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Food pyramid changing shape

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — It seems that the Obama administration is looking to replace the food pyramid, which has provided Americans with dietary guidelines for nearly two decades.

Although the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services recently released the seventh edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans — which places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity due to the rising obesity rates among adults and children — officials are taking the guidelines further by ditching the pyramid, which was updated in 2005, in favor of a plate-shaped symbol.

According to a New York Times report, the plate is divided into wedges to represent the basic food groups. The plate also will be half-filled with fruits and vegetables, the Times reported.

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

The new symbol will be unveiled June 2.

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Back by popular ‘dewmand,’ Mountain Dew’s limited-edition flavors return

BY Allison Cerra

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Mountain Dew has relaunched three classic flavors nationwide.

For those consumers that love to "do the Dew," Mountain Dew Pitch Black, Mountain Dew Supernova and Mountain Dew Typhoon will be available for a limited time as part of the brand’s Back by Popular Dewmand campaign.

"Back by Popular Dewmand was created to celebrate our incredible fans by rewarding them with the return of some of their favorite Dew flavors," said Brett O’Brien, Mountain Dew’s senior director of marketing. "There is no fan like a Mountain Dew fan — Dew fans are always engaged, and we truly value the feedback they provide about what they want to see next from Mountain Dew. Through this program we’d like to thank them and encourage their continued enthusiasm and support."

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Hampton Farms’ Hickory SmokeHouse peanuts arrive in stores

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SEVERN, N.C. — Hampton Farms is offering fans of in-shell peanuts a new snack.

New Hickory SmokeHouse-flavored in-shell peanuts unite the taste of dry roasted peanuts with a "straight from the smokehouse" taste, the company said.

Available in 10-oz. packages, Hickory SmokeHouse peanuts will be available at such supermarkets as Food Lion, Giant, Kroger, Publix, Ralphs, Stop & Shop and Wegmans for a suggested retail price of $1.99.

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