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Starbucks packs coffee, tea into K-cup portion packs

BY Allison Cerra

SEATTLE — Starbucks is slated to roll out K-cup portion packs this fall in stores nationwide.

The portion packs, which are designed for the Keurig single-cup brewing system, will launch in food, drug, mass, club, specialty, and department store retailers in November. The K-cups portion packs will roll out in Canada, Starbucks stores and direct-to-consumer websites next year.

Jeff Hansberry, president of Starbucks Global Consumer Products Group, said it expects the new venture to garner sales of $1 billion over time.

Starbucks coffee K-cup portion packs will be available in Starbucks most popular coffee varieties, including: Breakfast Blend, Pike Place roast, house blend, Sumatra and French roast. In addition, two selections of Tazo tea will be available, including Tazo tea Awake and Tazo tea Zen.

Starbucks coffee K-cup portion packs will be available in 10-count, 16-count, and 54-count packs, while Tazo tea K-cup portion packs will be available in 10-count and 16-count packs.

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Malt-O-Meal enters Canada market

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Malt-O-Meal has made its foray into Canada with the launch of a new cereal.

Sally’s line of cereals, which is available in nine flavors — including Whole Wheat Bundles, Raisins & Bran, Marshmallow Moment, Honey Graham Bliss, Blue Pom Bundles, Honey Puffed Delight, Sweet Wheat Bundles, Honey Oat Medley and Cinnamon Bliss — for a suggested retail price of $2.98 Canadian, contains no artificial flavors, saturated fat or hydrogenated oils, and no high fructose corn syrup. Additionally, all Sally’s varieties also are free of cholesterol and trans fat, Malt-O-Meal said.

"It’s been our company’s long-standing mission to help families eat well and save money," said Linda Fisher, Malt-O-Meal’s corporate communications manager. "And we are excited to help Canadian families do just that with the launch of Sally’s."

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Wegmans donates almost 14,000 lbs. of nonperishables to Maryland community

BY Michael Johnsen

EDGEWOOD, Md. — Wegmans delivered 13,848 lbs. of nonperishable food to Harford Community Action Agency here, the company announced Friday. The donation included 20 pallets of condiments, baking, breakfast, pasta, cereal and crackers.
 
“We’re grateful to Wegmans for this delivery. It couldn’t come at a better time,” HCAA executive director Judy Mason said. “Our shelves are always emptier in the summer when food donations are slow and kids are out of school." Mason added that the community need for that donated food is on the rise. "Our pantry is on pace to feed more than 1,000 families this month — 25% more than we served in July.”
 
Last year, Wegmans donated more than 16 million lbs. of food to area food banks in all of its market areas.
 
Wegmans also makes it easy for shoppers to join in supporting local hunger relief efforts by participating in annual programs where shoppers who wish to make a donation at checkout can have any amount added to their bill. Since 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $16 million for hunger relief.

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