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Marion’s Smart Delights introduces gluten-free baking mixes

BY Allison Cerra

ARLINGTON, Va. — Consumers suffering from a gluten allergy can satisfy their sweet tooth with new certified gluten-free baking mixes.

Marion’s Smart Delights has introduced gluten-free lemon bar and gluten-free cookie and muffin baking mixes. The company said that the mixes offer improved flour blends and more recipe versatility, while still touting the original nutrition benefits, such as reduced sugar, low sodium and whole grains.

"My goal is for everyone to enjoy a healthier, happier relationship with food regardless of their special dietary needs," Marion’s Smart Delights founder and president Marion Braswell said.

The new baking mixes will make their debut at the 57th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show, which is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on July 10 to 12.

Marion’s Smart Delights products are available in select stores and can be purchased online for suggested retail prices of $6.35 for the cookie and muffin baking mix, and $6.75 for the lemon bar mix.

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Mars Chocolate to break ground on Topeka, Kan., manufacturing facility

BY Allison Cerra

TOPEKA, Kan. — Mars Chocolate North America this week unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Midwest, part of the company’s commitment to invest in U.S. manufacturing.

The facility, which will be located in Topeka, Kan., is the first site the company has built in 35 years and will help Mars Chocolate meet the growing demand for its candy products.

“We are excited to announce our plan to construct this new manufacturing site in Topeka,” Mars Chocolate VP supply Mike Wittman said. “The site will be a reflection of our commitment to manufacture our products in the markets where we sell them. Mars looks forward to becoming an important part of the Topeka community.”

Phase one of the new site is planned to be complete in 2013, Mars Chocolate said.

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Marley’s Mellow Mood goes ‘lite’

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Marley’s Mellow Mood is introducing a new low-calorie option to consumers in July.

Marley’s Mellow Mood Lite: Half Lemonade, Half Tea is sourced from such ingredients as chamomile, valerian root, lemon balm, hops, passionflower and melatonin. Each 8-oz. serving of the beverage is 40 calories, according to the company.

"Consumers have been asking for additional unique flavors and a low-calorie product since we launched last year, and our new Marley’s Mellow Mood Lite: Half Lemonade, Half Tea is the perfect choice to help you relax and ‘feel alright’ this summer," Marley Beverage chief marketing officer Paul Fuegner said.

Marley’s Mellow Mood beverages retail for approximately $1.79 per bottle/can.

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