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Sara Lee reformulates two popular breads

BY Allison Cerra

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. Sara Lee has removed high fructose corn syrup from two of its Soft & Smooth breads, and also has added vitamin D to one of the products.

Sara Lee Soft & Smooth made with whole grain white bread and Sara Lee Soft & Smooth 100% whole wheat bread now only will feature sugar. Additionally, the 100% whole wheat bread now has added vitamin D, a good source of calcium.

“Sara Lee Soft & Smooth breads are among the best selling breads in the United States and our core audience, parents with children, has indicated that they want product options without high fructose corn syrup,” said Jeff Dryfhout, director, Sara Lee North American fresh bakery. “With this new recipe Sara Lee Soft & Smooth bread is responding to the needs of our consumers while continuing to provide great-tasting breads with the mild taste and soft texture families love.”

Average suggested retail pricing for both Sara Lee Soft & Smooth breads will remain the same at $2.79 (varies by region of the country).

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Walgreens serves up Duane Reade’s DR Delish line at its stores

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. A few months after it acquired New York-based drug store chain Duane Reade, Walgreens has decided to bring the chain’s private-label brand, DR Delish, to its stores.

Duane Reade’s DR Delish line, which consists of premium snacks and beverages filled with healthy benefits, exclusively rolled out in its namesake stores last September.

“Introducing the DR Delish line of products in our stores is one of the first big steps toward bringing the best of Duane Reade to Walgreens,” said Bryan Pugh, VP merchandising for Walgreens. “The DR Delish brand allows us to offer our customers snacks and beverages with premium recipes but at more affordable prices. These were among the most popular DR Delish products in the New York market, so we’re confident they’ll be a hit with our customers nationwide,” Pugh said. “Our plan is to expand the selection available at Walgreens in the coming months.”

The initial products consumers will see on the end cap will range from $2.99 to $7.49 and include:

  • Trail mix blueberry pomegranate crunch
  • Trail mix mango crunch
  • Trail mix pistachio crunch
  • “Broadway” chocolate chip cookie
  • “Broadway” oatmeal chocolate chunk cookie
  • “Broadway” chocolate chip with pecan cookie
  • “Broadway” raisin oatmeal cookie
  • Pretzel rod tub
  • Gallon teas – green tea with ginsing + honey
  • Gallon teas – sweet tea

The ten 10 DR Delish products now will be displayed at 6,000 stores this week. Other DR Delish products will be rotated in or added to shelves in fall.

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‘Buon appetito!’ Heartland introduces gluten-free pasta

BY Allison Cerra

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Say goodbye to tasteless gluten-free pasta.

Heartland Pasta offers gluten-free dieters the color, texture and flavor of traditional pasta with its yellow corn/white rice blend that also is egg- and dairy-free. Heartland’s pasta is available in spaghetti, penne and fusilli shapes and retails for $1.99 to $2.69.

Heartland gluten-free pasta now is available at Walmart.

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