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Wegmans makes Fortune ‘Best Companies’ list

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans Food Markets on Thursday announced the company has been ranked No. 5 on FORTUNE magazine’s 2009 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Wegmans has appeared on FORTUNE’s list for 12 consecutive years and has ranked among the top 10 for seven years running and among the top 5 for five years in a row, the company stated.

“With the challenging economy, being a great place to work is the best way we can take care of our customers,” stated Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman.

The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 2 issue of FORTUNE.

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Hy-Vee recalls peanut butter products due to salmonella outbreak

BY Alaric DeArment

West Des Moines, Iowa A supermarket chain in Iowa has recalled products made with peanut butter that may contain salmonella bacteria.

Hy-Vee said Saturday that its bakeries would voluntarily recall baked goods made with peanut butter. It included all sell-by dates in the recall, saying it sold the products in various packaging and quantities and that all products should be destroyed or returned for a full refund.It took the action after the Peanut Corporation of America issued a recall of the peanut butter used to make Hy-Vee baked goods, a precautionary step because of an unresolved nationwide outbreak of salmonella.The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been investigating the outbreak since earlier this month after samples of Peanut Corporation of America peanut butter made at its plant in Blakely, Ga., tested positive for contamination with salmonella. PCA sells peanut butter in bulk to bakers and institutions such as long-term care centers and cafeterias, not to consumers.

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Integrated Beverage Group adds new pop to bottled beverages with powdered vitamin-filled caps

BY Michael Johnsen

Atlanta Integrated Beverage Group on Tuesday introduced its latest innovation at the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition conference — the Zapp Cap Energy Release Cap, a cap containing a powdered dietary supplement that fits onto the top of any half-liter bottle of water. The cap delivery system gives consumers control over the freshness of their beverage, the company stated, and might be a little fun to boot. Consumers “activate” their energy drink by pushing on the top of the cap, which punches the powder into the beverage.

The initial launch includes two formulations, both with 35 mg of caffeine. The first is an energy supplement that also contains several vitamins, including vitamins C, E and B in a goji berry flavor. The second is energy and weight control formulation that in addition to the vitamins contains Super Citrimax and ChromMate, two ingredients that help curb appetite, in an acai berry flavor.

Both formulations are sugar free, contain no net carbs and only add four calories to the consumers bottled water of choice. Integrated Beverage has both a counter display and clip strip program to display the new product. Suggested retail price is $2.49.

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