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Giant Eagle supermarkets’ founder Moravitz dies

BY Michael Johnsen

FOX CHAPEL, Pa. Stanley Moravitz, 86, who helped found the Giant Eagle supermarket chain, passed away Jan. 11 at his Pittsburgh-area home the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The AP reported that Moravitz, who still had an office at Giant Eagle, died of cancer.

His funeral is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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Kellogg announces hike in prices on cereal, toast pastries

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW YORK Due to the rising cost of staples such as cooking oil and corn, Kellogg Co. has announced plans to raise the price of most of its branded cereals and Pop-Tarts toaster pastries next week, reports said Monday.

The price of Kellogg’s All Brand and Special K cereals will most likely increase, the company said. This will affect products on shelves across the United States. The increase is scheduled to take effect Jan. 18, the food maker said.

According to reports, the cost of commodity food supplies has come down from 2008’s record highs, but remains above expected averages.

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Buon appetito! Ganeden Biotech, Racconto introduce first probiotic pasta line

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND Eating pasta is now easier to digest with a new line from the makers of GanedenBC30, and an importer-producer of private-label and branded Italian pasta.

Ganeden Biotech, Inc. said the all-natural Essentials Digestive Health pasta line from Racconto marks the first probiotic-enhanced pasta available to consumers.

The Essentials Digestive Health line is available in three individually sold pasta varieties, including penne rigate, rotini and rigatoni. All three varieties come in 12-ounce packages and are enhanced with GanedenBC30. Additionally, the new pasta line is all-natural and a good source of fiber, with 2 grams of fiber per serving. The pastas will retail for $2.99 to $3.49 and will be sold at select grocery retailers nationwide, including Hannaford, Giant and Price Chopper locations.

“The new Digestive Health line is a great choice for consumers looking for delicious pasta options that also deliver healthy benefits,” said Rod Bambach, VP sales for Racconto. “The ability of GanedenBC30 to survive the heat of manufacturing and cooking made it the perfect choice to include in the Essentials Digestive Health line.”

In addition to being sold under the Racconto Essentials Digestive Health line, private label opportunities are also available for the pasta varieties.

“We are excited to work with Racconto to provide consumers with another healthy option in the pasta aisles of their local grocery,” said Ganeden Biotech CEO Andrew Lefkowitz. “Thanks to the shelf-stable properties of GanedenBC30, probiotics are no longer confined to the refrigerated dairy section. Since pasta is widely consumed, this seemed like a great opportunity to expand the health benefits of probiotics.”

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