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Innovative Beverage Group’s drank now distributed in Michigan

BY Allison Cerra

HOUSTON The Canada Dry Bottling Co. of Lansing has begun to stock store shelves with Innovative Beverage Group Holdings, Inc.’s signature relaxation beverage, drank.

“This agreement marks the first distribution deal in the Great Lakes region and opens up a huge new territory for drank,” said Peter Bianchi, CEO of Innovative Beverage Group. “After the amazing success we’ve had with the product in the South, we are thrilled to partner with a highly-respected distributor to bring drank to a large new area of the country. This announcement closely follows a number of other deals with well-known, influential distributors who also find that, as a first-of-its-kind product, drank provides an added revenue stream by allowing them to tap into a new segment of the functional beverage category.”

Established in 1933, Canada Dry Bottling Co. of Lansing is a family-owned and operated wholesaler of specialty beverages that includes more than 40 brands of juice, soda, tea and water, such as Canada Dry products, AriZona, Crush, Faygo, Jones Soda, Nantucket Nectars, and Rip It.

“Adding drank to our array of beverages is directly in line with our goal to provide innovative products for our customers,” said Randy Shanker, President of Canada Dry Bottling Co. of Lansing.

Earlier this month, Innovative announced it began distribution in Southwest Missouri and Mississippi.

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Kroger announces voluntary recall of pistachio nuts

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI The Kroger Co. announced Monday it is recalling Private Selection Shelled Pistachios sold in its family of retail stores because the product may be contaminated with salmonella.

Selection Shelled Pistachios sold in 10-ounce containers with a “Sell by” date of DEC-13-09 and DEC-14-09 with this UPC Code: 11110 73615.

Stores under the following names in the 31 states where Kroger operates are included in this recall: Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, Dillons, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., Jay C, Scott’s, Owen’s, Baker’s, Gerbes, Hilander and Pay Less.

The pistachios were sold in The Kroger Co.’s family of stores in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Food 4 Less stores the company operates did not receive any of the pistachios being recalled.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the product.

Customers who have recently purchased the pistachios should not consume this product and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Consumers who have questions about the above recall may contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 697-2448. For more information, please visit www.kroger.com/recalls.

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Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish family expands

BY Allison Cerra

NORWALK, Conn. “The snack that smiles back” has added a new product to its line.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish has announced the launch of its graham crackers, made with whole grains and no preservatives. They are available in three popular flavors: honey, chocolate and cinnamon.

“We know that moms are increasingly more concerned when purchasing sweet treats for their kids,” said Michael Simon, SVP and general manager, Snacks Division at Pepperidge Farm. “We’re thrilled to offer new Goldfish Grahams in an effort to provide moms with a sweet, wholesome option they can feel good about giving to their families.”

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Grahams will be available on March 30 at major supermarkets, grocery stores and mass merchandisers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $2.19.

For additional information on Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Grahams, visit www.pepperidgefarm.com.

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