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Campbell’s Soup comes to Keurig Brewers through partnership with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

BY Jason Owen

CAMDEN, N.J. and WATERBURY, Vt. — Campbell Soup Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. today announced an agreement to launch Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup K-Cup packs, which will offer consumers the taste and experience of Campbell’s soups in a convenient snack that can be prepared at the touch of a button in Keurig brewers, the company stated.

“This innovative partnership is a win for consumers and for both companies, and represents another important step as Campbell expands into higher-growth spaces,” said Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Co. “Campbell is connecting with consumers in new and exciting ways. We expect this delicious Campbell’s fresh-brewed soup to provide consumers with a flavorful, convenient soup that fits their lives today.”

“Campbell’s is an iconic brand that shares our focus on harnessing innovation to delight consumers — making them an ideal partner as we take this first step beyond beverages for the Keurig system,” said Brian P. Kelley, president and CEO of GMCR. “The union of Campbell’s great taste and the speed and convenience of Keurig invites new consumption occasions and positions both companies to better meet the growing snacking needs of consumers in the U.S.”

Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup uses proprietary Keurig manufacturing expertise to seal in the ingredients’ peak flavor and Keurig’s single-serve knowledge to release an authentically delicious, perfectly-portioned snack. Combining the trusted properties of a Keurig Brewed K-Cup pack and Campbell’s savory recipes, Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup will deliver a flavorful, hot broth through the ease and convenience of the Keurig brewing system. Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup consists of a broth K-Cup pack and an included packet of dry pasta and vegetable blend garnish. Consumers simply brew a broth K-Cup pack over this garnish to create a satisfying snack in minutes.

The companies expect to launch three varieties of the new soup, including Homestyle Chicken Broth and Noodle, in 2014. They also expect Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup to be offered in the same aisles and retail sections of stores where Keurig Brewed K-Cup pack varieties are sold.


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Jones Soda Co. launches special-edition Halloween flavors at Target stores

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Jones Soda Co.’s series of Halloween-inspired soda flavors is returning to Target stores around the country.

The Seattle-based soda manufacturer said the 8-oz., limited-edition Halloween cans would be available in early September in four flavors — candy corn, red licorice, caramel apple and blood orange — representing traditional Halloween treats. Packaging will feature such characters as werewolves, zombies, vampires and Frankenstein.

"We wanted to create a special product for Halloween that would partner perfectly with Target, one of the country’s leading retailers," Jones CEO Jennifer Cue said. "These Halloween sodas represent the Jones way to do Halloween — by being fun, creative and colorful."

The cans will be sold as four-packs at all of Target’s stores in the United States, as well as Schnucks stores, Cost Plus World Market and Hastings Entertainment for between $2.79 and $2.99.

 

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Map illustrates state-by-state prevalence of rosacea

BY Alaric DeArment

BARRINGTON, Ill. – The term "red state" takes on a new meaning when one looks not at politics, but at the incidence of a widespread but poorly understood skin disorder that causes reddening of the face.

According to the latest data from the National Rosacea Society, residents of New England appear to have the highest incidence of the disease, while those in Hawaii appear to have the lowest. Rosacea is estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans, with the greatest prevalence — more than 10% of the adult population — found in Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut and the lowest — less than 5% — in Hawaii, New Mexico, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Rosacea usually begins after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go, but over time becomes ruddier and more persistent. Without treatment, bumps and pimples often develop, and the nose may become swollen from excess tissue.

"While these figures provide only a rough estimate, they appear to be consistent with what is generally known about the disorder," former Food and Drug Administration director of dermatologic and dental drug products and rosacea expert Jonathan Wilkin said. "Rosacea has been found to be very common in the fair-skinned people of England, Ireland and northern Europe, so it’s not surprising to see such a high incidence in New England, the industrial Midwest and other areas with large concentrations of these ancestries."

However, while some ethnic groups may be more prone to rosacea than others, it is found among all racial and ethnic groups. According to a survey of 600 rosacea patients by the NRS, nearly 52% reported having a family member who also had the condition, and 42% indicated they were of Irish, German or English ancestry.

"In addition to genetics, a more temperate climate may also contribute to this prevalence pattern, as changes in temperature are common factors that can exacerbate the condition," Wilkin said.

 

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