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Nestle closes century-old candy manufacturing factory

BY Jenna Duncan

YORK, U.K. Nestle has closed production of KitKat bars at its more than 100-year-old York factory and sold off the buildings, reports from the U.K. today said. The 19th century brick buildings at the southern end of the factory grounds will be converted for mixed use as offices and residential apartments.

Production of Aero, KitKar, York and other candy bars was moved to a more modern facility, local presses reported. At present, only Aero Bubbles bars remain in production at the plant.

The move comes after a production overhaul which has lasted about three years and shifted hundreds of jobs, including the production of Nestle’s popular Smarties candies, overseas.

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Bashas,’ Shamrock Farms promote breast cancer awareness

BY Jenna Duncan

PHOENIX Bashas’ food stores and Shamrock Farms dairy producers have teamed to support the City of Hope breast cancer research center by selling reusable pink shopping bags, paper pink ribbons and signature City of Hope pins at all stores in Bashas’ network.

The pink reusable shopping bags retail for $1.49. Bashas has said that 100 percent of the sales of the bags will go to City of Hope. The customizable paper ribbons sell for $1, and starting Oct. 6, purchase City of Hope pins will be available for $2 each.

Bashas’ has set a goal of raising $50,000 for City of Hope efforts, and expects $37,250 to come from the sale of the pink reusable bags.

Bashas’ food network covers more than 160 Bashas,’ AJ’s Fine Foods, Ike’s Farmers Market, and Food City stores in Arizona. More than 65 Bashas’ and Food City locations also have in-store pharmacies.

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Cabot Creamery takes its show on the road

BY Jenna Duncan

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. Cabot Creamery has begun a nationwide road tour promoting the benefits of calcium in fighting childhood obesity and osteoporosis. The tour has hit the New York Capital District and is set to stop at more than 12 Price Chopper Supermarkets in the area.

Cabot’s road crew will be handing out coupons, prizes and  recipes, as well as samples of Cabot’s classic cheeses, including new mega-3 cheddar.

Cabot spokesman Mark Hackett told the media: “One thing Cabot is famous for is its cheddar cheese, and cheddar cheese is lactose free. So a lot people who are avoiding dairy still need their source of calcium and the best source of calcium is naturally through cheese, yogurt, or milk.”

The Cabot Road Show will be visiting cities nationwide to promote its message of healthy weight loss.

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