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Cape Cod Potato Chips releases three new flavors

BY Jenna Duncan

HYANNIS, Mass. Cape Cod Potato Chips has announced three new flavors added to its lineup, just in time for summer. They are buttermilk ranch, honey Dijon and sweet mesquite barbeque.

“Our quest was to find a rich gourmet flavor that offers the perfect pairing of America’s love for outdoor entertaining and people’s favorite snack-chips,” director of marketing for Cape Cod Potato Chips Heidi Daly Ford said in a recent statement.

Daly Ford continued, saying that the design team at Cape Cod experimented with many different flavors, revising combinations and conducting taste-tests for several months. She said that consumers seemed to favor mesquite barbeque-flavored chips, as well as buttermilk ranch flavor and honey Dijon.

In the United States, snack items have grown to become a $76-billion per year industry. Potato chips are the leading snack in the U.S. with the highest sales falling in the Memorial Day through Labor Day season. Cape Cod Potato Chips said that its products are popular at outdoor events, like picnics and barbeques.

Cape Code Potato Chips’ new flavors will enter major markets across the country this the summer. The 8-ounce bags retail for about $2 retail bags. All products are also available on the Cape Cod Potato Chips Web site, www.capecodchips.com.

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AMA declares high fructose syrup just as safe as other sweeteners

BY Jenna Duncan

CHICAGO The American Medical Association yesterday announced its conclusion that high fructose syrup does not seem to contribute any more to obesity rates or other ill health effects than other calorie-containing sweeteners. However, the AMA asked for further investigations into the effects of high fructose syrup and other sweetening products on individuals’ health. The AMA reported its findings at its annual policy meeting in Chicago this week.

“At this time there is insufficient evidence to restrict the use of high fructose syrup or label products that contain it with a warning,” William Dolan, M.D., an AMA board member yesterday told the media. “We do recommend consumers limit the amount of all added caloric sweeteners to no more than 32 grams of sugar daily based on a 2,000 calorie diet in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”

Sweeteners in the high fructose group are those items made from starches that come from staples like rice and wheat. High fructose syrups are commonly used as additives in foods like breakfast cereal, bread, desserts and soft drinks.

So far, only short term effects of high fructose use have been studied. The AMA has suggested that people should maintain a minimal use of items like high-caloric sweeteners, in order to control obesity and avoid some types of diabetes.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group set to construct distribution/production center in California

BY Jenna Duncan

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group today announced the finalization of a plan to build a distribution/production plant in Victorville, Calif.

The company said that the new $120 million facility will be built at Southern California Logistics Airport at the site of former George Air Force Base. This area was selected for its access to air, ground and train shipping services.

The site will feature an 8,500-acre “multimodal freight transportation hub” and a plant housed within an 850,000-square-foot building sprawling 57 acres. The company plans to employ more than 200 people at the plant, making it the largest Dr Pepper Snapple Western locale.

Construction of the distribution/production center will begin in October. The company plans to have the doors open by early 2010. When completed, the plant will have the ability to produce about 40 million cases of product each year. The company said that covers about 20 percent of the United States.

At the new operation in Victorville, Dr Pepper Snapple said it will produce soft drinks, juices, energy drinks, ready-to-drink teas and other premium beverages. The Dr Pepper Snapple Group owns more than 50 beverage brands including Dr Pepper and Snapple brands; the company’s portfolio includes A&W, Canada Dry, Hawaiian Punch, Schweppes, 7UP and Yoo-hoo.

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