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In The Raw launches new sugar substitute

BY Allison Cerra

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In The Raw’s lineup of all-natural sweeteners continues to expand with the introduction of a new zero-calorie, all-natural sugar substitute.

Monk Fruit In The Raw is made from monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit native to Asia, and is free of added table sugar, sugar alcohols and molasses, the company said.

"Monk Fruit In The Raw is a delicious and exciting addition to our line of wholesome, all-natural sweeteners," said Steven Eisenstadt, CEO of Cumberland Packing, the maker of In The Raw brand products. "Monk Fruit in The Raw is amazingly versatile and easy to use in cooking and baking. We think it will greatly appeal to people who want to cut calories naturally, without compromising on taste."

Monk Fruit In The Raw will be available this month in convenient single-serve packets with a suggested retail price of $3.49 per 40-count box.

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Hood expands eggnog lineup with new caramel flavor

BY Allison Cerra

LYNNFIELD, Mass. — Hood is set to launch a limited-edition eggnog flavor in time for the holiday season.

New Hood caramel eggnog joins the lineup of eggnog flavors that includes golden, light, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin and sugar cookie. The company said that "consumers will be drawn to the familiarity and comfort that the flavor provides," making the new eggnog "an excellent addition to holiday gatherings." Hood products are sold at retailers nationwide.

"Caramel has long been a popular flavor in foods and beverages, and we are thrilled to introduce it into our eggnog line," said Lynne Bohan, spokeswoman for HP Hood LLC. "Hood golden eggnog has been a family favorite for generations, and caramel seemed like the perfect flavor to continue the tradition."

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PDX, Emdeon sign patient medication history deal

BY Alaric DeArment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two companies have signed a deal to provide access to real-time medication history to healthcare providers.

Pharmacy management services provider PDX and healthcare revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange services provider Emdeon announced the deal Monday, whereby medication history will be delivered from PDX’s Electronic Pharmacy Record to Emdeon’s Clinical Exchange and then to hospitals, providers, health information exchanges, nursing facilities and ambulatory and acute inpatient facilities that request it.

"There is a critical industry need for greater access to accurate medication history, particularly in acute-care settings," Emdeon EVP pharmacy services Kevin Mahoney said. "This initiative with PDX is another indication of Emdeon’s commitment to enable accurate and timely delivery of information designed to help improve clinical decisions and healthcare outcomes."

According to industry estimates, about 10% of hospital admissions are due to medication errors, allergies and interactions. The companies said that by accessing pharmacy-sourced medication history in real time, hospitals and other healthcare entities will be in a better position to reduce or eliminate gaps in medication history, more effectively manage the admissions and discharge process and better coordinate care transitions between community and institutional settings.


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