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Polaner All Fruit relaunches line of fruit spreads

BY Ryan Chavis

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Polaner All Fruit, a brand from B&G Foods, announced that it is now Non-GMO Project Verified. To recognize its new verification, the company is reviving the "Don’t Dare Call it Jelly!" campaign, complete with an interactive digital initiative which encourages consumers to vote for their favorite commercial.

The new Non-GMO Project Verified line of Polaner All Fruit contains 11 varieties of spreadable fruit: strawberry, apricot, blueberry, cherry, grape, peach, orange, raspberry, seedless raspberry, seedless blackberry and seedless strawberry. Each jar now features the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, which further illustrates the brand’s interest in giving consumers a premium product. 

“Consumers are becoming increasingly selective in the products they buy and feed their families, which is why we are excited to announce that the Polaner All Fruit line now meets the strict standards of the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program, without compromising our delicious fruit flavor,” said Sandra Paige, Brand Manager B&G Foods. “By bringing the brand back to its roots with Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients, consumers can feel confident in choosing Polaner All Fruit as a trusted family favorite fruit spread.”

Polaner All Fruit is available in 10-oz. and 15.25-oz. jars at grocery stores across the country for a standard retail price of $2.49 and $3.49.

 

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Study: Vitamin D the difference between more active and less active in severely obese people

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

The study found severely obese people who also were vitamin D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.

“People with severe obesity already are eight times more likely to have poor physical function than people with a healthy BMI,” stated one of the study’s authors, Tomás Ahern of St. Columcille’s Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. “Poor vitamin D status contributes to the deterioration of physical function in this population. Among those with severe obesity, 43% are at risk of vitamin D deficiency.”

The cross-sectional study examined physical functioning and vitamin D levels in 252 severely obese people. Participants were timed as they walked 500 meters and climbed up and down a single step 50 times. They also provided estimates of their physical activity.

Researchers took a blood sample to measure each participant’s vitamin D levels. For analysis, the study population was divided into three groups based on vitamin D levels.

The study found the group with the highest vitamin D levels had the fastest walking times and highest amount of self-reported physical activity. This group also had the lowest average BMI of the study participants.

“Improving vitamin D status should improve quality of life and may decrease the risk of early death in people with severe obesity,” Ahern said. “This could be a simple matter of spending more time outside, since sun exposure can boost the body’s natural vitamin D production.”

 

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BIC introduces large-pack offerings of Flex 3, Hybrid Advance 3 razors

BY Antoinette Alexander

SHELTON, Conn. — BIC, a manufacturer of men’s razors, has developed two new large-pack offerings of the BIC Flex 3 and the BIC Hybrid Advance 3 razors.
 
The BIC Flex 3 large pack includes eight disposable razors that have three flexible blades and a heavy handle for added control.
 
The BIC Hybrid Advance 3 large pack includes 12 disposable cartridges with an ergonomic handle. BIC Hybrid Advance 3 is a wet shave alternative that combines replaceable cartridges with the convenience of a disposable razor.
 
The BIC Flex 3 has a suggested retail price of $10.99 for an eight-pack. The BIC Hybrid Advance 3 has a SRP of $10.99 for a 12-pack.

 

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