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Hain Celestial to develop almond milk-based yogurt

BY Allison Cerra

MELVILLE, N.Y. — It seems that Hain Celestial is stepping up its product development by adding an almond milk-based yogurt to its portfolio.

Participating in last week’s Barclays Capital Back-To-School Consumer Conference in Boston, Hain Celestial president and CEO Irwin Simon said that more consumers are eating yogurt for breakfast. Although Irwin discussed the recently-acquired Greek Gods yogurt brand, he also noted that the company is preparing to launch a nondairy-based yogurt under its Almond Dream brand for the consumer that is looking for less dairy or is lactose intolerant.

Irwin said the product launch will be in the near future.

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Healthy Choice gets inspired by ‘Top Chef’

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — ConAgra Foods brand Healthy Choice has enlisted Bravo’s competitive cooking reality show "Top Chef" to launch its latest line of frozen entrées.

The exclusive line of Healthy Choice Top Chef Inspired Café Steamers combines flavorful ingredients and culinary expertise of "Top Chef" with Healthy Choice’s innovative steaming technology.

As part of the product launch, "Top Chef" will host a competition-based original Web series, "Top Chef Healthy Showdown" on BravoTV.com, which challenges former contestants to bring their healthy A-game to a contest where the winner will become the "flavor ambassador" for the Healthy Choice brand. Additionally, Healthy Choice will be spotlighted in the upcoming season of "Top Chef." The brand also is slated to expand its exclusive "Top Chef"-inspired  portfolio with new product launches in the future.

Healthy Choice Top Chef Inspired Café Steamers will hit the frozen food section of retailers nationwide this month.

"’Top Chef’ is known for inspiring consumers with great tasting meals. This line of Top Chef Inspired Cafe Steamers combines unique ingredients with our proprietary steaming technology into meals that aim to satisfy any palate," Healthy Choice VP and general manager Carlos Veraza said. "We work tirelessly to inspire consumers with a variety of great tasting, better-for-you frozen entrées. Healthy Choice is proud to partner with Bravo Media to bring consumers a wide variety of meals that capture the essence of ‘Top Chef’ flavor, with the healthy attributes and great taste consumers expect from Healthy Choice."

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Kleenex debuts Cool Touch tissue in time for cough-cold season

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Kleenex has debuted a new facial tissue designed to cool a sore nose on contact.

Kleenex Cool Touch tissue is a soft tissue that features a proprietary blend of ingredients, including  a formula of cooling moisturizers and aloe, which actively releases a cool sensation to soothe sore noses.

"This is just the latest in a long line of category-leading innovation driven by the Kleenex brand," Kleenex brand director Craig Smith said. "Our research shows that as many as 24 million people have a sore nose in a given year, most often caused by the common cold, flu and allergies. Kleenex Cool Touch tissues include an innovative feature that provides a cool sensation when it contacts your skin, offering a better way to soothe sore noses."

Kleenex Cool Touch tissues is hitting store shelves nationwide this month.

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