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Report: Pumpkin spice frappuccinos coming to store shelves

BY Gina Acosta

After initially saying that it would be distributing bottled Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos only at Costco in 15-bottle packs, Starbucks now says the much beloved drinks will be available at major retailers nationwide. (Refinery 29)

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Mondelez expands portfolio with Burton’s Biscuits license acquisition

BY Gina Acosta

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Mondelez International is acquiring a license that enables the company to manufacture, market and sell Cadbury-branded biscuits around the world.

The company announced Friday that it has signed an agreement to purchase the license from Burton's Biscuit Company.

"Ownership of the Cadbury biscuits license offers us exciting opportunities to accelerate global growth and innovation, as we expand our leading position in biscuits, globally and in Europe," said Hubert Weber, Executive Vice President and President, Mondelez Europe. "The transaction will help us to unify and expand our global Cadbury biscuits portfolio in key markets and enable us to explore delicious new products by using the best of our chocolate and biscuit innovation platforms."

Mondelez International and Burton's Biscuit Company have agreed that Cadbury-branded biscuits will continue to be manufactured in Burton's factories by their employees under a co-manufacturing agreement.

The companies agreed not to disclose financial terms of the transaction.

 

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Lean Cuisine introduces entrees inspired by ethnic flavors

BY Gina Acosta

SOLON, Ohio — Lean Cuisine is introducing four new limited-time entrées inspired by international culinary trends and regional flavors.

The four entrées, Southwest-Style Potato Bake, Chicken Tikka Masala, Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale and Thai-Style Ginger Beef, are crafted and designed by Lean Cuisine's culinary chefs who travel the country, from New York City to San Francisco, visiting top restaurants, hot spots and tastemakers for meal inspirations.

In addition to new flavors, the four entrées offer high-protein and gluten-free options and dishes made with organic ingredients. The new items boast the ingredients consumers are looking for in their retail store aisles.

"Lean Cuisine dishes pair nutritious foods and real ingredients with our chefs' culinary expertise so you can feel good about what you're eating. Like all our offerings, the recipes behind these new entrées were created with care; every ingredient has purpose, whether it's a distinct flavor or a key nutrient, like a good source of protein," said Julie Lehman, marketing director for Lean Cuisine. "The Lean Cuisine culinary team keeps a constant pulse on food culture, taking cues from the latest flavor profiles, and we noticed an increase in people's desire for bolder, spicier flavors. The new limited-time entrées gave our team of chefs a chance to explore new ideas and flavors while bringing creative, delicious foods to your home."

Lean Cuisine's four new options draw inspiration from international and regional flavors:

  • Southwest-Style Potato Bake: Made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, red potatoes are blanketed in a spicy cheddar cheese sauce with poblano peppers.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala: Perfect for those seeking a high-protein option, tender white meat chicken, sweet peas, carrots and rice are combined in a creamy tomato, Indian-style sauce.
  • Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale: The newest tamale in the Lean Cuisine collection is made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, and accented with a sweet and spicy chile sauce and cilantro lime rice.
  • Thai-Style Ginger Beef: Tender prime rib beef, broccoli, yellow carrots and rice combine with a sweet and spicy Thai-style sauce – and it's gluten-free.

"Our recipes are carefully crafted to be nutritious, and often times ingredients are paired to make the most of each other. For example, our Thai-Style Ginger Beef brings together broccoli and yellow carrots with the right serving of beef, creating a balance of flavor and ingredients that offer a nutritional boost," said Rhonda Richardson, manager of nutrition, health and wellness for Lean Cuisine. "Our new dishes are simply frozen to maintain their freshness, and do not include artificial preservatives."

All four products have an MSRP of $2.99 and are currently available at retailers nationwide.

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