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Mondelez International renews $2M pledge toward disaster aid

BY Gina Acosta

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Mondelez International Foundation announced the renewal of a two-year, $2 million pledge on Wednesday to help leading global disaster relief organizations deliver humanitarian aid more quickly.

The foundation works with two partners – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the American Red Cross – to respond to both international and domestic natural disasters. The IFRC represents 190 member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, including the American Red Cross, empowered by a network of 17 million volunteers worldwide.

"Support from the Mondelez International Foundation has helped communities affected by disasters around the globe restore their well-being," said Sarah Delea, President of the Mondelez International Foundation and Senior Director of Global Well-being and Community Involvement. "We're proud of our long-standing partnership with IFRC and American Red Cross. This pledge deepens our commitment to protecting the well-being of people and the planet by enabling our partners to help people and communities before, during and after a disaster."

By supporting the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund and participating in the American Red Cross' Annual Disaster Giving Program, the Mondelez International Foundation is helping provide a reliable, pre-funded base of financial support for immediate response when disaster strikes.

"The DREF ensures that immediate financial support is available for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Society emergency response work, assisting millions of people worldwide every year," said Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC Under Secretary General for Partnerships. "We can only do this thanks to partners such as Mondelez International. Support to our DREF enables us to truly make a difference in the lives of people affected by disasters and crises."

As one of the largest National Red Cross Societies, the American Red Cross is frequently called to assist with international disasters in addition to their domestic support.

"Ongoing financial support from Annual Disaster Giving Program members, such as Mondelez International, helps create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance," said David Staszak, Red Cross chief development officer. "Money donated by the public and ADGP is essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster."

Over the last 25 years, Mondelez International has contributed more than $1.8 billion in cash and food to charitable organizations around the world. In addition, as part of a multi-year, $50 million commitment, the Mondelez International Foundation works with global NGO partners to empower communities to embrace active and healthier lifestyles across 13 markets around the world.
 

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Angry Orchard launches hard cider made with N.Y. apples

BY Gina Acosta

WALDEN, N.Y. — Angry Orchard, a popular brand of hard cider, is launching a new product made exclusively with apple varieties from New York State.

"We're extremely proud of Walden Hollow as it's our first cider made with apples from our own backyard," said Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard's head cider maker. "The mild tannins and dryness of the cider capture the diversity, complexity and depth of character from the blend of New York State apples. It's cider like Walden Hollow that inspires us to continue to drive innovation and reimagine what American cider can be."

Walden Hollow is fermented over many months, resulting in full flavor and intense apple aroma due to the high acidity and mild tannins from New York State heirloom apples. These heirloom varieties include Golden Russet, Newtown Pippin and Northern Spy, all of which have deep ties to the Empire State, including their use in cider dating back hundreds of years. Walden Hollow will be released annually in the spring, and made using a blend of New York apple varieties selected by Angry Orchard's cider makers based on the previous year's harvest. 

Walden Hollow (8% ABV) is the fourth style to join the Angry Orchard Cider House Collection of small batch craft ciders, and is available nationwide now. This style is available in 750 mL bottles for a suggested retail price of $14.99 – $17.99 (price varies per market).
 

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DiGiorno unveils new Artisan Style Melts

BY Gina Acosta

SOLON, Ohio — A leading oven-ready pizza brand is launching new products that can be enjoyed as a snack or a meal.

DiGiorno is launching Artisan Style Melts, which are smaller-serving pizzas, and new pizzeria! thin pizza flavors.

"At DiGiorno, we tap into trends and consumer demand to continually provide products that help us maintain our leadership in the category," said John Carmichael, President of Nestlé Pizza and Snacking. "Snacking occasions are on the rise, and our Artisan Style Melts will satisfy consumers because they offer a great solution for that occasion– a snack-size pizza made with artisanal-style focaccia bread."

DiGiorno Artisan Style Melts are made with focaccia bread and seasonings like rosemary, garlic and onion. Each crust is drizzled with olive oil and topped with carefully selected, high-quality ingredients including a blend of fine cheeses, sauce from vine-ripened tomatoes, premium meats and vegetables and no artificial flavors. Artisan Style Melts can be prepared in the microwave in just minutes for soft, pillowy bread or oven-baked for a crispier texture. They come in four varieties:

  • Spicy Sausage Pomodoro: Rosemary focaccia bread with arrabbiata sauce, Italian sausage, fire-roasted bell peppers, and reduced-fat mozzarella, Romano, Parmigiano and Asiago cheeses.
  • Quattro Formaggi: Rosemary focaccia bread topped with creamy Alfredo sauce, reduced-fat mozzarella, and smoked gouda, fontina, Parmesan, Asiago and Romano cheeses.
  • Pepperoni Speciale: Garlic and onion focaccia bread topped with pepperoni, marinara sauce and three types of mozzarella cheese.
  • Chicken Bruschetta: Focaccia bread topped with white meat chicken, roasted garlic, Roma tomatoes and a premium blend of cheeses and basil.

DiGiorno Artisan Style Melts are available at grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99. Each box includes two servings.

DiGiorno is also introducing two more flavors to its pizzeria! thin line:

  • Spicy Sausage Italiano & Provolone: Topped with spicy Italian sausage slices, reduced-fat provolone, diced tomatoes with mozzarella and our signature pizzeria! sauce.
  • Chicken Parmigiana: Topped with all-white-meat chicken, diced tomatoes, toasted breadcrumbs and our signature pizzeria! sauce.

DiGiorno pizzeria! thin crust pizzas are available at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $6.99.

 

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