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Major soft drinks getting rid of high fructose corn syrup

BY Melissa Valliant

PLANO, Texas Major beverage makers are eliminating high fructose corn syrup from their products and replacing it with sugar.

Snapple, Pepsi and Mountain Dew are changing a 20-year-old trend of adding the cheaper high fructose corn syrup to their beverages in light of significant research done in recent years linking high fructose corn syrup to obesity and disease.

Snapple’s decision will result in a 40-calorie reduction from some drinks and, according to the company, will add taste to their products.

Prices of the products will not change.

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PepsiCo announces major distribution agreement with ROCKSTAR Energy Drink

BY Melissa Valliant

NEW YORK PepsiCo has signed a multiyear deal to distribute ROCKSTAR Energy Drink, giving the cola company a significant push toward becoming a leader in the energy drink market and making it the master distributor of the brand.

The energy drinks will be distributed in most of the United States and all of Canada by Pepsi Bottling Group, PepsiAmericas, Pepsi Bottling Ventures and other independent Pepsi-Cola bottlers. ROCKSTAR still takes full responsibility for research and development, marketing and manufacturing.

This is PepsiCo’s fourth claim to the energy drink segment, as it already distributes AMP, No Fear and Starbucks brands.

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Rite Aid pulls more peanut products

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Feb. 18 added six products identified by the manufacturer as containing peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America, currently the focus of a Food and Drug Administration investigation into potential salmonella contamination, to be pulled from store shelves and included in the company’s initial voluntary recall announced Feb. 6.

Rite Aid is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products and removed the items from store shelves as a precautionary measure, the retailer stated.

While the company listed two of the items in its Feb. 6 press release announcing the voluntary recall, four nearly identical items by the same manufacturer but with different UPC codes were also pulled from Rite Aid store shelves by Feb. 6.

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