King introduces Candy Crush Candies
NEW YORK – King, a gaming company, is taking Candy Crush sweets from computer and smartphone screens all the way to store shelves with the introduction of Candy Crush Candies.
The candies, which come in flavors like Jelly Fish, Mixed Fruit Gummies, Sour Fruit Gummies and Color Bombs, are inspired by King’s popular game Candy Crush Saga.
"We’re really excited to launch Candy Crush Candies and offer another way for fans of the game to be able to get a taste of the fun," said Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King. "We’ve been so delighted to see how much people love to play the game and crush those candies. Our games give players moments of bite-sized brilliance, and we hope these Candies will too."
Candy Crush Candies are offered in theater-sized boxes and will be available at retailers across the U.S.
Proposed FDA rule on trans fats could bring costly reformulations for many common foods
A proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration would effectively eliminate artificial trans fats from foods in the United States by classifying partially hydrogenated oils as unsafe food additives and thus permitting them only in certain cases.
In its proposal, the FDA emphasized that it would give manufacturers of foods that contain trans fats enough time to reformulate their recipes in order to minimize market disruptions by spreading out the initial cost of about $8 billion over a number of years. While trans fats have been eliminated from most foods already, foods that still contain them include frozen pizzas, microwave popcorn, margarines and some dessert foods.
According to SymphonyIRI, frozen pizzas had sales of $4.4 billion in 2012, while the Popcorn Board, a Chicago-based trade group, states that 995.6 million pounds of unpopped popcorn — including microwavable popcorn — were sold in 2012. About 16 billion pounds of popcorn are consumed in the United States annually, and of the 70% of popcorn that’s consumed in the home, 90% is unpopped.
In other words, regardless of how much time manufacturers have to change their products, removing trans fats would constitute a pretty big change for many important product categories, and a potentially costly one for individual manufacturers. According to Time magazine, a number of popular foods will change after trans fats are removed, such as doughnuts, which could become more oily, or popcorn, which may begin to include real butter. But all manufacturers of foods that currently contain trans fats will have to find new ways to make them while keeping them as similar as possible to the way they were before.
At the same time, it’s well-known that artificial trans fats are a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, and the FDA’s proposal — despite drawing praise from health organizations and public figures like New York mayor Michael Bloomberg — follows a long string over the past decade of efforts to limit them. In 2003, Denmark became the first country to ban trans fats nationally; the FDA began requiring them to be listed in nutritional information charts on foods in 2006; New York City banned them from restaurants in 2007, and California banned them statewide in 2008. Restaurants and retailers have been getting rid of them too: McDonalds, Burger King and KFC have all taken them off the menu, and Walmart has notified manufacturers to get rid of them by 2015. And following the FDA’s announcement, public health officials in Australia proposed banning them there.
Food Lion announces discount for active military, veterans on Veterans Day
SALISBURY, N.C. — In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, Food Lion has announced that its stores will offer a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who currently are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Food Lion proudly supports the men and women who have courageously served our country,” stated Beth Newlands Campbell, president of Food Lion. “On this day when Americans pay tribute to those who protect the freedoms we enjoy every day, we want to honor those who have served our country, and their families, who have made many sacrifices through their military service.”
To receive the discount, active military, reservists and veterans should present their MVP card at checkout and request the discount.
In addition to the in-store discount, the company also is supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that honors and empowers wounded heroes. Customers also may contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project by purchasing specially marked items in Food Lion stores, or purchasing a chip clip or bracelet at the register for $1.
Food Lion is a longstanding supporter of its military associates and customers. The company provides numerous employment benefits to military associates, adopts families of colleagues who have been called into active duty and donates food and volunteer time at community military events.
In 2010, Food Lion was honored with the Department of Defense’s highest honor for employers, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves Freedom Award, for its programs and services for military associates.