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Skeeter Snacks to launch in New England Walgreens

BY Ryan Chavis

WESTPORT, Conn. — Skeeter Snacks, an allergy-friendly food, will launch its product in 212 Walgreens locations in the New England area.

Skeeter Snacks provides a variety of snack options for children and adults with tree nut and peanut allergies, and are available in six different cookie options: Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Cubed, Golden Oatmeal, Skeeter Doodle, Chocolate Chip Minis and Cinnamon Graham Minis.

“This launch into Walgreens stores gives us the ability to reach more consumers, especially ones with tree nut and peanut allergies,” said Laurie Witt, director of marketing for Skeeter Snacks. “Our snacks are a delicious treat for everyone with nut allergies, but also for people without food allergies.”

For additional information about the products and for a store locator, visit SkeeterSnacks.com.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Bai Brands expand partnership

BY Alaric DeArment

HAMILTON, N.J. — Dr Pepper Snapple Group will distribute a growing line of all-natural, antioxidant-infused beverages, the maker of the beverages said Tuesday.

Bai Brands, which makes the Bai 5 line, said the two companies had been working together for the last two years in select markets around the country and will now expand their partnership in most major markets.

"Every day we get phone calls and letters from consumer sin cities where Bai is not yet on the shelf, asking for the product," Bai Brands CEO Ben Weiss said. "Our relationship with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group will allow us to rapidly roll out Bai to new markets and into the hands of those consumers."

Retailers that will stock the product include Shop & Shop, Safeway, Costco, Duane Reade and Jewel-Osco.

 

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Pleasant Kids to create flavored water enhancers

BY Ryan Chavis

BURBANK, Calif. — Pleasant Kids announced on Thursday that it will enter into the water enhancer industry and is working with a national lab to create a new line of liquid, flavored water enhancers.

"The company envisions parents carrying this product to sports events, schools and playgrounds and making children enjoy drinking water by personalizing flavor on demand," said Calvin Lewis, VP and company chemist. "Our No. 1 priority is the health of the children when developing our flavors. There will be no artificial flavors, sweeteners, sugars, sodium and gluten."

Pleasant Kids will distribute the enhancers in the beverage mix section of grocery stores. The 1.25-oz. product will have a MSRP of $3.99 each.

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