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Del Monte prefacing launch of new products with ADA conference

BY Melissa Valliant

SAN FRANCISCO Del Monte, one of the United States’ largest food producers, is holding an ADA conference with their registered dietitian Laura Ali in order to promote the health benefits of their current and upcoming products.

Ali will be offering recipe samples to show attendees how to incorporate more vegetable servings into their daily intake.

New Del Monte products include Del Monte Superfruit snacks, Del Monte Fruit Naturals apples and oranges, red grapefruit bowls, no salt added diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, and 50 percent less salt corn.

“The Company’s presence at the ADA conference calls attention to the healthfulness of our fruit and vegetable products­ from our Fruit Naturals products, which are an important source of vitamin C, to our reduced salt and no salt added vegetable products,”Ali said. “These convenient, great-tasting products make it easy to get the four-and-a-half cups of fruits and vegetable MyPyramid recommends as part of a daily diet.”

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Several food producers to adopt front-of-pack nutrition labeling

BY Jenna Duncan

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., and MINNEAPOLIS Unilever and General Mills today announced positive actions towards adding front-of-pack nutrition labels to their products.

General Mills and Unilever both signed on as “likely implementers” of the program which advocates adding food nutrition information, such as calorie content and other details of additives and ingredients, to front-facing labels. The labels are part of the Smart Choices Program, a system of nutrition labeling developed by academics, food and beverage manufacturers, health organizations, retailers and scientists.

Unilever has been a participant in the Keystone Food and Nutrition Roundtable which launched its “Eat Smart/Drink Smart” initiative in the United States and globally with the Choices Programme.

The Smart Choices Program symbol will be added to packaging by participating food companies in 2009.

More information is available at www.smartchoicesprogram.com.

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Mars sets $1 million Halloween online sweepstakes in motion

BY Jenna Duncan

MCLEAN, Va. Mars has launched an online sweepstakes at HalloweenMillion.com that features a grand-prize of $1 million and an instant-win game with 20,000 other prizes.

Visitors to the site can enter UPC codes from select Mars candies such as M&Ms, Skittles, Snickers and Starburst for a chance to win.

After entering the UPC code, the site automatically directs the visitor to a special room in the Million Dollar Mansion. For example, M&Ms consumers get routed to the M&M’s Ballroom and Milky Way fans go to the Milky Way Observatory where a button is revealed that can deliver instant prize winnings. Instant prizes include coupons and $1,000 Visa debit cards featuring the M&M’s logo. All participants are automatically entered into the drawing for $1 million.

A TV ad campaign featuring the Headless Horseman and the Red and Yellow M&M’s ill be on the air through Friday to support the promotion.

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