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New study finds yogurt effective in improving digestive health

BY Anna Mcgrath

CHICAGO General Mills on Wednesday released results of a clinical study that illustrated how individuals who consumed Yoplait YoPlus yogurt improved digestive health.

Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill concluded that Yoplait YoPlus yogurt may have a beneficial balance of probiotics and fiber that improves digestive health when consumed daily.

The results of this six-week study at UNC were announced by co-researcher Tamar Ringel-Kulka at the Digestive Disease Week conference in Chicago. YoPlus contains Bifidobacterium lactis (Bb-12), a well-known probiotic culture, and inulin. Both of which work with the gut to help regulate digestive health.

The participants, both men and women, occasionally experienced digestive problems, the study said.

According to Kulka, “There are very few pharmacologic options for people managing occasional gastrointestinal discomfort such as constipation or bloating. A yogurt containing probiotics and fiber is a promising choice for those who experience occasional digestive health issues.”

YoPlus is currently available for purchase in dairy aisle of major supermarkets nationwide.

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Pepsi Bottling Group raises Q2 outlook

BY Allison Cerra

SOMERS, N.Y. The Pepsi Bottling Group announced Tuesday that it has raised its second quarter and 2009 earnings guidance. The company now expects to deliver comparable diluted earnings per share of $0.70 to $0.74 in the second quarter, a $0.05 increase from its previous guidance range.

For the full-year, PBG now expects comparable diluted EPS in the range of $2.30 to $2.40, up 10 cents from the company’s previous forecast. The company also raised its full-year operating free cash flow guidance by $25 million to $525 million.

Among the key drivers of the company’s revised outlook are: improved carbonated soft drink performance in the United States; decreased volatility in foreign currencies; and continued commodity cost deflation.

“PBG’s strong start to the year has continued in the second quarter. Improving fundamentals in our U.S. and Canada business, coupled with the success of our global pricing strategy, are producing solid results. We’re also delivering significant cost and productivity savings and superior execution at the point of sale. At the same time, we’re beginning to see favorable trends within our sector as well as in the commodity and foreign currency markets. As a result, our performance continues to exceed our expectations and we are raising our guidance,” said PBG chairman and CEO Eric Foss.

Last week, PBG announced the re-election 10 directors of its board.

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Kashi Co. expands Heart to Heart product line

BY Allison Cerra

LA JOLLA, Calif. Kashi Co. announced Tuesday the addition of whole grain crackers to its Heart to Heart family of foods.

The new whole wheat crackers are as delicious as they are nutritious, featuring pioneering ingredients including plant sterols and antioxidants, making them the first nationally distributed crackers to provide more for your heart.

Similar to the other Kashi Heart to Heart offerings, the crispy whole grain crackers offer six natural antioxidants to help support healthy arteries: extracts from green tea, white tea and grape seed, vitamins E and C, and beta carotene.

Kashi Heart to Heart Whole Grain Crackers will be available at retailers nationwide beginning in June. For more information, please visit www.kashi.com.

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