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M&Ms and NASCAR search for most colorful fan

BY Alaric DeArment

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. M&Ms Racing and NASCAR announced Monday that they would reintroduce “The Most Colorful Fan of NASCAR” contest, between June 8 and Oct. 11.

The contest allows NASCAR fans to upload their most eye-catching photos to NASCAR.com. Each week will have winners who receive NASCAR-themed prizes. Five finalists will win trips to the Ford 400 in Homestead, Fla., in November and $100 gift cards for The Home Depot. The final winner will receive a VIP trip for two to the Richard Petty Driving Experience and a Tissot wristwatch.

M&Ms, a brand of Mars North America, has been involved with NASCAR for 18 years. Headquartered in Mount Olive, N.J., Mars has annual sales of more than $7 billion.

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Consumers get to vote on new Mountain Dew flavor

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK American voters don’t get to try out political candidates for a trial run, but things will be different for Mountain Dew drinkers.

PepsiCo, which manufactures Mountain Dew, will put three new flavors on shelves for a trial run lasting 12 weeks. The one that voters at www.dewmocracy.com like the best will remain. People in Los Angeles can also vote with a large billboard; after sampling the flavors, they can shoot a paintball at the one they like the best as a television shows a tug-of-war between the three flavors.

The test flavors are Voltage, with raspberry and citrus flavors, Revolution, with berry flavors, and Supernova, with strawberry and melon flavors. All three include ginseng.

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Oscar Mayer launches Premium Beef Franks

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MADISON, Wis. Oscar Mayer has enlisted Broadway actor Mario Lopez to promote its new Premium Beef Franks. Lopez appeared Tuesday with Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile in New York’s Times Square to offer samples of the new hot dogs.

Oscar Mayer makes the hot dogs with high-quality cuts of beef, as well as spices. They have no artificial flavors, colors, fillers or byproducts.

In honor of the brand’s 125th anniversary, it is giving $100,000 to America’s Second Harvest. Following the presentation in New York, the Wienermobile will travel across the country to introduce the new hot dogs and collect donations for America’s Second Harvest chapters in the communities it visits.

Oscar Mayer is a brand of Kraft Foods.

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