Demand for organic products has risen steadily over the past few years, yet many organics remain out of reach for customers on a budget. That’s why we are so excited to introduce our customers to H-E-B Organics giving Texas families an affordable way to go organic.”

As of Wednesday, H-E-B has introduced hundreds of organic items under the new label available at stores throughout Texas and Mexico.

 

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Breyers introduces new line of gelato

BY Ryan Chavis

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Breyers, a brand from Unilever, is expanding its line of products with the debut of new Breyers Gelato Indulgences, available in four varieties.

"Our loyal fans told us they want even more indulgent offerings from Breyers, and Breyers Gelato Indulgences is the perfect answer," said Alfie Vivian, vice president of refreshments for Unilever North America. "With its uniquely indulgent trio of textures, Breyers Gelato Indulgences can help busy parents create a great date night right at home, any night of the week."  

Consumers will be able to choose among four flavors:

  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Vanilla Caramel – Vanilla gelato topped with caramel sauce and caramelly curls;
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Raspberry Cheesecake – Cheesecake gelato topped with raspberry sauce and graham crumble;
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Tiramisu – Mascarpone gelato topped with espresso sauce, ladyfinger cookie pieces and sprinkled with cocoa; and
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Triple Chocolate – Milk chocolate and dark chocolate gelatos topped with white chocolate sauce and chocolatey curls.

Breyers Gelato Indulgences is available at grocery stores nationwide in a 28.5-oz. tub for a suggested retail price of $4.49 to $5.99

 

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