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Dr Pepper Snapple Group honored twice at Product of the Year USA awards

BY Melissa Valliant

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group was recognized this year for “Beverage of the Year” and “Kids Nutrition” at the Product of the Year USA awards, one of North America’s largest consumer-voted programs awarding product innovation.

More than 100,000 U.S. consumers voted Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale “Beverage of the Year.” The carbonated drink combines the crisp flavor of ginger ale with the refreshing taste of green tea, while delivering 200 mg of antioxidant power derived from green tea and vitamin C. A diet version of the successful beverage will be released in early 2009.

Dr Pepper’s Mott’s for Tots was awarded in the “Kids Nutrition” category. Like Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale, Mott’s for Tots packs a healthy punch; it offers 100% of the daily vitamin C children need, while reducing the sugar content of regular juice by 40% without any artificial sweeteners.

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M&Ms Go Green

BY DSN STAFF

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Mars Snackfood US has released limited-edition all-green milk chocolate M&M’s and all-green peanut chocolate M&M’s available in 14-ounce and 1.5 ounce green packs.

The suggested retail price is $2.99 and $.58. Seven-ounce packs of the chocolate candies, featuring special love messages from M&M’s “spokescandy” Ms. Green, are available for a suggested retail price of $3.99.

Rumors have been circulating since the ’70s about green M&M’s being an aphrodisiac. To put consumers “in the mood” Mars is sending one lucky couple on a weekend getaway to Paris, including airfare, hotel and $1,500 cash.

To enter, log onto www.mms.com/green and send an essay explaining why you need to heat up your romance this Valentine’s Day.

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GNC joins other brands in peanut butter recall due to salmonella outbreak

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH General Nutrition Centers on Thursday announced a precautionary, voluntary recall of certain lots of its GNC Triflex Peanut Butter Soft Chews product sold in 60 count containers (UPC 048107036942, lot numbers ending in 8275 and 8255) in response to the widening recall involving peanut butter and peanut paste ingredients manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America.

PCA is the focus of a current investigation by the Food and Drug Administration concerning possible salmonella contamination in its peanut butter. PCA was a peanut butter ingredient supplier to Primrose Candy Company, the company that manufactures this product for GNC.

No other GNC brand products have been impacted by the PCA recall.

The product has not been linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak, and there have been no reported cases of the salmonella illness associated with this product. Primrose Candy Company tests every lot of finished GNC Triflex Peanut Butter Soft Chews for salmonella and no salmonella contamination has been detected.

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