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Dum Dums’ Facebook fans choose new lollipop flavors

BY Allison Cerra

BRYAN, Ohio — The maker of Dum Dums lollipops is slated to roll out new flavors that were selected by consumers.

Peach mango and raspberry lemonade flavors were picked by the Dum Dums’ Facebook fans via the "Flavor Mash-Up" contest. The winners were posted on Aug. 9. Peach mango and raspberry lemonade will hit stores in spring 2013, replacing dulce de leche and mango flavors.

"We’re thrilled to give Facebook fans a voice in the selection of the next Dum Dums flavors," Dum Dums brand manager Evan Brock said. "Flavor mash-ups are very popular right now and Dum Dums fans have selected two delicious combinations."

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Walkers Shortbread unveils new Hanukkah item

BY Allison Cerra

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Walkers Shortbread is debuting a new product that commemorates the Festival of Lights.

The company said its Mini Festive Stars for Hanukkah are a complementary addition to Walkers’ collection of holiday-themed shortbread cookies.

"We place a strong value on tradition at Walkers Shortbread," Walkers Shortbread managing director Jim Walker said. "For over 114 years, our shortbread has brought families together during times of celebration.It is our pleasure to provide a product specifically for the Jewish community."

Each 4.4-oz. box touts 27 bite-sized, six-point shortbread stars for a suggested retail price of $2.99.

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Rite Aid driver wins annual truck-driving competition

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — A delivery truck driver for Rite Aid has won the retail pharmacy chain’s annual driving competition, the company said.

Rite Aid announced Monday that Paul Matyseck of Lancaster, Calif., a Rite Aid driver for nine years, won the Rite Aid Driver Skills Challenge in Perryman, Md. Matyseck competed against 11 other Rite Aid drivers in the competition, which began in 2004.

The competition aims to recognize drivers who show a commitment to road safety and driving excellence, the company said. A driver representing each of the chain’s 12 distribution centers competes in a series of American Trucking Association-format challenges designed to test their driving skills and knowledge. The competition includes a written examination, vehicle inspection and field test course.

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