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Ronzoni Quick Cook pasta helps customers ‘mangia’ in less time

BY Allison Cerra

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Ronzoni is expanding its line of pasta with a new mealtime option designed for busy families.

New Ronzoni Quick Cook pasta, available in elbow, penne rigate and rotini varieties, cooks in just three minutes. New World Pasta, the maker of Ronzoni products, said the new line "offers families the wholesome home cooked meal they’re looking for and eliminates the need to reach for a take-out menu."

Ronzoni Quick Cook pasta can be purchased at supermarkets and Walmart stores nationwide for a suggested retail price range of $1.35 to $1.80 per 16-oz. box.

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Sunsweet acquires Function Drinks

BY Allison Cerra

YUBA CITY, Calif. — Sunsweet Growers has acquired a maker of dietary supplement beverages.

Sunsweet said its acquisition of Function Drinks is part of the company’s ongoing action to help beverage brands enter the mainstream market. In line with the transaction, Sunsweet formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Disruptive Beverages Inc., which will house Function Drinks. Function co-founders Dayton Miller, who also serves as Function’s CEO; Josh Simon, who also serves as Function’s president; and Alex Hughes will continue to maintain leadership positions in the company, Sunsweet said.

"As an award winning co-packer of the highest quality beverages, Sunsweet is familiar with new, innovative beverages and the companies who introduce them," Sunsweet COO Dane Lance said. "For beverage ideas and companies that we truly believe in and that we believe are innovative and have a chance to challenge the ‘beverage quo’ we’ve set up a new approach to help them on their way."

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Lance introduces four cheese Captain’s Wafers

BY Allison Cerra

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lance is reaching out to cheese lovers with a new variety of Captain’s Wafers.

The company said that its latest Captain’s Wafers product is a four-cheese blend of cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan and bleu cheese, paired with two baked crackers. The new four cheese Captain’s Wafers replace the brand’s smoke house cheddar variety.

Four cheese Captain’s Wafers are sold in 8-count homepacks and are available at major grocery retailers and Walmart with a suggested retail of $2.99.

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