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Campbell reduces sodium in V8 products

BY Allison Cerra

CAMDEN, N.J. Campbell’s is making consuming vegetables healthier by reducing the sodium content in its V8 vegetable juices, the company announced Thursday.

The company will roll out original V8 100% vegetable juice with 420-mL of sodium per 8-oz. glass –– a 12% reduction. This marks the second sodium reduction rolled out by Campbell in the last three years.

In line with making its products healthier, the makers of V8 juice are also introducing V8 V-Lite, a light, smooth tasting vegetable juice blend. V8 V-Lite delivers one full serving of vegetables, has only 35 calories and meets heart-healthy sodium levels at 380-mL per 8-oz. glass. This juice blend is perfect for those who love the convenience of drinking their vegetables but want a lighter texture and smoother, crisper taste. V8 V-Lite juice blend is available in 64-oz. bottles at select supermarkets and mass merchandise stores nationwide and retails for the budget-friendly price of $2.99 a bottle.

“Our goal for V8 juices is to provide people with a variety of great-tasting, healthy beverages that help them to get their vegetable servings,” said Dale Clemiss, VP beverage marketing for V8 Beverages. “We are proud that now our entire line of V8 juices meets or in some cases even exceeds government standards for healthy foods, while still providing the taste that people know and love.”

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Dr Pepper raises a bottle to 125th anniversary

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper celebrated its 125th anniversary by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange earlier this week.

To keep the merriment going, Dr Pepper will launch a wide range of activities to share the celebration of 125 years with the consumers who made its success possible. This includes an ad of Dr Pepper Cherry debuting during Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, with a new spot featuring “Doctor Love” Gene Simmons, joined by Paul Stanley and their KISS band mates.

“Dr Pepper has an unrivaled taste and a maverick spirit,” said Tony Jacobs, VP marketing for Dr Pepper. “Starting out 125 years ago as a regional drink, Dr Pepper has expanded into a revered national brand by connecting with consumers because of its unique taste and the brand’s dedication to making emotional connections with its consumers.”

Boasting the No.4 position as bestselling soft drink brand, Dr Pepper grew U.S. volume an average 4% per year over the last 20 years. Such innovations as the introduction of 23 flavor varieties (both permanent and limited edition offerings) and the recent “Trust Me, I’m a Dr” campaign, which featured an array of celebrities, the brand assures its consumers it will be around for a long time.

“We want Dr Pepper-lovers everywhere to know that we are committed to providing the same great taste experience that they’ve come to expect from Dr Pepper for many years to come,” Jacobs added.

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Ashlee Simpson-Wentz unwraps new Pieces Candies from Hershey

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Singer, songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, who first achieved success in her music career with her debut song “Pieces of Me,” celebrated another “Pieces” debut Thursday as Hershey Co. adds to its Pieces Candies line.

Building off the success of the popular Reese’s Pieces candy, the new Pieces Candies offer snackable, bite-sized versions of classic favorites including: York, Almond Joy and Hershey’s Special Dark.

In line with the launch, fans lined up at the Hershey’s Times Square store in New York City Thursday for a chance to meet Simpson-Wentz and exchange wrappers from their favorite Hershey’s candy bars for free bags of the corresponding Pieces Candies flavor. The event kicks off a two-week Pieces Wrapper Reward Program inviting consumers across the country to visit www.piecescandies.com and mail in a full-size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, York Peppermint Pattie, Almond Joy candy bar or Hershey’s Special Dark dark chocolate bar wrapper in exchange for a coupon good towards a free bag of the corresponding Pieces flavor.

“I have always loved Reese’s Pieces candy and was excited to learn that bite-sized versions of York, Almond Joy and Hershey’s Special Dark would be making their Pieces Candies debut. With my busy schedule, I am constantly on the go and Pieces Candies are great for enjoying anytime,” said Simpson-Wentz.

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