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Farmer Bros. buys Sara Lee’s coffee business

BY Melissa Valliant

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. Farmer Brothers Company is acquiring Sara Lee Corp.’s U.S. Direct Store Delivery Foodservice coffee business for $45 million. The deal, which is expected to close in the beginning of 2009, will provide the coffee, tea and spice foodservice manufacturer with more than 20,000 more customers, Sara Lee’s Foodservice DSD coffee business sales and distribution staff, 60 “branch” facilities, a major Houston manufacturing plant and an Oklahoma City distribution and spice facility.

Purchased brands include Superior Coffee, Cain’s, Ireland, Justin Lloyd, McGarvey, Metropolitan, Prebica, Suntipt [U.S. only], Wechsler, Cafe Royal and Royal Kona. The two companies have agreed on a reciprocal co-pack plan for the supply of certain coffee and tea products.

“We are pleased to announce the sale of our Foodservice DSD coffee business, which is consistent with our commitment to simplifying our business to focus on areas where we have a clear, sustainable point of difference and can leverage our scale,” said C.J. Fraleigh, chief operating officer of Sara Lee Corporation in North America. “We remain committed to growing our Foodservice beverage business, with its leading liquid and roast and ground coffee positions, through our strong national sales force and distributor network.”

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Proctor & Gamble announced as Stroller Strides sponsor

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO Stroller Strides, an exercise program for new moms and their babies, on Tuesday announced that Procter & Gamble with its brand Pampers has signed on as the company’s premier sponsor for 2009.

“We are thrilled to have Pampers as our premier sponsor,” stated Lisa Druxman, founder of Stroller Strides. “In addition to being one of the most trusted sources of baby care products, Pampers shares in our commitment to provide invaluable resources to moms and their young children.”

Druxman, a pre/postnatal expert and author, currently serves as a lifestyle expert for the Pampers Parenting Network and will contribute exclusive articles and content to the new Pampers Village, an online community found at www.Pampers.com where moms can chat about topics that affect their families most.

As the premier sponsor, Pampers will maintain a strong presence in Stroller Strides 2009 marketing initiatives—from the www.strollerstrides.com web site to monthly member newsletters and retail items.

Stroller Strides has also adopted Pampers’ 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine fundraising program to benefit UNICEF as its umbrella cause for 2009. Established to help UNICEF work toward eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus in developing countries, funding raised through the 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine campaign will help UNICEF provide life-saving tetanus vaccines to protect women and their newborns against this deadly but vaccine-preventable disease.

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New study says eating cereal for breakfast promotes healthier lifestyle

BY Melissa Valliant

MINNEAPOLIS A new study from The General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition in Minneapolis reports that eating cereal for breakfast may help manage people’s weight and encourage a more healthy eating regimen throughout the day. Published in the Nov. 21 issue of Nutrition Research, the “Consumption of Breakfast Cereal” study referenced data from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s “Growth and Health” study, which recorded the daily diet of 2,379 girls aged between nine and 10 from 1987 to 1997.

Researchers hypothesized that cereal ingredients were linked to positive health results, foods eaten with cereal (e.g., milk) were possibly connected to positive health results and cereal eating may significantly contribute to positive health results. The study’s data proved that cereal eaten at breakfast contains healthier ingredients and less fat, protein, sugars and carbohydrates than foods eaten during non-cereal breakfasts. More milk is consumed with cereal than without, thereby connecting cereal breakfasts with higher calcium intake. Cereal breakfasts were also found to be associated with eating better throughout the day, an increase in physical activity and a decrease in soda consumption.

Researchers concluded that eating cereal for breakfast may contribute to maintaining a healthy diet and physical activity among girls. 

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