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TruMoo launches nationwide

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Dean Foods has introduced a "better-for-you" chocolate milk to retailers nationwide.

New TruMoo milk contains just 40 more calories than plain white milk per serving and touts 15% to 20% less sugar than other flavored milk products and does not contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Prior to the national launch, TruMoo was sold in schools. 

The flagship TruMoo flavor is chocolate sold as 1% lowfat milk. Depending on regional and retailer variations, other varieties include strawberry, vanilla and coffee flavors, which are available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and single-serve (10-, 12-, 14- and 16-oz.) bottles.

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Spangler gears up for 2012 candy cane season with manufacturing investment

BY Allison Cerra

BRYAN, Ohio — Spangler Candy Co. is gearing up to expand its candy cane manufacturing capacity.

The company, which is known for its various seasonal candies and Dum Dums lollipops, said it would invest about $400,000 to upgrade and install two candy cane production lines in its Bryan, Ohio-based plant. The upgrade is slated for completion in 2012, ready for part of next year’s candy cane season. With this investment, the new lines could create 20 to 30 jobs.

Spangler’s president and CEO Kirk Vashaw said that the expansion marks the company’s desire to increase capacity at the company’s Bryan facility, versus its manufacturing facility in Mexico, where the company produced its commodity candy canes.

Spangler noted it currently is in the process of it 84th and largest expansion of its Bryan plant and already is in the midst of a major expansion of its Dum Dum Pops capacity.

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Fiery Fusion brings heat, flavor to Doritos, Cheetos brands

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas — Frito-Lay has introduced Fiery Fusion snacks for its Doritos and Cheetos brands.

The Fiery Fusion line amps up Frito-Lay’s spicy snack portfolio, offering a unique combination of heat and flavor, the company said. The Fiery Fusion flavor blends cheese, herbs and spices, followed by a slow-burning heat derived from a combination of cayenne pepper, vinegar and paprika.

"Now more than ever, Doritos and Cheetos brand lovers are asking for really intense flavor experiences and spicy snacks that can offer more than just pure heat," Frito-Lay VP marketing Tony Matta said. "New Fiery Fusion snacks deliver both — a truly unique flavor built around a delicious fusion of different herbs, spices and cheese, followed by a tremendous surge of heat that sneaks up on you at just the right moment."

Cheetos Fiery Fusion snacks are available in 3.75-oz. bags, while Doritos Fiery Fusion snacks are available in 3.375-oz. bags. Both are offered at a suggested retail price of $1.49 each.

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