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Borden’s LALA brand unveils new yogurt drinks

BY Gina Acosta

DALLAS — LALA, a Borden Dairy brand, is expanding its yogurt products line to include two new smoothie drinks. 

LALA Healthies Curb is the first of the brand's new Healthies line, which will focus on better-for-you varieties while still offering the taste and convenience of LALA's signature Yogurt Smoothies. LALA has plans to expand upon this launch with other healthful yogurt smoothie varieties in the coming year.

LALA 100 Calorie is a portion-controlled yogurt smoothie great for those watching calories without sacrificing taste. While 100 calorie spoonable yogurts have been on the market and performing well for some time, consumers have not had the luxury of a portion controlled, on-the-go drinkable yogurt.

LALA Healthies Curb and LALA 100 Calorie join LALA's signature line of Greek and Core Yogurt Smoothies. All LALA Yogurt Smoothies contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors and are made with real fruit.

"LALA yogurt smoothies are loved by consumers for the taste, convenience and quality ingredients. We know that 59% of yogurt drinkers consume them as a meal, so we wanted to provide options for people who regularly eat on the run, but don't want to sacrifice flavor or nutrition," said Desiree Johnson, director of marketing at Borden Dairy. "We are continuously looking to provide our customers with added benefits and new LALA Healthies Curb and LALA 100 Calorie are a great way to do so."

LALA Healthies Curb will be available at grocery stores and retailers nationwide beginning July in four-packs of 6.7 oz. bottles. LALA 100 Calorie will be available at grocery stores and retailers nationwide beginning July in four-packs of 7 oz. bottles.

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Snackwell’s expands into breakfast category with new biscuit thins

BY Gina Acosta

NAPLES, Fla. — SnackWell's, a pioneer in the low-fat snack category, has expanded into the breakfast product category with new better-for-you Biscuit Thins.

SnackWell's Biscuit Thins are made with 100% whole grains, are a great source of protein and fiber, and are free from high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils.  With four biscuits per package, the new Biscuit Thins are a portable and convenient way for people who are on-the-go to snack healthy.

SnackWell's Biscuit Thins feature real coffee and are available in three delicious flavors: 
• Caramel Macchiato: Sweetly satisfying, the Caramel Macchiato Biscuit Thins are the perfect balance of buttery caramel and espresso flavors combined with real coffee.
• Dark Chocolate Mocha: These biscuit thins feature the rich flavors of dark chocolate and mocha.
• French Vanilla Latte: Deliciously rich and smooth coffee and vanilla flavors meet real coffee in the French Vanilla Latte Biscuit Thins.

"We're really excited to introduce our new Biscuit Thins, which allows us to expand into different dayparts and give consumers more opportunities to enjoy our better-for-you snacks throughout their day," said Vincent Fantegrossi, Chief Executive Officer, Back to Nature Foods Company. "We understand that our consumers lead busy lifestyles and look for smart snack options that are convenient and better-for-you, which is why our Biscuit Thins are available in a variety of flavors that they can enjoy while on-the-go."

SnackWell's products are distributed in the United States through leading retailers, including Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Safeway, Walmart, Food Lion, Hannaford, ShopRite, PriceRite, Kroger, Publix and Target. 

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Mondelez International renews $2M pledge toward disaster aid

BY Gina Acosta

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Mondelez International Foundation announced the renewal of a two-year, $2 million pledge on Wednesday to help leading global disaster relief organizations deliver humanitarian aid more quickly.

The foundation works with two partners – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the American Red Cross – to respond to both international and domestic natural disasters. The IFRC represents 190 member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, including the American Red Cross, empowered by a network of 17 million volunteers worldwide.

"Support from the Mondelez International Foundation has helped communities affected by disasters around the globe restore their well-being," said Sarah Delea, President of the Mondelez International Foundation and Senior Director of Global Well-being and Community Involvement. "We're proud of our long-standing partnership with IFRC and American Red Cross. This pledge deepens our commitment to protecting the well-being of people and the planet by enabling our partners to help people and communities before, during and after a disaster."

By supporting the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund and participating in the American Red Cross' Annual Disaster Giving Program, the Mondelez International Foundation is helping provide a reliable, pre-funded base of financial support for immediate response when disaster strikes.

"The DREF ensures that immediate financial support is available for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Society emergency response work, assisting millions of people worldwide every year," said Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC Under Secretary General for Partnerships. "We can only do this thanks to partners such as Mondelez International. Support to our DREF enables us to truly make a difference in the lives of people affected by disasters and crises."

As one of the largest National Red Cross Societies, the American Red Cross is frequently called to assist with international disasters in addition to their domestic support.

"Ongoing financial support from Annual Disaster Giving Program members, such as Mondelez International, helps create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance," said David Staszak, Red Cross chief development officer. "Money donated by the public and ADGP is essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster."

Over the last 25 years, Mondelez International has contributed more than $1.8 billion in cash and food to charitable organizations around the world. In addition, as part of a multi-year, $50 million commitment, the Mondelez International Foundation works with global NGO partners to empower communities to embrace active and healthier lifestyles across 13 markets around the world.
 

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