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Kraft Foods expands contract with DHL

BY Tara Smith

PLANTATION, Fla. DHL announced Tuesday that Kraft Foods has renewed and expanded its contract with DHL as its primary U.S. express carrier.

DHL will provide U.S. express shipping services for Kraft Foods. The express carrier has also been chosen by Kraft Foods as a provider for U.S. ground delivery and international express services for Kraft’s letters and small package shipments, including delivery of food product samples, point-of-sale advertising, inter-office documents and payroll, and product-sampling items for Kraft vendors, plants, distribution centers and its corporate offices.

“Kraft has been a valued partner for nearly 20 years,” said Charles Brewer, executive vice president of sales. “We are seeing many of the largest multi-national companies enhance their operations by leveraging DHL’s flexibility, customer-focused commitment and ongoing U.S. network enhancements.”

Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL generated worldwide revenues of $80 billion in 2006.

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St. Patrick’s Day meets its match: Anheuser-Busch’s Bare Knuckle Stout

BY Tara Smith

ST. LOUIS Anheuser-Busch announced Wednesday the introduction of Bare Knuckle Stout, just in time to toast St. Patrick’s Day.

This American-made Irish-style dry stout is brewed with pale and caramel-roasted barley malts, resulting in a caramel and hop aroma, a robust taste and distinctive creamy head. Though perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, a special holiday spent toasting friends and family with a great beer, Bare Knuckle Stout is also enjoyable year-round and with casual and fine dining. The stout, which contains 4.2 percent alcohol by volume, pairs well with oysters on the half shell, the company said.

“Bare Knuckle Stout has generated a lot of excitement among beer drinkers who are on the lookout for what’s new and different on tap. Those who enjoy a great stout will appreciate the smooth Irish character and strong American spirit of Bare Knuckle Stout,” said George Reisch, brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Available nationwide, Bare Knuckle Stout is sold in 1/2 and 1/6 draught barrel kegs, as well as nitro-cans and bottles.

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Product innovation infuses coffee flavor into new variety of Twix

BY Tara Smith

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. Twix Brand today announced the introduction of Twix Java with real espresso beans and coffee-flavored caramel—offering consumers a new type of “coffee break.”

The limited-edition candy bar, available in stores nationwide through February 2008, is a three-layered blend of coffee-flavored sweet caramel coated over a chocolate cookie and covered in milk chocolate. According to Food Processing Magazine, coffee flavors are showing renewed popularity in desserts, including pastries, yogurt and ice cream. With consumer demand for coffee and coffee-flavored products growing, many are looking for new ways to get their java fix and can find it in Twix Java, which contains a small amount of naturally occurring caffeine.

Now available in food, mass, club, convenience and drug stores nationwide, Twix Java come in 2-ounce single packs comprised of two Twix bars and retail for $.55.

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