Beech-Nut releases healthier baby foods, beverages
LATHAM, N.Y. Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. is launching several all-natural baby food products and beverages, each with added health proponents.
Included in the launch are dry cereals, yogurt-blended fruit and vegetable juices and jars of baby food varieties containing ingredients like Alaskan wild salmon, muesli and whole wheat, enhanced with added Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 essential fatty acid. Select items boast health benefits for babies like aid in digestion, mental and visual development and healthy growth support.
Beech-Nut said 17 new baby food products will be introduced at grocery stores and retailers, including DHA Plus Sweet Potatoes and Wild Alaskan Salmon, DHA Plus Tropical Fruit Yogurt Blends with Juice, Good Morning Chiquita Banana Juice with Yogurt and Good Evening Veggie Delight Juice
The juices, jarred foods and cereals are part of the DHA Plus Baby Food and Cereal and Good Morning and Good Evening product lines that were launched last year.
Exclusive earth-friendly coffee now at Wal-Mart
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart has launched six coffees under its exclusive Sam’s Choice brand. The new coffees will be available in stores this April at $5.88 for 10 oz. to 12 oz. bags and are part of the company’s “Earth Month” campaign.
The Sam’s Choice coffees include products that are Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified as well as organic. In addition, the coffees are roasted by Cafe Bom Dia, a Brazil-based company that measured, reduced and offset its emissions to become the world’s first CarbonNeutral roaster.
“We recognize our customers’ desire to buy products that have a positive environmental and social impact, and we are proud to offer an affordable line of coffee that is sourced and roasted with sustainability in mind,” said DeDe Priest, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Wal-Mart. “For instance, if each of Wal-Mart’s 200 million shoppers bought one 10 oz. bag of Sam’s Choice Rainforest USDA Certified organic coffee, it would prevent 133 million pounds of fertilizers and chemicals from being released into the environment.”
Frito-Lay, Strauss form joint venture to operate Sabra
PURCHASE, N.Y. PepsiCo announced Monday it completed the formation of its joint venture with Strauss Group to operate hummus maker Sabra.
The venture, owned 50/50 by Pepsico’s Frito-Lay and Strauss, will make and sell dips and spreads, especially hummus—a spread made with mashed chickepeas, olive or sesame oil, and various spices—in the United States and Canada.
Sabra had 2007 sales of $65 million, and total U.S. sales of hummus last year were about $192 million, according to PepsiCo.