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Planters peanuts certified with AHA’s Heart-Check mark

BY Jason Owen

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — As February marks National Heart Health month, the American Heart Association (AHA) has certified two brands of Planters peanuts with its Heart-Check mark, which officially identifies heart-healthy foods.

Planters Lightly Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts and Planters Unsalted Dry Roasted Peanuts were the two brands certified by the AHA and will now display the AHA Heart-Check mark on its packaging.

"For years, Planters fans have enjoyed our peanuts for their delicious taste," said Peter Cotter, senior brand manager for Planters. "While many of our Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts have always been heart-healthy, we are now recognized by a respected and well-known authority committed to heart health."

To help spread the word about the heart health benefits of peanuts, Planters has teamed up with Harley Pasternak, celebrity fitness and nutrition expert. "When I’m training my clients, I always make sure they are making healthy choices in all aspects of their lives, particularly in their diets," Pasternak said. "Partnering with Planters was a natural decision since I encourage my clients to eat heart-healthy foods."

Mr. Peanut also is helping to spread the word with Valentine’s Day video e-cards available via the "Keep That Heart Pumping" Facebook application. From Feb. 1 until Feb. 28, fans can choose from three sexy e-cards starring Mr. Peanut to get their friends swooning. The e-cards can be personalized in different ways, and fans that view or share them will also receive a coupon for Planters peanuts. Find the app on Mr. Peanut’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/MrPeanut or go to KeepThatHeartPumping.com.

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West Coast Chill energy drink now available coast to coast

BY Jason Owen

IRVINE, Calif. —  West Coast Chill Pure Energy drink, which contains no sugar, no caffeine and no artificial sweeteners, and which is also available in the world’s first self-chilling beverage can, patented and licensed by the Joseph Co. International, has expanded distribution and is now available in locations from coast to coast.

Superior Products Co., Northern California’s distributor of Budweiser and Pepsi products now proudly distributes West Coast Chill over a 40,000-sq.-mi. area up to the Oregon border. Founded in the 1940s, Superior Products Company is a family-owned and -operated company.

West Coast Chill, first introduced in California, including 7-Eleven franchises, and then throughout Texas, will now be available on the East Coast. Forty 7-Eleven locations in the Chesapeake/Norfolk, Va., area will begin carrying West Coast Chill products this week. "7-Eleven is known the world over for recognizing emerging brands and trendsetting products, and we are proud that franchises from coast to coast view West Coast Chill in the same light," said West Coast Chill CEO Mitchell Joseph.

West Coast Chill has now positioned itself as a premium alternative brand. This is evident in the success West Coast Chill has had at LA Fitness health club locations in Southern California.

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Reports: Costco food courts to switch to Pepsi

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Costco will replace Coke with Pepsi at its in-store lunch counters, according to published reports.

Costco will start selling Pepsi instead of Coca-Cola products at its food courts starting in April, news media reported. Stores in two of its eight regions already had switched to Pepsi. The company has long sold a $1.50 hot dog-and-soda combination meal at its stores.

According to reports, the switch was not related to a dispute between Costco and Coca-Cola in 2009, when the club retailer temporarily stopped carrying Coke products in its stores.


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