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Giant Food announces voluntary recall of ice cream flavor

BY Allison Cerra

LANDOVER, Md. Giant Food, following a recall by Unilever, announced it removed from sale cartons of Breyer’s all natural mint chocolate chip ice cream due to an undeclared allergen.

Unilvever announced a voluntary recall of Breyer’s All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream because it was mispackaged and may contain undeclared wheat, posing an allergy issue.

The following code dates and UPCs are affected: All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, 48 oz UPC code of #7756725425 with the following Best if Used by dates: FEB1711GH, FEB1811GH, FEB1911GH.

Giant Food has not received any reports of illness related to the consumption of this product. This product poses no threat to individuals who do not suffer from a wheat allergy. Customers who have purchased the affected products should discard any unused portions or bring their purchase receipt to Giant Food for a full refund. Consumers also may call Unilever at (877) 270-7402 or Giant Food Customer Service at (888) 469-4426 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at www.giantfood.com.

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Crystal Light rolls out new eco-friendly packaging

BY Drug Store News Team

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. Crystal Light has unveiled a new, more environmentally and user-friendly look.

The new Crystal Light packaging features easy-to-open packets, a new 1-qt. packet size in the 8-qt. canister that helps people prepare the amount they want and a clear window on the front of the canister that shows when packets are running low. On a finished case goods basis, the new design will use 250 tons less packaging each year.

“Women look to Crystal Light to add some excitement to their water every day,” said Roxanne Bernstein, director of powdered beverages. “Our new packaging also reflects our consumers’ vibrancy and her desire to align herself with more environmentally friendly brands.”

The new Crystal Light is available nationwide at $3.29 SRP for the 8-qt. size and $4.59 for the 10- or 12-qt. size. More information on the entire line of products is available at www.CrystalLight.com.

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Snyder’s of Hanover looking to acquire Utz

BY Antoinette Alexander

HANOVER, Pa. Snyder’s of Hanover, which produces pretzels under it Snyder’s of Hanover brand and owns Krunchers! Kettle Chips, O-KE-DOKE popcorn and Jays Potato Chips, is looking to expand its portfolio by acquiring Utz Quality Foods.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to review and clearance by the Federal Trade Commission and the parties expect to close the deal as soon as possible following FTC clearance. 

Utz Quality Foods is known for its line of potato chips and also produces a natural line of potato chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, multi-grain sunflower chips, cheese curls and popcorn. It produces its snack foods in its four Hanover-based manufacturing facilities and employs more than 2,200 workers. Its brands are distributed primarily throughout the East Coast.

Snyder’s of Hanover has stated that it plans to continue to operate the four Utz plants, plus the Snyder’s of Hanover plant, and no job losses are expected. 

In addition, Mike Rice, Utz chairman and CEO, will serve as a director on the Snyder’s of Hanover board. 

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