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Meijer gears up for holidays with seasonal hiring

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer is preparing to hire thousands of new employees for its stores as it prepares for this year’s holiday season and continued growth throughout the Midwest.

"Customer service is one of the things that truly sets Meijer apart from our competition," Meijer EVP operations Janet Emerson said. "Our goal is to deliver the best customer experience and the lowest prices, and as we continue to grow it’s so important that we have the right levels of staff and the right people in those roles."

While staffing needs vary from store to store, all Meijer stores have positions available. Interested candidates may complete an online application at Jobs.meijer.com or at the employment kiosks located at the front of most Meijer stores.

"While most of the seasonal opportunities are part-time, these jobs can provide a gateway to a full-time career at Meijer," said Jenny Hawat, VP talent recruitment and retention. "As we move into a new year, we frequently look to seasonal employees first to fill our on-going part-time and full-time needs. It is a wonderful opportunity to get your foot in the door and demonstrate success within a growing company."

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In The Raw launches new sugar substitute

BY Allison Cerra

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In The Raw’s lineup of all-natural sweeteners continues to expand with the introduction of a new zero-calorie, all-natural sugar substitute.

Monk Fruit In The Raw is made from monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit native to Asia, and is free of added table sugar, sugar alcohols and molasses, the company said.

"Monk Fruit In The Raw is a delicious and exciting addition to our line of wholesome, all-natural sweeteners," said Steven Eisenstadt, CEO of Cumberland Packing, the maker of In The Raw brand products. "Monk Fruit in The Raw is amazingly versatile and easy to use in cooking and baking. We think it will greatly appeal to people who want to cut calories naturally, without compromising on taste."

Monk Fruit In The Raw will be available this month in convenient single-serve packets with a suggested retail price of $3.49 per 40-count box.

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Hood expands eggnog lineup with new caramel flavor

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LYNNFIELD, Mass. — Hood is set to launch a limited-edition eggnog flavor in time for the holiday season.

New Hood caramel eggnog joins the lineup of eggnog flavors that includes golden, light, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin and sugar cookie. The company said that "consumers will be drawn to the familiarity and comfort that the flavor provides," making the new eggnog "an excellent addition to holiday gatherings." Hood products are sold at retailers nationwide.

"Caramel has long been a popular flavor in foods and beverages, and we are thrilled to introduce it into our eggnog line," said Lynne Bohan, spokeswoman for HP Hood LLC. "Hood golden eggnog has been a family favorite for generations, and caramel seemed like the perfect flavor to continue the tradition."

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