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Goya Foods, Beech-Nut Nutrition to make baby food for Hispanic families

BY Alaric DeArment

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — Beech-Nut Nutrition and Goya Foods have made a deal to produce baby foods for Hispanic families, Beech-Nut announced.

"One-fourth of all births in America today are to Hispanics, so that any company hoping to grow their business must take their needs and tastes into account," Beech-Nut president Jeff Boutelle said.

The companies said the partnership was part of Goya’s commitment to the Obama administration’s My Plate/Mi Plato nutritional initiative. The new Beech-Nut/Goya line will include 22 specially developed Latin flavors and combinations, including guava, mango, apple-mango, banana-strawberry, rice pudding with raisins and others. The line is expected to hit stores throughout the country by the end of June.

"The Beech-Nut/Goya line of baby food offers mom the best of both worlds," Goya president Bob Unanue said. "Hispanic moms, influenced by their abuelitas, oftentimes believe that healthy, traditional baby food can only be made at home using fresh ingredients. Their challenge is that they simply don’t have the time to cook from scratch the way their grandmothers did, and that’s where Beech-Nut/Goya comes in. Our new line of baby food is the perfect union that bridges Hispanic mothers’ desire for healthy, traditional baby food with their need for convenience and nutrition in today’s hectic world."

 

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Joint venture formed to promote healthy eating among corporate employees

BY Alaric DeArment

BOSTON — Digital coupon service SavingStar and employee benefits provider Edenred have started a joint venture to promote healthy eating among corporate employees, the companies said Friday.

The two announced the creation of NutriSavings, which they said would provide employees with more information about the nutritional quality of their grocery purchases and incentives for healthy products, such as e-coupons, thereby helping consumers make more informed buying decisions while shopping for food. The companies said select grocery retailers would partner with NutriSavings to help employees monitor and improve their household nutrition consumption.

"We have created an innovative solution in the fast-growing market for health-and-wellness solutions that encourages employees to consume a more balanced diet and contributes to efforts to reduce healthcare spending on chronic illnesses," Edenred USA managing director Gerard Bridi said.

According to a study last year by the National Business Group on Health, businesses in the United States are spending more money on programs to promote better nutrition and exercise, and nearly 90% have set up incentive programs today, spending an average of $520 per employee each year.

Under the program, employees who join NutriSavings set objectives with their companies to improve the nutritional quality of their food purchases and receive a score. They then receive incentives from employers and e-coupon savings on nutritionally balanced products, as well as access to educational materials.

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K.ZABATE says:
Apr-08-2013 04:14 am

This is good news for all the employees! Eating the right kinds of food will definitely help in preventing sickness. Health is more important than wealth we should know how to take care of our body because we only have one.

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Happy Family announces Greek yogurt pouches for babies and toddlers

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — Happy Family, an organic food brand privately owned and operated by moms, has introduced a line of organic Greek yogurt, fruit and veggie combination pouches for babies and toddlers, the company announced this week.

Happy Baby Greek Yogurt pouches come in three varieties: Banana & Pumpkin; Zucchini, Pear & Kale; and Strawberry, Apple & Beet. Happy Tot Greek Yogurt pouches are available in Orange, Apple & Sweet Potato; Kale, Spinach & Apple; and Pomegranate, Apple & Beet. Each blends 100% organic Greek yogurt with organic fruits and veggies to create meals for babies and snacks for toddlers that also serve as a source of calcium and vitamin D. Happy Baby Greek Yogurt and Happy Tot Greek Yogurt are made without artificial colors, artificial flavors, trans fats or GMOs, and are certified USDA organic, gluten free and kosher.

“It’s my personal goal to pack as many valuable nutrients as possible into every single bite of food we make for babies and children — it’s this enlightened nutrition philosophy that inspires and drives every single new product we create,” said Shazi Visram, founder, CEO and chief mom of Happy Family. “With these new shelf-stable pouches, we took protein-rich Greek yogurt and combined it with organic fruits and vegetables to create the perfect combination of nutritional benefits and incredible flavor.”

Each Happy Baby Greek Yogurt pouch contains 3 g of protein and is considered gentle dairy for babies 6 months and older. Happy Baby Greek Yogurt pouches are sold individually for a suggested retail price of $1.59 per pouch.

Happy Tot Greek Yogurt pouches offer toddlers calcium, vitamin D and protein in individual pouches for a suggested retail price of $1.79 per pouch.

Happy Family products are available in Target, Giant, Kroger, Publix, HEB, ShopRite, Meijer and other stores nationwide.


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