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Mini Babybel introduces white cheddar, sharp original flavors

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — The Laughing Cow’s brand of portion-controlled snack cheeses are available in two additional flavors.

The company’s Mini Babybel line now includes white cheddar and sharp original varieties. Both cheeses are packaged in wax wrapping for on-the-go convenience.

Mini Babybel’s line includes original, light, Gouda, cheddar and bonbel cheeses.

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Nathan’s Famous beefs up hot dog offering

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Nathan’s Famous has introduced Angus beef hot dogs for the grilling season.

"Consumers love Angus beef, and now they can choose Nathan’s Famous hot dogs made from all Angus beef, too," said Janet Sweeney, marketing director for Specialty Foods Group, which handles retail sales for Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. "It’s all about giving consumers the choices they want as we kick off the grilling season."

The new Angus beef franks come in a 14-oz., seven-link package with a black label to signify Black Angus beef. The suggested retail price is $5.99.

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Food pyramid changing shape

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — It seems that the Obama administration is looking to replace the food pyramid, which has provided Americans with dietary guidelines for nearly two decades.

Although the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services recently released the seventh edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans — which places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity due to the rising obesity rates among adults and children — officials are taking the guidelines further by ditching the pyramid, which was updated in 2005, in favor of a plate-shaped symbol.

According to a New York Times report, the plate is divided into wedges to represent the basic food groups. The plate also will be half-filled with fruits and vegetables, the Times reported.

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

The new symbol will be unveiled June 2.

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