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Arizona Beverages announces partnership with Skinnygirl

BY Ryan Chavis

WOODBURY, N.Y. — Arizona Beverages will partner with the Skinnygirl brand to produce Skinnygirl Sparklers, a new line of sparkling waters. The announcement was made on Monday by Skinnygirl creator Bethenny Frankel on her daytime talk show, "Bethenny."

The beverages will launch in New York, Florida and Chicago at the end of November, with national distribution to follow. Skinnygirl Sparklers will come in four flavors: Tangerine Mango, Strawberry Lemonade, Pink Grapefruit and Pineapple Coconut.

"This partnership was a natural fit. We love creating new products for our fans who are looking for innovative, low-calorie options. Bethenny has developed a fantastic brand with Skinnygirl, she has a loyal fan base and is a remarkable businesswoman. We look forward to working with her to bring more great tasting flavors of Skinnygirl Sparklers to market," said Wesley Vultaggio, co-owner and creative director of Arizona Beverages.

Frankel is inviting viewers to create new flavors for the Skinnygirl Sparkler line as part of the "Create the Next Skinnygirl Sparkler" contest. The winning entry will receive a $10,000 cash prize from Arizona Beverages. Viewers can submit their recipes on Bethenny.com.

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H-E-B bucks retail trend by closing early on Thanksgiving Day

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B has opted to buck the trend of retailers opening their doors to Black Friday deals as early as Thanksgiving Day, the company announced Friday. 

"In its continued commitment to support the well-being of families throughout Texas, H-E-B will close early on Thanksgiving Day and will re-open the following morning at normal store hours," H-E-B stated. "Contrary to the common retail practice of moving Black Friday events earlier and earlier each year, H-E-B stands strong in its decision to put family first this holiday season and honor the cherished traditions held by families throughout Texas."

"At H-E-B, we believe that family matters more than anything else, especially during the holiday season," stated H-E-B president Craig Boyan. "We feel strongly that our customers and partners should have the opportunity to spend quality time with their loved ones." 

However, that doesn’t mean H-E-B is not participating in Black Friday promotions. 

"Our customers can once again expect to see amazing Black Friday deals in all H-E-B plus! locations on their favorite brands and products in electronics, toys, housewares and more," commented Bill Anderson, H-E-B group VP general merchandise. "Our everyday commitment to low prices is especially paramount this holiday season, and we look forward to providing each community with opportunities to save without having to sacrifice time with those they care about most during this special time of year." 

 

 

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Ahold calls on pork suppliers to stop using gestation crates for pregnant sows by 2022

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA is encouraging pork suppliers to start using open housing for pregnant sows by 2022, the supermarket retailer said Friday.

The company, which owns the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains, as well as the Peapod online grocery service, said it wanted suppliers to transition from gestation crates to open housing, with the option of using gestation crates during appropriate times to keep sows and piglets healthy and safe.

"Animal welfare is a fundamental part of our responsible retailing practices, and we intend to work with the most reputable suppliers to source safe and affordable pork produced with respect for the animal," Ahold USA VP responsible retailing Jihad Rizkallah said. "Our goal is to work with suppliers who are moving towards a less restrictive environment."

 

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