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Kashi introduces new nutritious, soft-baked cookie flavor

BY Rebecca Haughey

LA JOLLA, Calif. – Kashi, a natural food and lifestyle company, announced Monday the national launch of its new Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies.

The indulgent yet nutritious snack combines rich cocoa and creamy almond butter with dark chocolate chips, crunchy almonds and Kashi’s signature seven whole grains to create a soft-baked, natural cookie.

"Our version of pure cookie bliss combines wholesome ingredients and creamy chocolate, while also providing a good source of fiber and a variety of whole grains. You’ll savor each bite of this delicious, chewy, soft-baked cookie, which tastes just like homemade," said Keegan Sheridan, natural food and lifestyle expert at Kashi.

Each Chocolate Almond Butter Cookie offers 10g of whole grains, 4g of fiber and 3g of protein per serving; the cookies are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, colors and high fructose corn syrup. The newest flavor of soft-baked cookies joins Oatmeal Dark Chocolate, Happy Trail Mix and Oatmeal Raisin Flax.

The cookies are now available at grocers and natural food retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.29.

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Sabra Dipping introduces Asian cuisine-inspired hummus

BY Rebecca Haughey

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Sabra Dipping Co., the country’s leading hummus manufacturer, has introduced a new flavor of its Garden Variety Hummus — Asian Fusion.

Inspired by Asian cuisine, the new flavor of hummus incorporates the flavors of ginger and sesame, and is topped with crunchy carrots and peppers.

"Asian fusion was inspired by the ingredients of our classic hummus recipe — which includes tahini, made from sesame seeds," said Greg Greene, senior manager at Sabra. "We thought, what flavors compliment sesame? Ginger and green veggies, of course. And so Asian Fusion was born."

The Asian Fusion hummus will be available this month in stores nationwide, joining the Tuscan Herb and Southwest flavors of Garden Variety hummus that were introduced earlier in 2012. Sabra offers nearly 20 hummus flavors, all of which are gluten-free and certified kosher.

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Folgers introduces new gourmet-inspired coffee flavors

BY Rebecca Haughey

ORRVILLE, Ohio – Folgers Coffee has debuted bagged coffee and K-Cup packs in its new Gourmet Selections flavors.

"Inspired by an exceptional cup of coffee, Folgers is excited to share a wide variety of coffee experiences, whether you like big, bright aromas or more robust roasts," said Maribeth Badertscher, VP corporate communications for the J.M. Smucker Co.

Folgers Gourmet Selections bagged coffee is available in five roasts and six flavors, including Baked Berry Cobbler, Coconut Cream Pie, Toasted Hazelnut, Mocha Swirl and Deliciously Dark. Folgers Gourmet Selections K-Cup packs are available in five roasts and two flavor options, including Morning Cafe Light Roast and Vanilla Biscotti.

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