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Mars announces candies for fall, Halloween

BY Alaric DeArment

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — A new line of candies from Mars Chocolate North America includes several flavors to coincide with Halloween.

The candy maker announced the release of its latest line, which includes Snickers peanut butter pumpkin-based singles, as well as jack-o-lantern-shaped Snickers-brand pumpkin, available in two packs. The company is also releasing a new large variety bag of Snickers Fun Size canned, available in Snickers Original, Almond and Peanut Butter Squared bars.

The M&M’s brand includes candy corn white chocolate candies, available in large bags as well as single-serve bags and suitable for eating as well as decorating and baking.

The company also is highlighting its Twix, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way and Snickers brands, now available in boxes of 18 bars.

 

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Angry Orchard debuts seasonal cider for the holidays

BY Barbara White-Sax

BOSTON — Boston Beer’s Angry Orchard Cider Co., the top-selling cider company in the United States, according to IRI data, has introduced a new innovative fall and winter seasonal cider — Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple. Cinnful Apple, a limited-edition release, is Angry Orchard’s first cider made with American culinary apples.

The cider makers at Angry Orchard used apples from Washington state and cinnamon to make a cider with a spicy flavor profile that pairs well with holiday drinking occasions and a variety of foods.

Cinnful Apple is available in six packs for a suggested retail price of  $7.99 to $9.99, and in variety 12-packs with three other Angry Orchard styles — Crisp Apple, Traditional Dry and Apple Ginger — for a SRP of $14.99 to $17.99.

 

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Popular pasta brand Barilla under fire amid remarks by chairman criticized as homophobic

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — One of the world’s leading Italian pasta brands is the subject of an international boycott after remarks that critics have characterized as disparaging gay people, and the mother of a leader in a U.S.-based gay-rights group is petitioning a supermarket chain to stop carrying it.

In a radio interview, Barilla chairman Guido Barilla was quoted as saying, "I would never do an advert with a homosexual family…if the gays don’t like it, they can go eat another brand. For us, the concept of the sacred family remains one of the fundamental values of the company."

The remarks inspired worldwide calls for a boycott against the brand and an apology from Barilla. In a statement on Facebook Thursday, Barilla apologized for the remarks writing, "For clarity I would like to point out that I have the deepest respect for all people, without distinction of any kind. I have the utmost respect for homosexuals and freedom of expression. I also said, and repeat, that I have respect for marriages between people of the same sex."

Still, Linda Ferraro, the "Italian-American mom" of Rich Ferraro, a vice president of gay-rights group GLAAD, has launched an online petition to convince Northeastern supermarket chain Stop & Shop, a banner owned by Ahold USA, to stop carrying Barilla.

"As an Italian-American mom, some of my favorite memories are of sitting around the dinner table with my husband and our three sons on Sunday after church," Ferraro wrote in the petition, which as of Friday had about 1,000 signatures. "Lots of tomato sauce, lots of laughs and lots of Barilla. In fact, there are several boxes of Barilla sitting in my cabinet right now. That is about to change."


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