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Food manufacturers should clearly state nutrient information on packages

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Almost half of shoppers surveyed by HealthFocus International believed that food manufacturers should clearly state their products’ contents, especially calories, fat and sodium content.

Building on research conducted earlier this month that found front-of-pack labels may not sway customers from purchasing certain items in stores, HealthFocus noted in its newest survey that 45% of shoppers said they use the label information to decipher which products have too much of an ingredient they are trying to avoid.

Many food manufacturers have placed FOP labels on their products to display their nutrients and other ingredients. The information, however, varies from product to product, with some packages displaying symbols and others showing the actual levels of nutrients, HealthFocus said.

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Peter Rabbit Organics introduces veg and fruit purees

BY Allison Cerra

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — Peter Rabbit Organics’ line of squeezable puree pouches is expanding with the addition of new vegetable and fruit blends.

The new veggie and fruit purees — now available in sweet potato, corn and apple; pea, spinach and apple; and carrot, squash and apple varieties — come in BPA-free pouches and contain 100% organic vegetables and fruits, with no added sugar or artificial flavors.

New Peter Rabbit Organics veggie and fruit purees are available at Albertsons, select Starbucks stores, Whole Foods Markets and natural food sellers for a suggested retail price of $1.79 each.

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Food Should Taste Good launches online contest

BY Allison Cerra

NEEDHAM HEIGHTS, Mass. — Food Should Taste Good has launched the Touchdown Dance-Off contest, giving fans a chance to win $10,000.

Through Feb. 7, consumers can upload a short video of their creative touchdown dance on the company’s Facebook fan page. The submission with the most votes will score the grand prize of $10,000. Additionally, the Food Should Taste Good team will pick their three favorite videos each week and reward them with $100 and a case of Food Should Taste Good chips. Viewers can vote daily for as many of the videos as they like.

Last November, Food Should Taste Good launched its Food Should Do Good initiative, an effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

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