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Jelly Belly tacks on more flavor to Sport Beans line

BY Ryan Chavis

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly is adding two new flavors to its line of Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans, a sports-performance jelly bean formulated to improve endurance for athletes. Juicy Pear and Green Apple varieties are made with real fruit juice and puree, and also are gluten-free, according to the company.
 
The two new flavors will join Lemon Lime, Orange, Berry and Fruit Punch, and the Extreme Sport Beans, a caffeinated variety. Each of the flavors is available in 100-calorie single-serving packets. Sport Beans are available in sporting goods stores, running and cycling shops and grocery store chains across the country. 
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Kroger recognized for supporting Hispanic suppiers with ‘Million Dollar Club’ selection

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday announced its membership in the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Million Dollar Club, marking the retailer’s fifth consecutive year of qualifying for membership.

Introduced by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2010, the USHCC Million Dollar Club recognizes corporations that are leaders in supplier diversity and integrating Hispanic Business Enterprises into their sourcing and procurement process.
 
Corporations qualify by spending between $25 million to more than $500 million with Hispanic suppliers in the previous year. Kroger was inducted in the $250 to $500 million annual expenditure category.

"Kroger is honored to be selected as a Million Dollar Club member," stated Reuben Shaffer, Kroger's chief diversity officer. "We value our partnerships with diversity-owned suppliers because their products and services meet the needs of our customers, and because their businesses provide employment opportunities in our local communities."

Kroger currently spends nearly $2 billion annually with diversity businesses and remains a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.
 

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American Academy of Pediatrics issues recommendations for 2014-15 influenza vaccines

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for all people ages6 months and older.

Among the highlights:

  • The influenza vaccine composition for the 2014–15 season is unchanged from the 2013–14 season.
  • The dosing algorithm for administration of influenza vaccine to children ages 6 months through 8 years reflects that virus strains in the vaccine have not changed from last season.

Click here to read the statement.
 

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