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Oscar Mayer adds bacon jerky to product lineup

BY Vivian Gomez

MADISON, Wis. — If you’ve ever wished you could have bacon on the go, then the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon (OMIFAB) has some good news for you.

Oscar Mayer has unveiled Bacon Jerky, available in two flavors — Bourbon Barbecue and Teriyaki Ginger — and packaged in an on-the-go bacon jerky pouch.

"It's obvious that people love bacon," said Sarah Jones, senior brand manager for Oscar Mayer Bacon. "But we know not everyone has time to whip out their skillet to make some throughout the day. With bacon jerky, Oscar Mayer is providing bacon enthusiasts with an easy and satisfying way to snack on bacon while on the move."

Oscar Mayer Bacon Jerky is available in 3-oz. ready-to-eat packages. It can be found alongside the full line of Oscar Mayer Bacon in the refrigerated meat case in most grocery stores nationwide, but is also shelf-stable.

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Sterling Drug founder Leonard Astrup dies

BY David Salazar

AUSTIN, Minn. — Sterling Drug founder Leonard Astrup died July 22. The 86-year-old founded Sterling in 1952, three years after graduating from the North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy. Sterling currently has 18 locations in Minnesota and Iowa.

Born in Grenora, N.D., Astrup moved to Austin, Minn., and opened his first store at one of the state’s first strip malls. Shortly after, in 1955, he married his wife of 59 years, Corrine, who survives him.

Astrup was active in Minnesota’s business community, joining the Minnesota Pharmacy Association and becoming a lifetime licensee of North Dakota’s Board of Pharmacy. He also served as a member of the Sterling Shopping Center Business Association. Beyond that, he was a member of the Masons, Sons of Denmark and was on Our Savior Lutheran Church’s original building committee. 

Astrup is survived by his sister, his four children and nine grandchildren. A memorial is planned for Aug. 5 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota or North Dakota are preferred due to Astrup’s battle with dementia. Online condolences are available at worlein.com.

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Pillsbury announces new bread mixes

BY Ryan Chavis

ORRVILLE, Ohio — Pillsbury, a brand from J.M. Smucker Co., is adding new Artisan Bread Mixes to its product portfolio. The mixes will be available in three varieties: Country White, Garlic & Herb and Parmesan & Basil. Families can use the mixes to bake such assorted breads as focaccia bread, bread sticks and pizza crust in 40 minutes or less, according to the brand.

Pillsbury Artisan Bread Mixes are available at grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.49. Consumers looking for recipes and tips can visit PillsburyBaking.com, Pinterest.com/PillsburyBaking or Facebook.com/PillsburyBaking.

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