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Near East brings quinoa blends to market

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Near East has introduced a new line that combines quinoa and brown rice to promote the goodness of whole grains.

New quinoa blends, available in rosemary and olive oil and roasted red pepper and basil flavors, offer 7g to 8g of protein and 34g of whole grain per one cup serving, Near East said.

"Thanks to Americans’ ever-evolving palate and search for wholesome and unique foods, quinoa is emerging from an unfamiliar grain to being sought after in stores," Near East senior marketing manager Tania Haladner said. "Near East Quinoa Blends deliver great meal options that bring something new to the table without adding to your time in the kitchen."

Near East’s quinoa blends are available at Whole Foods and additional grocers nationwide this fall. Suggested retail price per box is $2.99.

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Live from your freezer, it’s Saturday night!

BY Allison Cerra

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Ben & Jerry’s and Broadway Video Enterprises have developed a limited-edition flavor that salutes the talents of sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live."

The flavor, named "Schweddy Balls," is a tribute to the popular "Delicious Dish" sketch, which starred Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon as hosts of a parody National Public Radio program, along with Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy, the fictional owner of Season’s Eatings Bakery.

The latest Ben & Jerry’s concoction features Fair Trade vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum, as well as fudge-covered rum balls and milk chocolate malt balls. The flavor is available nationwide.

“We’re huge ‘Saturday Night Live’ fans here at Ben & Jerry’s and admire the writers, the crew and the players for their unparalleled ability to bring levity and laughter to America for decades,” Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim said. “No other show has made such an impact on our culture, poking fun at our accomplishments, our failures, and our history: the good, the bad and the ugly. Since 1975, ‘Saturday Night Live’ has allowed us to laugh at ourselves and for that we say thanks.”

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Consumer Goods Forum introduces Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability

BY Allison Cerra

PARIS — The Consumer Goods Forum released the Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability, a global measurement system designed to help the consumer packaged goods industry to better assess the relative sustainability of packaging.

The GPPS — collectively designed by a diverse group of retailers and manufacturers, aided by packaging material suppliers and packaging manufacturers — helps the CPG industry understand the environmental impact of their packaging by providing a common language to address a range of business questions about packaging sustainability either within a company or between business partners, the Consumer Goods forum said. The common language consists of a framework — called A Global Language for Packaging Sustainability, which was first published in June 2010 — and a measurement system. The metrics published in the GPPS deliver the measurement system.

The GPPS, which can be accessed free of charge here, is sponsored by Tesco CEO Philip Clarke and Unilever CEO Paul Polman, who serve as board members for the Consumer Goods Forum.

"One of the strengths of this project is how it has brought together so many companies and organizations from across our industry to work collectively on developing this common language," Polman said.

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