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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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‘Crave the wave’ with a new energy drink

BY Allison Cerra

LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass. A new energy beverage and a spokesperson with pizzazz are coming to a major city near you.

Ocean Spray, accompanied by fitness guru Richard Simmons, will be embarking on a three-city “Ring in Spring Natural Energy Tour” to reenergize Americans. The company will unveil full-scale Cranergy Fuel Stations in Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia to dispense free samples of its Cranergy Energy Juice Drink.

According to a study from Yankelovich MONITOR 2008, 50% of Americans are reportedly too tired to do the things they enjoy. Between Simmons’ pep and the invigorating taste of Cranergy Energy Juice Drink, the tour will give Americans the healthy lift they need to enjoy the extra hours of daylight this spring.

Ocean Spray Cranergy Energy Juice Drinks are made with green tea extract, which is a natural source of caffeine; five B-vitamins, which support healthy energy production; and vitamin C, which can help boost immunity.

While Simmons invigorates the crowd with his lively aerobics routines and spirited panache, fuel station attendants will pump more than 70,000 samples, amounting to more than 5,000 gallons of Cranergy Energy Juice Drink as well as distribute Ocean Spray’s Craisins Sweetened Dried Cranberries 100-Calorie Packs.

Coupons for Cranergy will also be available nationally at www.cranergy.com.

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Heineken USA rolls up sleeves for safe haven for abused youths

BY Allison Cerra

LAS VEGAS To kick off its annual western region sales meeting, Heineken USA decided to take initiative and give back to the community.

Close to 100 Heineken USA employees spent March 25 enhancing the living quarters at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a non-profit resort in Boulder City that rescues abused, abandoned and neglected children of all races and faiths from the vicious cycle of child abuse.

“The decision to participate in a ‘day of giving’ is a reflection of what Heineken USA stands for as a company,” said Allan O’Neill, VP western region, Heineken USA. “While our meeting was to review plans to meet this year’s business goals, we wanted to ensure that we took the opportunity to continue our commitment to the communities in which we live and work in, particularly with a gathering of this size.”

The projects tackled by the Heineken USA team helped enhance the ranch’s physical appearance and provide a safe, secure and clean environment for the residents.

In addition to the organization’s physical labor, Heineken USA also made a financial contribution to support St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s ongoing efforts to provide children with a safe haven and a second chance.

The Ranch’s 40-acre campus is currently licensed to care for 67 children ages 5-21, and provides therapeutic residential care, transitional living, and teen parenting programs.

“The children that come to the ranch are in dire need of nurturing to rebuild their lives,” said Christine J. Spadafor, CEO of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. “We are thrilled to receive the support of Heineken USA. Their support – both financial and volunteer efforts today – helps lift the spirits of our residents and ensures the environment feels like home.”

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