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Australian-imported simmer sauces invade U.S. condiment aisles

BY Jenna Duncan

COLLINSVILLE, Conn. The popular Australian brand, Passage to India, is bringing its simmer sauces to U.S. retailers.

The all-natural sauces are available in five flavors: butter chicken, korma, rogan josh, tikka masala and vindaloo. Passage to India said the spices used in its sauces come from India and Southeast Asia, and each sauce is free of corn flour, gluten, MSG, preservatives and genetically-modified vegetables.

A representative from Passage Foods USA , the company marketing Passage to India simmer sauces in the U.S., said that they’ve expanded to the U.S. market because of a growing demand for Indian and Asian spices.

“The ethnic food market is a $75 billion industry in the U.S. and while Hispanic foods remain the category leader, the Asian retail segment is valued at near $3.5 billion,” Passage Foods USA founder, Jennifer MacKenzie, said. “The Asian restaurant segment grew over 13 percent in 2007 and the number of retail grocery offerings is only now developing as more people try cooking Indian, Thai and Asian foods at home.”

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Malt-O-Meal recalls several cereals

BY Jenna Duncan

MINNEAPOLIS Malt-O-Meal Co., makers of popular cereals like Frosted Flakes, Golden Puffs and Honey Graham squares, announced a voluntary recall of its unsweetened Puffed Rice and unsweetened Puffed Wheat cereals, sold in the United States.

The company said Saturday that there could be possible health risks with the above mentioned cereal brand boxes with “use by” dates of APR0808 and MAR1809. During a routine safety test, Salmonella was discovered in some products. The cereal group said no illnesses have been reported to date, but these items were recalled immediately.

Chris Neugent, president of Malt-O-Meal, apologized for the recall saying the company was claiming it as a precautionary measure to protect public safety.

“It’s important that we spread the word about this situation quickly and broadly in order to remove even the slightest possibility that someone will consume something harmful,” Neugent said, “We apologize for this situation and promise to do everything to complete the recall as quickly as possible.”

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All-natural nectarine juice maker introduces energizing smoothie

BY Jenna Duncan

ORLANDO, Fla. Sun Shower company has launched its new Stamina Superfood Smoothie an all-natural juice product that purportedly boosts energy and endurance and provides the nutrition of three servings of fruit.

NBI Juiceworks has said the Stamina Superfood Smoothie is made from 100 percent nectarine juice. The smoothies contain more than 20 vitamins and nutrients as well as amino acids, antioxidants and electrolytes, and they are infused with green tea extract.

Chris New, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NBI Juiceworks, the company that produces and distributes Sun Shower nectarine juices, said, “To help keep you performing at your best, your body and mind need powerful vitamins and nutrients. That’s why we created Stamina Superfood Smoothie.”

The NBI Juiceworks (New Beverage Insights Juiceworks) company was founded in Orlando in 2005.

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