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Progresso adds new soup varieties to lineup

BY Jason Owen

MINNEAPOLIS — Progresso Soup announced on Thursday new varieties of ready-to-eat soups to the company’s product lineup, including in its Progresso Light and Progresso Heart Healthy lines.

Joining the Progresso Light line are Light Chicken Corn Chowder and Chicken and Cheese Enchilada.

Three new soups will join the Rich and Hearty line: Tomato Florentine with Italian Sausage, Lentil and Andouille Sausage, and Creamy Alfredo with Penne and Chicken.

The new line of Heart Healthy soups contains 120 calories or less per serving and features bold flavors to meet everyone’s taste preference including; Southwest Style Black Bean & Vegetable, Creamy Tomato with Basil, Homestyle Vegetable Beef, Savory Garden Vegetable, Italian-Style Wedding with Meatballs, Hearty Minestrone, Savory Chicken & Wild Rice, Creole Style Chicken Gumbo, Roasted Chicken Noodle and Tomato with Parmesan. Progresso Heart Healthy soups meet the U.S. Food & Drug Administration criteria for a low fat, low saturated fat and low-cholesterol food, as well as the FDA "healthy" criteria for sodium of 480 mg or less per label serving, and contain a good source of a beneficial nutrient.

All Progresso soups are available nationally and have a suggested retail price of $2.69 per 1 LB 2.5 oz-can.


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Medbox hopes to get $40 million from medical, recreational marijuana dispensing

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – A company that makes vending machine-like systems has a new business: medical and recreational marijuana.

Medbox said Thursday that it had been contracted to file dispensary license applications and build-out facilities in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Illinois and Nevada, as well as recreational licenses in Washington and Colorado. Residents of the latter two states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana last year.

Medbox said that licenses in those markets are limited, and competition between applicants is fierce, but that it hopes to hit $5 million in sales per state in consulting and technology sales. The company noted that there has been "evidence of overzealous consultants" who are "preying on the public" with unrealistic success rates, overpriced services and duplicate work product to multiple parties competing against each other for the same dispensary license.

"We have a proven track record of taking care of business for our clients and getting results," Medbox CEO Bruce Bedrick said. "We have filed our applications in Vermont and Massachusetts for our clients, and we are eagerly awaiting filing additional applications for our clients in Connecticut, Nevada and Illinoise when those licensing periods commence over the course of the next few months."

 

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National childhood cancer awareness event held at Navarro Discount Pharmacy

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy, in partnership with the Live Like Bella Foundation, recently hosted the National Childhood Cancer Awareness event to educate the community about the needs of children with cancer.

The event attracted more than 200 children and families and was held Sept. 13 at a Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Miami.

The parents of Miami’s Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who fought cancer and her paralysis six times until her death on May 28, 2013 at the age of 10 years old, attended the event and spoke on behalf of the Live Like Bella Foundation. Bella was paralyzed and diagnosed with stage four Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, when she was 4 years old. Bella is described as having unwavering faith, a loving heart and a great sense of compassion for others. The entire south Florida community, including Miami Heat and Miami Marlins players, embraced Bella. Her life and legacy lives on through the work of the Live Like Bella Foundation. Thousands of children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year, the leading cause of death for American children younger than age 15.

Activities at the event included children-focused food and snacks, a motorcade and helicopter flyover by Miami-Dade County Police, face painting and "Live Like Bella" merchandise for sale. Navarro donated 100% of the proceeds from the Live Like Bella merchandise sales that evening to the Live Like Bella Foundation. And, at 6 p.m., the Navarro store was lit in gold and yellow Wish lanterns were lit in remembrance of Bella.

For more than 50 years, Navarro Discount Pharmacy has stood by the South Florida community focusing on health-and-wellness events for the entire family. Each year, Navarro partners with dozens of local nonprofit organizations that educate its customers on a variety of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Wellness Wednesdays are held at each of Navarro’s 33 stores where customers can access free health screenings and receive advice from health professionals and pharmacists.   
 

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