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Unilever revives luxury dessert Viennetta in time for holidays

BY Jenna Duncan

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever Ice Cream has announced it will bring back Viennetta frozen desserts. Viennetta is a frozen vanilla or chocolate dessert cake covered in chocolate layers.

“This sophisticated, rich frozen treat is great for any home-entertaining occasion, whether you’re a guest in search of the ideal hostess gift, a hostess looking for a delicious dessert to complement the night’s meal, or a mom who simply wants to please her family,” said Ice Cream senior brand director David Burrows said in a statement. “Viennetta is the perfect holiday dessert experience, so we wanted to reintroduce the product in time for those celebrations with loved ones and friends.”

Viennetta was first released in England in 1982 and later released in the United States in 1992. It was sold through 2003, Unilever Ice Cream said.

Vanilla and triple chocolate Viennetta desserts are available at retailers across the United States from October 2008 to February 2009. Suggested retail price for a 5-ounce Viennetta cake is $2.99.

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General Mills planning $100 million expansion of its Albuquerque facility

BY Melissa Valliant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Breakfast cereal manufacturer General Mills is dishing out $100 million toward the expansion of its Albuquerque plant, according to Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez in his state of the city address Tuesday. The 17-year-old facility, which currently employs about 190 workers, will have 160,000 square feet added, as well as an additional 60 employees. The plant will mainly manufacture snack products, and employees will make an average salary of $40,000.

The Albuquerque plant was chosen for expansion over six to eight other cities because of its low business costs and productive work force. GM needs to first acquire industrial revenue bonds from the city for the project before it can move forward with the expansion. The company anticipates hiring the new employees and beginning expansion near the end of 2009 or beginning of 2010.

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Price Chopper opens store in South Burlington, Vt., promotes EatingWell resources

BY Melissa Valliant

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. Price Chopper Supermarkets opened a 37,000-square-foot super center Tuesday in South Burlington, Vt. In accordance with the grocery store chain’s recent agreement with the EatingWell Media Group, various EatingWell recipes, health guides, cookbooks and magazines will be displayed throughout the store, and health tips and information will be added to the Healthy U page of Price Chopper’s Web site.

The new, South Burlington store will also be included in the grocery’s recently developed “Fuel AdvantEdge,” savings/reward program, which gives buyers 10 cents off every gallon of gas for every $50 of food purchased from Price Chopper. The store is hiring approximately 150 full and part-time employees.

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