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Boulder Canyon Natural Foods introduces vegetable crisps line

BY Allison Cerra

PHOENIX — Boulder Canyon Natural Foods has unveiled its new line of vegetable snacks.

New Garden Select vegetable crisps offer a blend of 12 vegetables and provide a good source of fiber in each serving, the company said. The crisps, which will be available in hearty cheddar, red ripe tomato and sour cream and chive flavors, will hit store shelves at select grocery chains nationwide later this fall in 5-oz. packages that retail for $2.99 to $3.49.

"The growing snack trend is all about healthier snack options," Boulder Canyon Natural Foods SVP marketing Steve Sklar said. "We took the concept of vegetable snacks and really embraced the ‘veggie’ aspect of these crisps without sacrificing taste. They are every bit as delicious and addictively good as a salty snack should be, but are also better for you."

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Chobani’s Shepherd’s Gift Foundation announces $1 million pledge to Somalia famine relief

BY Allison Cerra

NORWICH, N.Y. — Chobani announced that its charitable arm is pledging $1 million to support famine relief efforts in Somalia.

Chobani said that the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation will donate the funds to the Global Enrichment Foundation.

Through their Convoy for Hope initiative, the Global Enrichment Foundation delivers food to people in route to Kenyan refugee camps and currently has provided food to more than 39,000 Somalia people to date. With Chobani’s $1 million pledge, these convoys will provide at least another 250,000 people with food. Additionally, Chobani’s $1 million pledge will be supported by a "Share Hope for Somalia" social media campaign, which will encourage Chobani fans to raise awareness for the cause within their social circles, the company said.

"We created the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation to support passionate people who are making a difference," Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya said. "That’s why we’ve chosen to partner with the Global Enrichment Foundation. Their work is inspirational and life changing, and we’re grateful for their founder, Amanda Lindhout, and her team’s dedication to solving this hunger crisis."

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Entry deadline extended for Product of the Year USA awards

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — The world’s largest consumer-voted program that recognizes innovation in consumer packaged goods has extended its entry deadline to Oct. 31.

The Product of the Year USA awards — which honor consumer brands that participate in the survey conducted by custom research agency TNS — initially had an entry deadline of Aug. 31. The winners of these awards are given the opportunity to tout the Product of the Year logo on their packaging.

Winners still be will announced in February 2012.

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