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Coke opening world’s largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling facility

BY Melissa Valliant

ATLANTA The Coca-Cola Company, as well as the many other beverage manufacturers that use plastic packaging, faced significant criticism last year from environmental organizations that accused them of carelessly adding to the world’s limited landfill space. Beginning Jan. 14, Coca-Cola is responding to such criticism with the opening of the world’s largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C.

Jointly owned by Coca-Cola and United Resource Recovery Corp., a Spartanburg-based PET plastic recycling company, the 30-acre plant is expected to produce approximately 100 million lbs of food-grade recycled PET plastic, or about 2 billion 20-oz Coke bottles.

This effort is meant to aid the company in completing their goal of recycling or reusing 100% of its bottles and cans in the United States.

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Funky Monkey Snacks offer portable solution for dieters who snack

BY Jenna Duncan

FISHERS, Ind. Funky Monkey Snacks has launched its new, “go-anywhere,” pre-packaged fruit snacks aimed at helping dieters fulfill snack cravings in a healthy way.

Funky Monkey fruit snacks are bite-sized and freeze-dried for crispiness. The company said that a 1-ounce snack package contains enough fruit to fulfill three of the four recommended daily servings.

“New Year’s is a time when people resolve to eat better and lose weight,” Matt Herzog, president of Funky Monkey Snacks said. “Replacing junk food and unhealthy snacks with Funky Monkey gives your body the vitamins and minerals it needs while eliminating empty calories—and they’re totally delicious.”

Funky Monkey Snack varieties have fun names such as Bananamon banana and cinnamon snacks, the Carnaval Mix which contains apple, banana, pineapple, papaya and raisins, Jivealime which is made of freeze-dried pineapple flavored with lime juice and Purple Funk which contains banana and acai berries.

Each pack of Funky Monkey Snacks contains around 110 calories. The snacks are also gluten-free, kosher and USDA-certified organic. They can be found at natural stores such as HyVee, Whole Foods Market, Winn-Dixie and others across the United States.

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MyFoodMyHealth launches Web site to help manage meals, wellness

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK MyFoodMyHealth on Tuesday launched myfoodmyhealth.com, a food and wellness Web site that provides healthy meal plans, flavorful recipes and online tools designed especially for individuals and families who have multiple health conditions or allergies.

The new site enables users to enter health concerns—diabetes, high cholesterol or wheat allergy, for example—then uses a proprietary algorithm to find recipes and create meal plans that address all of the special dietary requirements.

“Life becomes significantly more complicated if you are one of the millions of people who must deal with dietary restrictions due to health conditions,” said Caroline Nation, founder of MyFoodMyHealth. “We designed our website to simplify that process and to shift the focus from what you can’t eat to what you can eat and enjoy.”

The MyFoodMyHealth website provides information and online tools, including:

• A weekly online meal planner that automatically generates menus tailored for a family’s health and dietary needs;

• weekly shopping lists, pantry basics and online shopping resources; and

• health and nutritional information for specific health conditions.

“Over the last 30 years, I have learned about the tremendous power of food to influence our emotional and physical health, both from personal experience and from studying nutritional science,” said Susan Lord, chief medical advisor for MyFoodMyHealth. “This web site is designed to support healthy eating within the context of our busy lives. It provides the information you need to easily adopt new menus that not only address your specific health concerns, but are so delicious you will want to eat this way.”

At launch, the MyFoodMyHealth service supports multiple health conditions, including acne, arthritis, asthma, candidiasis, celiac, depression, diabetes, eczema, fatigue, gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypothyroid, osteoporosis, pre- and post-chemotherapy and radiation, psoriasis, recently quit drinking, recently quit smoking, and stress. The service also takes into consideration food allergies so families can share meals together safely.

The unique algorithm employed by MyFoodMyHealth can eliminate recipes with common food allergens including almonds, chicken, chili pepper, corn, crab, eggs, gluten, milk, oats, peanuts, sesame seed/oil, shrimp, soy, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes and wheat. Health information and sample recipes are available at no charge on MyFoodMyHealth and the recipe and meal planning service is available by subscription.

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