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Jimmy Dean cooks up new breakfast varieties

BY Ryan Chavis

CHICAGO — Jimmy Dean brand is introducing two new flavor varieties to its product portfolio: Apple Cinnamon Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick and Very Berry Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick. Both are available in five-count packages.

“With this year’s winter weather bringing some of the most frigid temperatures to parts of the U.S., we want to ensure everyone starts the day off right by enjoying a great-tasting, warm breakfast with protein,” Andy Callahan, president of retail for the Hillshire Brands Co., said. “Our new tasty Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick varieties are a fun, convenient breakfast option that make it easy for the entire family to enjoy a satisfying Jimmy Dean breakfast, even on the coldest mornings.”

The new varieties are available in the frozen foods section of grocery stores nationwide and retail for $3.99. 
 

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Tobacco sales being evaluated by Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In response to CVS Caremark’s announcement to pull tobacco products out of its stores, Walgreens stated that the category has been under review at its stores, too.

Walgreens has been evaluating its tobacco line for “some time,” and said it “will continue to evaluate the choice of products our customers want, while also helping to educate them and providing smoking cessation products and alternatives that help reduce the demand for tobacco products,” noted Michael Polzin, Walgreens spokesperson.

Walgreens has also announced a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare to launch a free, Internet-based smoking cessation program called Sponsorship to Quit. The program will provide smokers with customized tools to track their progress in quitting smoking.

 

 

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Sunsweet unveils latest treat

BY Ryan Chavis

YUBA CITY, Calif. — Sunsweet, a marketer of dried fruits and fruit juices, is introducing new Greek Style PlumSweets, which combines the chewy center of the company’s line of diced dried plums with a creamy Greek yogurt coating.

"Nearly one quarter of Americans report eating more Greek yogurt this year compared to last," Jeff McLemore, VP North America marketing for Sunsweet, said. "People are looking for their favorite brands to incorporate Greek yogurt into the foods they already love. We put a modern and healthier twist on Greek yogurt with Greek Style PlumSweets."

Greek Style PlumSweets are currently available in test markets in Northern California and the East Coast at retailers including A&P, Ahold, Giant Eagle and Raley’s.

 

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