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Stonyfield introduces new yogurt products

BY Allison Cerra

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Stonyfield has expanded its organic Oikos Greek yogurt portfolio.

The company said that Stonyfield organic Oikos now is available in a variety of tasty flavors made with 1.5% fat organic milk, including pineapple, strawberry, raspberry and classic plain.

"As with anything in life, it’s about finding balance so it’s ideal to have options when deciding which Greek yogurt is right for you," said Mary Kennedy, a nutritionist and fitness specialist at Stonyfield. "The new 1.5% fat Stonyfield organic Oikos is a perfect standalone afternoon snack that will keep you feeling satisfied and stave off cravings until dinnertime."

In addition to the 1.5% fat line, Stonyfield said it also has added nonfat peach mango and superfruits pints to its organic Oikos Greek frozen yogurt line, and also has introduced a lemon flavor to its organic Oikos 0% fat Greek yogurt lineup, which currently includes chocolate and caramel flavors.

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MOM Brands augments Three Sisters cereal line

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — MOM Brands has boosted its Three Sisters cereal line with the addition of two new varieties.

Free of artificial flavors or preservatives, saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol, the new multigrain berry and multigrain cinnamon varieties are made with whole grain oats, whole grain barley and whole grain triticale (a cross between wheat and rye with higher levels of essential amino acids), boasting 43 g of whole grains per serving. What’s more, both flavors also carry the 100% whole grains stamp from the Whole Grains Council, the company said.

The new cereals now are available at stores nationwide.

"We’re always looking for better ways to provide consumers with better breakfast options, which means giving consumers a wide selection of tasty and affordable cereal," said Linda Fisher, director of corporate communications. "Three Sisters is also a smart cereal choice that’s more sustainable for the environment as our cereal is packaged in bags instead of boxes. That’s 75% less consumer packaging compared to comparably sized boxed cereals with an interior liner bag."

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Reports: Obama gets support from former Costco CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama’s re-election bid got a dose of support from the cofounder of one of the country’s largest retailers, according to published reports.

Speaking at the Democratic National Convention, former Costco Wholesale CEO and cofounder Jim Sinegal said Obama "understands what the private sector needs to succeed," The Seattle Times quoted the co-founder of Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco as saying.

Sinegal, who cofounded the club retailer in 1983, retired as CEO of Costco on Jan. 1, 2012, replaced by Craig Jelinek. In January, investment research firm Morningstar named Sinegal as its "2011 CEO of the Year," citing his "exemplary corporate stewardship, independent thinking" and his having created "lasting value for shareholders."

The newspaper reported that Sinegal, a longtime donor and supporter of the Democrats, was part of an effort by the party to present itself as pro-business and challenge the reputation of the Republicans as being the party more favorable to business interests.

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