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Brookshire joins EPA environmental initiative

BY Alaric DeArment

TYLER, Texas — Brookshire Grocery Co. has joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill partnership, the supermarket chain said.

BGC said that by joining the initiative, it will work toward sustainability and protecting consumers’ health and the environment. According to the EPA, a typical supermarket leaks about 1,000 pounds of refrigerant gas into the atmosphere each year, and BGC said it would work to reduce those emissions.

"We continue to explore ways to positively impact the environment," BGC president and CEO Rick Rayford said. "This pledge demonstrates our ongoing effort to provide our customers with more than just a great place to shop. We are committed to the safety of our communities and our environment and believe this partnership will help us exceed standard business practices and be responsible environmental stewards."

The GreenChill partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their effects on the ozone layer and environment.

"This partnership will help us reduce harmful refrigerant emissions, protect the ozone layer, cut costs for supermarkets and consumers and protect our health and the environment," EPA GreenChill manager Keilly Witman said.

 

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Kraft’s new Crystal Light Liquid packs taste without the calories

BY Jason Owen

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Kraft Foods announced this week a new addition to its Crystal Light line of low-calorie drink mixes, Crystal Light Liquid. Crystal Light Liquid is sweetened with a blend of non-nutritive sweeteners and is caffeine-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and has zero calories.

"We’ve found that women are tired of choosing between taste or calories," said Adam Butler, senior brand manager for Crystal Light. "With Crystal Light Liquid, our new zero-calorie drink option, women can finally have it all — all of the flavor, but without the calories."

 

Crystal Light Liquid is available in six flavors: strawberry lemonade, blueberry-raspberry, iced tea, mango-passionfruit, peach bellini, and pomtini.

They are available in resealable, 24-serving bottles in mass market and grocery stores nationwide.


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Sargento Foods, Cheryl Burke promote healthy snacking

BY Alaric DeArment

PLYMOUTH, Wis. — A two-time winner of "Dancing with the Stars" and a food product manufacturer have a deal to promote healthy snacking options for women.

Sargento Foods hired Cheryl Burke to help share snacking tips and promote a new "Smart Snacking" website designed to help women build wholesome snack pairings and change their snacking routine. A recent survey by Shape Magazine indicates that 93% of women snack at the office, but 79% are unhappy with the options they have. Meanwhile, a panel convened by the magazine found that 60% of women regret their workday snack choices.

"Women who are always on the go want snacks that are wholesome, satisfying and convenient," said Burke, who is currently preparing for the 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars. "Snacking is a part of my daily routine because I’m always racing to rehearsal, dance performances and photo shoots. It’s important to keep my energy up."


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