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Celestial Seasonings introduces teas to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BY Jenna Duncan

BOULDER, Colo. Celestial Seasonings teas has announced the release of two new specialty green teas in designer boxes to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Cranberry pomegranate and tropical grapefruit green tea varieties are being released in boxes designed by artists Dagmar Fehlau and Heidi Kummli who are both breast cancer survivors, the company said. The new boxes are part of Celestial Seasonings’ ongoing support effort of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Both green tea flavors are available at U.S. grocery stores and natural foods markets. They retail for around $2.99 per 20-count box.

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Striking a sour note: Candy Dynamics banks on wacky consumer cravings

BY Jenna Duncan

INDIANAPOLIS A small candy maker has been making big strides by marketing brightly-colored, extremely sour confections.

Three-year-old candy company Candy Dynamics markets candies with such gruesome names as Hi-Voltage Bubble Gum, Nuclear Sludge and Toxic Waste Hazardously Sour Candy. Toxic Waste candy comes in an appropriately designed bright yellow sealed drum container. Other novelty confections, like a like of sour candy sprays, come in brightly-colored packages covered with cartoon characters like mad professors and devious lab rats. And according to local reports, these off-the-wall items are big sellers.

Reports have said that something about this unorthodox approach to marketing candy has taken hold, spreading Toxic Waste across the United States. Projections have said that Candy Dynamics is slated to sell upwards of 28 million candy items this year.

Candy Dynamics’ candies are priced between $2 per Toxic Waste Sour Candy Drum and $4.50 per 3-pack of Sour Candy Sprays. Candy Dynamic’ products can be ordered from the Web site, www.candydynamics.com, or can be found at checkout counters nationwide at retailers such as Blockbuster Video, 7-11 stores and Walgreens.

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Gerber grows baby food offerings with organic, premium foods

BY Jenna Duncan

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. Gerber Products Co., has announced it is expanding its premium and organic baby foods varieties and reintroducing its organic baby cereals.

Three new dinner blends containing beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA; an omega-3 fatty acid) and one organic dinner flavor will hit shelves this fall, the company has said. They are: garden vegetables with whole wheat pasta, and macaroni and cheese with vegetables and vegetable risotto with cheese, all containing 18 milligrams of DHA, 2-3 grams of protein and a full serving of vegetables. Gerber’s new chicken with country vegetables and rice is organic and contains whole grains, half a serving of vegetables and 2 grams of protein.

Gerber will also again roll out its organic cereal lines, including organic rice and organic oatmeal varieties.

Gerber organic dinners contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, the company has said.

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