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Kashi introduces Island Vanilla wheat cereal

BY Allison Cerra

LA JOLLA, Calif. Kashi announced the launch of Island Vanilla, a wheat cereal that marries pure ingredients with real vanilla to create a wholesome, naturally sweet breakfast paradise.

Island Vanilla begins with finely-shredded wheat pieces that are woven together to create light, tasty whole grain biscuits. These pieces are then naturally sweetened using evaporated cane juice crystals that are infused with organic vanilla extract. Within the rugged wheat layers are finely ground vanilla beans that gently drift loose while floating in milk.

Just like Kashi’s other Organic Promise woven biscuit cereals Autumn Wheat and Cinnamon Harvest, Kashi’s Island Vanilla Cereal contains no artificial ingredients and is free of highly refined sugars, artificial additives and preservatives. Every serving provides superior nutrition with 48 grams whole grains per serving, six grams of fiber and protein and minimal sugar, containing less than nine grams per serving. It is 95 percent organic and USDA Organic – certified Organic by Quality Assurance International.

Kashi’s new Island Vanilla cereal is sold in grocer aisles nationwide.

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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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