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General Mills’ Yoplait introduces lactose-free yogurt

BY Jason Owen

MINNEAPOLIS — February is Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month, and Yoplait is encouraging people to say "yes" to dairy by introducing its new Yoplait Lactose Free. This new product is 99% fat-free and packed with 50% of the daily value of calcium and vitamin D.

“People with lactose intolerance may avoid yogurt altogether because they don’t want to deal with the worry of digestive symptoms,” says Christina Meyer-Jax, registered dietitian and Yoplait Lactose Free spokesperson. “When people avoid dairy, like yogurt, they may have lower intakes of important bone-building nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. With 50% of the daily value of calcium and vitamin D, Yoplait Lactose Free offers a great solution.”

 

Yoplait Lactose Free is available in four flavors: strawberry, peach, cherry and french vanilla, and contains no artificial sweeteners.


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Reports: Study finds salt reduction would reduce cardiovascular-related deaths

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A new study indicates that the United States could prevent up to half a million deaths during the next 10 years by reducing salt intake, according to published reports.

Reuters reported on the study, conducted by the Institute of Medicine and published in the journal Hypertension, in which researchers used models to show how a low-sodium diet would affect a person’s risk of high blood pressure or death from cardiovascular disease. Calculations indicated that if Americans reduced sodium intake to 2,200 mg per day, between 280,000 and 500,000 fewer would die.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that Americans consume up to 1,500 mg of sodium per day, with an upper limit of 2,300 mg, though the average American eats about 3,600 mg per day. The study found that wide reduction to 1,500 mg per day could reduce deaths, mostly from heart disease and stroke, by 1.2 million.


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Dr Pepper Snapple Group sales, profits increase

BY Alaric DeArment

PLANO, Texas — Dr Pepper Snapple Group reported $629 million in profits for fiscal year 2012, up from $606 million in 2011, the beverage maker said Thursday.

Profits for the fourth quarter were $170 million, compared with $166 million in fourth quarter 2011, driven by fiscal year 2012 sales of $5.99 billion and fourth-quarter sales of $1.48 billion, compared with $5.9 billion and $1.46 billion in 2011, respectively.

"As I look back on 2012, I am proud of the team’s continuing ability to outperform the [carbonated soft drink] category, growing dollar share as measured by Nielsen and closing distribution gaps across CSDs, teas and juices," Dr Pepper Snapple Group president and CEO Larry Young said. "Our employees have embraced rapid continuous improvement, and it continues to drive tangible operational and financial improvements. Moving forward, nothing is more important than reinvigorating the CSD category and giving lapsed consumers a reason to come back to the brands they know and love."

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